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"Knowledge is free at this library. Just bring your own container." Unknown

YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

OUR VISION: Facilitating the creation of ideas and opportunities for lifelong learning.

The Montserrat Public Library is an information system providing national library services to the community of Montserrat. In addition to a circulating collection we are also responsible for the Montserrat Collection which contains material published on and by persons of Montserratian heritage and also the Archives. We offer library services to the schools via a bookmobile service to the primary schools and personnel at the Montserrat Secondary School. Where applicable, the rules are relevant to the entire library system. Customers are asked to speak with library staff for further details.

WHAT YOU CAN FIND AT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

* Books
* Magazines
* Newspapers
* Videos, DVD's, CDs
* Books on Tape/CD
* Business Resources such as Photocopying, Laminating, Spiral Binding, Fax and Scan facilities
* Multilingual Materials
* Material for the Visually Impaired
* Government Documents
* Computers and Internet Access
* Wireless Internet Connection
* …and more

FREE LIBRARY REGISTRATION

Registration allows you to check out up to nine (9) items for two weeks. These include books, periodicals and media. A library card (to be implemented soon) will allow you to access information on our electronic databases from the library’s website. You will also be able to conduct some transactions on-line such as reserving and renewing materials. Library cards will be available free of charge to anyone who will be living on Montserrat for a minimum period of one (1) year. lost cards will incur a small fee for replacement. Library cards are not transferable and the library retains the right to cancel or repossess cards where such privilege is being abused.

Please bring a photo ID, verification of your address (driver’s license or a utility bill), and ask staff for a library card application to complete.

* Visitor’s Registration

Visitors or persons scheduled to be on island under one (1) year will be charged a nominal fee of EC$25.00 for borrowing privileges. The library reserves the right to waive this fee if their referee is an individual of good standing with the library.

WHAT CAN YOU BORROW

Each customer is allowed two (2) new items only. Each household may borrow two (2) items only on specific subject material. This is to ensure that all customers have access to our finite set of material.

HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP ITEMS?

All items can be kept for two weeks. All items are eligible for two (2) renewals unless the material is reserved by another customer.

Customers are invited to phone and request extensions on due material.

LATE FEES

All items incur a fee of 5 cents per day including Sundays.

Check-out of materials and free Internet Access are denied when unpaid fines exceed $5.00.

RESERVES

Customers may reserve material that are held by the library or are incoming, pending processing. Each customer is allowed to reserve two (2) items. Where a customer requests more than two reserves, the first two items which are processed will be released. Customers are kindly asked to include an email address where notification is required. The item will be held for five (5) consecutive days only and then be released to general circulation.

BOOK DROP

A book drop is located outside the library for patrons wishing to return materials via this medium. Items which are overdue still incur a late fee and this will be credited to the customer’s account.

PROGRAMMES AND RESOURCES

Story Times

Introduces children to the world of books and develop important Early Literacy Skills.

Dates/hours vary

Year Round Reading Program

Programmes and activities to keep children reading throughout the year and maintain their reading skills. Check with library staff for details.

Events and Activities

Special events and activities that appeal to all interests and ages. Ask staff at your library for further information.

CLOSED COLLECTIONS

Montserrat Collection

Materials in this area are not open to the general population. Customers seeking to borrow items from this area must seek Librarian’s approval. Please note that only customers who are registered members and are of good standing will be allowed to borrow material from the Collection.

Archives

Currently the Archive is not open to the general public.

OTHER HELP

Answer Line

Get answers six days a week by phone at 491-4706.

Ask a Librarian

Get information through personally visiting the library or via email.

Homework Help

For students in grades 3 – 6, a professional provides up to 15 minutes of help with Math, Science, English and Social Studies. Ask staff at the library for further information.

Study Zones

Students in secondary school can get homework help at the library from volunteer tutors. Ask staff at the library for further information.

Late day facilities are provided for private candidates.

BRINGING THE LIBRARY TO YOU

LOL – Lots of Love

The homebound and visually impaired can receive personal visits and delivery of library materials. Just call us at 491-4706 and tell us your needs.

MPL – Most Precious Lots

Children at local care facilities and their providers can enjoy regular visits and delivery of age appropriate books and materials from the bookmobile service. Please call us and tell us your needs.

BRING YOUR LIBRARY TO US

We do accept tangible and intangible gifts and donations. Items must be in fair condition for use either on our shelves or for our book sale. The Public Library reserves the right to discard and or sell items which have been donated.

Sponsors from overseas are kindly asked to supply a letter for custom purposes assigning a nominal cost to the donations and stating their purpose to the library.

OTHER INFORMATION

Hours

Our services are open to the public from 9 – 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday; and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Late days scheduled will be posted on the doorway or you can check with us at 491-4706 for details.

All non-library personnel must vacate the building at closing time.

Meeting Rooms

Community Meeting space is available at your local library.

CONDUCT

The Library does not permit smoking, gambling, disorderly conduct and/or poor behaviour on its premises. The defacing of library furniture and fixtures including the exterior walls of the premises is not allowed. Customers are kindly asked to be respectful to staff, and consider others while conversing, using cell phones, and while using the Internet/computer. The possession of weapons, the repeated use of obscene language in a debasing or threatening manner to another customer or staff member will be reported to the relevant authorities.

MISUSE OF INTERNET/COMPUTER

Computer/Internet use at the library is currently free of charge.

The Library reserves the right to terminate a computer session and/or suspend library privileges of anyone who violates the computer use policies.

Responsibility for Children (under age 18)

Parents and guardians of children are responsible for their child’s use of library resources, the materials they check out and their safety while in the library.

Children may obtain a library card without a parent present and without identification. The library will notify the parents that their child has a library card. Parents are responsible for all materials checked out on the child’s card. If you or your child’s card is lost or stolen, please notify the library immediately.

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it. Samuel Johnson

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