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Using the Library
Closed Sundays and holidays.
The Circulation Department can help you get a library card, review what you have out or on hold, and reserve items. You can borrow, return and renew items, as well as reserve and pick up museum passes. Our community and library bulletin boards are located near the Circulation Desk. The staff will happily provide assistance if you have any questions or concerns.
borrow from another library in the Old Colony Library Network, go to the
catalog or ask a librarian for assistance.
|How to obtain
a Library Card
Kingston residents, as well as residents of non-OCLN towns, can get a Kingston library card. Simply fill out an application at the Circulation Desk and provide proof of your current address and a picture id. We require a parent or guardian signature for children aged 17 and under.
How to replace a Library
The Kingston Public Library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network. Anyone with an OCLN card may borrow materials. If you live in one of the 26 towns of the Old Colony Library Network, please register for your card at your hometown library. Please carry your library card for the fastest and smoothest service!
| Loan periods,
fees, and fines
You may return material from other OCLN libraries to the Kingston Public
Library. These will be checked in on the day you return them. Items we
have borrowed for you from other libraries must be returned to the Kingston
/ How to place a hold / InterLibrary Loan
Items not held by members the Old Colony Library
Costs to Patrons
Limits to InterLibrary Loan
If you have a purchase suggestion you can complete a form at the Circulation Desk or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the author's name and the title of the work. Supplying us with the publisher, date of publication, cost, ISBN and format (book, tape, CD, etc.) will help us better identify an item. If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can also suggest areas of the collection that you would like to see developed (books about yoga or digital photography, for example.) Please provide your name and phone number or email address so that we can let you know when the item arrives.
|From the North
Take Route 3 South to Exit 10. Turn right onto Route 3A South. At the traffic light, turn left, following Route 3A South through one traffic light at the top of the hill, then through the center of Kingston, approximately 1 mile. After crossing the railroad tracks, take the second right onto Green Street. The Kingston Public Library is on the corner of Green Street and Summer Street/Route 3A. The parking lot is immediately on the left, adjacent to the library building.
From the South
From the West
Take Route 80 into Kingston. At the intersection of Route 80 and Elm Street, take Elm Street and follow it to the end. At the Route 106/ Main Street intersection, turn left onto Route 106/Main Street. Take the second left onto Green Street. The Library is on the corner of Green Street and Summer Street/Route 3A. Parking is immediately before the building. Enter the lot from either Green Street or Cross Street.
Library Board of Trustees is a six-member policy-setting
board. Trustees are elected for a three year term.
Spencer Clough, Secretary
|Email the trustees|
|Civility Policy||Meeting Room Use Policy||Policy on Unattended Children|
|Policy on Posting & Distribution of Non-Library Materials||Policy on Endorsements||Policy on Solicitations|
ARTICLE I Name and authorization
1. The Board shall be composed of six members, two of whom shall be elected each year at the Annual Town Meeting elections, as provided for in MGL, Chapter 78, Section 10. Trustees shall serve without compensation for a term of three years.
2. Any member may resign by written notice filed with the Town Clerk, as provided for in MGL, Chapter 41, Section 109. Upon receipt of the notice, the Town Clerk will notify the remaining members of the Board.
3. A vacancy on the Board shall be filled by joint majority vote of the Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Selectmen in accordance with MGL, Chapter 41, Section 11.
4. Any member who fails to attend four consecutive regularly scheduled Board meetings will receive a letter from the Chairperson reminding the member that regular attendance is a responsibility of all trustees and that those unable to attend regularly should consider resigning from the Board. Copies of these letters shall be included in the Board’s minutes. In the event of illness or other extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this provision may be made by formal vote of the Board.
ARTICLE III. Responsibilities
ARTICLE IV. Officers
ARTICLE V. Meetings
ARTICLE VI. Committees
ARTICLE VII. Collective Authority of the
ARTICLE VIII. Parliamentary Rules
ARTICLE IX. Amendments
ARTICLE X. Inconsistent Provisions
The Kingston Public Library exists to serve the community. To promote effective and enjoyable use of the Library, the Board of Library Trustees has adopted the following rules of use.
The Library is primarily an area for quiet study. Any person who, in the opinion of Library staff, is engaging in conduct inconsistent with the operation of the Library will be asked to stop that behavior and may be asked to leave. (MGL. Ch. 272, Sec. 41)
The Library is a place of civility. Library users are asked to treat each other with respect. Threatening behavior, including, but not limited to, violence, threats of violence, and possession of weapons will not be tolerated.
The Library respects the privacy of its users. Library users are asked to respect the privacy of others.
Parents and caregivers are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children. While quiet play and conversation are welcome in the Children's Room, children as well as adults should respect the rights of others. Children whose behavior becomes disruptive to the ability of other library users to study, read or play in peace or to the ability of staff to do their work may be spoken to by Library staff. Parents and caregivers are asked to monitor their child's behavior so that staff intervention is not necessary. Parents and caregivers who are unable or unwilling to do this may be asked to take their child out of the building until the child is able to behave appropriately.
Children under the age of 9 should not be left unattended in the Library.
Because of risks to health and safety, smoking is not allowed at any time within the building or in the courtyard. Library users may finish and extinguish their smoking materials in the ashtray outside the Library entrance but should refrain from smoking close to the entrance so that other users do not have to pass through second-hand smoke to enter the building. (Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 270, Sec. 21- 22)
Food and/or beverages are not allowed in the Library, except at designated times or in designated rooms.
Cell phone ringers should be turned off inside the Library. Cell phones may be used in the Meeting Room when it is available but not in the main library.
All bicycles must be left in the racks provided.
Roller blades and skateboards may not be used in the Library.
Shoes and shirts must be worn in the Library.
The Library building, grounds and materials are an investment of the taxpayers. Damage to Library property costs tax dollars to repair. Those who purposely damage Library property may have their library privileges suspended or revoked and will be prosecuted. (MGL. Ch. 266, Sec. 100) Parents can be held liable for damage done by a child under 18. (MGL. Ch. 231, Sec. 85)
Library users who trigger library theft detection systems may be required to open any bags or pocketbooks for inspection.
Library materials and equipment are an investment of the taxpayers. Library materials should be returned or renewed in accordance with the Library's circulation policies so that all users have the opportunity to use them. It is an act of larceny to remove library materials from the Library without having checked them out. Library users who consistently abuse the circulation or computer use policies may have their library privileges suspended or revoked. Theft of library materials, use of false identification to obtain a library card, or use of another person's library card without his or her permission are against state law and will be prosecuted. (MGL. Ch.266, Sec.99A)
All members of the public should feel free to use the Library and its resources. Library users should not interfere with another person's rights to use the Library or with the Library staff's performance of their duties in protecting those rights.
Please cooperate with Library staff, who must interpret and apply these rules. Your help will create a pleasant and productive atmosphere for all.
|This collection development policy of the Kingston Public Library is designed
to provide guidelines for the staff in the selection of library materials.
It does not replace professional judgment, but rather defines the general
tools and criteria used for materials selection.
A. "Material" is defined in the broadest possible context.
The key criterion is useful content, not format.
The Library Director and the Board of Trustees welcome the opportunity to discuss these principles with interested individuals or representatives of groups.
The Kingston Public Library provides public meeting space for civic, cultural, educational, community and both profit and non-profit groups and individuals. Fees shall be charged for use of library meeting room.
Meeting spaces are made available to the public on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals and groups requesting their use.
After the Library, preference in scheduling is given to Kingston-based organizations. In formulating this policy, the Library Trustees seek to accommodate a broad range of associations while upholding a standard of fairness. The Library reserves the right to review, accept or reject any or all applications for meeting room use.
No group other than the Board of Library Trustees, the Kingston Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Library, the Library Art Committee and the Library Building Committee will be granted permanent and ongoing meeting space.
III. Scheduling and Reservations.
Reservations will be accepted for only two events at a time, for a maximum of two events per month. Exceptions to these restrictions may be allowed by the Trustees, provided that they determine that such advance reservations or additional usage will not interfere with the precedence of regular library service over other activities or otherwise conflict with the purposes of this policy set out in Part II above. No more than three ongoing exceptions may be granted during any period. In the event that an exception is granted for an ongoing period, the requestor will be notified of this decision. The exception will be granted for a period of 12 months, after which time a new request must be submitted in writing.
Reservations for use of a meeting room may be made by telephone, mail, email, fax, or in person, using the Meeting Room reservation form.
Groups using the meeting rooms are responsible for setting up the room according to their needs and restoring furnishings to normal at the conclusion of their meeting. They are also responsible for removing their own trash.
The Library must collect statistics for meeting room use and provides a form for that purpose. Each group is responsible for completing and returning the form. Groups that consistently fail to return the form will not be allowed to reserve Library meeting space.
Private individuals, for-profit organizations and businesses reserving meeting rooms are charged a room use fee of $50 for meetings that last less than four hours, or $100 for meetings that last more than four hours. No admission fees may be charged nor any monies collected with the exception of dues or charges for refreshments by the individual or organization without the express permission of the library. Payment should be issued to the Town of Kingston.
The Library may waive the above-noted fees upon review of each individual request for waiver.
The Library may require that an organization obtain the services of the Kingston Police Department for traffic control, security or any other purpose. The Library may require that an organization provide its own insurance.
V. Equipment Use
Groups may not store items in the Meeting Room unless permission has been granted in advance by the Library Director, and the Library assumes no responsibility for any item left in the Meeting Room.
Non-municipal groups may be required to show a certificate of insurance showing evidence of coverage and naming the Town of Kingston as an insured party.
VII. Restricted Uses
The Kingston Public Library is committed to providing outstanding service to all segments of our community as well as employing state-of-the-art technology to improve access to global resources. As part of the mission to meet the recreational, informational, and educational needs of the public, the Library makes available free access to the Internet for all residents, regardless of economic status or age.
Currently, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It allows access to a vast array of material from around the globe for individuals of all ages, but it also enables access to some material that might be offensive, harmful, and/or illegal. Information found on the Internet is not organized centrally by any one agency or author, nor does the Library select or restrict the information on the Internet. The Library does not vouch for or take responsibility for the accuracy, quality, or authenticity of information obtained through the Internet. The Library will not tolerate the use of its computers in a way that violates local, state or federal law.
Library staff will work with children to help them learn how to use the Internet safely and efficiently. However, library staff cannot be held responsible for information, images or ideas children may encounter in their use of the Internet. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of parents to guide the Internet activities of their children. The Library highly recommends that parents explore the potential scope of the Internet, and library staff will be happy to assist parents in learning how to use the Internet. Parents may also wish to accompany their children to the Library to help guide them in their searches. The Library strongly encourages parents to discuss with their children the material encountered on the Internet, much as they would discuss the information and messages found in books, videotapes, television shows and advertisements.
Violations of this policy may result in loss of computer privileges and/or loss of library privileges. Illegal acts involving library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
The Kingston Public Library assumes no liability for any damage to user data or loss of user privacy sustained while using Kingston Public Library equipment.
Laptops, eBook Readers and other devices in the Library
Food and Drinks
The Kingston Public Library welcomes children of all ages. However, the Kingston Public Library is NOT responsible for the safety or wellbeing of children who are unattended in the Library. This is solely the responsibility of the parent or guardian. The Kingston Public Library staff are here strictly to help you and your children with library needs. The staff are not licensed to perform childcare.Parents and caretakers are strongly urged to accompany their young children to and within the Library. Parents and caretakers should be aware that the Library is a public building and is not necessarily safer than any other public place or building. Parents and caretakers should be aware of their child's whereabouts in the Library throughout the visit. Parents and caretakers of young children should stay with their child throughout the visit. Children who are not old enough to leave the building without an adult should not visit the Library without an adult. Parents and caretakers are also reminded that unexpected events may occur in which the Library could close without notice, stranding an unattended child.
The Kingston Public Library reserves the right to ask any patron to leave the building if he or she is acting in an inappropriate manner, creating a public nuisance, or inhibiting the rights and privileges of others. This includes children. In the case of young children, a parent or guardian must accompany the child. In the absence of a parent or guardian, the Library staff will call the Kingston Police Department.
Parents should be aware of the Library's schedule in order to avoid having a child stranded after the Library closes. In the event that an unattended child is not picked up at least 15 minutes prior to closing, the Library staff will attempt to notify a parent or guardian. If these attempts are unsuccessful, the Library staff will notify the Kingston Police Department prior to closing. A staff member will stay with the child until the police arrive.
The Kingston Public Library welcomes tutors and their students.
The Meeting Room and Children's Activities Room have been reserved from 3:00-5:00 daily for tutors to use or for students to study. We encourage tutors to use these rooms or other designated areas: there is a carrel in the Gallery area and a desk in the adult fiction stacks. The adult reading area is a quiet area and should not be used for tutoring sessions during this time. The tables in the children's room may be used for tutoring or study.
We ask tutors to observe the following guidelines while tutoring in the library:
Thank you for your co-operation!
As a service to the community of Kingston, in the interest of promoting the dissemination of information among its members, the Library devotes bulletin board space and distribution areas for posting or passive distribution of printed and electronic materials from other community organizations.
The availability of materials for posting or distribution does not constitute an endorsement of the views contained therein by the town administration, the Library trustees, or employees of the Kingston Public Library.
Such space is made available on an equitable basis without regard to the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Priority will be give to requests for space from members of the community of Kingston. As such space is limited, materials will be posted or distributed as space becomes available and shall be posted or distributed for a period of not more than 30 days.
As materials posted, exhibited or distributed, may represent controversial issues, submissions are encouraged that represent the full range of opinions on any issue. Materials posted or distributed must identify the individual or organization that has provided the materials.
The Library trustees delegate the authority, to determine the suitability for dissemination of materials submitted, to the Library Director or his or her designate. Any disagreements over such determination of suitability for posting or distribution shall be heard by the Board of Library Trustees at their next business meeting.
Materials left for posting or distribution without the prior approval of the Library director, the director’s designee, or the Board of Library Trustees, shall be discarded.
The Board of Library Trustees may endorse nonprofit organizations whose mission is consistent with that of the Kingston Public Library and whose activities help accomplish the Library’s mission and benefit the Library’s constituents. Such endorsement may include encouraging financial and other support for the organizations endorsed. A vote of the Board is required for any endorsement.
The Board of Library Trustees will place limits on commercial activities
and fund-raising activities in the Library building and in Library publications.
Commercial or fund-raising notices may be placed on the Library’s bulletin boards only if they conform to the Board’s Policy on Posting and Distribution of Non-Library Materials.
reserve the Meeting Room, visit or call the Library during open hours to
complete a request form. The Meeting Room may be used beyond the Library's
regular open hours.
Non-profit organizations and town-based community or civic groups are not charged fees unless they are sponsoring a profit-making program Private individuals, for-profit organizations and businesses reserving meeting rooms are charged a room use fee of $50 for meetings that last less than four hours, or $100 for meetings that last more than four hours. Conditions for use are outlined in the Meeting Room policy.
© All rights reserved. Town of Kingston, Kingston Public Library. For more information please write to Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street, Kingston Massachusetts 02364 or email the Library Director at email@example.com. For suggestions on how we can improve our services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kingston Public Library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network.