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SECTION 1: Library Mission

SECTION 2: Collection Development Policy

2.1 Selection Criteria
2.2 Special Aspects of Materials Selection
2.2.1 Suggestions
2.2.2 Donations
2.2.3 Monetary Gifts
2.2.4 Memorials and Honorariums
2.2.5 Presentations
2.3 Systematic Withdrawal of Materials (Weeding)
2.4 Duplication and Replacement of Material
2.5 Alternative Information Resources
2.6 Reconsideration of Library Materials

SECTION 3: Cardholder Policies

3.1 Card Types
3.1.1 Resident
3.1.2 Non-Resident
3.1.3 TexShare
3.2 Proof of Residency

SECTION 4: Circulation Policies

4.1 Rules for Borrowing Library Materials
4.2 Checkout Periods
4.3 Fines
4.4 Renewals
4.5 Requests
4.5.1 Items Marked Checked In
4.5.2 Items Marked In Processing

SECTION 5: Computer Use Policies

5.1 Adult Public-Access Computers
5.1.1 Logging in to a Computer
5.1.2 Printing
5.2 Computer User Guidelines
5.2.1 General Guidelines
5.2.2 User Responsibilities
5.2.3 Prohibited Uses
5.3 Laptops Library Use
5.3.1 Loan Periods and Availability
5.3.2 Liability
5.4 Wireless Network

Section 1: Library Mission

The Round Rock Public Library proudly serves its dynamic and growing community by providing high quality resources, services, and programs. back to top

Section 2: Collection Development Policy

The collection of the Round Rock Public Library is developed to meet the tastes and needs of the average resident. Funds are inadequate to create and maintain collections that duplicate the area school and university collections, unless such materials also support the average adult resident.

Technical material, or material of an extremely narrow interest, will not usually be considered for ordering. Likewise, such donations will not likely be retained. If there is a need for a specific title or a very narrow subject range, the customer will be directed to use interlibrary loan.back to top

2.1 Selection Criteria

Judgments of subject specialists, professionally trained librarians, and qualified book reviewers in national and international magazines provide a balance of opinion as the basis for selection. Though a variety of criteria is used for each subject area, the final decision is based on the value of the material to the library and its public, regardless of the personal taste and opinions of the selectors. These standards apply equally to materials purchased, requested for inclusion, and accepted as gifts. Certain general criteria are as follows:

  • The author's significance as a writer and/or reputation as an authority on the topic.
  • Importance of the subject matter to the collection.
  • Comparison to other works in the field.
  • Scarcity of material on the subject.
  • Timeliness or permanence of the work.
  • Appearance of title in special bibliographies or indexes.
  • Reputation of the publisher.
  • Authoritativeness.
  • Availability of material elsewhere in the area.
  • Price.
  • Format.
  • Attractiveness or appropriate binding which can be reinforced to withstand public use.
  • Currency of information.

The collection may include:

  • Works of recognized authors, within the realm of each author's specific contribution, regardless of his moral or political reputation.
  • Works of potential historical significance, regardless of political, scientific, or social variance.
  • Audio/Visual materials that have educational or entertainment value.

Excluded from selection:

  • Textbooks and curriculum-related works unless they are considered useful to the general reader.
  • Scholarly and technical materials that are carried by academic or special libraries.
  • Workbooks that encourage filling in blanks.
  • Self-published works unless they are reviewed positively in established review sources, have local significance, or are otherwise deemed to be quality work suitable for the collection.
  • Collector items, such as rare books. The library does not have the resources or staff necessary for the development, maintenance, and display of this kind of a collection.back to top

2.2 Special Aspects of Materials Selection

There are five types of materials acquisitions which are not initiated by library staff. These include patron suggestions, used item donations, monetary gifts, memorials and honorariums, and presentations.

Patrons may suggest that a particular item be purchased. If the suggested item meets the collection development guidelines and if there is sufficient funds, such items will be purchased. Patrons need to review the instructions and fill out a patron suggestion form.

A used item donation is material which has been used by someone previously. Receipts are given if the donor asks for one. Donors are responsible for recording donations and estimating the value of the materials. The donor will be informed that the material will possibly be added to the collection, used as a prize, placed in the book sale or given away. Items which do not meet the book selection criteria will be rejected.

Monetary gifts are cash donations. The donor may specify the types of material he wishes the library to obtain. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library.

Memorials and honorariums are materials or funds donated in the name of an individual. Funds collected for a memorial or honorarium should cover the cost of the book or other material being purchased. The staff will inform the donor of any problems in obtaining material with the available funds. If donated funds are not sufficient to cover the cost of an item, or if there is not a specific item in mind, the donor may wish to donate to the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library or have the funds placed in the Library Development Fund for future purchases.

If a specific title is donated or requested, the inclusion of the specific item must meet the selection criteria. When specific titles are not requested, the library staff will make every effort to obtain a memorial or honorarium title which has lasting value. For this reason, best sellers and mass market paperbacks are usually avoided. Staff members assigned to purchasing particular types of material will make the selection, keeping the importance of "lasting value" in mind. A plate designating the memorial or honorarium will be included in or on the material requested or donated.

Presentations are pre-purchased books, usually new, offered by individuals or organizations. Inclusion of specific titles must meet the selection criteria. A plate designating the presentation will be placed in or on the material donated.

Once a donation has been received, a thank you card will be sent to the donor and an announcement card sent to the family of the deceased or the person being honored, the organization or individual making a presentation, or the donor of a monetary gift.

After a period of time, a memorial, honorarium, or presentation will be withdrawn due to wear, obsolescence, or loss. In most cases, the item will not be replaced, especially in the case of obsolescence. If an item is replaced, a new plate will be placed in the book.back to top

2.3 Systematic Withdrawal of Materials (Weeding)

Library materials are reviewed regularly (approximately every 2-3 years) for currency of information, use, and availability of more appropriate material. Collection development librarians use the CREW manual as guidance in withdrawing materials. Materials will usually be removed if:

  • More current statistical or factual material is available in the collection. This includes information found via electronic resources.
  • The information is no longer valid and may be dangerous (primarily medical or legal information).
  • The material is aged (yellow and brittle), water stained, moldy, or contains tears, markings or underlining and cannot be restored or is not valuable enough to restore.
  • Duplicate copies are no longer needed to fulfill demand.

Library material which is withdrawn will be disposed of as follows:

  • If attractive and likely to sell, the item will go to the Friends of the Library for their book sale.
  • If worn, obsolete, or unattractive and not likely to sell, the item will be recycled or discarded.
  • In some instances, the book will be donated to an area public or school library or to another non-profit organization.back to top

2.4 Duplication and Replacement of Material

Wide demand for timely and significant materials will require duplication. Demand for individual titles is monitored and additional copies are purchased to meet that demand.

Materials are withdrawn from the collection due to loss, wear, damage, dated information, or low demand. These materials are not automatically replaced with the same title, though they may be replaced with a newer title. The decision for replacement is made with regard to several factors:

  • The demand for the particular title or subject.
  • The number of duplicate copies in the collection.
  • The importance of the author and the significance the particular title holds among the author's works.
  • The availability of better material, already in the collection or in the book market.back to top

2.5 Alternative Information Resources

The library realizes that its role goes beyond that of providing material in "hard copy," whether that information is in print, audio, video, or digital format. The library will provide access to various forms of information through print and electronic media.

Traditional forms of information referral will also be practiced. This includes directing the customer to other agencies which would have the requested information or other libraries which may have information the customer is looking for. back to top

2.6 Reconsideration of Library Materials

The library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selections are not made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but on the merits of the material and collection needs. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for monitoring materials used by their own children. Library selection decisions are not influenced by the possibility that materials may be accessible to minors.

Patrons requesting that an item be withdrawn from the collection may complete a “Request for Reconsideration” form. Copies are available at the service desks in the library. back to top

Section 3: Cardholder Policies

The Round Rock Public Library is funded through City property taxes. People who live within the city limits of Round Rock pay these property taxes and no additional fee is required to obtain a library card.

People who live outside the city limits of Round Rock do not pay taxes in support of the library and must pay a non-resident fee to obtain a library card.

To determine if you are a resident of the City of Round Rock, use the following address checker to see if your address is within the city limits of Round Rock.

 

3.1 Card Types

3.1.1 Residents

Single Cardholders:

For the first 30 days, single resident cardholders may check out 5 items at a time. After that, card holders with a valid TDL# or TID# on file can check out 15 at once.

Family Cardholders:

For the first 30 days, family resident cardholders may check out 15 items at a time. After that, card holders with a valid TDL# or TID# on file can check out 45 at once. back to top

3.1.2 Non-Residents

Short-Term Cardholders:

$7 for three months of library service. For the first 30 days, single resident cardholders may check out 5 items at a time. After that, card holders with a valid TDL# or TID# on file can check out 15 at once.

Single Cardholders:

$25 for 12 months of library service. For the first 30 days, single non-resident cardholders may check out 5 items at a time. After that card holders with a valid TDL# or TID# on file can check out 15 at once.

Family Cardholders:

$40 for twelve months of library service. For the first 30 days, family non-resident cardholders may check out 15 items at a time. After that, card holders with a valid TDL# or TID# on file can check out 45 at once.  back to top

3.1.3 TexShare

TexShare is a statewide program that helps libraries and their patrons share resources.

Residents:

Residents can request a TexShare card free of charge from Round Rock Public Library 30 days after they receive their library card.

  • Take your Round Rock Public Library TexShare card to any other TexShare library, and you can register as a member of that library without paying out-of-district fees.
  • Each library makes rules about the services TexShare members can receive from that library. Most libraries allow TexShare members to check out materials.

Non-Residents:

Non-residents who have purchased a Round Rock Public Library card have access to the library's full range of services, including eligibility to get a TexShare card from Round Rock Public Library.

  • After 30 days as a library member, Non-resident card holders may request a TexShare card to take to other TexShare libraries.

The Round Rock Public Library will honor TexShare cards from other TexShare member libraries. Read our TexShare lending policies. back to top

 

3.2 Proof of Residency

The following documentation is required when getting a library card:

  • A valid Texas Driver's License or Texas ID card with current address.

OR

  • A photo ID AND a printed document that includes your name and current address, such as a car insurance card, a bill, a check, a bank statement, or a lease.back to top

Section 4: Circulation Policies

4.1 Rules for Borrowing Library Materials

Members must be in good standing to use the Library and its resources. To remain in good standing you agree that you will abide by all library policies including the following:

  • Outstanding fines must be less than $5.00.
  • Prompt notice of change of address, name, phone number, or email address must be given.
  • Prompt notification of card loss is required.
  • Payment of all fines/penalties assessed against me or any others using my card with or without my permission.
  • Reimbursement to the City the current market cost of a new item that has the same or similar title and binding, to replace all lost or damaged library materials.
  • Reimbursement to the City for costs, expenses, attorney's fees, and municipal court charges if legal procedures occur due to my non-compliance with any applicable ordinances, policies, and procedures.back to top

4.2 Checkout Periods


 

Checkout 

Renewals 

Are Holds Allowed?

Books 

3 weeks 

3 weeks from renewal date

Yes 

New Books 

2 weeks 

2 weeks from renewal date

Yes

Bluebonnet Books 

2 weeks 

 2 weeks from renewal date 

Yes

All Audiovisual Items

3 weeks 

3 weeks from renewal date

Yes 

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4.3 Fines

Overdue Fines:
$0.20 per day, up to an $8.00 maximum per item.

Fines are charged on holidays as well as on the days we are open. There are two book drops available located off of Liberty Street 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fines for lost or damaged items: Cost of the item + additional fees for non-book items.back to top

4.4 Renewals

You can renew your items by accessing your account online or by coming into the library.

Online Renewals, using My Account

  1. In the “Borrower Barcode” box, type in all 14 numbers from your library card (no spaces or punctuation).
  2. Then enter your 4-digit PIN number in that box. (The default PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number.)
  3. Click on “Login.”
  4. At the top of the page, click on “Checked Out / Renew.”

You cannot renew online if:

  • The items have already been renewed two times.
  • The items have been requested by others.
  • Your card is expired, or will expire before the new due date.
  • Your fines and fees exceed $5.back to top

4.5 Requests (Holds)

Resident and Non-resident Library cardholders can place requests on items that are currently checked in or checked out. Single card accounts may place up to 3 requests at a time. A card holder with a family account may place up to 9 requests at a time. Since we are open 7 days a week, you have 7 calendar days to pick up your item. Please know that the Round Rock Public Library charges $1 per item for requests that are not picked up or are canceled before the hold expires. TexShare members of RRPL are unable to request materials.

To place a request for an item:

  1. Search the Online Catalog to find out if the library owns the item. You may search the catalog by title, author, or subject. Once you have typed in your search, click on “Go.” This will bring up a list of titles or authors.
  2. To request an item, click on the "Request" button. Please click one time only. If the item is checked in, a staff member will pull the item off the shelf. However, availability is not guaranteed. You will be notified by email or by mail when the title is being held for you. If the item is checked out, you can be placed on a list and will be notified by email or mail that your item is available.
  3. Your next step is to log into your account. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number.
  4. Click on “Login.” You will see a request confirmation box. Click on "You may request that this item be held for you." back to top

4.5.1 Items Marked Checked In

Round Rock Public Library card holders may request a copy of a title that is “checked in”. Requests for items marked "checked in" are pulled off the shelves once a day. However, a hold placed on a "checked in" item does not guarantee its availability because our inventory changes frequently; titles are checked out and checked in throughout the day. Your item will be available for pickup only after email notification is sent.

4.5.2 Items Marked In Processing

New items that have arrived in the library are given the status, "in processing" and may be requested by Round Rock Public Library card holders. Please allow at least two business days (Monday through Friday) for these requests to be processed. You will be notified when the item is waiting for you to pick up. back to top

Section 5: Computer Use Policies

The mission of the Round Rock Public Library System is to provide high quality informational, recreational, educational, and cultural resources and services to a diverse population. We are committed to giving individuals, families, and businesses opportunities to expand their knowledge, encourage personal growth and lifelong learning, and enhance the quality of life in our dynamic and changing community.

We are committed to providing the fullest possible access to the Internet as “a rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainment” (ALA, 2003) and to computing resources generally in support of the library’s mission. We are particularly supportive of uses of these resources that enhance lifelong learning and meet critical information needs.

In using our computers, you agree to the following:

  • Be responsible for saving your work.
  • Computer stations automatically shut down 15 minutes prior to closing.
  • You may use only your own library card or guest pass to log on. Using another patron's number or giving your number to another person to use will result in loss of your Internet access privileges.
  • No more than two people may view a computer at once. Showing prohibited websites to children will result in loss of your Internet access privileges.
  • You may not view child pornography on this computer. It is a misdemeanor or felony crime to view child pornography in Texas (Texas Penal Code, Section 43.21 et seq.). The Police will be called and your user privileges will be revoked, if you are caught viewing such materials.
  • You may not alter, add to, delete, damage, or destroy data, settings, or programs. Doing so will result in loss of Internet access privileges.
  • The Library does not guarantee that you will be able to download, attach files, view all information on all sites, or retrieve all information from the Internet.
  • Printing costs $.10 per page, and you must pay for all pages you print. If you want only a part of a web page and do not know how to print selectively, please ask for assistance.
  • The Library and the City of Round Rock, its employees, agents, or subcontractors, will be held harmless for the content of the materials retrieved through the Internet, or for any actions, loss of information, et al., that may occur as a result of your use of this machine.
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5.1 Adult Public-Access Computers

The library has several public computers. If you find an available computer, you can log in using the instructions below. If all the computers are busy, please make a reservation for the next available computer.

Each session is 90 minutes long. Library card holders are eligible for three sessions per day. Guest passes are one-time, single use only.

Computers automatically shut down 15 minute before closing. You are responsible for saving your work. back to top

5.1.1 Logging in to a Computer

To log in as a library card holder, enter your library card barcode number and your 4-digit PIN number when prompted. Your PIN is typically the last 4 digits of the phone number the library has on record for you.

To log in as a guest, ask for a ‘Guest’ log-in slip from the main service desk on the second floor.back to top

5.1.2 Printing

All computers print at the color printer at the service desk. You will pay for your prints at the vending machine next to the print release station. All prints are $0.10 a page, and the vending machine accepts one and five dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels. back to top

5.2 Computer User Guidelines

5.2.1 General Guidelines

  • All users must read the Computer Use Agreement and agree to abide by it before they may use any computer.
  • The Library is not responsible for any objectionable material that may be found on the Internet.
  • All computers automatically shut off 15 minutes before the closing of the Library. You are responsible for saving your own work.
  • Parents are responsible for their children’s use of equipment, including selections of materials to be viewed.
  • All computer use is allowed on a first come first-served basis.
  • You may download materials to the computer’s hard drive, but they will be deleted when you log out or the computer shuts down. You may also download materials to your own USB flash drive. Flash drives can be purchased at the Service Desk for $8.00.back to top

5.2.2 User Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for saving your work.
  • Obey all federal, state and local laws.
  • Treat library equipment in a responsible manner.
  • Respect computer time limits and be courteous to other users.
  • Be cautious when entering personal information such as address, bank account, SSN, or email address. The library cannot guarantee total security and safety on the Internet.
  • Know how to use the computer and program(s) you plan to use. Staff members may not be familiar with all software programs available on the computers. The library offers computer training courses that may be an appropriate way to learn computer skills, and computer reference books are available as well.
  • Printing costs $.10 per page, and you must pay for all pages you print. If you want only a part of a web page and do not know how to print selectively, please ask for assistance.
  • No more than two people may view a computer at once. All users must be 16 or older or have written parental permission. Showing web sites to unauthorized children will result in loss of your Internet access privileges.back to top

5.2.3 Prohibited Uses

Do not interfere with the operation of any computer, on-site or remote.

Do not alter, damage or destroy data or computer programs.

Do not access, view, display, print, transmit, or distribute sites or material in violation of Texas laws regarding obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors as specified in Texas Penal Code §§ 43.22, 43.23, §43.24, or §42.26.

Texas Penal Code §§ 43.22, 43.23, 43.24, and 43.026 provide in pertinent part:

  • Texas Penal Code §43.22: A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly displays or distributes an obscene photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or other obscene material and is reckless about whether a person is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display or distribution.
  • Texas Penal Code §43.23: A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material or obscene device.
  • Texas Penal Code §43.24: A person commits an offense if, knowing that the material is harmful [to minors] he displays harmful material and is reckless about whether a minor is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display.
  • Texas Penal Code §43.26: A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct.

Authorities will be notified and your user privilege will be terminated if you are caught viewing a child pornography site.

Do not violate copyright laws (Title 17, U. S. Code) by copying, downloading, or distributing copyright-protected files, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use,” without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.back to top

5.3 Laptops for Library Use

The Round Rock Public Library provides a collection of laptop computers available for use in the library building. Customers with a valid Texas ID or driver’s license and a Round Rock Public Library card in good standing are eligible to use this service.

The Library reserves the right to terminate the loan of a laptop at any time, without notice to the borrower if a library employee believes the laptop has been left unattended by the borrower, used in violation of policies, or used in a manner that is likely to damage the machine. back to top

5.3.1 Loan periods and availability

Laptop computers are available on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are permitted. Laptops circulate for a period of two hours and are not renewable. Overdue fine is $1 per hour with a maximum fine of $8. Laptop checkout does not count against daily PC time limits. Laptops are for use inside the library only. Laptops should be returned to the service desk 15 minutes prior to closing.

To check out a laptop, a patron must meet ALL these requirements for each check out:

  • Minimum age 16.
  • Fines under $5.
  • Cannot be a TexShare member of RRPL.
  • Present his/her own actual RRPL card--not just the number.
    • RRPL card must be presented each and every time a laptop is checked out.
  • Present his/her own actual Texas Driver's License or Texas ID—no other form of ID will be accepted including driver’s licenses from other states.
    • Texas Driver's License or ID must be presented each and every time a laptop is checked out.
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5.3.2 Liability

If a laptop is damaged, lost or stolen, the customer is responsible for the replacement cost of the laptop. You are responsible for saving your work.

Limitations of use

Laptop use is subject to the Round Rock Public Library Internet Use Policy.

  • Laptops may be used only inside the library, but may not be taken into the restrooms.
  • Laptops should never be left unattended.
  • Only one laptop may be checked out on a library card at a time.
  • Only one laptop may be checked out per card/borrower per day.
  • Customers should not tamper with the security settings on the laptop. Doing so will result in the loss of borrowing privileges and/or fines.
  • Personal software should not be downloaded onto the laptop and no user files shall be retained on the hard drive.
  • TexShare cardholders are not eligible to check out laptops. back to top

5.4 Wireless Network

Library wireless Internet is provided through RRTX-WiFi. Users are responsible for knowing how to use their devices/computers.

RRTX-WiFi is a service provided by the City of Round Rock offering residents and visitors to our community access to high-speed wireless Internet in select locations.

Find RRTX-WiFi locations throughout the City of Round Rock using the WiFi map.
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