POLICY #1001
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: LIBRARY CARDS


PURPOSE: To detail card type, renewal, loan limits as well as fines and fees associated with application and renewal requirements for the Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) cards.

POLICY:
A CPL Card allows card owners to check out books, music, movies and more from all locations in Chesapeake. At chesapeakelibrary.org, card owners can access digital materials and online resources twenty-four (24) hours a day.
Individuals are limited to one (1) CPL card per person. Library cards are issued until fifteen (15) minutes before closing; exceptions may be made by Library staff.
Applicants of all ages must be physically present to receive a library card.


Verification: Traditional library cards and youth cards will be issued to eligible applicants upon completion of library card application and presentation of government-issued identification. Cards issued to minors offsite will not require adult identification, but will require a parent signature. E-cards will not require identification.

Types of Cards:

Traditional Library Cards

Traditional library cards require in-person presentation of a government issued identification with no previous CPL card on record. Patrons under 16 years of age must have a parent present to receive a traditional library card.
Loan Limits: 30 Items
Loan Period: Three (3) week loan period for materials in the general collection: books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, books on MP3, etc. Five (5) video games may be borrowed at one time. Loan periods for holidays, scheduled Library closures and inclement weather are globally adjusted. Book drops are available twenty-four (24) hours a day. (Library staff make every effort to process book drops in a timely manner, but it is the responsibility of the patron to ensure the materials are returned properly. Leaving materials outside the book drop does not ensure proper return.)
Item Renewal: Items may be renewed a max of two (2) times, unless item is on hold for another patron or in a special collection such as the Lucky Day collection. Accounts with balances of $10.00 or more and/or accounts with a fine amount more than ninety (90) days old are blocked from renewing materials online.
Holds: 15 items at one time
Fines and Fees: .20 per day, max item overdue fines 3.00. Fines begin to accrue once the item is overdue. If items are renewed when overdue, the account holder will owe fines for the period of time between the original due date and the day of renewal. (ILL fees are based on lending libraries and not subject to the same fine schedule or limit.)

Youth Cards

Youth cards may be issued at library branches to anyone under 18 years of age.
Loan Limits: 5 Items
Loan Period: Three (3) week loan period for materials in the general collection: books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, books on MP3, etc. One (1) video game may be borrowed at one time. Loan periods for holidays, scheduled Library closures and inclement weather are globally adjusted. Book drops are available twenty-four (24) hours a day. (Library staff make every effort to process book drops in a timely manner, but it is the responsibility of the patron to ensure the materials are returned properly. Leaving materials outside the book drop does not ensure proper return.)
Item Renewal: Items may be renewed a max of two (2) times, unless item is on hold for another patron or in a special collection such as the Lucky Day collection. Accounts with overdue or lost items are blocked from renewing materials online.
Holds: 5 items at one time
Fines and Fees: Youth cards will not be charged overdue fees, but will be subject to lost item charges. Youth cards will go into blocked status, rendering card holders unable to check out further library materials, until accounts are cleared of overdue items.

E-cards

E-cards are available without identification. Patrons may be issued e-cards that will allow access to digital materials and online resources by visiting any library branch in-person, and presenting their name and date of birth to Library staff.
E-cards are for online materials and databases only. Some services not applicable:
Loan Limits
Item Renewal
Holds
Fines and Fees


Business Cards

Licensed or non-profit groups, including daycares and classrooms, are eligible for Business Cards. Business Cards require the personal information of two (2) representatives who will assume fiscal responsibility for borrowed items.
Loan Limits- 30 items
Loan Period: Five (5) week loan period for materials in the general collection: books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, books on MP3, etc. Five (5) video games may be borrowed at one time. Loan periods for holidays, scheduled Library closures and inclement weather are globally adjusted. Book drops are available twenty-four (24) hours a day. (Library staff make
every effort to process book drops in a timely manner, but it is the responsibility of the patron to ensure the materials are returned properly. Leaving materials outside the book drop does not ensure proper return.)
Item Renewal – Items may be renewed a max of two (2) times, unless item is on hold for another patron or in a special collection such as Lucky Day collection. Accounts with balances of $10.00 or more and/or accounts with a fine amount more than ninety (90) days old are blocked from renewing materials online.
Holds- 15 items at one time
Fines and Fees- Business Cards will not be charged overdue fines, but will be subject to lost item charges.

STOLEN CARDS:

Card owners, legal guardians and parents are responsible for payment of fines and fees for overdue items, inter-library loan fees, lost, damaged or stolen materials. In the event a card is stolen and material is checked out and not returned, the card owner is responsible for the payment of those materials, unless a Police Report has been filed and is provided to Library staff. It is the responsibility of card owners to alert the Library if a card has been stolen.


CARD RENEWALS:

In order to ensure Library records remain accurate, card owners are required to renew their library card privilege every year. In order to update the patron’s account in the computer, patrons must call or come in and confirm Library records are correct. Any change in patron information requires an in-person library visit with proof of requested change.
It is the responsibility of the account holder to update their information; failure to do so does not exempt them from fees or fines accrued on their account.
A library card and PIN (Personal Identification Number) or a valid photo ID are required to access library accounts, check out materials, place materials on hold, and use public computers. Only those patrons whose name appear on the account or have established a relationship in the system are able to access materials.

POLICY #1002
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: CHARGES FOR MATERIALS


PURPOSE: To detail fines, fees, notices, bills, payment processes and collection of accounts.

OVERDUE ITEMS:

Charges for overdue items are detailed under Library Card Policy 1001

LOST ITEMS:

Material is considered lost when: it is 30 days overdue or a patron loses Library material, and notifies the Library. Account holders are charged the full replacement cost of the item. The replacement cost for an item is the single price listed on the item record.

  • The Library cannot accept replacements in lieu of payment.
  • If Library material is found within 30 days of payment, the patron can return the material for assessment, and apply for a refund.
  • The Library cannot accept the return of items declared lost on accounts that have been sent to the City of Chesapeake Treasurer for collections, and have been assessed a $30.00 non-refundable processing fee by the City Treasurer.

MISSING ITEMS:

Missing items are items returned without all the pieces associated with that item. This includes but is not limited to: a DVD or CD case returned without all its discs or booklets, Read-along kits returned without accompanying material, books returned without accompanying material. If items are not returned within 14 days of notification, the item will be assessed fees, and entered into the normal billing cycle. Items will accrue overdue fees in accordance with regular library policies, until all items are returned.

DAMAGED ITEMS:

In order to recover money needed for the repair or replacement of damaged library material, a non-refundable damage fee will be assessed, and patrons will be charged for damaged items returned to the Library in a state rendering material unusable by other patrons. Patrons will be notified about the charge via mail or email. An item is considered damaged when it is unable to circulate because of poor condition. Damage includes but is not limited to: soiling, liquids, personalization, graffiti, markings, negligence, destruction or abuse. Items exhibiting wear and tear from regular use and/or cosmetic imperfections may still be in circulation per Library staff discretion; those characteristics may be noted on the item’s record. Damaged items will remain available for inspection by the patron for 30 days. 

BILLING AND NOTIFICATION CYCLE

NOTICES AND BILLS (TIME SENT)

Pre-Due Notice (3 days before item due date) 

One Day Overdue Notice (1 day after due date) 

Seven Days Overdue Notice (7 days after due date) 

Fourteen Days Overdue Notice (14 days after due date) 

Thirty Days Overdue/Item Assumed Lost (30 days after due date)

First Bill (60 days after due date)

Final Bill (90 days after due date) 

Collections (120 days after due date) 

For accounts with fines not qualifying as Lost Assumed, the Library pursues the collection of balances owed through monthly notices.

OVERDUE ACCOUNTS

BLOCKED:

Traditional and Institutional Cards with balances of $10.00 or more and Juvenile Cards with overdue materials will be placed in blocked status. Blocked accounts are prohibited from checking out or renewing Library materials. 

TREASURER:

Accounts with lost item balances greater than $200.00 and more than one hundred-fifty (150) days old will be charged a non-refundable $30.00 administrative fee, and are pursuant to collection by the City Treasurer. 

  • Once an account is in the City Treasurer’s collection process, no further action can be taken by the Library including: setting up Library Payment Plans, accepting overdue items or payments, the waiving of any charges, or offering a claims-returned procedure.
  • Payment on accounts in Treasurer are made to the City of Chesapeake Treasurer. Payment information for the City Treasurer can be found online at cityofchesapeake.net.
  • Payments can be made online or in person at any City of Chesapeake Treasurer’s Office.  
  • The Treasurer processes eligible delinquent accounts weekly.  The Treasurer may assess a tax lien. 
    • A copy of the lien is mailed to the account holder or legal guardian one (1) week prior to mailing a copy of the lien to the account holder’s employer. The account holder has seven (7) days to pay the Library fees in full or to make payment arrangements with the Treasurer’s Office. Payment arrangements may be made to pay the account in installments prior to the lien being mailed to the employer. 
    • If the account is not paid, the Treasurer sends the tax lien to the account holder’s employer. When the account is paid in full, the Treasurer’s Office will send a release to the employer, update the account in the Library database, and delete Debt Set Off (DSO) claims, if applicable.
  • The Treasurer may issue a Distress Warrant on fees that cannot be collected through a tax lien. 
  • Each December, the Treasurer reports outstanding debt to the Virginia Department of Taxation. 

PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS:

All accounts, with the exception of accounts in Treasurer status, can be paid in one of the following ways.

  • ONLINE- Debit and credit card payments may be made at infopeake.org with either debit or credit card.  
  • IN PERSON- Payments may be made at any Chesapeake Public Library location with cash, personal check, money order, debit or credit card.
  • BY MAIL – Payment for fines and fees may be made by personal check or money order and mailed to: 

Chesapeake Public Library
Attn: Circulation Department
298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

o Checks are accepted for the exact amount only and must include: name, complete address, telephone number and driver’s license number.

o Checks must be made payable to “Chesapeake Public Library” or “City of Chesapeake”.

  • PAYMENT PLANS: Account holders with balances not in Treasurer status may be eligible for a Payment Plan. A Payment Plan may be arranged by a Circulation Supervisor, Library Manager or Designee. 

o Payment plan patrons may not check out Library materials. 

o Balances must be paid in full within 12 calendar months. 

REIMBURSEMENT:

Patrons may request reimbursement for payments made for lost items when the items have been found by the patron and returned to the Library.  

  • The account holder has thirty (30) days after initial payment to initiate a claim. 
  • Damaged item cannot be accepted for reimbursement.  Substitutions do not qualify for reimbursement.  
  • The item must be returned in person to a staff member at any Chesapeake Library location. 
  • Account holders are responsible for any overdue fines that may have accrued prior to paying for the lost item. 
  • There are no reimbursements for payments made to the City of Chesapeake Treasurer’s Office for lost items. 

POLICY #1003
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: INTERLIBRARY LOAN


PURPOSE: To make additional materials available to library cardholders by borrowing from other libraries.  

POLICY:  

  • CPL cardholders with accounts in good standing are eligible to request ILL items. 
  • ILL requests can be made in person or online at chesapeakelibrary.org  
  • Five (5) ILL requests and/or checked out items may be active at one time.  
  • Lending periods and renewals are determined by the lending institution. 
  • Fees will be charged for any costs assessed by obtaining ILL items, including postage fees charged by the lending institution. Patrons are responsible for fees whether or not they check out the requested item. Fees are paid upon presentation of ILL to patron. 
  • A patron who fails to pick up three (3) filed requests will have requests suspended.  
  • Some materials, such as new releases, audiovisual materials, genealogical items, microfilm, reference and research materials may not be available through ILL.  
  • ILL items returned after the due date are charged an overdue fine of .50 per day.  
  • Patrons are charged replacement costs for ILL items determined by the lending library.

POLICY #1004
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: RESERVING MATERIALS/ HOLDS


PURPOSE: To provide patrons with an opportunity to reserve materials that are currently checked out.

POLICY:

  • Holds may be placed on appropriate CPL materials by going online or through interaction with a staff member.
  • Holds are filled in the order in which they are received, and will be held for three (3) days after notification.
  • Holds are limited to fifteen (15) by traditional and business cards and five (5) for youth cards.
  • State and federal government documents, reference materials, professional materials, materials from the History Room, and materials from the Law Library may not be reserved by the general public.
  • Holds may only be placed by patrons whose cards are in good standing.

CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT
 
The Chesapeake Public Library strives to maintain a safe and secure facility for citizens and staff, free from distractions and/or behavior that could threaten the safety and enjoyment of others. It is up to all patrons and staff to monitor their own behaviors to ensure Library facilities are welcoming to all individuals. The Library reserves the right to restrict patron use if the Library’s Code of Conduct is violated.

Chesapeake Public Library patrons should expect courteous and respectful treatment in all interactions with staff and are asked to provide that same level of courtesy to staff members in return. 

While on Library premises, including the area and grounds surrounding the facilities, individuals are expected to refrain from activities that would disturb or impede on the rights of those around them, including, but not limited to: 

  • Soliciting individuals for any purposes not sanctioned by the Library or the City 
  • Loitering or obstructing the passage of others, or sleeping in public areas;  
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol or possessing drugs or alcohol (not related to alcohol purchased for the purposes of an event sanctioned by the City) 
  • Trespassing after Library operating hours 
  • Carrying a weapon, excluding those covered under permit or other applicable laws 
  • Using obscene or abusive language 
  • Wearing clothing that does not adequately cover or displays words or images offensive to others 
  • Destroying or defacing Library property 
  • Harassing, following or stalking Library patrons or staff
  • Bringing animals into the building, except for use in Library events, law enforcement animals or those covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act 
  • Engaging in or attempting to entice others into any sexual acts or exposing oneself  
  • Smoking near Library entrances or in Library facilities 
  • Any activity that presents a biohazard to staff or others

Persons using the Library should be aware of those around them and keep the volume of their conversations and/or media usage to a level respectful of others using the facilities.

Patrons are asked to maintain hygiene that is not offensive to those around them. 

Parents and Guardians are expected to communicate Library behavioral expectations and monitor the behavior and activities of minors using Library facilities. Minors using the Library can be subject to the same consequences of adult patrons, especially behavior that can be interpreted as dangerous or abusive.

Illegal activity or activity that threatens the safety of others, including verbal threats, will result in the police being notified and immediate removal from Library premises. Behavior that poses a direct threat to the safety of others will result in a permanent ban from Library facilities. 

Individuals who violate the Library Code of Conduct may be subject to the Library’s One-day, OneMonth, or Six-Month suspensions as determined by Library staff and Library Administration.

POLICY #1006
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: ANIMALS IN THE LIBRARY


PURPOSE: To establish guidelines related to the presence of animals in the Chesapeake Public Library and on Library premises.  

POLICY: 

To prevent possible damage to library facilities and property, and possible injury to library users and staff, animals (as defined in 3.2-6500 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended) are only permitted in the Chesapeake Public Library in the following circumstances: 

  • Service animals in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and accompanying regulations. 
    • In situations where it is not obvious that the animal is a service animal, staff may ask two specific questions:  
      • Is the animal a service animal, and 
      • What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
    • Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the animal, require that the animal demonstrate the task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability. 
  • Use or exhibition for library programming, as determined and approved by the Library Director or designee.
    • The Director will make the final decisions in regards to animals used for library programs. 
  • Animals on Chesapeake Public Library premises must be under the immediate control of their handlers. Animals must be properly restrained by harness, leash, or tether and must not infringe on another patron’s ability to use the Library. This includes:
    • Obstructing library entrances and exits
    • Molesting passersby
    • Barking, growling, jumping, scratching, or biting 
  • Handlers are expected to clean up after their animals while the animal is on Library premises. 

DEFINITIONS:  

  • Service animals are defined as dogs and miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
    • Examples of such work or tasks include:  
      • Guiding people who are visually impaired 
      • Alerting people who are hearing impaired 
      • Pulling a wheelchair 
      • Alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure 
      • Reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications 
      • Calming a person with PTSD during an anxiety attack
    • Service animals are working animals, not pets
    • The work or task an animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to a person’s disability.
    • Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under ADA. 
  • Miniature Horses:
    • Miniature horses can be accommodated as long as the Library can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size and weight, and as long as the horse’s presence will not compromise the legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the Library.

REQUIREMENTS:  

  • A service animal must be under the control of its handler.  
  • A harness, leash or other tether should be used unless a disability prevents the handler from use of a harness, leash, or tether, or it would interfere with the work of the service animal. In such cases, voice control, signals, etc. must be used.  
  • The Library may request that a service animal be removed from the facility, and further deny access, if the animal is out of control and the handler cannot regain control of the animal, or if the animal is not housebroken. However, the person may return to the Library without the service animal.

POLICY #1007
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: INTERNET ACCESS 


PURPOSE: To establish guidelines for Internet use by all Chesapeake Public Library users. 

POLICY: 
Internet access is available in all Chesapeake Public Libraries. All users are expected to use this resource in a responsible manner, conscious of the others using the computers around them. Use of Internet access provided by the Library to send, receive or display inappropriate materials, defined as text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene, is prohibited. Patrons exhibiting such behavior may be given a verbal warning or asked to leave, depending on the severity of the offense. Repeat offenders will be banned from using the Library for up to six-months at the discretion of Library Administration. Patrons are required to acknowledge the Library Internet policies posted with the login of a computer. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all computers are filtered. Patrons 18 and older can request a bypass of the filter for bona fide research purposes to be determined by Library staff. 

Electronic resources are not to be used for illegal purposes. Any use of computers and/or the Internet that interferes with the activities of the Library or its network, or is in violation of the laws regulations, and ordinances of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia and/or the City of Chesapeake, is strictly prohibited. Examples of such include, but are not limited to: harassment, libel, destruction of equipment or software, disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications, or unauthorized copying of copyright protected materials. 

Violations of any U.S., Virginia, or local laws or statutes, including but not limited to the following, can lead to prosecution: 

USC Title 18 Chapter 110 regarding the Sexual Exploitation and other Abuse of Children

USC Title 18 Chapter 71 Sections 1465-1468 regarding Distribution of Obscene Materials

Code of Virginia Title 18.2 Chapter 8 Article 5 regarding Obscenity and Related Offenses

Code of Virginia Title 18.2 Chapter 8 Article 6 regarding Juveniles

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986

Credit Card Fraud Act of 1984

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act

The Virginia Computer Crimes Act

The U.S. Copyright Act

Patrons are required to use their library card number and personal identification number (PIN) when registering for public computer use. Patrons who do not have a library card may request a guest pass or apply for an e-card. Guest users are allowed one pass per day for two sessions. Guest passes are subject to the same policies as a library cardholder with the exception of the number of sessions per day.

Patrons or guardians are responsible for the information selected or accessed by their children. Parents are strongly advised to remain with their children while they use the public computers. Patrons 17 and under can obtain a guest pass at the Library Manager’s discretion without a photo ID.

Due to space constraints, there is a limit of two patrons at each computer station.

Availability is managed by a first-come, first-served system for two hour blocks of time for computer stations. Four blocks are allowed per day with a library card. Time extension, during a session, may be provided at the discretion of the Library staff. 

All printing and downloading must be completed within the allotted time. There is a per page charge for printouts from the public computers. 

The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal devices. 

Stand-up email stations with a 15-minute time limits are provided as a courtesy to all patrons, and can be accessed without a library card by signing in as a guest.

POLICY #1008
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT 


PURPOSE: To ensure responsible handing of library equipment and to provide a comfortable environment for all patrons while making use of technology and other library equipment.  

POLICY:

Use of limited Library equipment, i.e. fax, copiers, is limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting. 

Copiers – Copiers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are .20 per page for black and white and .35 per page for color. 

Computers Computers are available for all patrons with a CPL card or with a guest pass.

  • Patrons can log in with their card or request a guest pass at any service desk.
  • Patrons may use the computer for two hour increments with a maximum of four logins per day.
  • If no one is waiting, patrons may sign up for back-to-back computer sessions. 
  • Staff can provide assistance with machines, but do not provide in-depth instruction.
  • Printing charges are the same as copier fees.

Typewriters Typewriters are available at some Library locations. Reservations are encouraged. Arriving fifteen minutes after a reservation may result in a cancellation, and time limits may be imposed, if other patrons need to use the typewriter. Patrons must bring their own supplies. 

Microfilm/fiche Readers  Central Library provides microfilm/fiche readers/printers. Staff will provide instruction on use. Copy fees are the same rates as copier fees.

Audiovisual Equipment AV equipment will not be checked out to the general public or to organizations for use outside the Library. Patrons are permitted in-house use of AV equipment when equipment and space are available. Equipment will be based on availability at each location. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to ensure availability. 

Fax Machines Fax machines are available at no cost for sending documents. Faxes cannot be sent internationally.  Patrons cannot receive faxes at the Library.

Personal Equipment  Patrons may use personal equipment in the Library, provided its use does not constitute a safety hazard or nuisance to other patrons or staff, and provided there is ample space for its use. 

  • Equipment using sound, including phones, must be kept at a volume that does not disturb others, or headphones must be used. Phone conversations must be kept to a volume that does not disturb other patrons.
  • Equipment that requires special arrangements must be approved by the Library Manager.

POLICY #1009
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: NOTARY PUBLIC


PURPOSE: To ensure that the capabilities, responsibilities and limitations of Chesapeake Public Library’s Notary Public services are clear to staff and patrons.

POLICY:  

The Chesapeake Public Library offers free Notary Public services for the benefit of Library patrons. The Library provides these services in accordance with the Virginia Notary Public Manual which can be accessed via: https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/secretary-of-thecommonwealth/pdf/2017-December-15-revised-Handbook-.pdf

A Library Notary Public duties include:  

  • taking acknowledgements,  
  • administering oaths and affirmations,  
  • certifying true copies of documents, except vital records and court-issued reports, 
  • certifying affidavits or depositions of witnesses, and 
  • performing other acts as permitted by law or CPL Notary Policy.

A Notary Public is an impartial witness, and is prohibited from notarizing a document that has already been signed. 

Notary Publics are prohibited from giving advice or instruction regarding documents to be notarized. 

Notary Publics may decline to provide Notary service at their discretion.

Documents that are declined by one Notary Public at the Library cannot be notarized by another Notary Public at the Library. 

Documents must be original, unaltered and complete, minus signatures, before Notary service is requested. 

Notary Publics are prohibited from pre-dating or post-dating. 

Notary Publics are prohibited from completing or notarizing government Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification).

General descriptions of documents notarized are kept for reference purposes. 

The Notary Public must be able to read and understand the language in which the document is written. 

Notary Publics must read each document thoroughly to ensure it meets notary requirements. 

Notary Publics and the customer seeking notarization must be able to communicate directly without using translators or intermediaries. 

Reservations are preferred to ensure availability. Notary Public services may not be available during lunch or on weekends due to staffing. Patrons are encouraged to call the specific Library location prior to arrival.

Notary Publics are limited to notarizing three (3) simple documents per person, per day. 

A simple document is defined as:  

  • A one (1) to two (2) page document with no more than two (2) signers, 
  • A document with no more than two (2) pages which need the notarial statement, and 
  • A document with clear indication as to where the signature should go

The Library will not provide witnesses. Witnesses are defined as persons with direct knowledge of the signer. Soliciting witnesses from patrons using the Library is prohibited.

Documents must be signed in the Notary Public’s presence. All signers must be present and provide current, unexpired, government-issued identification. 

Notary Publics are prohibited from preparing documents to be notarized.

Notary Publics at the Library will not notarize real estate transactions. 

By law, Virginia Notary Publics are prohibited from certifying true copies of vital records such as birth, marriage, death and court-issued documents, regardless of country of origin. The Notary Public may notarize a written affidavit of a copy and witness the signature. The responsibility for the consent of the written affidavit belongs to the person requesting the notarization of the affidavit. The Library is prohibited from taking responsibility for notarized copies that are deemed unacceptable for their intended purpose. 

Library staff may refer patrons to other Notary services.

POLICY #1012
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: MOBILE AND OUTREACH SERVICES


PURPOSE: To increase awareness of Library programs and services as well as reaching underserved communities. Outreach services are provided by individual Library locations through the coordinated effort of the Outreach staff. Outreach Services strive to create consistency of programming across Chesapeake, strengthen existing partnerships, create new partnerships and increase visibility of Library services.

Outreach services focus on six types of events:  

  1. Early Literacy Classes
    1. To qualify Childcare Centers must be licensed and have at least 15 children ages 3-5 enrolled. 
    2. Outreach will provide a maximum of 2 ELC-based Story-times, 15-20 minutes in length, once a month.
    3. Centers with Institutional cards can keep a collection of 30 charged items for up to 5 weeks. 
    4. Theme books will be provided as available.
  2. Curriculum Enrichment Classes
    1. To qualify, locations must be a licensed private facility, school group or community organization that will have a minimum of 15 participants for a planned event.
    2. Events may be requested as a one-time event or a series as staff availability permits.
  3. MakerVan
    1. To qualify locations must be a licensed private facility, school group, City department or community organization that will have a minimum of 15 participants for a planned event.
    2. Events may be requested as a one-time event or a series as staff availability permits.
  4. Community Engagement Service
    1. The event must provide a service or enrichment to the citizens of Chesapeake.
      1. Free community events will take priority over ticketed events.
      2. Ticketed events cannot use the Library as part of their solicitation.
      3. Stops that are along current routes may be given priority. 
    2. Sufficient staff and resources must be available. 
    3. Locations should allow cellular equipment and other independent electronic equipment to operate consistently.
    4. Staff will coordinate to avoid duplication of services provided by other Library locations.
    5. There must be room to maneuver and park the MEs to provide service. 
    6. Events will be evaluated on how they reflect on the mission of Outreach Services and the staffing and resources required to provide the service.  

Requests can be made through the following link: 

https://discover.infopeake.org/outreach-services-form/

POLICY #1013
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS


PURPOSE: To provide volunteer services which are a means by which the Library extends and enhances services to customers. The Library has historically benefited from considerable voluntary donations of time and resources by individuals and groups. The purposes of the volunteer services program is to: 

  1. Supplement the efforts of paid Library staff to meet demands for quality customer service; 
  2. Serve as a method for citizens to become familiar with the Library; 
  3. Provide an opportunity for citizens to volunteer and make positive contributions to their quality of life; and
  4. Provide teens an opportunity to develop skills transferable to an employment environment.

POLICY: 

The volunteer program is not intended to replace paid City positions, but rather will supplement the efforts of City employees in the delivery of services to our patrons. The Library will actively recruit, use and recognize the services of volunteers. Volunteers will be selected and placed in jobs that best meet the needs of the Library, the volunteers and the patrons.

All volunteers 18 and older are required to have a State Criminal History Record (police) check. Volunteers will be subject to all applicable rules and regulations that govern paid employees. Library employees may not volunteer with the Library. 

Students leaving 8th grade may apply to volunteer individually through the Teen Volunteer Application. Younger students may volunteer as part of a group, but must provide their own adult supervision. One adult per eight children is required for group volunteers. Students leaving 5th grade may apply to volunteer individually through the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Application.

POLICY #1015
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: LIBRARY SPONSORED PROGRAMS


PURPOSE: To ensure program and event creation and registration are uniform at all Chesapeake Public Library locations.

POLICY:

All programs are open to the public and are free of charge. The Library reserves the right to establish age limits and target audiences. 

Costs may be incurred at the discretion of Library Administration for the following types of events: 

  • Fundraising to benefit the Library or City, events sponsored by Friends of the Chesapeake Public Library, Chesapeake Library Board, Chesapeake Public Library Foundation or a pre-approved partner 
  • Sale of books, CDs or merchandise by authors, performers or vendors as part of an approved program or event 
  • Admission to cover the overhead associated with a special event

Library staff who present programs or plan events do so as part of their job responsibilities, and serve as representatives of the City. No events shall be approved for commercial, religious or partisan purposes, or for the solicitation of private business resulting in personal profit on behalf of the staff or presenter, excluding those events that include vendor agreements. 

In developing events and delivering programs, Library staff and performers ensure programs retain the high quality expected from Chesapeake Public Library. 

Programs will be developed and evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • Support of the strategic plan 
  • Budget and cost for the event 
  • Space and equipment required 
  • Community need 
  • Connection to other community events 
  • Presenter qualifications and event content

Attendance for programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be required for some programs. Publicity for programs will include information about registration. Registration may be required in advance or may be at the door. Only two registrations per person are allowed unless the patron is a parent with more than one child. To accommodate as many people as possible, patrons are encouraged to register at only one Library location for a program that is being offered at multiple locations. Patrons are encouraged to call the Library location if they are unable to attend the program for which they registered. 

Groups must call to register for programs. Failure of a group to arrive for a program at least ten minutes prior to the beginning of the program will result in giving the group’s reserved seats to others who are present. 

Future registration for programs may be denied for individuals or groups which habitually fail to provide prior notice when they are unable to attend programs for which they have registered.

Responsibility for programs rest with the Director. However, Library events can be created and implemented by any Library staff with approval through Library managers. All programs will follow criteria set forth by Library policy and in cooperation with Youth and Family Services and Adult Service Coordinators. 

Patrons with concerns regarding Library programs can direct those queries to Library managers or Library Administration. 

Exceptions to the policy may be made at the discretion of Library Administration.

POLICY #1016
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019  
SUBJECT: DONATIONS AND GIFTS    


PURPOSE: To establish guidelines and regular procedures for receipt management and disposition of funds or other properties received by Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) as gifts.  

CPL welcomes contributions and donations of book or non-book materials.  

POLICY: 

Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) accepts donations of books, DVDs, records, music CDs and other materials from individuals and organizations. Donated materials should be free of damage, mold, mildew, strong odors, bugs and be in good physical condition.  

Once accepted, donated materials become the property of CPL, and are not returnable. Donations may be added to the collection or given to Friends of the Library to further support the Library’s mission. The Library reserves the right to dispose of items unfit for use, sale or donation to partner organizations. 

Donated materials can be dropped off at any CPL location during regularly scheduled hours. Donors should make arrangements for large donations prior to arrival and provide manpower necessary to unload donations.  

A donation to the public library is tax deductible. For donor records, a Donation Tax Receipt is offered. The IRS code (see IRS Publication 561) places responsibility for estimating fair market value upon the donor.

POLICY #1017
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: AUTHOR VISITS, BOOK SIGNINGS AND DONATIONS 


PURPOSE: To provide a streamlined process for local authors to engage the public through book signings, donations and author events.
 
POLICY:
 

Chesapeake Public Library welcomes the opportunity to provide authors with space for meeting Library customers and to support the creative and literary expression of local writers.

Author Visits 

Chesapeake Public Library hosts an annual event celebrating writers, writing and publishing. All authors are eligible to apply for space at this event. During the event, selected authors will be provided space, tables and chairs, and may display, sell and sign books. There is no fee for participation. Space is limited; authors are encouraged to apply early. 

Staff may invite authors to participate in a Chesapeake Public Library event during the event planning process. Solicitations by authors for event consideration will not be accepted. 

Authors who wish to host a private event, not solicited by the Library are encouraged to reserve Library meeting space. Meeting Rooms and Conference Rooms may be booked by visiting infopeake.org  Fees and other guidelines apply.

Book Donations

Chesapeake Public Library will review donated materials, but does not guarantee their inclusion in the collection. Donated items become the property of the Library and are not returned. The same inclusion and retention guidelines apply to all Library materials as listed in the Collection Policy. The Library reserves the right to exclude or remove any title for any reason. Items not included in the collection will be repurposed in accordance with our Gift Policy. 

POLICY #1018
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: ART EXHIBIT AND DISPLAYS 


PURPOSE: To provide a consistent process for selecting and displaying materials curated by the public for the Library.  

POLICY:  

As an educational venue, Chesapeake Public Library embraces the opportunity to showcase a broad spectrum of carefully curated, thought-provoking materials.  Through each display, the Library encourages community-wide exploration of artifacts as wells as the ideas and issues that inspired them. 

The Art, Exhibits & Displays form is open to all artists and curators. Applicants must submit representative samples of their work, a biography and statement concerning the exhibit. 

The decision to approve an exhibit will be based on artistic quality, display space and appropriateness to a library setting. The Library Manager will make the final determination on inclusion and placement of display materials. 

Upon approval of the exhibit, the exhibitor will make arrangements with the Library Manager or designee to deliver and claim display materials. All materials must be display-ready upon arrival at the Library. The Library reserves the right to reject, remove or relocate displayed items as needed. All materials submitted as a curated collection must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit, including items that have been sold. 

The exhibitor is responsible for insuring displayed materials. Chesapeake Public Library is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen materials. 

The Library does not conduct financial transactions on behalf of artists or exhibitors. Contact information may be displayed for interested buyers. 

The Library may share information about current and upcoming exhibits and curators online and in print. The Library reserves the right to photograph materials displayed in the Library for promotional purposes. 

Excluding the aforementioned displays, due to space limitations, only Library and City of Chesapeake information can be displayed or handed out. Community partners wishing to have information displayed must submit information to the Public Information Coordinator. 

The Art, Exhibit & Displays form can be found by accessing the following link: 

https://discover.infopeake.org/artist-exhibitor-form 

POLICY #1019
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: LIBRARY PHOTO, VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORDING

PURPOSE: To clarify guidelines and expectations for creating photo, video and audio records involving Chesapeake Public Library.
 
POLICY:
Chesapeake Public Library is a public space open to all; photo, video and audio recordings are permitted as detailed below.
 
Commercial Use:
Chesapeake Public Library welcomes the opportunity to be featured in commercial productions. Any recordings intended for publication or promotional use require written permission from the Library Director. Chesapeake Public Library reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which the Library or its property will appear, either by name or visual representation. Upon approval of the request, fee and scheduling will be determined. 
 
Professional Use: Professional recordings are permitted provided the creation of such recordings does not infringe on the privacy of another patron, disrupt Library services, or block the flow of traffic.
 
Media & Press Use:
All public spaces are open to the media at all times. Notice of the intent to film is requested but not required. 
 
Unless notified in advance, staff must report the arrival of media at a library location to Library Administration, immediately.  
 
Personal Use: 
Patrons are encouraged to take photos and videos of the memories made at Chesapeake Public Library. By sharing content on Chesapeake Public Library’s Social Media pages, patrons grant the City of Chesapeake, including all its departments and agencies, a non-exclusive license to use, copy, store, republish, display, edit, modify or create derivative works of your photographs/videos in any form or medium, forever, without any further approval by you and without payment or consideration to you of any kind.
 
Library Use:
In order to report past and future experiences to citizens, Chesapeake Public Library staff and representatives may create recordings that include participants and Library visitors. The Library reserves the right to use these records in print and digital materials, as well as make them available to media outlets and event participants. 
All library patrons consent to the use of their likeness as described, unless they specifically inform staff of an objection to such use. To protect the privacy of individuals and children, individuals will not be identified using full names without written approval from the subject, parent or legal guardian. 
 
Prior to taking photos, staff will post the following notice to Library visitors: 
Smile! Chesapeake Public Library may take photos or recordings of Library visitors. These recordings help us show the community what the Library is doing. Individuals will not be identified using full names without written approval. If you prefer to not be photographed, please see a staff member.
Staff will honor all reasonable requests by patrons to delete or remove images and recordings.

POLICY #1020
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: ADVOCACY, RESOURCES AND POLITICAL ACTIVITY  


PURPOSE: To clarify the role of the Library in providing access to information on political topics.  

POLICY: 

Chesapeake Public Library champions free access to information. The Library does not support or show bias toward any individual, candidate, party or philosophy. Chesapeake Public Library strives to provide credible resources and tools to foster an empowered, engaged community. 

Library Advocacy:
Chesapeake Public Library may educate the public regarding Library legislation or any issue that may impact library services in the community or information regarding voter registration.

Political Activity on City Property:
Citizens with an intent to engage in political activity should review Chesapeake City Code, Section 46-16.

POLICY #1021
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AND RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS


PURPOSE: To provide an unbiased repository for the recorded expression of thought and to ensure that materials representing all points of view are available to the public while maintaining proper reporting of and response to incidents or complaints about Library materials. 

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:  

The Chesapeake Public Library will provide a representative selection of materials on subjects of interest to its users based on the collection development policies. 

Items selected for inclusion in the collection do not necessarily represent an endorsement of any theory or point of view. The Library will exercise impartiality, and will select materials that represent a wide range of viewpoints as far as budget, space, and availability of materials will allow. 

The CPL subscribes to the American Library Association’s positions on American Libraries, the Freedom to Read and the Freedom to View. 

CPL acquires materials of both permanent and current interests in all subjects and genres, based upon the merits of a work in relation to the needs, interests, and demands of the community. The Library will attempt to represent all approaches to public issues of a controversial nature. CPL does not sanction particular beliefs or views, nor is the selection of any given item equivalent to an endorsement of the author’s viewpoint. If a scarcity of information in a particular subject area exists, materials in that area may be selected, even though it does not meet the usually applied standards. 

Donations and suggestions for purchase are subject to the same evaluative criteria that are applied to purchased materials. 

RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS: 

Though the Library does not sanction any particular beliefs or views, at times, patrons may find Library materials that they deem “inappropriate”. When a patron wishes to file a complaint about Library material in the Chesapeake Public Library System collection, they may fill out at “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Library Material”. These forms are available at any public service desk at all Library locations. 

The completed form will be submitted to the Library Director who will submit the material for review by a review committee comprised of various Library staff. 

Patrons can request a copy of the Library’s decision six (6) weeks after a formal request is submitted.


Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

Thank you for your comments. This request will be formally reviewed by Library staff. Upon request, the Library will respond to citizen requests for review in approximately 6 weeks.
 
Title of Materials:______________________________________________________________________

Author of Material:_____________________________________________________________________

Have you read/viewed the material in its entirety? Yes __No __

Are you aware of critical reviews and other comments concerning the materials? Yes __ No __

What do you find objectionable about the material? Please cite specific passages, scenes and their relationship to the work as a whole. _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

What impact do you feel this material will have on the public?
_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

What action are you requesting?
___Reclassification to another section of the library
___Removal from the collection
___Other____________________________________________________________________________

Signature: ________________________________________________________Date:_______________

Please tell us a little about yourself:

Name:_____________________________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________________________

Phone:_____________________________________________________________________________

Email Address:______________________________________________________________________

Are you a Chesapeake Public Library Cardholder? Yes __ No__ 

Library Card Number:_________________________________________________________________

POLICY #1022
EFFECTIVE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
SUBJECT: USA PATRIOT ACT


PURPOSE: The USA Patriot Act was written in response to the terrorist actions of September 11, 2001. It expands law enforcement’s surveillance and investigative powers, and was signed into law on October 26, 2001. The CPL supports the Nation’s efforts to preserve and protect the many hard-fought freedoms Americans enjoy. The CPL also subscribes to the values detailed in the American Library Association’s Right to Privacy affirmations. 

POLICY:

It is the policy of the CPL to comply with all Constitutional judicial processes while preserving patron confidentiality to the extent allowed by law. The Library intends to comply with court ordered subpoenas and warrants expeditiously, yet, at the same time, the CPL is charged to protect the privacy of its patrons as stipulated in Virginia’s confidentiality laws. 

Chesapeake Public Library will not disclose to any individual, corporation, institution, government agent or agency confidential records without proper judicial process, defined as court ordered subpoenas and warrants. Confidentiality extends to “information sought or received, materials consulted, borrowed or acquired, and includes database search records, reference interviews, interlibrary loan records and all other personally identifiable uses of Library materials, facilities or services”. 

The CPL will seek legal advice on all court orders, and will ask that counsel be present before any search begins. It will follow subpoenas and warrants strictly to ensure that only the information requested is given. The CPL will also comply with all FISA court orders. 

The Chesapeake Library Director and Assistant Director are the only Library staff authorized to work with law enforcement, legal services or any other government organization requesting patron information. Parties requesting protected information need to contact Library Administration.

REFERENCES: 

USA PATRIOT Act

United States Code

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1801-1862

Virginia Code- Confidentiality Law

Virginia Freedom of Information Act, 2.2-3705