Orangeburg County Library Policy Manual: The policies detailed in this manual covers the most frequently asked questions our staff recieves.
A library card is free to all residents of Orangeburg County. Children under 15 must have a parent, guardian, or an adult to accept responsibility, with them to obtain a library card. The person or guardian sponsoring a child under 15 must also apply, or already have a library card on file. A library card is needed to check out items and can be used at any location of the Orangeburg County Library and at the Bookmobile. A library card Should be reported missing immediately. The owner of a lost library card is responsible for all charges up to the time of the report. A library card can be replaced with ID for a $.50 Cent fee. To obtain a library card, the applicant must provide verification of thier current address. All non-residents of Orangeburg County may also apply for a card. There is a $20.00 yearly fee for the card.
Any materials checked out may be returned to any library in the system or at the bookmobile. An outside return drop-boxes is available at each library location where materials can be left after closing.
* patrons must be at least 18 years or older to check out DVD's
** latest magazine issues cannot be checked out
*** All outstanding fines, fees, and overdue materials must be cleared before checking out any items.
Items can be renewed two (2) times if no requests have been made for the item. Renewals may be made by calling the library, coming to the library, or by accessing the My Account link through the online catalog.
*All overdue items accrue a late fee per day
Notifications of overdue materials are sent to library users either by e-mail, telephone, or postal mail. Once materials have been overdue for 60 days, the library then works with Unique Management Services, a library collection agency, to ensure that all materials are returned. Prompt return of all library materials enables the library to continue to provide good services to everyone!
To fulfill the mission of providing for the informational, technological, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the citizens of Orangeburg County, the library has established this policy to ensure responsible and appropriate use of computers within the library's facilities. In addition, each branch provides computers.
Public computers are located in the following places:
All patrons must behave in accordance with the Library's Rules of Conduct, which is posted throughout the buildings. All patrons must follow sign-up/sign-out procedures and adhere to regulated time limits. Patrons who gain access to an e-mail site and establish an account should be aware that e-mail in its present form cannot be secure and is, therefore, extremely vulnerable to unauthorized access and modification. Patrons may print according to the posted procedures. Each page printed must be paid for, whether intended or not. Anyone printing inappropriate text or images will have the pages confiscated by staff and will be penalized for Violation of Policy, according to the penalties listed below.
Users May Not:
Patrons must not damage or attempt to damage equipment; alter or attempt to alter software configurations. It is a violation of policy for a person to instruct or demonstrate to another person how to bypass the web-filtering technology. Patrons must not turn any computer equipment off or on. Patrons must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to or cause disruption of the Library's computer system or any other computer system, violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements. Patrons must not display or send obscene (as defined by SC Code 16-15-305) images, messages, or files, or violate state, federal, or local laws or regulations. Patrons must not converse at length with others, which would interfere with the quiet atmosphere required.
The Library is equipped with wireless internet connectivity for customer use. Customers may use their own devices and accessible power outlets as long as space is available and power cords do not present a hazard to others.
These computers are for children under the age of 15
This computer is for children ages 2 through 8 accompanied by an adult
The computer lab staff is available to assist customers in using the computers as time allows. Customers must know how to use the mouse, be familiar with a computer keyboard, and know how to open and close windows. Staff cannot type anything, set margins, format materials, advise or assist on personal or legal business such as taxes.
The Library is not responsible for identity theft or similar loss.
Computer users are responsible for reading the Library Internet/Computer Use Policy and for abiding by it. Penalties are as follows: