Welcome to the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton, MA. We encourage you to become a library user and request that you abide by the following policies and procedures.
Library cards are free and expire every two years. In order to obtain a card, you must apply in person with a valid form of identification. Valid identification for an adult user must show your name and current address. Forms of ID include, but are not limited to, a driver’s license or a delivered piece of mail. Any child under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian approve the card. A parent assumes the responsibility for that child for any fines or fees that may occur.
No person may get a library card if the library in their own town is not certified by the MBLC.
You must have a valid library card from any CWMars-affiliated library. Please keep the library apprised of any changes to your address or telephone number.
The library reserves the right to deny borrowing privileges to any patron who is delinquent in Paxton or any other library. If you owe over $10.00 in fines you will not be allowed to borrow any further materials until your fines are rectified.
It is up to a parent to supervise their children’s borrowing habits. The library does not restrict any materials based on the age of the patron.
We request that patrons have their library cards when checking out materials.
Books are normally loaned for 3 weeks, magazines for 2 weeks and DVDs for one week. Materials will automatically renew for the same time period if not returned. We do request, however, that patrons make an effort to return any new materials as soon as possible so that other patrons may have a chance to enjoy them.
1. When the library is open, please return your materials to the front desk. If we are closed, materials may be put in the book drop. The book drop is only checked when we first open, so if your material is due that day, you may accrue a fine if it is not brought to the desk.
2. The library reserves the right to limit the number of materials borrowed, especially during periods of high demand, such as school assignments including summer reading, or holiday books.
3. Damaged or lost materials must be replaced prior to being able to borrow additional materials.
4. Overdue materials accrue the following fines and fees:
$.10 per day for all material types
$1.00 per day for DVDs with a maximum fine of $5.00
The Richards Memorial Library is open to all and strives to provide access to information, books, videos and other materials for all. We therefore request that courteous behavior be observed by our patrons to ensure it is a pleasurable experience for all.
PLEASE ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING RULES:
There is a baby changing station in the main bathroom. Should you change your child, we request that you take any soiled diapers out with you. A bag is available at the front desk.
The Richards Memorial Library serves as an educational and recreational community resource. We strive to enrich lives, build community, and grow knowledge by bringing people, information and ideas together.
The Richards Memorial library in Paxton adheres to the Library Bill of Rights in the choosing of materials and its availability to all regardless of age, gender, or nationality. The Library strives to serve the needs of patrons with diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
The Richards Memorial Library strives to protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality. In order for patrons to make full and effective use of the library, they must feel unconstrained by the possibility that others may become aware of the books they read, the materials they use or the questions they ask. Therefore the Richards Memorial Library adheres to the following guidelines and does not divulge information regarding the following:
Any information on a patron which is not readily available in public records (such as a street address or telephone number).
Borrowers’ records and their contents. The Richards Memorial Library will not reveal the borrowing record, fines, or reserve records to any person other than the owner of the library card to which they are assigned.
The frequency or content of a patron’s lawful visit, and they will not disclose to any individual, institution, or government agency without a valid process, order or subpoena. The library shall resist until such time as is proper showing has been made in a court or competent jurisdiction.
However, parents or legal guardians who are responsible for a child’s library materials may obtain information about the records of that child.
Chapter 78, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General laws
As Amended by Chapter 180, Acts of 1988
Section 7. A town may establish and maintain public libraries for its inhabitants under regulations prescribed by the city council or by the town, and may receive, hold and manage any gift, bequest or devise therefore. The city council of a city or the selectmen of a town may place in such library, the books, reports and laws which may be received from the commonwealth.
That part of the records of a public library which reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using such library shall not be a public record as defined by clause Twenty-sixth of section seven of chapter four. Library authorities may disclose or exchange information relating to library users for the purposes of inter-library cooperation and coordination, including but not limited to, the purposes of facilitating the sharing of resources among library jurisdictions as authorized by clause (1) of section nineteen E or enforcing the provisions of sections ninety-nine and one hundred of chapter two hundred and sixty-six.
1. Materials will be selected by the librarian to reflect a varied point of view, the importance of the collection as a whole, their permanent value, current interests, and when possible, controversial issues.
2. The collection of books is constantly under scrutiny and will be weeded and discarded on a regular basis. This will allow the collection to stay current.
3. The librarian will make every effort to pick materials based on the age, background, abilities and interests of the patrons.
4. Textbooks are not purchased.
5. Gifts of books are accepted with the same criteria in mind as newly purchased materials.
6. The children’s collection has been especially selected to enrich a child’s literary journey and we strive to cover all fields of knowledge. Although we may assist a child in the choosing of materials, the responsibility for a child’s choice of reading material rests with his or her parent or guardian.
7. The library does not monitor or restrict the borrowing privileges of any child unless a parent notifies the library of a restriction.
We wish to encourage the use of the library by all children and strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for young readers. In order to provide for the safety and general welfare of all persons using the library, please adhere to the following:
As a participant in the Library Incentive Grant/Municipal Equalization Grant (LIG/MEG) program administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Richards Memorial Library must comply with requirements regarding use of its collection that are specified in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 19A & B and further defined in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (605 CMR 4.00).
Last updated November 15, 2019.