The WBPL is essentially maintained by public funding and is
governed by the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts concerning
libraries and of the Town of West Bridgewater concerning public property, monies, and the
use of the premises, in accordance with Mass. General Laws Chapter 78 Section 33:
"The board of trustees of a free public library....shall establish a written policy
for the selection of library materials and the use of materials and facilities in
accordance with standards adopted by the American Library Association."
Eligibility To Hold A Library Card
Any resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is
entitled to register for a library card at the WBPL.
However, Patrons residing in
decertified communities are not eligible to have a card or check out items
A patron, parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian
registering for a library card enters into a legal agreement with the Town of West
Bridgewater to comply with the Library's rules and regulations.
Two current identification forms are necessary; preferably
a valid Mass. Driver's license and other current identification with name and address.
The library requires the patron's current name, address,
telephone number and birth date.
A patron should immediately report the loss of a library
card, change in name, address, telephone number, other identification and change of status
from juvenile to adult.
No provision is made for out-of-state residents.
The first SAILS Network System card is issued free. Lost
card replacements cost $1.00. (The fifth loss replacement is $5.00)
The library card is not transferable.
Juvenile Library Cards
Patrons under the age of eighteen are issued juvenile
A child must be five years old to be eligible for a card.
A child must be able to print his/her name on the library registration card.
A juvenile patron must have a parent/legal guardian cosign
the registration card as the responsible party.
Kindergartners may choose
to receive their cards on the occasion of special class visits. Registration
cards will be given to the teacher who will see that the card is sent home
with the kindergartener. The card signed by the parent will be returned to the
teacher. The teacher is responsible for bringing the signed cards to the
library one week before the scheduled class visit.
Library Bill of Rights
The Library Bill of Rights, referred to
in Mass. General Law C. 78 S.33, states, "A person's right to use a library
should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background,
religion or views." The American Library Association interprets this right
to mean the use of, and access to, all library materials and services.
Practices which allow adults to use some services and materials which are
denied to minors abridge use based on age. It is the parents, and only
parents, who may restrict their children, and only their children, from
access to library materials and services. Persons who would rather their
children did not have access to certain materials should so advise their
children. The Library and its staff are responsible for providing equal
access to library materials and services for all library users and cannot
legally act as a censor.
WBPL Behavior Policy
The West Bridgewater
Public Library strives to provide the highest level of service to all library
users through appropriate and usefully organized resources, equitable service
policies, equitable access, and accurate, unbiased, and courteous response to
all requests. The Public Library is committed to serving the community as a
general center of reliable information and provides encouragement and
opportunity for preschoolers, children, young adults, adults and senior citizens
to educate themselves continuously. It also promotes, through guidance and
stimulation, an enlightened citizenry and enriches personal lives. The library
provides a safe, welcoming place for children and young adults to gather with
friends to enjoy library resources or to be alone to pursue studies and personal
In order for everyone to enjoy the use of the
Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees has established the following
rules to protect the premises and the interests of library users.
Library patrons are required to show
identification to any member of the WBPL staff upon request.
Inappropriate and disruptive behavior will not be
tolerated. Inappropriate behavior is defined as roughhousing and horseplay
inside and outside the building. It is also defined as a rude, crude,
disrespectful, and boisterous manner.
The first consequence of unacceptable behavior is
a verbal request by the staff to correct the behavior.
Should the behavior continue, the library user
will be asked to leave the premises. Should the library user be a minor, the
parents/ legal guardians will be notified of the inappropriate behavior and an
appropriate length of suspension of library privileges and exclusion from
library premises will be imposed. Should the inappropriate behavior result in
damage to library property, restitution is required.
Should inappropriate behavior continue, public
library privileges may be revoked for an indefinite period of time and the
offender will be excluded from library premises.
It is a violation of the General Laws of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts to cause interruption or disturbance within a
public library. In this respect, Sections 40 and 41, Chapter 272 of the General
Laws provide that whoever willfully disturbs persons assembled in a public
library, or a reading room is open to the public shall be punished by
imprisonment for not more than one month or by a fine of not more than fifty
Children who are requested by their parents/legal
guardians to use the Public Library as a waiting place for their ride home after
school are expected to do so quietly and are invited to use the resources of the
Children (under the age of nine) unsupervised at
closing time will be referred to the Police Department for the safety of the
Proper attire including tops and footwear must be
worn in the Public Library.
Smoking and consumption of food and drink are not
permitted inside the building.
Adopted unanimously by the Library Board of
Trustees at the special meeting of Dec. 29, 2003.
Effective date: January 5, 2004
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For the benefit of other patrons, please refrain from using your cell phone
in the library.