Child Safety | Code of Conduct | Interlibrary Loan | Internet
Library Cards | Meeting Room | Mission Statement | Reciprocal Borrowing

Policy Manual

The Pickens County Library System adopted the current Policy Manual on August 21, 1997. A complete Policy Manual is located at the Reference Desk at each location. Several individual policies are important for everyone to know.

Child Safety Policy

We ask your cooperation in keeping the library a safe and happy place for your child.

  • Parents and caregivers are responsible for the behavior, safety and supervision of their children in the library. Library staff cannot accept responsibility for children.
  • Children under the age of 10 must be continually accompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver.
  • Children 10 and over may use the library on their own at their parent’s discretion.
  • If any unattended child calls attention to him/herself, Library staff will attempt to locate the parent or caregiver and inform him/her of the situation and the policy.
  • If a parent or caregiver cannot be located, the appropriate authorities will be asked to intervene.
  • Adults other than parents or guardians must not loiter in the Children's area.
  • Taking pictures of children or in the Children's area is prohibited unless authorized by a manager.

The Board of Trustees authorizes the Library and staff to exercise or impose sanctions at their discretion when circumstances arise that is not addressed above. Failure to comply with the Child safety Policy may result in exclusion from the Library and/or legal action.

Amended policy approved May 27, 2008

Code of Conduct

The Pickens County Library System exists to provide library service in a safe, pleasant and orderly environment to all members of the community regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or economic status. Library visitors and staff have the right to assume their time in the Library or on Library property will be free from harassment.

The following is considered unacceptable behavior on Library property:

  • Violent or unruly conduct of any kind, including horseplay, fighting, making obscene gestures or comments, shouting, speaking in a noisy or abusive manner, running, playing or any other behavior that is menacing or intimidating in nature.
  • Criminal acts including theft, abuse or mutilation of Library property.
  • Bringing animals, except service animals, into the Library.
  • Smoking or other tobacco use.
  • Use or possession of alcohol, drugs or weapons.
  • Use of restrooms for activities other than their intended purpose.
  • Improper dress. Shoes and shirts are required.
  • Soliciting or selling of any kind.
  • Distribution of leaflets or posting notices without approval.
  • Consumption of food or drink in non-designated areas, such as the historical room.
  • Violation of any local, state or federal law.

The Board of Trustees authorizes the Library and staff to exercise or impose sanctions at their discretion when circumstances arise that are not addressed above. Failure to comply with the Library Code of Conduct may result in exclusion from the Library and/or legal action.

Revised policy approved July 17, 2008.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

The purpose of the Interlibrary Loan is to obtain materials not available in the Pickens County Library System upon the request of a Pickens County Library card holder. Following is the Interlibrary Loan Policy of the Pickens County Library System:

  • There is a limit of 4 (four) requests per patron at one time.
  • Patrons are asked to understand that it may require 1 to 4 weeks for the processing and receipt of each request.
  • All materials on loan are subject to recall. (This usually applies to materials that are requested frequently throughout the network.)
  • A minimum processing fee of $1.00 per item (subject to change) is charged to patrons upon application. No telephone requests will be accepted.

The loan period may vary due to the lending institution’s standards. Patrons are responsible for the care of the items, for observing the length of the borrowing time and for abiding by any restrictions imposed by the lending institution. (Some books are for in-library use only.) Materials borrowed from other sources cannot be renewed. Borrowers will be billed for overdue charges, replacement cost of the item, and any processing charges or copyright fees as set by the lending institution.

Habitually returning the item overdue or failure to follow requirements may result in the forfeiture of Interlibrary Loan privileges.

Full corrected policy manual approved June 15, 2000

Internet Policy

The Pickens County Library System provides access to the Internet in order to fulfill its mission to the citizens of Pickens County. The Library Board of Trustees has established this policy to ensure responsible and appropriate use of the Internet within the Library System.

The Internet enables access to a wealth of valuable and reliable information. However, it also provides access to information that may be inaccurate, controversial, illegal, offensive to viewers, or inappropriate for children. Users must exercise judgment in evaluating the information retrieved from the Internet and assume personal responsibility how the information is used. The Library cannot be held responsible or liable for the content of any Internet site. Users must also assume personal responsibility for the use of the Library’s computer workstations.

Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the Pickens County Library System’s Code of Conduct, Internet Policy, Acceptable Internet/Computer Use Agreement, filtering software, local, state and federal laws and regulations.

User’s may not

  • Bypass or disable the Library’s filtering software or instruct or demonstrate to another user how to bypass the Library’s web filtering software.
  • Damage or attempt to damage equipment, alter or attempt to alter software configurations.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to or cause disruption of the Library’s or any other computer system.
  • Gamble; access, send or display within public view obscene or offensive images, messages or files (as defined by S.C. Code 16-15-305).
  • Violate state, Federal, or local laws or regulations.
  • Violate copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

The Pickens County Library System upholds user’s rights to privacy and confidentiality in the use of library resources including the Internet. However, the nature of electronic resources makes it impossible to guarantee these rights. The Library staff will assist Internet users in a manner consistent with other Library services; availability of staff and needs of other Library users will necessarily affect the extent of assistance.

The Library Board of Trustees accepts the legal age of 18 to use the Internet independently. As with other Library resources, the Library System affirms the responsibility of parents to determine the appropriateness of Internet resources for their children. Parents or legal guardians may sign a Parental Permission Agreement for their children above the age of 13 to use the Internet independently; Library staff cannot assume this responsibility. Without a signed Parental Permission Form, all children under the age of 18 must have an adult with them while using the Internet.

Violations of this policy may result in the loss of Internet access and/or other Library privileges. Violations of local, state and federal laws and regulations are subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

Revised policy approved February, 2014

Library Card Policy

Library cards may be obtained free of charge by any resident or business of Pickens County. Residents within our reciprocity area may also obtain a free card as long as he or she is in good standing with his or her own county. Children of all ages may have a card of their own. A parent must be present and in good standing to get a childs card of anyone under the age of 18. The parents current ID and address verification is required, as well as the childs birth certificate, social security card, or school id.

loan periods

  • DVD's and magazines are checked out for 7 days.
  • New books, audio books and cd's, and caregiver bags are checked out for 14 days.
  • All other books are checked out for 28 days.

DVD's and caregiver bags must be checked out on an adult card.

Items may be renewed twice as long as there is not a waiting list.

You may have a total of 25 items on a card, however there are some item limits:

New Books10 per card
DVD's10 per card
Audio 10 per card
Award & Holiday Books5 per card
Caregiver Bags2 per card
Magazines3 back issues per card

fines

DVD's7 days$0.50 per day per video max of $5.00 each
Caregiver Bags14 days$1.00 per day per bag max of $10.00 each
Other Materials$0.10 per day per item max of 5.00 each

Meeting/Conference Room Policy

The Pickens County Library System offers non-profiting use of its meeting and conference rooms to groups and individuals for law-abiding purposes as outlined below. Room reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library will resolve reservation issues using the following priorities:

  • Library sponsored events.
  • Government departments or agencies within Pickens County.
  • Community organizations formed for educational, cultural, and civic purposes.
  • Other

The use of the meeting room is subject to the following guidelines:

  • Meetings, programs and exhibits must be open to the public. The Library reserves the right to monitor any meeting.
  • All meetings must be scheduled within the library’s public hours and must end at least 15 minutes prior to the location’s closing time.
  • Any publicity must state that the meeting is not a library-sponsored event. The library’s contact information is not to be listed without prior approval.
  • No solicitation or selling of any kind. Fees or tuition may be charged only with prior approval.
  • Meeting room set up and storage are not provided. Any individual or group using the facility will be responsible for leaving the room(s) clean and in order. Items left in the meeting room or kitchen may be disposed of by the Library.
  • Equipment for the meeting room must be reserved on the application to ensure its availability.
  • Each applicant is limited to 24 reservations per room within a 12 month period.
  • Cancellations should be made 48 hours in advance. Failure to give prior notice will result in the reservation being cancelled 15 minutes after the scheduled time. The Library may cancel or reschedule any meeting as needed at the library’s discretion.
  • The person signing the application is liable for any damage to the building, furniture, or equipment.
  • The person reserving the meeting room must be in good standing with the library (cannot owe more than $5 in fines and fees to the library for any reason).
  • Due to fire regulations, meeting room capacity must not be exceeded.
  • The Library is unable to provide security, but may require the user to provide security.
  • Private events, i.e. birthday parties, family reunions, etc. are prohibited.
  • Violations of library policies may result in the denial of future meeting room use.
  • Individuals and groups using the meeting room(s) must adhere to thelLibrary’s Code of Conduct Policy.

Granting permission to use Library facilities does not constitute an endorsement of the group or organization by the Pickens County Library System, its Board of Trustees, or Pickens County Officials.

Revised policy approved April 24, 2014

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pickens County Library System is to provide all county residents with access to information through the development of appropriate collections and services. These collections and services must cover the informational, educational, cultural, and entertainment needs of county residents.

Policy Manual approved June 15, 2000.

Reciprocal Borrowing Policy

The Pickens County Library System will offer residents of any contiguous county borrowing privileges for all circulation materials at all its service points provided that residents of Pickens County are afforded the same borrowing privileges in all that county’s public library service points. In providing this privilege, it is understood that these out of county residents will agree to abide by all borrowing rules of the Pickens County Library just as Pickens County residents would be required to abide by the rules of any contiguous county library offering them borrowing privileges.

Greenville County - May 17, 2001
Oconee County – April 17, 2003
Anderson County – March 18, 2004

Revised policy approved March 18, 2004