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ALA Statement of Professional Ethics
- Librarians must provide the highest level of service through appropriate and
usefully organized collections, fair and equitable circulation and service
policies, and skillful, accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all
requests for assistance.
- Librarians must resist all efforts by groups or individuals to censor library
- Librarians must protect each user’s right to privacy with respect to
information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or
- Librarians must adhere to the principles of due process and equality of
opportunity in peer relationships and personnel actions.
- Librarians must avoid situations in which personal interests might be served
or financial benefits gained at the expense of library user, colleagues, or the
ALA Ethics Statement for Public Library Trustees
- Trustees must promote a high level of library service while observing ethical standards.
- Trustees must avoid situations in which personal interests might be served or financial
benefits gained at the expense of library users, colleagues, or the institution.
- It is incumbent upon any trustee to disqualify himself or herself immediately whenever
the appearance of conflict of interest exists.
- Trustees must distinguish clearly in their actions and statements between their personal
philosophies and attitudes and those of the institution, acknowledging the formal
position of the board even if they personally disagree.
- A trustee must respect the confidential nature of library business while being aware of
and in compliance with applicable laws governing freedom of information.
- Trustees must be prepared to support to the fullest the efforts of librarians in resisting
censorship of library materials by groups or individuals.
- Trustees who accept appointment to a library board are expected to perform all of the
functions of library trustees.
Code of Conduct
Community Information & Bulletin Board Policy
Collection Development Policy
Computer and Internet Use Policy
Connect Pass Policy
Borrowers must be 19 years of age or older with an adult library card. The library card used to make the reservation must be brought to the library and used to borrow the pass/ticket.
Passes/tickets must be picked up at the Main Library in Downtown Dothan.
Multiple instances of passes/tickets being reserved and not picked up or canceled could result in a library card being blocked from using the pass reservation system.
An email confirmation of your reservation is NOT a pass or voucher to any location.
Patrons may reserve one pass/ticket per month.
All tickets, passes, and items are first come, first serve basis.
Patrons must pick up their reserved passes/tickets within the reservation month or they will be forfeited.
Pass/tickets are released monthly or as they come available. The Library reserves the right to modify this at any time.
The Library is not responsible for any glitches or malfunctions produced by the ticket reservation software. Patrons agree to adhere to the policies outlined regardless of examples of double reservations, etc.
- We accept the following materials in usable condition.
- Popular fiction and current non-fiction (Paperbacks/Hardcovers)
- Local History Materials
- Children’s books
- CDs and DVDs
- We do not accept the following materials.
- Encyclopedias and textbooks
- Cassettes (audio or video) or software
- Magazines (including National Geographic)
- Items in poor physical condition, for example: broken spine, moldy, water damaged, mildewed, missing or yellowed pages, etc.
- All gifts or donations become the property of DHCLS, which reserves the right to keep or dispose of the items in any manner it deems appropriate. In most cases, usable library materials that are not added are offered to the Friends of the Library for their Book Sales, or other charitable organizations. Money raised by the sale of donated material is used to benefit DHCLS and its programs.
- Donated items will not be returned to the donor and DHCLS will not accept any item that is not an outright gift.
- At the request of the donor, DHCLS will supply a Books and Materials Acknowledgement form signed by the employee receiving the materials. The form may be used by the donor to keep an official record of the donation.
- The Library does not evaluate or appraise gift materials for tax purposes. If items are being donated to obtain a tax benefit, it is the donor’s responsibility to establish fair market value or obtain expert assistance in establishing any value. The IRS prohibits DHCLS from determining market value.
- We ask that you donate what can be easily physically carried inside. For pickups of larger donations, please contact the Friends of the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filming & Photography Policy
Library of Things Policy
Loan Policy Chart
A maximum of 40 items may be checked out on a single library card at one time. An item cannot be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on that same item.
Only patrons with an Adult card may borrow Subject-in-a-Box kits. Only patrons who have been in possession of a valid library card for 30 days may borrow items from the Library of Things.
Reference, Local History, and Microform materials cannot be checked out. They are for in-house use only; patrons may make photocopies of these materials for use outside of the library (printing charges apply). For Microfilms, a microfilm reader is available for use at the Main Library. Please inquire at the Main Library Circulation Desk for more information.
|Type of Material||Loan Period||Checkout Limit||Daily Fine Per Item||Maximum Fine Per Item||Holds Allowed|
|Books||21 Days (2 renewals)||40||25¢ per day||$15.00||20|
|7-Day Books||7 Days (2 renewals)||5||25¢ per day||$25.00||20|
|Lucky Day Books||7 Days (no renewals)||5||25¢ per day||$25.00||0|
|Large Print Books||21 Days (2 renewals)||40||25¢ per day||$25.00||20|
|Paperbacks||21 Days (2 renewals)||40||25¢ per day||$10.00||20|
|Juvenile Books||21 Days (2 renewals)||40||10¢ per day||$10.00||20|
|DVDs||7 Days (no renewals)||5||$1.00 per day||$20.00||20|
|Audio Books||21 Days (2 renewals)||5||$1.00 per day||$25.00||20|
|Videogames||14 Days (no renewals)||1||$1.00 per day||$70.00||1|
|Juvenile Kits||21 Days (2 renewals)||5||$1.00 per day||$10.00||20|
|Subject in a Box||21 Days (no renewals)||2||$1.00 per day||Cost of Replacement||20|
|Mobile Hotspots||14 Days (no renewals)||1||$10.00 per day||Cost of Replacement||1|
|Library of Things||7 Days (no renewals)||2||$10.00 per day||Cost of Replacement||2|
|Connect Pass||Monthly, or as available||1||$0.00||$0.00|
Repeated offenses of unfulfilled reservations may lead to barring from program.
|Launchpad||7 Days (no renewals)||1||$10.00 per day||Cost of Replacement||1|
|Laptop||2 Hours||1||$0.00||Cost of Replacement||0|
|Study Rooms||1 Hour (renewals upon availability)||1||$0.00||$0.00||0|
|eBooks (SEADL)||14 Days||5||$0.00||$0.00||5|
|Freegal Music||Yours To Keep||5||$0.00||$0.00||0|
Meeting Room Policy
Protection of confidentiality does not extend to records of outstanding fines or fees; payments for the use of Library premises or equipment; or communications directed to the Library regarding Library services.