Jackson Memorial Library Visitor Guidelines


We want your visit to be a pleasant one. 
Use of the library is meant for  studying, learning and community.  
The Library does not allow any behavior that is disruptive to patrons including loitering, soliciting, petitioning materials or misuse of restrooms and public spaces.


Lending Guidelines

Books, CDs, audiobooks – 14 days
DVDs, telescopes – 7 days
WiFi Hot Spots - 7 days

Materials that are checked out or on order may be reserved. You will be notified when the item you want is available. Notifications are via email unless you request a phone call instead.

Videos or DVDs – one (1) renewal.
BestSeller Express books and DVDs, telescope – no (0) renewals.
All other materials – five (5) renewals. Unless reserved by others, materials may be renewed over the telephone or online.

The borrower will be charged the full cost for lost books, videos, devices, etc. We do not accept replacement materials in lieu of the charge.


Internet Use

Internet use at the Library is free and high speed WiFi is available. If others are waiting, please limit your use of the library's computer to 30 minutes. 

Patrons are expected to make appropriate use of the equipment and to show consideration for others. The use of this service is a privilege, and inappropriate use may result in forfeiture of the privilege.

The staff may provide limited assistance for basic computer navigation.  The library does not offer e-mail accounts though we are happy to help you set up your own email account.  More in depth assistance is available during Tech Time, every Wednesday from 4-5 pm.

Please check with the librarian before attempting to download anything to the computer. Software installations are generally not allowed, but may be granted an exception based on the librarian's opinion.  

The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for the quality, accuracy, currency or appropriateness of any information found via the Internet.
The Library computer and Internet access may be used for legal and ethical purposes only. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to: harassment of other users; tampering with or damaging the library data, software, or equipment; and unauthorized copying of copyright-protected or licensed material.
Restriction of a child's access is the responsibility of his or her parent or guardian. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult when using the computer.


Children Supervision Policy

The Jackson Memorial Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment for library patrons of all ages. Sharing this environment with other people requires everyone to follow library policies established by the JML Board and available in the library and on its website.

JML wants children to love the library and enjoy its programs and services. Children are welcomed with snacks after school, special programs, books, videos, toys, and access to computers for users who can demonstrate proficiency.

The safety of children left alone in a library building is a serious concern of the library staff.   Therefore children are asked NOT to wander through the building, where they may encounter hazards such as stairs, doors, furniture, or electrical equipment.  They are also asked NOT to leave the building and wander outside, except to be picked up or to return to the school for sports or other sanctioned events.

Library employees and volunteers cannot be responsible for children who are unattended or are demonstrating inappropriate behavior. The following guidelines will be followed concerning the care and behavior of young library users:

Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, or an older brother, sister or babysitter at least 14 years of age who stays in the immediate vicinity in visual contact with the child. An exception would be a child attending a library program without a parent/caregiver in the room.  However, the parent/caregiver is expected to remain in the library building and immediately join the child at the end of the program.  The assigned caregiver must be a responsible person and must carry emergency contact information. 

If a child in this age group is found unattended, library staff will attempt to locate the parent/caregiver in the library and inform him/her of the rules. If the parent/caregiver cannot be found, or if the child is found unattended again, the sheriff’s office may be called for assistance.

Children age 9 and older may use the library on their own, except during school hours, unless when with a class and accompanied by a teacher.  In accordance with JML policy, any patrons, including children, using inappropriate behavior may be asked to leave the library. All unaccompanied children at the library should have the telephone number of someone who can assist them in an emergency.

After-school programs are offered several weekday afternoons.  Children are encouraged to enjoy snacks, participate in activities, read, visit quietly with each other, do homework, use the computers.  They are required to observe all JML rules of conduct, and are asked NOT to wander inside or outside the building or engage in any activity that disturbs others.  Parents should note that JML staff is not responsible for monitoring whether children work on homework assignments. Children participating in after-school programs must be picked up by 4:30.

Home-Schooled Students.  In order to use the JML alone during school hours, home-schooled children aged 9 to 17 are required to have a letter with them from the parent/guardian stating the child is home-schooled.  The letter must include emergency contact information.  The parent/guardian and/or the school district may be called by JML staff to confirm the home school status. If the child has a Virtual School or other online school ID, they may log into their account as proof of home-school status.

The final responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent/caregiver and not with library personnel.  Parents should be sure their children, whether accompanied or alone, understand and abide by the policies of the JML.


Book Donations

Jackson Memorial Library welcomes donations of good quality books, audio CDs and DVDs. Donations may be added to the library’s collection, sold at our ongoing book sale or in our annual Book Fair.

Books must be free of mildew, mold, and dirt. They should not exhibit excessive spine damage, have missing pages, or be missing their covers. Books cannot have water damage.

These items cannot be accepted and should be recycled:
·         Activity books and workbooks (such as coloring books)
·         Annuals and yearbooks
·         Audio Cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records, computer software
·         Books published by magazines (such as Readers Digest Condensed and Time-Life Books)
·         Encyclopedias or dictionaries
·         Case law and procedural books
·         Dated reference material (over 5 years old)
·         Free copies, examination copies, or advanced reading copies
·         Journals and periodicals
·         Newspapers and magazines