Services & Policies

Services

In addition to providing standard library services, the BFTL has four computers and printers available for patron use. Free Wi-Fi is also available. In addition to internet access, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint are installed on each computer.

Copier (15¢/page) and fax services (see librarian) are also available.

The Library also makes its space available to small groups or organizations that wish to meet during non-business hours. If you are interested in reserving space at the library, please see the library director, Sharon Vogel. It is agreed that the following rules will be abided by:

  • Berlin Library functions take priority over other meetings.
  • The building will be left in the same condition in which it was found. All windows and doors closed, all lights out. The thermostat should not be touched.
  • Any damage to the property will be billed to the individual or organization responsible.
  • All associated garbage and refuse must be removed by the responsible party.
  • The only accessible rooms are on the first floor. All other rooms are restricted unless special arrangements are made.
  • If the applicant is a “for-profit” organization, a Certificate of Insurance must be supplied.

Donations to the Berlin Free Town Library are encouraged and greatly appreciated in order to offset operating costs.


Policies

LIBRARY CARDS: Residents of Berlin or neighboring towns may obtain a borrower’s card with proof of residence. There will be no restrictions in issuing cards with respect to age, sex, ethnic background or religion.

RULES OF CONDUCT: Users of the Berlin Free Town Library shall conduct themselves with reasonable quiet and decorum customary in a public library. It is expected that the user will handle all library materials with care. Food, beverages and smoking are not allowed in the library.

USE OF LIBRARY EQUIPMENT: Equipment belonging to the Berlin Free Town Library shall be used only on library premises. The copier and fax machine shall be operated only by library staff. Other equipment may be used at the discretion of the library staff.

CONFIDENTIALITY: The BFTL is in compliance with New York State Law S 4509 in regards to library records.

CENSORSHIP: The BFTL fully subscribes to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. This policy was adopted by the board of trustees on June 5th, 1989. The Freedom to View was also adopted by the board of trustees on June 5th 1989 and was endorsed by the ALA council in 1990.

Additional policies, complaint procedures, by-laws and board meeting minutes are available upon request.