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Sumter County Library System

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The Sumter County Library System (SCLS) consists of five locations throughout Sumter County. Branch locations include:

Contents

  • Bushnell Public Library
  • E.C. Rowell Public Library
  • Panasoffkee Community Library
  • The Villages Public Library at Belvedere
  • The Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza
  • SCLS also operates the Library on Wheels with multiple stops in the community.

    Mission statement

    Connect. Inspire. Transform. Entertain. Discover.

    Library locations and hours

    Bushnell Public Library 402 N. Florida St. Bushnell, FL 33513 Phone: (352) 569-1790 Fax: (352) 569-1791 Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    E.C. Rowell Public Library 2810 C-478A Webster, FL 33597 Phone: (352) 569-1533 Fax: (352) 569-1534 Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Thursday-Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Library Administrative Office 7375 Powell Road Suite 150 Wildwood, FL 34785 Phone: (352) 689-4560 Fax: (352) 689-4561 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Library On Wheels 7375 Powell Road Suite 150 Wildwood, FL 34785 Phone: (352) 689-4569 Fax: (352) 689-4561 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm

    Panasoffkee Community Library 1500 CR 459 Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538 Phone: (352) 569-1940 Fax: (352) 569-1941 Hours: Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Wednesday-Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Villages Public Library at Belvedere 325 Belvedere Boulevard The Villages, FL 32162 Phone: (352) 689-4690 Fax: (352) 689-4691 Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza 7375 Powell Road Suite 100 Wildwood, FL 34785 Phone: (352) 689-4580 Fax: (352) 689-4581 Hours: Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Wednesday-Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Library Policies

    How to get a card

    Sumter County Library System (Library) provides a free borrower’s card to any resident of the State of Florida who completes an application. A borrower’s card allows customers to check out library materials and have access to online databases. An applicant must present a current photo identification (ID) and provide proof of a current Florida address. Juveniles under the age of 16 need parental or legal guardian consent to obtain a card. The parent/legal guardian must be present or have a signed application and a copy of their driver’s license/Florida ID card. Use of library card indicates agreement to follow the Public Service Policy. Library cards are non- transferable and need to renewed annually to ensure correct contact information.

    Any of the following may be accepted as proof of residency: •Valid Florida driver's license •Valid Florida ID card •Florida voter registration card •Current utility bill •Florida property tax bill •Checks with imprinted name and Florida address •Valid school ID •Villages ID card

    Loan Periods and Loan Limits

    New Books

    14 day check out 10 New Books per card

    Books , Audio Books and Music CDs

    28 day check out No limits

    Entertainment DVDs and Games

    7 day check out 10 Entertainment DVDs or Games per card

    Devices

    14 day check out 1 device per card

    Magazines

    Current issues are non-circulating 14 day check out for previous issues 10 magazines per card

    Books by Mail

    28 day check out 5 Books per card

    Reference Material

    Non-circulating

    eBooks

    14 day check out 5 eBooks per card

    Interlibrary Loan (Books only)

    21 day check out No renewals 4 Interlibrary loans per card

    Any circulating item excluding Interlibrary Loans may be renewed twice unless a hold exists on the item.

    Fines and Fees

    Borrowing privileges will be suspended for cardholders with accumulated fines and fees totaling $10 or more. There is a maximum fine of $5 per item.

    New Material $.10 per day, per item Books and Audio Books $.10 per day, per item DVD and Games $.50 per day, per item Music CD's $.10 per day, per item Magazines $.10 per day, per item eReaders $1.00 per day Interlibrary Loan $1.00 per day, per item Lost Library Card $1.00 per replacement Prints and Photocopies $.10 per page Fax (incoming and outgoing) $.50 per page excluding the cover page Discs returned with no case $1.00 per replacement case

    Holds

    Any circulating item, including materials currently on order, may be placed on hold for pickup at any Library location. Items on hold may be borrowed for their usual loan period (see Loan Periods and Loan Limits).

    Customers are encouraged to place holds directly on the library online catalog at www.sumterpubliclibrary.org or by contacting the library. The customer will be notified by a automated notification system when the requested item becomes available. Available holds must be picked up at the library within five business days of notification.

    Interlibrary Loan

    Interlibrary loans are materials loaned to library customers from other libraries. They are not a primary tool of collection development but can be used to expand the range of materials available to library customers.

    Based on the varying lending rules that affect format availability, the SCLS will only submit requests for books. Based on the varying lending rules that affect recent publication availability, requested items must also have a date of publication that is older than one (1) year in order to be submitted.

    Patrons are limited to a maximum of four (4) items requested and checked out at a time. Interlibrary loans’ lend period is 21 days with no renewals to ensure timely return to the lending library. Late fines on interlibrary loans are assessed at $1.00 per day per item.

    Interlibrary loans are only available to the customer that originally requested the item. If another customer requests the item, another interlibrary loan request must be submitted.

    Confidentiality

    Sumter County and its authorized agent provides confidentiality of registration and circulation records in accordance with Florida Statute Section 257.261.

    Florida Statute Section 257.261 restricts libraries from revealing any information about customers or their records without a court order except in the following cases: • Information may be disclosed directly to the library customer named in the records; or • In the case of a library customer less than 16 years of age, Sumter County and its authorized agent may give information on the materials borrowed by the child to a parent or legal guardian named in the record for the purpose of collecting fines or recovering overdue materials. • Disclosure of this information only applies to overdue materials and not to the entire circulation record to the minor customer.

    Scope

    Sumter County and its authorized agent strives to protect customer confidentiality in relation to items used in or checked out of the library and to information sought through the Library and the Library’s reference services. In accordance with Florida Statutes, registration and circulation records are confidential and disclosure of these records is limited to the customer him/herself. All other disclosure of these records is permitted only by court order.

    Responsible Data Practices

    No user data is retained that is not essential to the functioning of a library service. Information is available only to Sumter County and its authorized agent that must use it in the course of their duties.


    Unattended Children

    The Library welcomes the use of its facilities and services by children. To ensure the welfare and safety of children in the library, children under the age of 12 should have an authorized guardian (parent, legal guardian, or caregiver) in the immediate vicinity of or in visual contact with the child while in the library. Authorized guardians are required to accompany children while in the library.

    Procedure

    Staff will follow the below procedures with unattended children under age 12 in the library. 1.The staff member shall attempt to identify the child and attempt to locate the authorized guardian within the library or on the grounds. 2.When authorized guardian is located, the staff member will explain the policy on unattended children. 3.If unable to locate the authorized guardian within the library, the staff member will attempt to contact the parent or caregiver by telephone. 4.If the authorized guardian has not been located within 30 minutes, or by the time the library is to close, the Sheriff’s Office or City Police will be called, depending upon the location of the library. 5.Under no circumstance will the library staff member take the child out of the library. 6.Two staff members will remain with the child until the authorized guardian or the Sheriff/Police arrive and the situation is resolved.

    Technology Access

    The use of library public access computers and devices constitutes acceptance that users will comply with federal, state and local laws, as well as Library policies. Library staff are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to prohibit use by persons who fail to comply with this Technology Access Policy as stated or implied herein.

    Computer Workstations

    The Library established procedures for the responsible and equitable use of public workstations. These procedures include monitoring workstations for security purposes and conformance with this Internet Access Policy. Computer sessions are typically one hour in length. Session lengths may be extended depending upon computer availability. Registration is required. Printing is available from all public access computers with charges as established in the Fee Schedule.

    Internet Access

    Internet resources accessible through the library are provided equally to all library users. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Only authorized guardians may restrict their children from access to Internet resources accessible through the library.

    Safety

    The Library supports the right of authorized guardians to direct children in the use of the Internet. The Library encourages authorized guardians to review and discuss online safety and security with their children.

    The Library encourages minors to follow basic safety guidelines in using the Internet, electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communication including but not limited to: Never giving out personal information such as name, address, telephone number or school; Never arranging via a computer to meet someone in person; Never responding to messages that are threatening or suggestive; Remembering that people online may not be who they say they are.

    In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library provides filtered Internet access on all public access computers. Filtered Internet access may restrict access to sites that could be deemed inappropriate, objectionable or harmful to minors, but may also limit access to sites that have legitimate research value. No filtering system is completely effective or efficient. Authorized guardians are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. Adult customers may submit a request for consideration to unblock a specific site. Customers may not make unauthorized disclosure of, use of, or dissemination of a minor’s personal information by means of the Internet, e-mail or any other electronic technology.

    Security

    Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida Statute Section 815.05. Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities are prohibited.

    Sumter County and its authorized agent avoid collecting or maintaining records that could compromise the privacy of customers. Nevertheless, customers must also exercise caution when using the Internet to avoid unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information.

    Sumter County and its authorized agent is not responsible for insuring the privacy of information transferred over the public network. Due to the fundamentally insecure nature of public computer networks, the use of its computers for online purchasing, electronic banking, or other financial transactions is not recommended.

    While Sumter County and its authorized agent do not block these activities, it does not ensure the provision of secure connections to support them; it does not provide support or troubleshooting for electronic financial transactions, and is not liable for any financial transactions.

    Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in all library buildings. Wi-Fi networks are not configured with security and Sumter County and its authorized agent is not responsible for insuring the privacy of transferred information. Sumter County and its authorized agent assume no responsibility for the safety of wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library’s wireless Internet access.

    All customers are expected to abide by the rules of the Library and to cooperate with this Internet Access Policy. Customers not abiding by the rules and policies of the Library may be asked to relinquish their use of a public access computer and/or be asked to leave the library.

    3D Printing The Library’s 3D printer is available to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. 3D printer cannot be used to create material that is: •Prohibited by local, state or federal law. •Considered unsafe, harmful, or dangerous. • Obscene or inappropriate. • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights.

    The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

    Individual 3D Prints are charged at the cost per gram of filament used for print creation.

    Code of Customer Conduct

    The Library aims to offer customers the proper atmosphere in their usage of the library by establishing basic rules of conduct. The following basic rules of conduct prevent behavior which either subconsciously or unconsciously violates or restricts the right of customers or staff to use the library.

    •Covered drinks and light snacks (finger foods) are permitted and trash must be disposed of in a trash receptacle before leaving. •As a courtesy to others, customers entering the library with a cell phone or similar device must set the device to a non-audible signal. Cell phones should be answered promptly and if possible taken outside the library so as not to impose on other customers’ library usage. •The use and/or sale of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are not permitted in the library. •Shirts and shoes must be worn in the library. Bathing suits are not permitted. •Unpleasant body odor, which may offend other library customers or staff, is considered unacceptable. •The Library follows the Sumter County Animals in County Buildings Policy which can be accessed on the Sumter County website. •Customers may bring sports equipment into the library while they use the facility but they may not use the equipment inside or on library premises. •The use of profane, obscene or offensive language is prohibited. •Any damage or defacement of library materials or property will be reported to the Sheriff’s Office or City Police. •Misusing the library’s restrooms is not permitted. •Loitering is not permitted. •Customers are not allowed to enter selected areas of the library to include but not limited to any staff work area, storage room, mechanical room, and meeting rooms without prior approval by Sumter County and its authorized agent. •Threatening behavior is not allowed including but not limited to abusive and threatening language and gestures toward staff and customers, violence, threats of violence and possession of weapons. The Sheriff’s Office or City Police will be contacted in the event such behavior occurs. •As protected by Florida Statutes Section 877.03, disorderly conduct is not permitted in any public library. This includes but is not limited to physical or verbal fighting, talking loudly or shouting, and willfully exposing body parts. The Sheriff’s Office or City Police will be contacted in the event such behavior occurs. •Soliciting customers or staff for donations or purchase and for the purpose of obtaining signatures on petitions is not allowed inside library facilities, unless officially sponsored or approved by the governing agency. •Interfering with another person’s right to use the library or with the library staff’s performance of their duties is not allowed. Continued instances of noncompliance will be grounds for suspension of library privileges, including denial of access to the library. Service Complaint Resolution

    Feedback from the community is welcomed by the library and is used to identify areas for potential service level improvement. Complaints will be remedied as close to the point of service as possible. If the customer is not immediately satisfied with the explanation given or action by the attending staff member, the customer will be referred to the library supervisor and library director. If the complaint is not resolved, this customer shall be referred to the Sumter County Library Single Administrative Head (LSAH).

    Meeting Room Use

    The Library offers the community with a welcoming place for community interaction. Library meeting rooms are available for reservation and use by community groups.

    Meeting rooms are available for the community to reserve and use by agreeing to the following guidelines: • Organizations may not conduct financial transactions on the premises or perform fee- based services. • Sumter County and its authorized agent assume no responsibility for personal injury to any individual using the library meeting room and loss, theft, or damage of property of any group or individual using the library meeting rooms. • Meetings must be held during the library’s operating hours and vacated at least 15 minutes prior to closing. • Applications to use the meeting room will be accepted and approved on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to Sumter County Board of County Commissioners events and library sponsored or co-sponsored programs and events. • Reservations may be made no more than six (6) months in advance. • Sumter County or its authorized agent reserves the right to cancel a scheduled meeting if the room is needed by Sumter County or its authorized agent for an event. • If a meeting or program is cancelled, the library shall be notified in advance. • Groups are responsible to comply with copyright laws and to secure all necessary performance rights for their use of film, video, music and other media. • Permission to use the meeting room does not in any way imply endorsement of the group or entity using the facility by Sumter County or its authorized agent. • Attendance shall not exceed the occupancy limit for the designated meeting room. • Each group is responsible for its own publicity and shall not include the library as a contact for information. • Materials are not to be attached to the wall, windows, doors, or furnishings except at designated signage areas. • The meeting room must be left in the original condition in which it was found. The applicant will be held responsible for loss or damage resulting from room use. • The sponsoring organization is responsible for keeping any refreshments served within the meeting room and cleaning up afterwards. • Setup and cleaning time will be included in the meeting room reservation time. • Sumter County or its authorized agent reserves the right to deny future use of the meeting room to any group or organization that does not follow this meeting room policy. • Each group is responsible for complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for its respective events.

    References

    Sumter County Library System Wikipedia


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