Orangeburg County Library Policies




Orangeburg County Library Policy Manual: The policies detailed in this manual covers the most frequently asked questions our staff recieves.

Library Card
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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.

Returning Materials
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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.

Item Checkout***
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Checkout*** Duration:

  • Books (max 20): 3 weeks
  • Popular Books (max 20): 2 weeks
  • Magazines (max 6**): 3 weeks
  • Books on CD (max 6*):3 weeks
  • DVD's (max 6*): 1 week

* 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.

Renewals
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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.

Fees/Charges
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  • Printing and Copying fees: 0.15¢ per page
  • Books & Magazines: 0.10¢ per day, per item Overdue charge
  • Books on CD: $1.00 per day, per item Overdue charge
  • DVDs: $1.00 per day, per item Overdue charge

*All overdue items accrue a late fee per day

Overdue Notifications
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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!

Computer/Internet Access
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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:

  • The Lab
  • Outside the Lab
  • In the Children's Department

General Conditions and Terms of Use for Computer Users:

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.

Wireless Internet Use
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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.

Additional Conditions and Terms of Use for the Adult Computer Lab
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  • Time limit of 2 hours per day
  • Maximum of 2 people per computer
  • The lab is closed 15 minutes prior to library closing
Additional Conditions and Terms of Use for Adults with Children
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  • Time limit is 2 hours per day, given in 1 hour increments. Second hour can be given as long as no one is waiting
  • Customer must sign up at the reference desk
  • PCs are to be vacated 15 minutes before library closing
Additional Conditions and Terms of Use in the Children's Area
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These computers are for children under the age of 15

  • Time limit of 2 hours per day. Child has 1 hour of use, and a second hour if no one is waiting
  • 2 people may sit at 1 PC
  • Any children under age 12 must have a parent or adult sitting at the same PC with them at all times
  • PC's are to be vacated 30 minutes before library closing
Early Learning System (ELS) Computer Terms of Use
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This computer is for children ages 2 through 8 accompanied by an adult

  • Time limit of 1 hour per day
  • The ELS is to be vacated 30 minutes prior to library closing
Additional Conditions and Terms of Use in the Branches
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  • Time limit of 2 hours per day. Customer has 1 hour of use, and a second hour if no one is waiting
  • 2 people may sit at 1 PC
  • PCs are to be vacated 30 minutes before library closing
Staff Assistance
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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.

Penalties for Violation of Policy
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Computer users are responsible for reading the Library Internet/Computer Use Policy and for abiding by it. Penalties are as follows:

  • 1st Violation: First violation will result in an oral warning and may result in being required to leave the library (including main, branches and bookmobile) for the remainder of the day.
  • 2nd Violation: Second violation will result in being suspended from using the computers for a one (1) week period.
  • 3rd Violation: Third violation will result in being suspended from using the computers for a one (1) month period.
  • Further Violation: At the discretion of the Director, a violation could, depending on the severity, result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including a permanent ban from the Library, as well as arrest or prosecution.
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