Library Policies

General Regulations

The Delmar Public Library will offer patrons free and equal access to its services and resources, and will provide guidance and assistance in their use. Borrowing privileges may be denied for just cause. Such cause may include, but is not limited to, failure to return Library materials or pay charges incurred, destruction of Library property, or objectionable conduct on Library premises. Service will not be denied or abridged because of age, gender, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or racial, religious, social, economic, or political status.

Registration

Application for a Library card shall be made by presenting suitable identification. Such identification may be a valid driver’s license, a Delaware State identification card available from Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles, a valid U.S. passport, a valid automobile registration, a recent rent receipt or utility bill or any equivalent document showing the person’s name and address. For minors, such identification may consist of their parent’s or guardian identification. This adult will be required to sign the application acknowledging responsibility for damage to, return of, or cost of replacement of materials borrowed by a minor. The Library reserves the right to refuse a card to those with insufficient identification. The person to whom the card is issued must sign the application and must assume responsibility for returning all materials. The user will be responsible for his/her card. If the card is lost or stolen, the user is responsible for all items charged to it until the loss is reported. Each user is responsible for informing the Library of any change of address or telephone number. Expiration of Cards – Library cards must be renewed annually in person with proof of current address. All fines and fees must be paid at the time the card is renewed. Cost of Library Cards – Obtaining a Library card for most residents is free. However, fees are assessed for cards for non-residents, out-of-state residents (not Delmar Maryland school district residents), and special residents. The cost to replace lost Library cards will be $2.00 for each replacement.

Unattended Child Policy

Delmar Public Library welcomes library use by children of all ages. The library staff hopes that children will experience the Library as an inviting place to be. Many services are offered to make the Library enticing and to help children enjoy their visits, develop a love of books, reading, and libraries. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should be mindful that the Library is a public building open to all individuals, and that unattended children are vulnerable. In order to prevent disruption of Library activities, to provide for the general welfare of all persons using the Library, and to maintain a safe environment for all children using the Library, the following rules and regulations are the policy at the Delmar Public Library: All children age 12 and under shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person e.g. an adult or mature adolescent at least 16 years of age. Children age 13 years and older may use the Library unattended. All children ages 17 and younger must abide by the Rules Governing Use of the Library (Section OPO-XVII-1) and are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or removal of Library privileges or removal from the Library. If children under the age of 13 are found unattended in the Library, the library staff will assist them in calling their parents, or other responsible adult, to inform them of the policy. If children under the age of 13 are found unattended at closing time, the library staff will assist them in contacting their parents, or other responsible adult, and inform them of the policy. Staff cannot assume responsibility for a child left unattended once the Library has closed. If indicated, police may be called in accordance with established guidelines. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should be aware that even during a children’s program, staff cannot take over parental or child care responsibilities for children who come into the Library and cannot guarantee that every child’s whereabouts will be monitored at all times. Parents should discuss with their child what arrangements they have made for the child to go home after the program and instruct the child not to leave the building except as arranged. If children are left unattended at closing, police may be called in accordance with established guidelines. The Delmar Public Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on Library premises. If police are called in either of the two above situations, staff should notify the Library Director or his/her designee and explain why the police have been notified. Parents who leave children unattended or disregard this policy may be reported to the appropriate social services and/or law enforcement agency and may lose library privileges if the library staff has concern for the child’s safety or welfare.

Patron Code of Conduct

Please enjoy the use of the Library and respect its use by others. While in the Library, please adhere to closing times and the following rules:

  • Due to the "Delaware Libraries' Internet Acceptable Use Policy," and the limited amount of computer space, there can only be one person to a computer and patrons may not stand behind computer user unless permitted by staff.
  • Talk in a normal tone of voice; no loud noises or outbursts or engaging in other disruptive conduct. No loitering or sleeping on library premises.
  • Each patron must have their Library card with them in order to use a computer.
  • All personal electronic devices, including cell phones and tablets, must be muted while in the library. Cell phone use within the Library is limited to texting. All cell phones will be set to silence or vibrate-only inside the library.
  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products or e-cigarettes is allowed. No drugs or alcohol is permitted.
  • No food or beverages unless for special functions approved by the Library Director or designee.
  • Walk. Do not run, push or climb.
  • Young children under the age of 12 are to be accompanied and properly supervised by a responsible person at least 16 years of age while in the Library. The Library is not responsible for unattended children.
  • Shoes and shirt and other appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.
  • Carrying any weapon into the Library is prohibited unless carried by a law enforcement officer or by someone authorized by permit to carry a weapon. Local/State law enforcement agencies will be notified immediately if a person other than a law enforcement officer or someone with a permit to carry brings a weapon into the Library. (As adopted February 28, 2012)
  • Animals are not permitted in the Library, except for service animals needed to assist a patron with a disability and animals participating in a library-approved program.
  • Rest rooms are not to be misused or defaced in any way (marking on walls, throwing paper on floors, etc.).
  • Interfering with another person’s use of the Library or with Library personnel’s performance of their responsibilities will not be tolerated.
  • No soliciting of money either for sales or donations or for any purpose other than for the Library or the Friends of the Library organization is authorized. The library supplies a bulletin board for Federal, State, and local government notices, local school news, and other local non-profit or government health information.
  • Performing any action forbidden by law will be reported to the appropriate authorizes. Police will be called if library personnel feel patron behavior warrants law enforcement personnel.
  • A patron’s Library privileges may be removed for damaging Library property, stealing Library or Library personnel’s items and/or threatening, harassing, or physically harming Library personnel or patrons, or violating the terms of the Delaware Library Catalog Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Any violation of library policies will result in disciplinary action which may include suspension or revocation of Library privileges. Persons may be asked to leave. Law enforcement personnel will be called if a person refuses to leave the library at the request of library personnel.

Employment

The Delmar Public Library Commission and the Delmar Public Library will not discriminate in its employment practices or its programs, activities and services because of age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Inquires may be made to the Director of the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940-0308. Phone 302-846-9894.