Howard County Library

Loading palette preview

Library Services

Library services available at the Howard County Library

LIBRARY SERVICES

Circulation Policies

 Books                                               3 weeks

Books on Tape or CD                    3 weeks

Inter-Library Loan Items          As per lending institution

Videos and DVDs                          5 days

          Limit:  2 DVDs, 2 Videos

Limit on all items (including videos/DVDs):      15 items

Reference Materials

No checkout or only by special permission granted by the Director

Renewals

 Library materials may be renewed in person or by telephone during regular Library hours up to two (2) times.   Items that have a waiting list (reserve) may not be renewed.  Videos/DVDs may not be renewed.  Fines will keep accruing until lost or damaged item is paid for.

 

Caution

 Patron checkout and renewal privileges will be blocked if patron has:

1 or more overdue reserves

1 or more items 15 days overdue

$5.00 or more in fines

Youth and Teen Services

Reference Assistance

A reference llibrarian is on duty to help patrons find information.  The reference librarian can research the answer to a specific question; locate information contained within the library; instruct the patron on using the computer card catalogue, the microfilm reader,  and online databases, such as TexShare.  The reference librarian can perform an interlibrary loan search when a patron requires a book or an article not found within the library.  The reference librarian has knowledge of newspaper clippping files and other items stored in the library's vertical fiel system (filiing cabinets).

Outreach Activities

 Literacy

An adult literacy program is provided at the Howard County Library.  It is conducted by Mr. Paul Smith.  For complete information on this program, please contact Mr. Smith at 268-1270.

Summer Reading Program

The Howard County Library does try to conduct a summer reading program.  Due to current staffing shortages, please contact the library about information concerning the summer reading program.

Storytime

Storytime is every Wednesday at 10:15.  For additional information on storytime, please call the library.

Library’s Collection

 Howard County Library acquires and makes available materials that will inform, educate, entertain and enrich County residents.  Since no library can possibly acquire all print and non-print materials, HCL must employ a policy of selectivity in acquisitions.  HCL provides (within its financial limitations) a general collection of reliable materials that embrace broad areas of knowledge.  Included are works of enduring value and timely materials on current issues.  Within this framework, selection is based on community demographics and evidence of areas of interest.  New formats will be considered for the collection when a large part of the population has the necessary technology to make use of the format.

Impartiality and judicious selection will be exercised in all acquisition practices.  Allocation of the materials budget and number of items purchased for each area of the collection will be determined by usage, average cost per item, and the objectives for development of the collection as expressed in HCL’s Collection Development Plan.

Howard County Library supports the individual’s right to access ideas and information representing all points of view.  To this end, HCL welcomes and solicits patron suggestions, comments, ideas about the collection and how it is developed.  The Commissioner’s Court of Howard County and the Director have adopted the American Library Association’s BILL OF RIGHTS (Appendix F); the FREEDOM TO READ (Appendix G) and FREEDOM TO VIEW statements (Appendix H).

 Community Space in the Library

 Use

The use of HCL’s facilities, materials, and staff services shall be extended equally to every member of Howard County.  As HCL is the property of Howard County and the taxpayers, library patrons are expected to exercise reasonable care in the use of the facility. 

Provision & Maintenance

Howard County and the Librarian accept the responsibility to provide an attractive, orderly, functional atmosphere, generally suited to the use generally made of libraries.  The building, collection and furnishings will be maintained.

Meeting Rooms

HCL has two (2) meeting rooms that are available to civic, cultural and educational groups.  You must be a citizen of Howard County in order to reserve a room. 

Displays and Exhibits Policy

Displays and exhibits of different forms of art, hobby collections, and historical and/or informational presentations are welcome at Howard County Library.  The Library has two (2) display cases available.  Contact the library director for details.

Emergencies

In order to provide the best service, HCL is open for scheduled service whenever possible.  The Library is concerned about the safety of its employees and patrons.  During extreme weather conditions, the Director (or designated person) will monitor weather conditions and with consultation with the County Judge, and other County department heads, may close the library to insure the safety of employees and patrons.  The news media will be informed of any closings by through the Director’s office.

Fax Machine

Howard County Library has a fax machine that is used to transmit documents.   Patrons are charged a fee for both incoming and outgoing faxes. 

Photography and Videotaping

Photography and videography is generally permitted if it is for general library promotion by the media, student projects, and/or strictly for personal use.  In order to protect the rights of individual library patrons and reduce distractions, photographing and videotaping on Library property are restricted as follows:

            Under no circumstances may the public, members of the

            media or library staff take photographs or videotape without

            the express permission of any Library patron who would be

            prominently included in the composition.

Requests to photograph or videotape for commercial purposes are not permitted without approval of the Director.  Requests for permission to photograph or videotape for commercial purposes must be submitted in writing for review by the Library Director or County Judge.

Solicitation

Solicitation of the public or the staff is not permitted on public library property.   The only exceptions are those authorized by the County Judge, i.e. United Way, fundraising projects sponsored by the library staff with the approval of the Director, and fundraising projects sponsored by the Friend’s of the Library 

Library’s Collection

 Howard County Library acquires and makes available materials that will inform, educate, entertain and enrich County residents.  Since no library can possibly acquire all print and non-print materials, HCL must employ a policy of selectivity in acquisitions.  HCL provides (within its financial limitations) a general collection of reliable materials that embrace broad areas of knowledge.  Included are works of enduring value and timely materials on current issues.  Within this framework, selection is based on community demographics and evidence of areas of interest.  New formats will be considered for the collection when a large part of the population has the necessary technology to make use of the format.

Impartiality and judicious selection will be exercised in all acquisition practices.  Allocation of the materials budget and number of items purchased for each area of the collection will be determined by usage, average cost per item, and the objectives for development of the collection as expressed in HCL’s Collection Development Plan.

Howard County Library supports the individual’s right to access ideas and information representing all points of view.  To this end, HCL welcomes and solicits patron suggestions, comments, ideas about the collection and how it is developed.  The Commissioner’s Court of Howard County and the Director have adopted the American Library Association’s BILL OF RIGHTS (Appendix F); the FREEDOM TO READ (Appendix G) and FREEDOM TO VIEW statements (Appendix H).