Our Library

 

 

Library Card:

 

WHO MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD?

  • Ohio Residents - 5 years of age and older
    Please bring ID & proof of current address

    Borrowers have full access to the collection unless a parent/guardian for borrowers under the age of 18 choose to restrict their minor child. A parent may decide that the child:

  • Cannot check out any materials from the young adult and adult collections, and cannot check out movies
  • Cannot check out any movies
  • Cannot use the Internet at the Library
     

HOW MUCH DOES THE LIBRARY CARD COST?

  • First Library Card is free
  • Replacement cards cost $3.00

 

WHERE DO I OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD?

  • Eligible patrons can obtain a library card at the circulation desk during the hours the library is open. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.

     
  • You will be required to fill out a small form with information used to create your borrower record.
    -One side is for your library card
    -The other side is for accessing the Internet via our computer workstations
    You will be presented with an OPLIN/Internet Access Policy Agreement to review prior to your using our Internet computer workstations
    PLEASE NOTE:
    A search will be conducted on our online circulation system to determine if you already have a library card associated with the regional library system. If you do have a library card from one of these libraries and is in good standing, you have the option to use that library card, as long as you still reside in the town where that card originated. However, if you are changing to residency to Wyandot County area, you can notify that library of your change in address or
     
  • You will be presented with a brochure of information regarding our library use policy, and your library card

    (Please note: you have a choice of either a wallet or a keychain style of library card)


    By filling out this form, you have applied for the right to use the Library and will abide by its rules. You will pay fines or damages charged to you, and give prompt notice of any change of address

    By signing up for internet access on this form, you have read and understood the Library's OPLIN and Internet policies and rules, and accept the terms of use. You waive any right to claim against the Upper Sandusky Community Library, its employees, trustees, officers and agents arising from use of the Internet. You agree to refrain from displaying material on a terminal when so requested by a Library staff member.
     

HOW LONG MAY I BORROW ITEMS FROM THE COLLECTION AND ARE THERE LIMITS TO HOW MANY I MAY BORROW?

Material

Loan Period

Limits

Books
4 weeks
Suggested guidelines: 5 per child unless with a guardian.
Some books may be held off open shelves for protection from theft/damage or to limit use
Please ask at the front desk for assistance
New Books
2 weeks
 
Audio Cassettes
4 weeks
 
Magazines
2 weeks
Most recent issues do not circulate
5 of one title
9 total
Encyclopedias
2 weeks
Suggested guidelines: 2 vols per patron
Videos
1 week
Only 5 videos per household

 

 

HOW OFTEN CAN I RENEW AN ITEM?

  • Materials may be renewed TWICE for the same time period, unless another patron has requested a hold on the item.

 

HOW MUCH ARE THE OVERDUE FINES?

  • Overdue notices will be sent to patrons 1 week after an item is overdue. A total of 3 notices will be sent
  • All overdue items except videos are 10 cents per day with a maximum fine of $4.00 per item (Effective Jan. 1, 2009)
  • Video are $1.00 a day with a $12.00 maximum fine (Effective Jan. 1, 2009)
  • No Charges are assessed for Sundays, holidays, or for any unannounced closings

 

ARE THERE RESTRICTION IF I HAVE OUTSTANDING OVERDUE FINES?

  • A Patron owing $5.00 in fines or other charges will not be able to check out any item or use the Internet workstations.
  • OPLIN (Ohio Library Information Network) Policy and INTERNET POLICY

    It is understood by users of OPLIN and the Internet that most of the information available is not generated by the Upper Sandusky Community Library or OPLIN. The Library through OPLIN provides access to reference databases of general and special periodical materials, reader's advisory services, homework centers to assist student with assignments, and legislative, historical, and archival materials and information. Information available through OPLIN and the Internet is not warranted by Upper Sandusky Community Library or OPLIN to be accurate, authoritative, factual or complete. The availability of networked information via the Upper Sandusky Community Library does not constitute any endorsement or ratification of that information. The Upper Sandusky Community Library and OPLN is not responsible for the content of networked information available. The use of OPLIN and the Internet to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws is strictly prohibited. All users of this service agree to hold the Upper Sandusky Community Library and OPLIN harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly relating to the use of OPLIN and the Internet, caused thereby or arising there from. In not event shall the Upper Sandusky Community Library or OPLIN have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if the Upper Sandusky Community Library or OPLIN is advised of the possibility of such damages.

     

WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY OF MY CIRCULATION RECORDS?


The Upper Sandusky Community Library specifically recognizes its circulation records identifying the names of library users with specific materials to be confidential in nature. No such records shall be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government, or to any individual not specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees for legitimate business purposes, except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures of legislative investigatory power.

No officially requested materials will be released until the library's officers have consulted with their legal counsel to determine if such process, order, or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance. If the process, order or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, they will insist that such defects be cured.


 
Use Of The Library:
 

MEETING ROOM POLICY

The primary purpose of the meeting rooms at the Upper Sandusky Community Library (hereinafter referred to as "the Library" or "Library") is to provide meeting space for Library programs and activities in furtherance of the informational, educational and cultural purposes of the Library. The needs of the Library and associated Library groups for meeting room space shall take precedence over other users. "Associated Library groups" for the purposes of this policy include the following entities:
The Friends of the Library, The Upper Sandusky Schools, The Wyandot County Board of Elections, area Colleges and Universities, The Wyandot Tracers and the Common Readers Book Discussion Group.

A secondary purpose is to provide a community service by making its meeting rooms available for use by community groups to enhance the civic needs of the community, including activities such as discussion groups, panels, lectures, seminars, exhibits and displays. Groups may use the meeting rooms for both private and public meetings. Programs which are open to the public must be open to all, consistent with the informational, educational or cultural purposes of the Library and all programs must be non-soliciting in nature.

Use of the Library's meeting rooms will not be restricted due to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or physical limitation. Since the meeting room facilities are open to all types of groups, it should be understood that the Library does not necessarily endorse the philosophies of those groups.

This policy shall be administered and enforced by the Library Director and the Library Staff. Procedures for room use by outside groups will be developed by the Director and may include the establishment of fees for certain users of the rooms.

Appeals to the decisions made regarding meeting room use shall first be directed to the Library Director and, if response of the Library Director is not satisfactory, appeals may be made directly to the Board of Trustees of the Upper Sandusky Community Library at their regularly scheduled, monthly board meeting held at 12 Noon on the third Tuesday of every month. Any group violating and provision of established procedures may lose future use of the meeting rooms at the discretion of the Library Director and/or the Board of Trustees.

 

Meeting Rooms:


The Library has two meeting rooms:


1. The Library Board Room, capacity: 30 People


2. The Large Meeting Room, capacity: 200 People

 

The capacity of each room is established by the City of Upper Sandusky Fire Department and cannot be exceeded.

Adopted: May 15, 2007
Board of Trustees
Upper Sandusky Community Library
301 North Sandusky Avenue
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
419-294-1345

 

MEETING ROOM PROCEDURE - Click here to review procedures
 

MEETING ROOM APPLICATION FORM - Click here for form (PDF)

 

DISPLAYS, EXHIBITS and PUBLIC NOTICE

  • Displays and exhibits must be in good taste as decided by the Board and/or Director.
  • Displays and exhibits are on a rotation bases of up to one month.
  • Public notices will be posted on the public bulletin board by library personnel only. Please drop off materials you wish to be displayed at the front desk.

 

ELLISON ROOM - die cut collection

  • Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If Ellison Room is locked, please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.
  • Die cuts do not circulate
  • Please bring your own materials. Paper cutter is provided.
  • Please consult with the library staff if you have any questions regarding the type of material that can be used in the die cut machines.
  • If expected to use the die cut collection for large projects, please reserve time to use the room at the Circulation Desk.

 
Library Services And More:
 

AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOUR LIBRARY HAS TO OFFER

MATERIALS & SERVICES:

* Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Maps,Movies (VHS & DVD), Audio Books (CD & Cassette)
* Coupon Exchange
* Golden Buckeye Card
* Income Tax Forms
* Interlibrary Loan: Are items which are borrowed from libraries outside of the SEO consortium.
* Large Print
* Paperback Exchange
* Pamphlets
* Phone Books
* Retirement Home Deliveries
* Voter Registration
* Used Book Sale

 

COMPUTERS:


* Wireless Internet Access
* Internet Access Workstations
   (30 minute use increments)
* Office Workstations with: Microsoft Office programs.
* Games Workstations: Interactive game programs; No Internet access at these machines.

 


HERITAGE ROOM:


* Local History
* Genealogy Material
* Microfilmed Newspapers
* Microfilm Reader & Printer
* Microfiche Reader
* Rutherford B. Hayes
* Presidential Center
* Obituary Database

 


ELLISON Die-Cut COLLECTION:

* Over a 100 decorative die cut designs, including 4 sets of alphabets
* Two Ellison machines
* Make sure to bring your own materials.

 


LAMINATOR:

* 12 x 15 inch sheet - $1.25 each
* 9 x 11.5 inch sheet - $.75 each
* Half sheet - $.60 each
* Business card/luggage tag - $.50 each
 


COLOR PHOTOCOPIER:


Black & White copies: $ .15 per copy
Color copies: $.50 per copy
Paper sizes available:
8.5 x 11
8.5 x 14
11 x 17


 

FAX MACHINE:  (near the front desk) 

 

Free cover sheet
* Outgoing & Incoming:
$1.00 per page. Free cover sheet.



SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

* Storytimes
* After School Action Hour
* Teen Advisory Board
* Summer Reading Club
* Adult Programs
* Book Discussion Group

 

SHOWCASES:

Organizations, Children and Adults can display their collections.
 

Please ask a staff member to schedule a time for your collection.

 

MEETING ROOMS:

Available by Reservation for large and small groups

Items for use during meetings are:

* TV, VCR & DVD Players
* Overhead & LCD Projectors
* Kitchenette

 

LIBRARY LOAN POLICY:

Library Cards are available to:

* Ohio Residents - 5 years of age and older.  Please bring ID & proof of current address.
* No charge for the first card; replacement cards cost $3.00.
* Borrowers have full access to the collection unless a parent/guardain for borrowers under the age of 18 choose to restrict their minor child. A parent may decide that the child:

* Cannot check out any materials from the young adult and adult collections, and cannot check out movies

* Cannot check out any movies

* Cannot use the Internet at the Library

 

LOAN PERIOD:

* Books - 28 days
* NEW Books - 14 days
* Audio Cassettes & CDs- 28 days
* Magazines - 14 days
* Movies - 7 days
* Pamphlets - 14 days
*Materials may be renewed twice if no requests are on record for the title.

 

OVERDUE POLICY:

* Fines for all items except moves are $.10 per day, with a maximum fine per item of $4.00 per item. (Effective Jan 1, 2009)
* Fines on movies (DVD & VHS) are $1.00 per day with a maximum fine of $12.00 per item. (Effective Jan 1, 2009)
* Interlibrary loan items - accrue fines to the full cost of the item.


PLEASE NOTE - fines exceeding $5.00, restrict borrowers from checking out materials or using the Internet.

No charges are assessed on Sundays, hoildays
or for any unannounced closing.

 

BOOK DROP:
For your convenience Book Drop is located on the right at the front entrance.