The following are a selection of policies pertaining to the Long Beach Public Library. For more information, or to view additional policies not listed, please contact the Library at 516-432-7201.
Computer and Internet Use Policy
As a place for both learning and entertainment, Long Beach Public Library provides access to information and media by offering public internet access including WiFi, public access computers, online research databases, productivity applications, and printing.
The Library believes that all residents of Long Beach should have access to a computer and/or the Internet when they desire or need to communicate with relatives, friends, businesses and other organizations; engage in activities related to work, job searches, education (formal and informal), and pursue hobbies and leisure time activities.
To ensure equal access, time limits are implemented on public access computers. Additional time will be permitted as computers are available. Availability is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Library cardholders are allowed a maximum of two hours per day.
- Visitors (non-cardholders) are provided a one-hour session per day via a guest pass obtained from the Adult or Youth Services reference desks.
Printing is available for $.10 per page for black and white and $.50 per page for color. No refunds are provided for printing or unused funds. Library cardholders and guest pass users can add funds to their library cards at the Circulation Desk or online
Patrons are urged to remember that the Long Beach Public Library is a shared environment that serves the needs of a diverse group of users, and we strive to balance the rights of users to access resources with the rights of users to work in a public environment free from harassing sounds and visuals.
In order to ensure an environment that promotes responsible and equitable use of library resources, the Library insists on the practice of cooperative computing. Patrons will:
- Respect the privacy of other users
- Abide by the Code of Conduct, Safety of Minors Policy, and all policies of Long Beach Public Library
- Refrain from using Youth Computers unless directly accompanying a child under the age of 14 who is using the computers or immediately nearby
- Respect the space of others by keeping personal items to the limit of one’s own workstation
- Refrain from the use of sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other library patrons to use the Library and its resources
- Use headphones for video/audio services online at a considerate volume so as not to disrupt other patrons and their use of Library resources
- Refrain from making voice calls while using the PC’s, in addition to the already implemented Library policy regarding phone use
- Use only their own public library card
- Comply with US copyright law. This means that use of the Library’s computers for the transmission, dissemination, and/or duplication of information is regulated under various state and federal laws
- Avoid overuse of bandwidth capacity
- Use electronic information networks according to the strictures of Federal or State law
- Refrain from damaging, destroying or altering computer equipment, software or network
- NOT install software and hardware, or removing/detaching hardware or network cables, from any Library computer
- Refrain from creating, viewing, sharing or distributing pornography, sexually explicit graphics or otherwise offensive material which is inappropriate for an open public environment
- Use external storage devices such as flash drives or cloud services to store documents
- Accept financial responsibility for any damage they cause to library property
- Refrain from using the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational, or communication services or resources
- Refrain from distributing unsolicited advertising
Violations may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Safety, Security and Privacy
In keeping with our general philosophy and other policies, Long Beach Public Library protects a patron’s right to privacy and confidentiality. The Library keeps confidential any information that resides on its computer network. The Library cannot guarantee users’ privacy when using computers and the internet in the Library. Inadvertent viewing by others is possible. For security and privacy, all computer storage is regularly erased and cannot be recovered.
The Library retains the right to monitor all activity conducted on Library premises for the purpose of ensuring compliance with Library rules and regulations as well as local, state and federal laws. As part of normal system maintenance, network administrators will occasionally monitor system activity, but the Library does not reveal information about use of computer resources without a court order.
Patrons using the Internet to handle transactions of a personal nature, including banking, do so at their own risk. Long Beach Public Library takes no responsibility or liability for any patron’s loss of data, including financial information, identity information, personal or social, from using the Library’s electronic resources. Patrons visit websites at their own risk and are responsible for the choice of what websites they visit, legitimate or otherwise.
Access for Children and Teens
The Library recognizes the rights and responsibilities of caregivers to monitor and determine their children’s access to library materials and resources including computers and internet. Caregivers are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to family values and boundaries with their children and teens and to monitor use of the Internet.
Effective December 1, 2019: Library computer and internet access is available to youth (age 15 and under) unless a caregiver “opts-out” by indicating in writing that they do not wish for their child to have access to library computers.
Opt-out forms are available online or from any Library staff member. Caregivers must complete the form and return it to any Library staff member to restrict access on child’s library card account.
General Objectives and Library Responsibility
The objective of the Long Beach Public Library is to select, organize, preserve, and to make freely and easily available to the people of the community printed and other materials, within the limitations of space and budget, which will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, recreation, and the creative use of leisure time. The goal of the Library is the maximum use of its collection by the greatest number of persons.
The Library seeks to promote endeavors which will stimulate and expand the reading interests of children, young adults, and adults and to coordinate this work with that of other educational, social, and cultural groups in the community in cooperative effort.
- The library’s main responsibilities to its general public are:
- provision, through systems of libraries and other information centers, of materials which, as far as possible, meet the interest so informational needs of the Long Beach community;
- supplying of information and reference materials selectively at the local level and in increasing depth at resource centers in the information network to:
- meet the learning needs of adults, young adults, and children;
- provide information on vocations, business, industry and labor, scientific and technological developments;
- offer materials on fundamental political, social and economic questions and on local, national and world affairs;
- satisfy cultural and aesthetic interests in literature, the arts, philosophy and religion
- providing at the local library a variety of materials to satisfy the interests, needs, and reading and language abilities of all residents in the community as well as a diversity of materials in recognition of changing and minority interests. These include:
- a range of relevant, contemporary materials;
- differing viewpoints on controversial issues, with all possible representation of unpopular or unorthodox positions;
- materials to suit a variety of tastes, with recognition that those which offend, shock or bore some readers may be meaningful or significant to others;
- a variety of materials for literary and aesthetic enjoyment and recreational reading, as well as for informational purposes;
- books in a variety of formats, periodicals, newspapers, films, recordings, microfilm, maps, pictures, and the equipment needed for viewing films or microfilm, for listening to recordings, or for aid in reading;
- providing the equipment necessary for reproduction of copies when required and as consistent with federal copyright regulations.
Responsibility for Selection
The initial responsibility for materials selection lies with the professional staff of the library operating within the areas of service to children, young adults, and adults. All staff members and the general public may recommend materials for consideration.
The ultimate responsibility for selection, as for all library activities, rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees.
Criteria of Selection
To build collections of merit and significance, materials must be measured by objective guidelines. All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the following standards. Clearly, however, an item need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable. When judging the quality of materials several standards and combinations of standards may be used, as some materials may be judged primarily on artistic merits, while others are considered because of scholarship, value as human documents, or ability to satisfy the recreational and entertainment needs of the community.
- General Criteria
- Present and potential relevance to community needs
- Insight into human and social conditions
- Importance as a document of the times
- Relation to existing collection and other materials on subject
- Scarcity of information in subject area covered
- Reputation and/or significance of author
- Suitability of subject and style for intended audience
- Attention of critics, reviewers, and public
- Appropriateness and effectiveness of medium to content
- Suitability of physical form for library use
- Popular Demand and Duplication: Items having widespread demand may or may not meet the criteria contained in this policy. However, demand is a valid factor in book selection and it shall be considered an important factor in cases such as books on the best seller lists for which there is persistent local demand. Any such books that have generally poor reviews shall be examined if purchased, and shall not be extensively duplicated. As the social and intellectual climate of the community changes, materials which were not recommended for purchase may become of interest. Such materials will be re-evaluated on a continuing basis.
- Curriculum Material: In providing materials for student use the Library function is to serve a wide variety of interests and diversified clientele. It does not provide multiple copies of individual books for student assignments, nor can it duplicate subject materials extensively (either in circulating or reference books) as a result of class assignment demands. No attempt will be made to supply textbooks or other curriculum-related materials in use in the Long Beach schools and in local colleges, but no book will be excluded simply because it is a textbook, particularly if it may be deemed useful to the general public. The Library shall compliment the resources of the school district.
- Periodicals: Periodicals are purchased to keep the library collection up to date on current issues, to provide material not yet in book form, for reference work, and for general reading. Principles governing selection are community interests, accessibility of content through indexes, need in reference work, and representation of a variety of points of view.
- Special Subject Areas (Religion, Law, Medicine & Sensitive Material): In the matter of religious books, the library will seek to maintain a collection of general reading for all faiths. Those books which are purely doctrinaire in content or whose primary purpose is conversion will not be included. Legal and medical works will be acquired only to the extent that they are useful to the layman. Those materials considered appropriate only for the use and interpretation of the medical and legal professions will not be purchased by the library. Responsibility for the reading of minors rests with their parents and local guardians. Selection of adult material will not be limited by the possibility that these materials may inadvertently come into the possession of minors. Upon request of parents, the library will restrict the borrowing of children under the age of fourteen to materials in the juvenile collection. The Library takes cognizance of the purposes and resources of other libraries and information centers within its range of reasonable requests and does not needlessly duplicate functions and materials.
- Gifts: The Long Beach Public Library encourages bequests of equipment, funds, or materials from all segments of the community, in the belief that such giving strengthens the bonds between the community and the institution and assists the Library in achieving its goal and objectives.
Article I: Funds: The Library shall accept donations in any amount. Monies may be given for specific or general purposes. Funds donated for a specific purpose or preferred under specific conditions are subject to review by the Board of Trustees or its designee. Funds donated for general, non-specified use shall be allocated by the Director in a manner most beneficial to the library, consistent with its goals and policies.Article II: Materials: The Library shall accept donations of books, phono records, cassettes, films, pamphlets, periodicals, subscriptions, and other library materials subject to the following conditions. Any and all material becomes the property of the Long Beach Public Library which retains exclusive right to the disposition of said property. Material may be added to the collection following an evaluation by a librarian using the principles of selection applied in the acquisition of library material. All such gifts are subject to the Library’s policies and procedures. Material not added to the Library collection may be disposed of through public sale. Material not added or sold may be distributed to non-profit institutions or discarded through the sanitation department.Section I: Under no circumstances shall the Library appraise such donations. Gifts offered with a requirement that monetary value be affixed shall be rejected.Article III: Acknowledgement: All gifts shall receive written acknowledgement. Said acknowledgement shall indicate the receipt of a contribution without attributing quantity, quality or value.
- Selection Policy on Controversial Materials: In an endeavor to provide materials which will enable the citizen to make up his or her own mind about controversial issues, the Library will provide frankly argumentative works representing a variety of conflicting viewpoints toward a subject of this nature. Books and periodicals are selected on the basis of content as a whole and without regard to the personal history of the author or editor. Variety and balance of opinion are sought whenever available so that the Library can provide resources in which individuals may examine issues freely.
Materials which contain coarse language or frank treatments of certain situations which may be objectionable to some people are often included if, in the opinion of the librarians, the author is sincere in what he is trying to portray. No book will be judged for exclusion by isolating single passages out of context and basing condemnation on such passages.
Material on controversial issues that presents only one side of a question and is written ostensibly to propagandize or incite will not ordinarily be selected. Such material may be added to the collection, however, merely to represent a point of view when more objective material on the subject is not available.
It should be clearly understood and emphasized that the Library does not endorse opinions expressed in the materials which are stocked. Indeed, since materials often hold diametrically opposite views, this would be impossible.
It is the Library’s contention, where controversial opinions are concerned, that citizens have a right to have access to as many viewpoints as possible, including those considered extremist by the majority. The Library also contends that no community individuals or groups may justifiably demand the removal of materials from the shelves because the opinions expressed therein are contrary to their own.
To those individuals or groups who are fearful of the effects of certain subject matter “falling into the wrong hands,” we quote from John Milton’s Aeropagitica: “…there is no reason that we should deprive a wise man of any advantage to his wisdom, while we seek to restrain from a fool that, which being restrained, will be no hindrance to his folly.”
The Long Beach Public Library, therefore, rejects any attempts by persons or groups to impose censorship in any form on the selection of reading or other materials for the Library. The Board of Trustees has endorsed the American Library Association’s “Bill of Rights” and the “Freedom to Read Statement”. On December 10, 1970. These documents are a part of this policy.
Adopted: June 15, 1972
Revised: January 1983
The Automated Library Information System (ALIS) enables patrons to link their records with designated other patrons; thereby, permitting library staff to have access to such linked records, including those materials checkout on each linked card. The purpose of this linkage is to permit staff to circulate reserve items to those patrons listed on the Linked Patron Form (see Circulation Desk) when the requesting patron is not personally present at the Library. This policy enables patrons who become ill or incapacitated to obtain reserved materials. A second purpose of this linkage is to allow parents the opportunity to easily monitor materials on their child’s record. Linked patrons are responsible for materials checked onto their card. Patrons participating in a linked group may at any time revoke this authorization by notifying the Library.
However, it shall be the policy of the Library not to permit the Linked Patron Policy to be used to circulate materials amongst those listed on the linked patron form for the purpose of renewing items beyond the established limit or to supersede established borrowing limits for each category of material. The current renewal limit for ALIS libraries is two (2) renewals, which enables patrons to have an item for three (3) circulation periods; the original circulation plus two (2) renewals. Thus, a patron who has reached the stipulated limit cannot request such item(s) be checked out to another patron on their linked patron form. Further, patrons cannot utilize the linked patrons to borrow additional materials of a specified category, as established by the Library. (EG) the current film limit is four (4) films at any one time; consequently, patrons will be prohibited from borrowing more than four (4) even if they try to utilize a linked patron. Thus, patron A will be limited to four (4) films at any one time and will be prohibited from taking more than four despite an assertion that they can be borrowed by a linked patron.
Adopted: May 2015
In the belief, that free communication is essential to the presentation of an independent and creative culture, the Long Beach Public Library shall make it possible for all readers to choose from a variety of offerings including those which are unorthodox and/or unpopular. Furthermore, in accordance with Article V of the Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Association’s Resolution on Library Services to Youth, access to library materials shall not be denied because of age, race, religion, national origin, or social or political views. In Pursuit of these philosophic goals, it is the policy of Long Beach Public Library to provide access for all patrons. Open access shall include use of and access to all library materials and services excepting those restrictions enforced by other agencies (eg) Nassau Library System.
The Library’s policy vis-à-vis children are that the parent can restrict usage only of their child. Thus, the decision of one parent shall not inhibit the right of open access for other children. In any case, children 14 years or older or in the 8th grade are entitled to a non-restricted card.
Adopted: May 1980
In order to ensure constructive use of library facilities, materials, and services, as well as the personal comfort of all patrons, the Board of Trustees has established the following patron code of conduct.
- Reasonably quiet and reserved behavior is expected on library property. No patron may disturb or harass other patrons or staff. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to sleeping, running, horse play, solicitation and committing any act that would violate any State, Federal or local law.
- Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while on the property. Use of bicycles, roller-blades, scooters, skateboards, or other sports equipment in the library or on library property is strictly prohibited.
- Patrons are required to wear acceptable clothing, including shirts and footwear. Patrons shall maintain a generally acceptable standard of personal hygiene; unpleasant body odor and unreasonable use of perfume/cologne is considered unacceptable. Library bathrooms are not for personal bathing.
- Damage to library property or disruption of service including, but not limited to, borrowed material, building, grounds, and media equipment is prohibited.
- Smoking, eating, drinking of alcoholic beverages, and the use of illegal substances are not permitted on library grounds. Eating is only allowed during designated library programs. Non-alcoholic beverages in re-sealable containers may be consumed on the property, however, all beverages must be clearly visible and identifiable at all times
- Use of mobile devices for verbal communication is prohibited inside all buildings; the use of mobile devices for wireless Internet, text messages, e-mail, and downloading library e-content is permissible. Computers, mobile devices, and audio devices may be used with headphones for instructional or recreational purposes without disrupting patrons near them.
- To prevent possible damage to library property and possible injury to library users and staff, animals are not permitted on any library property, with the exception service animals and animals that are part of scheduled programs. Patrons with service animals may be asked to provide documentation for them.
- Patrons shall not collect an unreasonable number of items at one time making them unavailable to other patrons. Patrons may not place “Do Not Disturb” or similar signs for use with library materials without the permission of a librarian.
- Patrons shall not leave children under the age of seven unaccompanied in the building.
- Each patron shall be responsible for any fines, fees or other charges due in accordance with the library’s fine policy. Failure to pay these fines may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.
- Any materials removed from the library must be checked out on a valid library card or through standard library procedures.
- No solicitation of any nature shall be permitted in the library building.
- Patrons are expected to leave the library upon designated closing time.
- Patrons are expected to adhere to this, all additional library policies, and any directions given to them by library staff.
Individuals of all ages are expected to follow these rules. Individuals who violate the Code of Conduct may be banned from the library properties and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Police will be called if necessary. A patron whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
Approved: February 21, 2018
Recognizing the public meeting rooms as an integral and important part of the community’s library resources, the Long Beach Public Library’s policy is to make these facilities available to local organizations within the Long Beach School District. Although these rooms are primarily for Library programs and Library co-sponsored programs, other organized groups wishing to meet for educational, cultural, recreational or civic purposes are encouraged to apply. Meeting rooms are provided on an equitable basis regardless of beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups. In so doing, the Library affirms its support of the American Library Association’s policy on meeting rooms.
Meetings of a commercial, fundraising, illegal or private nature, and those which promote the practice, observance or solicitation of religion, are prohibited. Further, the Library cannot be used for religious worship services or as a house of worship. Meetings of political organizations* as defined by Election Law Section 1-104, Subdivision 3 and Education Law, Section 414 (1) (e) and electioneering within the Library are prohibited. Further, the Library reserves the right to reject any application by an organization whose proposed meeting poses an imminent danger to the public.
- Meeting rooms are available only for non-commercial purposes. Meetings must be open to the general public and be free of any charge and/or solicitations for commercial transactions or membership. The sale, excepting transactions by the Library and the Friends of the Library, and/or solicitation of products and/or services is prohibited. Granting use of meeting rooms does not constitute endorsement by the Library of the aims, policies or statements of the organization or its program(s). As such, meetings not co-sponsored by the Library may not be publicized in a manner suggesting Library sponsorship. Neither the name nor address of the Long Beach Public Library may be used as the official address or headquarters of an organization.
- All literature and other items to be distributed at a library meeting or program must be submitted to the Director or his/her designee at least five (5) days prior to the event. Presenters’ contact information and fact sheets relevant to the presentation would be acceptable. Solicitations for commercial transactions, electioneering material, and pricing for service lists are unacceptable. If approved, items will be made available upon exiting the meeting space. Business cards need not be approved by Library administration and may be distributed within the Library.
- Facilities are available during normal library hours; however, all meetings at the main building must be terminated and the building vacated by 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:45 on Friday and 4:45 on Saturday and Sunday (the latter when the Library is open for service mid-September through mid-June). Meetings in the branches are subject to approval by the Director.
- Permission can be granted to a group whose members are 18 years of age or under; however, at least one adult for every 10 minors must attend all meetings and be responsible for conduct. This adult must submit the application and be the authorized representative referred to in the application.
- Those utilizing meeting rooms shall submit the Meeting Room Application form prior to their scheduled meeting, restrict activities to areas assigned by the staff, agree to observe all Library regulations, exercise the utmost care in the use of the premises and property, and compensate the Library for any damages arising from use.
- Organizations may reserve the facilities for a number of meetings depending on availability and Library programming; however, should the nature of a specific meeting depart from the original application (e.g. a speaker invited, a film shown, etc.), the Library must be informed in writing at least one week prior to the meeting in question. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of said meeting.
- Light refreshments, tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake may be set up. While coffee and tea makers are available; dishes, silverware, trays or other utensils will not be provided. There are no storage facilities and all refuse must be placed in containers supplied by the Library. The Library is not responsible for the theft or damage of any property brought to a meeting. Alcohol, cell phone use and smoking are prohibited.
- The Library’s audio and visual equipment is available for use; however, the need for such equipment must be indicated on the application form. Only Library personnel may operate this equipment. Since staff must be scheduled, the approximate time the equipment is needed must be provided. For any and all meetings, Library staff must be on the premises. During Library hours, the ranking professional or branch clerk shall be in charge; however, after regular hours and absenting a professional, a designated custodian is in charge.
- No program in the Library may be broadcast or televised without express written consent of the Director. Organizational materials may not be a mounted or affixed to meeting room walls.
- The capacity of each room is established by Fire Regulations and as such shall be strictly enforced. In further compliance with fire codes, seating arrangement must permit clear aisles and unobstructed access to exits.
- Organizations meeting within the Library are subject to approval by Library administration. First time users must submit a Meeting Room Application (available online and attached) to Library administration at least one month prior to the meeting for consideration and approval. All applications must include the name, address, and telephone number of a contact person. Groups having prior approval must submit their Meeting Room Application at least two weeks prior to their meeting (Library administration may waive any application procedure for organizations having prior approval on a case by case basis). All applications will be considered based on the availability of space.
- Organizations may request space for one year and are scheduled in the order the applications are received. Reservations cannot be made on a permanent basis.
- Groups wishing to make arrangements outside the Library’s normal hours must apply at least two (2) months prior to the meeting and can be subject to charges, based on staff salaries and benefits, supplies needed and utility costs. All such meetings are subject to staff availability and may be cancelled absenting sufficient library personnel.
- Anything to the contrary notwithstanding, permission to use the Library’s meeting rooms heretofore granted shall be subject to the right of the Library Board to revoke same at any time at their discretion. Since the facilities are principally for library programming, any meeting may be preempted because of such programs. If a meeting is preempted, Library staff will make a reasonable effort to reschedule the date and/or space.
- If for any reason a group is unable to meet at the scheduled time, it is the responsibility of the group to alert the Library as soon as possible. Should a group fail to provide notification of a cancelation two times, the group will not be permitted to reschedule or rebook a room until coming before the Board of Trustees at their next scheduled meeting.
- There are no fees associated with the use of the Library’s meeting rooms; however, space requested and approved outside the Library’s normal schedule may be subject to such charges based on staff salaries and benefits, supplies needed and utility costs (as determined by Library administration). Such charges must be paid no later than two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.
- The collection of any monies either as admission fees, donations, raffles, or in any other form on Library premises is prohibited. The Library or Friends of the Library may collect donations or fees if the proceeds are utilized for Library purposes. Organizations are not required to compensate any staff members for services included in room use.
- The Library assumes no responsibility for an organization’s equipment, supplies or material. The Library shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to property owned by exhibitors or users of the meeting rooms except as provided by the Library exhibitors insurance.
- The applicant promises and agrees to save the Board of Trustees and staff harmless from any claim, loss or damage by reason of any act or negligence on the part of the applicant, its members, officials, agents, and any other person using the premises on the invitation of the applicant.
- Auditorium: Room capacity is as follows:
- Auditorium, undivided: 210 plus 23 standees
- East Section, divided: 48
- North Section, divided: 96
- West Section, divided: 65
- Youth Services Program Room: Room capacity is 50
- West End Branch: Room capacity is 40.
- Point Lookout Branch: Room capacity is 40.
Revised: March 2006
Amended: April 2017, January 2018
Purpose: To insure a safe and secure environment for staff and administration to perform their job responsibilities.
Scope: This policy applies to all Long Beach Public Library staff, administrators, board of trustees (past and present), past employees, guests, and the public at-large.
Policy: The third floor of the Long Beach Public Library is restricted to current Library staff, administration, board of trustees, delivery personnel, custodial workers, and contractual service workers—including, but not limited to: HVAC, solar power, roof repair, telecommunications and data transmission workers.
All others – including library patrons, residents, former employees, former Trustees, friends and relatives of employees, and job applicants – may have access only by prearranged appointment with administrative staff.
Compliance: Non-employees, residents, former employees, and job applicants will be asked to leave and/or arrange for an appointment.
Refusal to comply may necessitate eviction from the building by library security or by Long Beach Police Department.
Approved: September 14, 2016
Effective: October 1, 2016
The Long Beach Public Library is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff, patrons, and visitors as well as maintaining the security of Library property and the facilities. To support this commitment, security cameras and monitoring equipment are employed where needed to discourage violations of the Library’s Patron Code of Conduct and, when necessary, to provide assistance to law enforcement in investigating criminal activity.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Cameras will not be placed in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy or where prohibited by law.
A sign or signs will be posted informing the public that security cameras are in use.
Images will typically be retained for a period of time determined by the storage capacity of the equipment – usually about 14 calendar days. As new images are recorded, the oldest images are automatically deleted. The Library reserves the right to retain images for a longer period.
The Library will make all reasonable effort to ensure the security of surveillance records.
Conversations or audible communication will not be monitored or recorded.
Access to Surveillance
Only designated staff: the Director, Assistant Director, Administrative Assistant, Board President, and the Systems Integrator will have access to the recorded images.
Surveillance recordings are not accessible to the general public, but will be released as necessary and in accordance with applicable NYS laws — such as in response to a search warrant, court orders, or requests by a police authority as part of an active investigation.
If the Library receives a request from the general public to inspect security footage the requestor should be advised to file a police report.
Adopted: September 14, 2016
As a technological extension of Long Beach Public Library’s mission to provide accurate, timely and useful information and a complement to the Library’s Internet Policy, wireless access (WiFi) to the Internet is now available for public use in the main building. Access to wireless technology is through properly equipped, personally owned equipment; laptops, PDAs or other wireless devices, and use of such technology is subject to the rules and regulations set forth in the Library’s Computer and Internet Policies. Please be advised that the Library shall not be responsible for any loss of data or damage to personal equipment.
- To use the wireless network, patrons must have a laptop or handheld device equipped with either a WiFi adaptable card or built-in wireless capability. No registration is needed.
- Wireless access points, located on the first and second floor, communicate with your wireless device. You should be able to connect anywhere in the building. When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message appears on your screen indicating the wireless network is available. (LibraryHotSpot)
- The Library’s hotspot transmits using WPA-2 encryption. It requires a password to log on. The password is longbeach. WiFi users may elect not to transmit credit card information and/or passwords, as the Library cannot assure the security of your data. Similarly, users are cautioned, that wireless transmissions, like non SSL encrypted login pages, can be easily intercepted.
- Printing is not yet available. If you need to print, save to a disk or e-mail files to yourself, which can be accessed via a library computer and printed there from.
- Library staff cannot configure your computer, since everyone’s device is different. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your settings to access the wireless network.
- The Library’s catalog and databases can be searched by clicking onto our home page at https://www.longbeachlibrary.org.
- If your laptop battery is low, first floor tables near the Technology Center have outlets for recharging.
- To be consistent with the Library’s Internet Policy, WiFi users are advised that access may not be used for illegal purposes or to intentionally download such material that violates the Laws of New York, Penal Law Chapter 40, Article 235 and any other Federal or State statutes. Illegal use may be subject to actions by law enforcement agencies.
Adopted: February 2005
Updated: January 2009
Long Beach Public Library welcomes children to access library services, materials, and programs. Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the Library. However, Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. The Long Beach Public Library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision, or safety of minors. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children while they are in the library rests with the parent or caregiver, including if the caregiver is a minor.
Children aged 8 or younger must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or other responsible caregiver aged 14 or older at all times while on Library property.
Children aged 9 and older are permitted to be in the library without the direct supervision of a parent or responsible caregiver subject to other Library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.
From time to time, Long Beach Public Library schedules or provides programs that are designed and suitable for attendance by children without parental supervision. In that case, the parent or caregiver is expected to remain in proximity to the program to be available should they be needed.
Unattended children aged 8 or younger may be asked to remain at the nearest Service Desk while staff attempt to locate the caregiver. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the Library is closing, Library staff are authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.
If an unattended child or children under the age of 9 are present after closing at least two staff members or one staff member and a security guard shall remain with the children. In the event a child under the age of 9 is still at the library 15 minutes after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that 15 minutes to reach the parents. Whenever the Librarian in Charge / Person in Charge feels that it is appropriate to follow this process with a child or children nine years old or older, they are authorized to do so. However, in no instance will a staff member, volunteer, or a security guard transport a child or children or wait alone with the child or children. There must be at least two staff members present while waiting with the child or children. An incident report must be completed by the Librarian in Charge/Person in Charge.
Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges.
Adopted: September 1987
Updated: November 2019