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Policies

Our policies are intended to fulfill our mission and to ensure our partons recieve a safe and fair access to our many resources. The policies listed below are overviews of our general policy, if you have any questions or would like more information about our policies, please come to the library to view our Patron Policy manual and/or speak with a member of the library staff.

Questions about our Lending Policies?

See the Lending FAQ page.

Wondering about Internet Access?

See the Internet Safety Policy or a description of our computer, internet, and other electronic services here.

Material Donations Policy 

The Cannon Free Library accepts donations of recent books and audiovisual materials which are clean and in good condition. We reserve the right to accept, decline, discard, or sell any donations. Realia will not be accepted. We provide a receipt for gift materials for tax purposes upon request.

Problem Patron Policy

Patrons that are unruly, disturbing, offensive or abusive to other patrons and/or staff may have their library privileges suspended for a period of time. All disciplinary action will be handled by the Director.

  • 1st Offense – Verbal warning by the Director
  • 2nd Offense – Suspension of library privileges until patron amends offensive behavior

Any suspension may be appealed to the Cannon Free Library Board of Trustees, and their decision is final.

Unattended Children and Minors

All children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or adult caregiver when present in the Library. No child under the age of 10 may be in the Cannon Free Library without parental supervision. All parents will be responsible for the actions of their children while in the Library.

Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children under the age of 18, using the Cannon Free Library rests with the parent, guardian or an assigned chaperone.  Though staff will always respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety.

We recognize that many young adults under the age of 18 are responsible enough to be in the library without adult supervision. However, if library staff identifies behavioral issues or recognizes that a young adult cannot use the library responsibly on their own, staff may ask young adults to leave the premises. Additionally, parents will be contacted, and if behavioral issues occur, a young adult may be required to have a parent or caregiver present while using the library.

If a crisis occurs, staff may need to contact authorities to ensure the safety of a child under the age of 18.