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CIRCULATION PERIODS

Videos and DVD’s check out for one week, all other items check out for three weeks.

CIRCULATION LIMITS

Patrons may have up to 50 items checked out at a time, not to exceed a value of $1,350. Within the limit of 50, there can be no more than 10 each of videotapes, CDs, audiobooks, or 5 DVDs.

RENEWALS
All items can be renewed twice except when: "Your account is blocked" or "Someone else has requested the item" Items can be renewed online. To avoid overdue fines, don’t wait until the last minute to renew – you never know when someone else may request something you have checked out.

To renew items online, select My Account. Log in using your card number and PIN. If you enter your card number and PIN when you first logon to CobbCat, you do not have to keep entering it for each transaction. Select My Account and then Renew My Materials. Just put a check in the box next to each item you want to renew. If you want to renew everything, there is a box at the top for that. You can also renew from Review My Account by selecting “Click here to Renew titles.”

TELEPHONE RENEWALS
To renew items by phone and to access information about your account 24 hours a day, please call the Library System's automated telephone number at 770-218-3648. You will need to have your library card number and PIN. When the library is open you can also call any Cobb County Library or Central Library at 770-528-2320.

FINES
The fine for overdue materials is 15¢ a day with a maximum of $5.00 per item; except DVDs, which accrue a fine of $1.00 a day with a maximum of $10.00 per item. When items are overdue, your account will show the fine you would owe if the items were turned in today. The fine can’t actually be paid until the items are returned. Accounts with a balance of $10.00 or more in accrued or estimated fines are blocked.

LIBRARY PRIVILEGES
Library cards expire every two years and can be renewed in person at any Cobb County Library location by presenting ID with the current street address. Library accounts with balances due must be paid in full before cards are eligible for renewal.

A library account is Blocked (privileges suspended) if $10.00 or more is owed on the account. Possible charges include fines for materials returned late, replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, Interlibrary Loan charges, or estimated fines for overdue materials.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
September 27, 2010
Link to PDF Printable Circulation Policy » pdf
Art and Exhibit

The Cobb County Public Library System provides display space for public art and exhibit as part of its mission to provide cultural enrichment for all people.   In order to enrich patrons’ library experience, exhibits of paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other artworks, as well as displays of crafts, are encouraged for civic, cultural, educational, and recreational purposes.  

Application and Approval

  • Application for exhibit must be made through the Library Art Committee whose primary responsibilities are to coordinate the exhibit and to determine if the exhibit is appropriate for the library environment since the library serves people of all ages. The Library Associates and an appointed staff member will serve on the committee. 
  • The type of exhibit space available will vary by library location and not all libraries can accommodate all types of art.
  • Applications are chosen on a first-come, first-booked basis.
  • After approval, the Committee will contact the artist.
  • Priority for displays is given to groups and individuals within Cobb County.
  • Library produced or solicited displays have priority over displays proposed by non-Library groups or individuals.
  • Selection to exhibit or display work does not constitute an endorsement of the work.

Scheduling

  • Exhibits will be displayed on a monthly schedule, with no single artist displaying for more than one month in a 12 month period.
  • The library reserves the right to change, reschedule or cancel exhibits when necessary.

Installation and Removal

  • The group or individual displaying the art is responsible for the installation and removal of the exhibit on the scheduled dates.
  • Art work should be able to hang with a wire.  Hanging art should not exceed 40 pounds in weight.
  • Name and contact information for the group or individual preparing the exhibit must be a part of the exhibit. 
  • Each work displayed should have a title label/card indicating the name of the work and artist’s name.

Insurance

  • The Library is not responsible for the theft or damage to items on exhibit, nor does it provide insurance to protect them.

Publicity

  • The Library will develop and distribute basic publicity for the exhibit.

Sale of Items

  • Artists are not to display their artwork for sale during the duration of the exhibit.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
October 22, 2012
Link to PDF Printable Public Art and Exhibit Policy » pdf

Bulletin Board Postings and Giveaways

It is the policy of the Cobb County Public Library System to post and distribute only those materials that are produced by the library, the Library Foundation, or the Friends of the Library, by a government agency (local, state or federal) or a department of such an agency. Such materials include, but are not limited to pamphlets, flyers, and posters.

Materials may be displayed for thirty days. The Director may grant an extension at his or her discretion. The approved entities, as designated above, are responsible for distributing their materials to each Cobb County Public Library facility.

The enforcement of this policy may be appealed to the Cobb County Library System Board of Trustees. The decision of the Board will be binding

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
January 23, 2012
Link to PDF Printable Bulletin Board Postings and Giveaways » pdf

Camera Monitoring Equipment Policy

The Cobb County Public Library System is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and secure for library patrons and employees as well as maintaining the security of its facilities and property.  The use of cameras to observe activities in Library facilities will enhance security and aid in protecting the safety of library patrons and library property.  Signage disclosing this activity will be posted at the library’s entrance.

The camera monitoring equipment may be installed on Library property as a tool to address specific security related problems.  Authorized library staff will review the placement of monitoring equipment on an annual basis. Additional equipment will be installed when needed and as funds allow.  The camera monitoring equipment will not be positioned in areas that would compromise personal privacy.  The camera monitoring equipment will not record activity.

Camera monitoring equipment will be utilized under the following conditions:

  • Areas that are difficult to monitor due to staffing.
  • Lack of direct site lines.
  • Areas that are difficult to monitor due to remoteness.
  • Areas that experience recurring security related incidences.
  • Areas that are prone to vandalism.

This policy is designed to make the library environment a safe place to visit and to keep the library facility, collection and equipment in good condition for all to use.

 

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
September 24, 2012
Link to PDF Printable Camera Monitoring Equipment Policy » pdf

Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices

All electronic devices should be operated in a way that does not disturb others in the library. The following acceptable use of electronic devices is expected:

• The volume of any device should be off or low enough to be inaudible to others.
• The ringers on cell phones should be turned off or silenced.
• Brief cellular phone calls are permitted as long as they are quiet and courteous of others around, or are held in a designated area such as lobby, restroom, or outside.
• Extended conversations should be held in the lobby or other designated area of the library or outside.
• Cellular phones may not be used during a library program.

Library staff may intervene if a patron’s use of an electronic device is deemed as disruptive or loud. Staff may request that the patron lower the volume of device or voice, move to a designated area, end call, or turn off the device.

This policy is to ensure that all patrons have a pleasant and comfortable visit to the library.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
October 24, 2011
Link to PDF Printable Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices Policy » pdf

Computer and Internet Use

The Internet is a vast resource that offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to users of all ages.  Because it is unregulated, it is possible to find some sites that can be considered inaccurate or offensive to some users or inappropriate for viewing by minors.  The Library cannot be responsible for the content or accuracy of the information on the Internet or the statements, views, and opinions expressed there. 

Because this library receives federal funding for public Internet access, federal law requires the library to install blocking software on the library’s Internet computers.  Adults 17 and over have the option of choosing unfiltered access at the time they sign on for an Internet session.  An adult choosing unfiltered access to the Internet must declare that it is for lawful purposes. 

Computers in the Children’s Departments of the libraries will remain filtered regardless of the access level of the user.  Computers in other areas of the libraries may remain filtered as well.  No filter is totally effective and should not be relied on for complete protection, as it may not entirely prevent access to sites that parents may consider inappropriate for their children.  Parents are therefore strongly encouraged to supervise their children’s use of the Internet.  MINORS UNDER 17 MUST HAVE PARENTAL PERMISSION TO USE THE INTERNET. Before allowing a child to use the Internet, parents should learn as much as possible about it.  A good resource, produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is their website at www.missingkids.org.

Users of the Internet are expected to obey all local, state and federal laws and the Computer Access and Internet Safety Policy of the Cobb County Public Library. Display of objectionable material or failure to abide by these laws and policies may result in loss of Internet privileges and/or expulsion from the Library and notification of law enforcement agencies.

It is illegal under any circumstance to access any sites that violate the laws of the State of Georgia.  There is a compelling State interest in restricting access to sites that promote obscenity or child pornography as defined in O.C.G.A 16-12-80 and O.C.G.A 16-12-100.2 or which are harmful to minors as defined in O.C.G.A 16-12-100.1.

Public access computers are provided primarily for reference and research use.  They are not intended to serve in the place of a personal computer. Time limits are necessary in order to allocate computer time fairly.

POLICY ON USE OF LIBRARY COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET

1.         Users must abide by all local, state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to obscenity (O.C.G.A. 16-12-80) and child pornography (O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.2) and information harmful to minors (O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.1).

2.         Other prohibited uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of someone else’s card to access the Internet
  • Violation of another user’s privacy or network security
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information 
  • Any changes to computer settings, wallpaper, bookmarks, etc.
  • Unauthorized access to or “hacking” of other computers or networks
  • Harassment, libel or slander of others
  • Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
  • Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material
  • Violation of software licensing agreements
  • Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the library or others
  • Use of Internet access facilities that unnecessarily impede the activities of others
  • Use of sounds and visuals which may be disruptive to others
  • Use of personal software on or downloading software off the Internet to the library’s hardware
  • Altering or attaching additional equipment, other than storage devices,  to the library’s hardware

Violation of these prohibited uses may result in loss of Internet privileges and/or expulsion from the Library and notification of law enforcement agencies

3.         All computers in the libraries are filtered for inappropriately sexual or violent content. Those in the Children’s Departments and some in other areas will remain filtered regardless of level of access allowed on a user’s card.  Any computer will be automatically filtered when accessed by a child under 17.

4.         Adults 17 and over may choose unfiltered access when signing on to use an Internet computer and must declare that the use is for lawful purposes.

5.         Minors under 17 must have parental permission to use the Internet, including email and chat rooms. 

6.         “CobbCat Only” and “Licensed Database Only” computers do not require parental permission as they are restricted to only those sites and do not have full access to the Internet.  Young children should always be supervised by a parent or other responsible adult when using any library computer. 

7.         A Cobb County Public Library borrower’s card and PIN are required for signing up for and use of the Internet.  Courtesy access is available for one 30-minute period per day for adults 17 and over that live outside the County.  Name identification is required. Courtesy accounts are not permanent and are deleted after 30 days.  Any money remaining on the account will be forfeited.  Courtesy accounts can be renewed for an additional 30 days.

8.         Library card holders may use computers for 30-minute or one-hour sessions depending on the demand at each library.  Additional concurrent sessions may be allowed if no one is waiting, up to a total of two hours daily.   Otherwise, the user must get on the waiting list for an available computer.  Persons taking online tests, completing applications, or make use of computers for other special tasks that may require extended time should make their needs known to staff before they log on.  Accommodations may be made for one day only, depending on demand at the time.

9.         Some computers may be designated as “CobbCat Only” or restricted to GALILEO and other licensed reference databases and may not be used for other access to the Internet.  “CobbCat Only” computers do not require signup.

10.       Information may be printed at a cost of 15¢ per page, with the exception of “CobbCat Only” computers, which have free printing. 

11.       All printing must be pre-paid.

12.       All personal external storage devices must be scanned for viruses prior to use.

13.       No more than two people may use an individual workstation at any one time.

  • Because computer equipment is easily damaged, A parent or other responsible adult over 17 must accompany and be responsible for computer use by children under age six.
  • Computers in the Children’s Department at certain locations may be restricted to patrons under 17 and parents assisting children.

WIRELESS NETWORK ACCESS

  • Free wireless Internet access is available at selected libraries to users who bring their own wireless-enabled laptop computers.  A Cobb County Public Library borrower’s card and PIN are required for signing up for and use of the wireless network.   Visitors 17 years old and over can apply for a 30-day guest pass with name identification.  This pass is renewable with identification.
  • Library users under 17 can use the wireless network only if they have a library card with parental permission for library Internet use.  They may not be issued a guest pass.
  • By logging on to the wireless network, users agree to abide by this Cobb County Public Library Computer Access and Internet Safety Policy, which will be displayed on the screen.
  • By law, the wireless network is filtered for inappropriately sexual or violent content.   Staff members can assist users who believe that the filter limits access to an essential website.
  • Sound on the computer must be turned off or headphones used.
  • Printers are not available for wireless users.
  • There are no time limits to wireless use, but bandwidth may be limited.
  • Staff are not able to assist users with configuring their computers for accessing the library’s wireless network.

PUBLIC ACCESS SOFTWARE

  • Access to word processing, spreadsheet, database, résumé preparation and other desktop software is provided on public computers subject to the same conditions as Internet access.
  • Users of this software must have basic knowledge of its use.  Staff cannot provide instruction.
  • Printing must be prepaid through the Internet access management system.
  • The Library is not responsible for the loss of any data or documents due to the malfunctioning of or problems with software or equipment.
  • Documents may be saved to an external storage device such as a flash drive, or e-mailed from their external storage devices, but may not be saved to the computer hard drive.  Users must provide their own external storage devices.
    • Users cannot be assured of more than one half hour or hour session (depending on the library location) on a particular computer.
    • Any files saved on the desktop will be deleted regularly.

ASSISTIVE SERVICES

Computers with specialized software and scanners may be available at various locations.  This software helps patrons with certain disabilities to use the Internet and other Library Resources.  A scanner is provided so that patrons can make full use of the assistive software.  The scanner can also be used for routine scanning jobs.

Priorities for use of this specialized computer:

  • Patrons who need to make use of the assistive software
  • Patrons taking proctored exams
  • Patrons wanting to use the scanner

Other patrons may use this computer, subject to normal library policy, until it is needed by someone in the priority group.  This computer can be booked in advance for use of the assistive software or to take an exam.

Approved by Library Board of Trustees, June 24, 2002
Revised July 22, 2002, February 24, 2003, July 28, 2003, May 23, 2005, August 22, 2005; May 22, 2006; March 27, 2007, August 25, 2008, January 25, 2010, andJanuary 23, 2012.
Link to PDF Printable Computer Access and Internet Safety Policy » pdf

Exam Proctoring

As part of our mission to provide services in support of research, knowledge and cultural enrichment, the Cobb County Public Library proctors exams under the following guidelines:

The fee for exams is $10.00 per exam for Cobb County Public Library card holders in good standing and $25.00 for all others. Payment must be made in cash or check before the exam will be administered.

The test taker must fill out the Proctoring Agreement Form for each exam.

Appointments to take exams should be made at least 48 hours prior to the exam. Exams must be taken during regular library hours and must be completed 30 minutes before closing time. Unscheduled exams cannot be accommodated.

It is the test taker’s responsibility to ensure that exams are received in time for the exam.

Exams may be administered at any library. The test taker should contact the library directly to make arrangements. Testing accommodations may vary from library to library. It is the test taker’s responsibility to ensure that the physical facilities are adequate for their test taking requirements. Quiet study areas may not be available at all libraries.

Each library will maintain a log of exams received. The log will contain test taker information, date exam received, expiration date if provided, date exam taken, date exam mailed, and proctor’s initials.

Any librarian may administer the exam. The librarian who monitors the examination will be the librarian in charge, or their designee at the time the test taker takes the examination (not necessarily the librarian to whom the examination was mailed).

It is the test taker’s responsibility to provide materials needed to take the exam.

Picture ID is required for all exams.

For print exams the exam is administered in glassed-in study rooms when available. One-on-one monitoring is not provided. The library does not guarantee that the test taker will be under observation during the test.

Online exams are administered at computers in an open, public area.

The Library will hold copies of finished exams, at the instructor’s request, for 30 days.

Print exams will be returned by U.S. Postal Service or by fax. Exams will be handled the same as other outgoing library mail. The library cannot arrange for UPS or FedEx pickup.

The Library is not responsible for providing postage. If the institution does not provide postage or envelopes, it is the test taker’s responsibility to provide stamps or envelopes.

The library cannot assume responsibility for completed exams not received by the institution.

Exams not taken by the expiration date will be returned, if postage is provided, or shredded.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
October 24, 2011
Link to PDF Printable Proctoring Policy » pdf

Please complete the Proctoring Agreement Form, print and sign. 
The completed form will be requested at the time the exam is proctored at the Library.

Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) as a service to all library patrons with valid CCPLS library cards in good standing.  All requests for loans must be in accordance with the National Interlibrary Loan Code.

Purpose of Interlibrary Loan

To obtain library materials not owned by CCPLS for CCPLS patrons.

What items may be requested?

  • Requests may be made for books not owned by CCPLS.  The library catalog should be checked to make sure the item is not available at CCPLS.  Any item owned by CCPLS should be placed on hold.
  •  Photocopies of newspaper and periodical articles may be requested, though many periodicals are now available full-text on the library’s online resources.
  • There is a limit of five open ILL requests.  Items requested must be over $10.00 in value.
  • An item may be borrowed one (1) time within a three month period for the same patron.

What items are not available?

  • Libraries do not lend rare or fragile items, books published within the last year, items in high demand, microfilm/fiche, reference materials, genealogy materials, and audio-visual materials.
  • Any item owned by CCPLS, including electronic materials.

Are there any charges?

  • Generally, there is no charge for this service; however, the lending library may impose fees for photocopies, postage, or damaged or lost materials.  These charges are passed on to the patron.
  • In order to expedite an interlibrary loan request, the patron is asked to indicate the maximum fee amount willing to pay for an item.  CCPLS suggests $10.00 per book; $1.00 per page per periodical article.  The charges are payable by check only.
  • If no amount is given, ($0.00) amount will be assumed.  CCPLS will notify the patron if the lending agency’s policy exceeds the maximum.
  • The patron is responsible for charges up to the amount agreed even if the interlibrary loan is not picked up.

How soon will the item arrive?

  • Please allow at least two weeks.  Fulfillment of the request depends on the availability of the item, the prompt handling by the lending institution, and delivery time.
  • ILL procedures prohibit CCPLS’s attempt to expedite a loan through communication with lending institutions.
  • CCPLS will notify patron of the arrival of item.

What is the loan period?

  • The lending library sets the loan period for the material.  Typically, the loan period is for two weeks.  The actual time the patron may have the items depends on how promptly the item is picked up.  All items are subject to immediate recall. 
  • Renewals are not automatic.  Renewals are only permitted if the lending library allows an extension.  Request to renew an item should be made 3-4 business days before the due date.
  • Lending libraries may designate some items for “in-library-use only.”

What are the late fees?

  • CCPLS charges $2.00 per day late fee.
  • The lending library may impose substantial additional fees and fines for lost, damaged, or late items.

FULFILLING INTERLIBARY LOAN REQUESTS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS
What items may be requested?

  • CCPLS will lend books from the circulating collection, except for items in high demand and published within the last year.
  • Photocopies of any material in the collection will be provided by CCPLS, within guidelines of Copyright Law, without charge.

What items may not be requested?

  • Items published within the last year, high demand items, reference titles, Georgia Room materials, audio-visual materials, and items on hold.

What is the loan period?

  • CCPLS will lend items to other institutions for two weeks.
  • Renewals as per library policies will be made.  Request to renew items should be made at least three days prior to the due date.

I understand that as a borrower, I am responsible for:

  • Any charges assessed by the lending institution, whether or not I chose to use the item.
  • Overdue fines of $2.00 per day as assessed by CCPLS and additional overdue fines and/or fees imposed by the lending institution.
  • Replacement cost plus processing fees assessed by the lending library, if the item is lost or damaged while in the patron’s possessions.
  • Compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
January 23, 2012
Link to PDF Printable Interlibrary Loan Policy »

 
Multipurpose Room Use

The Cobb County Public Library System provides multipurpose room space for library sponsored or co-sponsored programs as well as a service to the community for use by non-profit organizations and government or public education agencies. Priority for use will be given to library-related and county government programs and those co-sponsored by the Library. The libraries may set aside certain times for library-related programs. Permission to use the multipurpose rooms does not constitute an endorsement of an individual’s or group’s policies or viewpoints. Approval does not constitute a “co-sponsoring” relationship and should not be represented to the public as such.

Eligible Organizations:

Eligible community groups will be granted permission for use on a first-come, first-served and space available basis. Space may be reserved for such events as workshops, conferences, institutes, book discussions, training, touring exhibits, and programs.

Examples of organizations and permitted uses are as follows:

1. Friends of the Library
2. Cobb Library Foundation
3. Educational
4. Civic
5. Cultural
6. Governmental (group sponsored by city, county, state, or federal agency)

Reservations and Approvals:

1. An official of the requesting organization must complete an “Application for the Use of Multipurpose Rooms.” The room is not reserved until the application is completed and signed by the library manager and approved by the Program Coordinator. An application should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. There is no “same day” approval. Telephone reservations will be held for 24 hours until a signed application is submitted.
2. Rooms may be reserved one quarter at a time only, beginning the first day that the library is open of the month before the beginning of the quarter; therefore, groups cannot be guaranteed the same meeting time on a continuing basis.

• 1st Quarter: December
• 2nd Quarter: March
• 3rd Quarter: June
• 4th Quarter: September

3. To ensure that all groups have equal opportunity to reserve the room, on the first day of registration for the quarter, an organization may book only one meeting per week and no more than two meetings per month. Groups may not use a room more than 2 times in a week or 8 times in the month.
4. Phone reservations are not accepted on the first day of a quarter.
5. Fax and mail reservations will be processed after registrations submitted in person have been processed.
6. Permission may be granted to reserve the room outside the quarter in certain circumstances by the Program Coordinator.
7. Notice of cancellation should be made to the library no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
8. After 30 minutes, a group may forfeit its reservation if it fails to appear.
9. If a group fails to show for two consecutive meetings and does not notify the library of the cancellation, future reservations will be forfeited until the group notifies the library.
10. The Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Public Library System reserves the rights to review any or all applications and may demand sufficient time to make proper investigations before action is taken on a request and may reject an application.
11. With the exception of fundraising programs which generate financial support exclusively for the Library System (e.g., author lectures and workshops sponsored by the Library Foundation) all programs and meetings must be free and open to the public. Unless otherwise provided, no admission fee may be charged, and only voluntary donations may be collected. Groups may charge for materials used in the program or allow membership dues to be collected, but no other money transaction may be made.
12. At several library locations, the meeting room is only available during the library’s regular hours of operation.

Library’s Right to Cancel or Deny Use:

The Library reserves the right to cancel or deny use of multipurpose room to an eligible group due to the following:
1. Library sponsored and county sponsored programs take precedence over room use by outside organizations.
2. Library reserves the right to revoke permission for the use of any meeting space for any organization found to be in violation of this policy.
3. Meeting spaces are not available for the benefit or self-promotion of individuals, political candidates, or commercial products or services. Unless otherwise specified, no sales or soliciting is permitted.
4. Meeting spaces are not available to organizations, including political parties or candidates, for fund-raising purposes
5. Meeting spaces are not available for rallies or campaigns of political candidates. However, political forums or political study groups are permitted, so long as they are open to the public.
6. Meeting spaces are not available for social activities (e.g., weddings, birthday parties) or fund-raising activities (except those benefiting the library).

Responsibility:

1. Smoking and open flames are not permitted in any library facility.
2. Alcoholic beverages may not be served.
3. The room must be left in the condition in which it was found.
4. Light food, not requiring extensive preparation, may be served in those libraries with kitchens connected to the multipurpose rooms. All refuse must be left in waste containers or taken by the sponsoring group. All tables and chairs must be cleaned.
5. Materials may not be taped or tacked to wall surfaces.
6. All groups must comply with fire and access codes that regulate the library.
7. All groups assume full responsibility for the group’s behavior and any damages to the facility or equipment which may occur while using the facility.
8. Notice of cancellation should be made to the library as soon as possible. Failure to appear 30 minutes after scheduled times may result in forfeit of reservation.
9. Groups may not transfer or assign their reservation to other groups.

Equipment:

Use of library equipment must be requested when reserving a multipurpose room. Library staff is not available to work the equipment.

1. The following library equipment is provided at no charge at select facilities (call in advance):

• Tables
• Chairs
• Podium/microphone, if available
• TV/VCR/DVD, where available
• LCD projector, where available

The following equipment and supplies are not provided:

• Flip charts and markers
• Extension cords
• Copy services
• Ice machines

2. The library will assess fees if library equipment or property is damaged or if special cleaning is necessary after the meeting.
3. The library is not responsible for the loss of and/or damage to equipment owned by the group. The library cannot store equipment or supplies belonging to a group.
4. Wireless is available in library meeting rooms.

This link will open the Cobb County Public Library System Meeting Room Application. » pdf Please complete and print the form. Return the signed copy to the Library.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
August 22, 2011
Link to PDF Printable Multipurpose Room Use Policy » pdf

Multipurpose Room Fee

The Central, Mountain View Regional, South Cobb Regional, West Cobb Regional, and East Cobb libraries’ meeting rooms are available from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The fee of $100.00 is applied to any meeting going one hour or any portion of the hour beyond the library’s normal closing hour for that day. The fee must be paid at the time of reservation. An additional fee of $100.00 will be charged for any portion of the hour a meeting goes beyond the prearranged one-hour after closing extension.

A full refund will be given, if the reservation is canceled one week (7 business days) before the day of meeting or if cancelled by the library. If the Library is unable to permit the use of the room as reserved for operational or other reasons, every effort will be made to provide alternate reservations acceptable to the group. If the alternate is not acceptable, a full refund will be given.

Meetings and events that are sponsored by the library or organizations that support the mission and goals of the library or are sponsored by the County, Federal or State agencies are exempt from meeting room fees.
All groups must adhere to the policies of the library.

Guidelines for After Hour Meetings:

  • Meeting room must be left in the condition in which it was found. It is the responsibility of the group to clean, and take down and store any tables and/or chairs used.
  • The group must vacate the meeting room by the pre-arranged one-hour after closing extension or be charged an additional fee.
  • The group will be notified 15 minutes prior to the pre-arranged closing time.
  • The group is responsible for the behavior of those in attendance.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
May 23, 2011
Link to PDF Printable Multipurpose Room Fee Policy » pdf

Obtaining Your Library Card

A Cobb County Public Library (CCPLS) card may be obtained by visiting any of our library locations.

Cobb County Public Library cards are free to all Cobb County residents as well as people who own property or businesses within Cobb County. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools (principals) and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees. Only one card will be issued to the school or business. The person applying for the library card is responsible for all items checked out on the card.

A Cobb County library card allows patrons to borrow library materials, use the library’s public access computers, request materials through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, and other Cobb County Public Library System services. A valid library card must be used to borrow library materials. If the patron has forgotten the card, photo identification or acceptable identification must be presented.

Minor’s Cards
A child who is 16 years of age and under must have a parent or guardian present to provide current identification and to sign the library card application. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for all lost and damaged items and fines and fees on the child’s library card. The parent or legal guardian must authorize access to the Internet for any child less than 17 years of age. A juvenile card is issued to a child from birth to 12; a young adult card is issued to a teen from 13- 16 years of age. Federal law requires this authorization; it must be given in person with the child’s registration being signed by the parent or legal guardian

Temporary Cards
Temporary cards can be issued to adults 17 years old or older residing at a temporary residence within Cobb County. The adult must present acceptable identification and proof of temporary residency. The proof of temporary residency may be a piece of mail addressed to the residency and postmarked within the past ten days or a letter from a service agency agreeing to accept the patron’s mail. The temporary card is valid for three (3) months from date of issue. Interlibrary loan service is not available to temporary card holders. A total of two (2) items may be check out on the card at any time. The card is neither transferable nor renewable.

A parent or legal guardian may register a child for a temporary card. The parent or guardian’s library card must be in good standing without any outstanding fines or fees above $10.00. The parent or guardian is responsible for all fines and fees and lost or damaged materials charged on the card. The parent or legal guardian must authorize access to the Internet for any child under 17 years of age. Federal law requires this authorization; it must be given in person with the child’s registration being signed by the parent or legal guardian.

ADA/Homebound Cards
A patron who is unable to visit a library in Cobb County Public Library System because of age, illness, or disability may register for an ADA/Homebound library card. The person facilitating the registration should provide proof of identity for the homebound person. Authorization should be given to persons to check out or pick up library materials on behalf of the cardholder.

School Cards
A school card can be issued to local Cobb County and Marietta schools. In order to obtain a school card, the principal of the school must submit a statement of responsibility for fines and fees associated with the card on school’s letterhead with signature. All library circulation policies apply to the school card.

Business Cards
A business card can be issued to local businesses, private day care centers, and other organizations and agencies located in Cobb County. In order to obtain a business card, the CEO or business officer must submit a statement of responsibility for fines and fees associated with the card on the business’s letterhead with signature. All library circulation policies apply to the business card.

Cobb County Employees
Current Cobb County Government employees can obtain a library card with acceptable identification. A non-resident employee is one who works for Cobb County but lives outside of the County. CCPLS employee cards are not limited to library employees. All library circulation policies apply.

Acceptable Forms of Identification
The following are acceptable as proof of residency, provided the item shows current street address (post office box is not accepted as proof of residency):

Current Georgia driver’s license, permit, or identification card
or Picture ID and one of the following:

• Current utility bill
• Bank statement issued within the last 30 days or personalized checks
• Mortgage contracts, mortgage statement or payment coupon, deed, or property tax bill for current or preceding year
• Rental/lease agreement or receipt within the last 30 days
• Paycheck or paycheck stub issued within the past 30 days
• School record or transcript for current or preceding calendar year
• Current voter registration card

At the time of application, patrons will be asked to provide a personal identification number (PIN) to assign to their library card for access to their library account. Patrons completing a library card application will also be provided the opportunity to register to vote.

Library card applications are available at the public service desk in the library. However, a library card application may be downloaded from www.cobbcat.org and completed prior to visiting one of the CCPLS libraries. The completed application and an acceptable form of identification must be presented at the public service desk in order to complete the application process and to receive a library card and PIN (personal identification number).

Renewal of Library Card
Library cards are renewed every two (2) years. To renew an existing card, patron must provide proof of current address and card must be in good standing.

Non-County Residents
Non-county residents can obtain a library card by completing an application, providing acceptable identification, and $25.00 per person per year at any Cobb library.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards
Lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately in person, by telephone, or by email to prevent unauthorized use or access. Patrons are responsible for all use of their library cards and all items checked out on their cards.

Replacement Library Cards
A replacement library card can be issued with appropriate identification. A replacement fee is charged for lost, stolen or damaged library card.

Change of Contact Information
It is the responsibility of the patron to inform the library of any change in mailing address, telephone number, or email address.

Please contact us at 770-528-2320 if you have any further questions about obtaining or renewing your library card.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
May 23, 2011
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Rules for Patrons

The Cobb County Public Library exists for all who wish to read and study in peaceful, safe, and attractive surroundings. To ensure the maintenance of such a pleasant environment, and to protect the resources of the Library, the Library Board of Trustees has established the following rules defining appropriate behavior of those who use the library.

In any facility of the Cobb County Public Library the following behaviors are not allowed:

  • Using cell phones, pagers, or any electronic device in a manner that disturbs other patrons, (See "Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices Policy")
  • Consuming food or beverages in the Library, except for water in closed containers
  • Disturbing or harassing other people by activities including but not limited to loud talking, playing music, making noise, loitering, or offering unsolicited advice
  • Disturbing other people by the display of offensive materials
  • Solicitation
  • Use of abusive or obscene language
  • Leaving children age of 9 and under unattended in the library
  • Leaving children or young adults 16 years of age and under on library property after closing
  • Sleeping or bathing
  • Failure to wear shoes or shirt
  • Bringing animals into the library except animals that assist the disabled
  • Leaving personal items unattended (Library is not responsible for patrons’ personal items.)
  • Leaving vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, recreational vehicles, or similar vehicles) unattended on library property overnight without library approval. Abandoned vehicles will be towed at owner’s cost
  • Skateboarding, rollerblading, skating, or bicycling in the parking lot, building or sidewalks
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Leaving animals unattended or tethered in areas that would obstruct public walkways or entrances

The following behaviors in the Library are in violation of the Georgia Code:

  • Defacing, vandalizing, or damaging Library Property (20-5-52)
  • Entering unauthorized areas of the Library or failure to leave the Library when closing is announced (16-7-21)
  • Intoxication (16-11-41)
  • Fighting (16-11-32)
  • Bringing in or possession of explosive compounds, guns, or knives (16-11-127)
  • Public Indecency (16-6-8)

Anyone violating Library Rules will be asked to stop the inappropriate behavior and/or asked to leave the Library premises. Violators who refuse to leave the Library may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal trespass (Official Code of GA 16-7-21). Anyone violating the Georgia Code, or any local laws or ordinances will be reported to the police without prior notice.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees - February 23, 1998
Revised by the Library Board of Trustees-January 26, 2009; March 28, 2011; and October 24, 2011
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Selection

MISSION

The Cobb County Public Library System is a place…

• Where we welcome and encourage all people in their enjoyment of reading and their pursuit for lifelong learning.
• Where we are committed to being a vital resource center by providing equal access to information, materials, and services to enrich people’s lives.
• Where people can dream, dare, and discover.

GOALS

• To promote literacy, learning and enrichment for all age
• To provide courteous, efficient and quality service to all
• To provide a broad range of resources responsive to the diverse and changing needs of our community
• To provide knowledgeable, committed and caring staff
• To manage our resources in a responsible, cost effective manner

PURPOSE OF POLICY

Apply the Library's Goals to Collection Development

Due to space and budget limitations, hard decisions must be made daily on what materials to put into and retain in the collection. Staff working closely with the process need guidance to assist them in developing a collection that meets the goals of the Library Board and the community.

Guide the Expenditure of Resources

There are many worthy materials competing for library resources, far more than the library can afford to add. This policy will assist staff in making decisions to make the best use of the resources to meet the Library's goals.

Delegate Responsibility for Selection and Maintenance

Collection development is one of the most important responsibilities of the library staff. This policy divides that responsibility among the appropriate positions.

DESCRIPTION OF THE COMMUNITY

The population of Cobb County is relatively affluent and well-educated. Among the largest employers are school districts, the aerospace industry, entertainment/tourist and retail business. The population is estimated to be 714,692 (2009 U.S. Census estimation), more than double the 1980 population. 7.8% are under 5 years of age, 7.4% 5-9 years, 26.3 under 18 years of age, and 9.2 over 65. The racial breakdown is 69.7% White, 23.8% African-American, and 4.2% Asian. Nearly 12% of the population is Hispanic. There are significant populations from Eastern Europe, Africa and Haiti as well as Latin America and Asia

LIBRARY HISTORY/DESCRIPTION

Public library service for Cobb County began at the end of the nineteenth century and was provided by various community libraries. The Cobb County Library was established in 1948 by the Cobb County Board of Education. The Library was later given an independent governing board and, in 1969, became a department of Cobb County government. All of the former community libraries, with the exception of the Smyrna Library, became part of the Cobb County Library System. Additional branches have been opened through the years and continue to be established in an attempt to bring convenient library service to all parts of the county. The Library system consists of a central library, three regional branches and thirteen additional branches.

SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS

Selection Philosophy

The Cobb County Public Library follows a policy of selectivity based on the goals of the library system, the roles of the individual libraries, the scopes of their collections, and knowledge of community needs and interests as demonstrated in library use. The Library cannot acquire, accept, or retain unlimited book and non-book materials. The importance of wise selection has grown in proportion to the increase in the volume of available materials and the cost of acquiring, cataloging, housing and maintaining them. The Library's funding level necessitates a basic test for selection: is the material of proven or potential interest to the people served. Emphasis is placed on those items likely to be utilized by the greatest number of people, rather than on very specialized items or those made redundant by other resources. Books have always been, and will continue to be, essential to library services. But as even greater amounts of information are made available in other formats, the Library must also allocate funds to integrate these into its services.

The Library collects materials for use by people of varying age groups, educational levels, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and lifestyles. The Library strives to meet demand for high interest materials in a variety of formats and attempts to provide a wide range of subjects. The primary collection is of English language materials; however there is a growing need for other languages as well. Collections of materials in other languages are acquired when feasible. The Library recognizes its responsibility in promoting literacy, and as such places a high priority on the development of current and attractive collections of high quality content for children and young adults. English-as-another-Language and literacy collections designed for individual use are maintained.

We strive to balance selection based on material quality and customer demand in order to provide a collection that is diverse and responsive to the needs of our whole community. Emphasis is placed on bestsellers and popular reading, as influenced by popular culture, and requests from library users are given high priority. The Library strives to collect the best of current literature recommended by professional sources for public library collections.

The Library recognizes and adheres to the principle of Intellectual Freedom as embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The collection of materials is designed to fulfill the ideal of a marketplace of ideas. Although librarians need not endorse every idea or presentation contained in the materials they make available, they have responsibility for selecting materials to ensure that a wide variety of viewpoints are represented and that materials are not added or removed from the collection for partisan or doctrinal reasons. Items are not excluded from the Library because of the race, nationality or social, political or religious views, or personal affiliations of the author. Items are not excluded because they contain language, illustrations, or ideas offensive to some persons. The Library does not affix prejudicial labels to items or segregate materials some people might find objectionable. Institutional self-censorship diminishes the credibility of the library in the community, and restricts access for all library users.

The selection and development of library resources should not be diluted because of minors having access to all library resources. The responsibility for choosing materials lies with the individual adult or the parent or guardian of minors. Librarians may offer guidance to minors in selecting materials; nevertheless, it is the sole responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor children's use of all library resources. The sole exception is that according to the Federal Children's Internet Protection Act, minors under 17 have only filtered access to the Internet.
Materials one chooses for reading, listening or viewing is a private matter and the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 24-9-46 (Appendix III) protects the confidentiality of all circulation records.

The Library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights (Appendix IV) and the Freedom to Read statements (Appendix V.)

Public feedback regarding collections and suggestions for new materials are welcome, as these help staff to gauge the effectiveness of their selections and to identify community interests. The staff considers all requests for purchase, evaluating them according to selection criteria, usefulness to the collection and the community, and budget considerations.

Floating Collection

Materials ‘float’ freely among system libraries rather than being ‘owned’ by a specific location. When a patron returns a circulating item, it is shelved at the location where it was returned instead of being sent back to the location from which it was checked out. Upon check-in, the location is automatically updated in the library catalog to show where it now resides. Only materials patrons actually want to use pass through delivery.

To libraries, floating has many benefits. They will be able to respond faster to public demand, provide more equitable access to materials, stretch the materials budget, reduce ergonomic strain on staff, and dramatically cut the volume of delivery among libraries.

Responsibility for Selection

The Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Library System determines the Collection Development Policy for the Library system. The responsibility for administering this policy rests with the Director of the Library and the Associate Director Technical Operations and Collection Development Services.

Under the Associate Director, the Collection Development Librarian coordinates Selection Teams of adult and youth services librarians who specialize in particular subject or genre areas of the collection. The Selection Teams are responsible for coordinating selection activities within their Dewey/Genre Ranges and promoting consistency in the development and maintenance of all collections. Using information such as popular trends, input from public service librarians and circulation statistics, the Selection Teams evaluate use of collections and identify areas needing development. They review selection recommendations from the staff and the public, monitor demand for materials in order to provide for timely acquisition, and make recommendations regarding retention and replacement of materials. The authority and responsibilities of the Head of Technical Operations/Collection Development Librarian/Head of Youth and Media Services consists of the following:

  • Authority to approve or disapprove selection recommendations from the selection librarians, other staff, and the public.
  • Authority to make final decisions on the withdrawal of circulating materials, the rebinding of books, repackaging of audiovisual materials, replacement orders, and the addition of gifts to the cataloged circulating collection.
  • Authority to review various collections in the Library, evaluate the contents, and submit written reports to the Library Director.
  • Authority to initiate any weeding projects as a result of collection evaluations.
  • Selection Criteria

Selection is a discerning and interpretive process, involving a general knowledge of the subject and its important literature, a familiarity with the materials in the collection, an awareness of the bibliographies of the subject, and recognition of the needs of the community. Librarians apply their judgment and experience in selecting materials according to specific criteria. Not all criteria apply to each item:

• Works of imagination are judged by different standards than are works of information and opinion.
• Works that present an aspect of life honestly are not necessarily excluded because of frankness of expression.
• Materials are judged as whole rather than on isolated passages.
• Accuracy and currency of information is a primary criterion for selection of nonfiction materials, thus emphasis is placed on collecting recent titles and editions.
• Positive reviews and professional recommendations for collections of medium to large public libraries are important factors.
• In order to manage resources in a cost effective manner, price, durability of format, extent of coverage of subject matter, redundancy, and licensing or copyright restrictions are important considerations.

Selectors should choose materials that will build a well-rounded collection which includes all viewpoints and opinions and which will meet patrons' needs.

Minors

Cobb County Public Library System recognizes the role of the parent or legal guardian in supervising the borrowing choices made by a minor child. The selection and development of library resources should not be restricted by the possibility of minors having access to all library resources. The responsibility for choosing materials lies with the individual adult or the parent or guardian of minors. Librarians may offer guidance to minors in selecting materials; nevertheless, it is the sole responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor their children’s use of all library resources. The sole exception is that according to the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act, minors under 17 have only filtered access to the Internet. Materials one chooses for reading, listening or viewing is a private matter and the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 24-9-46 protects the confidentiality of all circulation records.

Selection Tools

Selection tools are objective sources of information that provide an assessment of the material in question regarding quality, authority, timeliness, format, reading level and other criteria that determine suitability for public library collections. These tools include but are not limited to library professional review sources, including Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, Choice, Voya, Horn Book and Publisher’s Weekly. Frequently, nationally recognized newspapers, periodicals, and other recognized media sources are consulted. Some vendors have a reputation of providing quality lists of titles suitable for public libraries. Recommended reading lists from professional or educational organizations may be consulted. Catalogs of publishers recognized for producing high quality materials in specialty areas may also be utilized.

More specialized review sources may be mentioned in their respective collection development profiles.

Scope

The scope of the Cobb County Public Library collection refers to the formats offered, the treatment, and the level of difficulty. Materials selected for the Library collection are intended to meet the cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the residents of Cobb County.

The collection is intended to provide only supplemental materials for individuals pursuing educational programs and to provide a beginning point for those involved in independent study or research. Materials are primarily evaluated for their interest and value to the community as a whole, and only secondarily for their usefulness in meeting demand from area students. The Library does not attempt to acquire materials that duplicate holdings in school media centers or college, technical school or special libraries in the community. Textbooks are included when they are the best source available on a subject, when useful to those doing independent study, or when they give a valuable overview of a subject, but they are not added in support of a specific curriculum.

The collection is intended to offer a choice of format, treatment, and level of difficulty so that most individual library needs can be met and service given to individuals of all ages, within current budget parameters and constraints. Materials intended for professionals in a field may be bought when general introductory and intermediate level materials already exist in the collection and when demand warrants, providing continuity in development of a popular subject. Highly specialized materials are not generally purchased.

The collection is not archival, and is reviewed and revised on an on-going basis to meet contemporary needs. Except for the Georgia Room, the Library does not maintain items for historical purposes. As a rule, rare books are not purchased or accepted, and little effort is made to obtain out-of-print titles. Self-published works are not collected, except in rare cases of local or genealogical interest. Newsletters, school yearbooks, and minutes or scrapbooks of civic or cultural groups cannot be accommodated. Documents legally required to be available for public viewing are accepted.

The Library does not purchase abridgements, adaptations, or condensations, except in the case of certain quality abridgements prepared by the authors of the original works, adaptations that have a high literary reputation and those condensations prepared by writers of scholarly or literary note. Exceptions are also made in the case of recorded books. Teachers’ editions and students’ editions of works are not collected.

Formats

Materials are purchased in the most appropriate format for Library use. Books are generally purchased in hardcover editions because of their durability. Paperbacks may be purchased as added copies of popular titles to meet patron demand or if it is the only available edition of a high demand title. Library editions are purchased for heavily used titles in the Youth Services Department because of their durability.

The Library recognizes the value of non-print formats in the collection as legitimate educational and recreational resources for the community it serves. Print, electronic, and audiovisual materials are collected. The Library monitors the development of new formats, and within budgetary and technical limitations, adds these to the collection.

All new formats, electronic or otherwise, will be evaluated based on: appropriateness to the Library’s goals and appropriateness for a library collection. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Licensing for multiple users
  • Physical durability
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of access
  • Cost of starting and maintaining a collection
  • Long range outlook for the format
  • Support required to maintain the format

DESCRIPTION OF COLLECTIONS

Adult Fiction

This collection consists of classics of literature, popular best sellers, critically acclaimed first time authors’ works and general fiction, including genres (mysteries, romances, westerns, etc.) The primary purpose of the Adult Fiction is to meet the heavy demand of adult recreational readers for popular, new titles. The materials selected for this collection are intended for individuals at the seventh grade level and above. Current bestsellers will be purchased in multiple copies to meet demand as funds allow. Selected fiction is added to meet the needs of those patrons with scholarly interest. Classic and popular authors from other countries are included in English translation when demand dictates. In addition to recreational reading, the needs of the student population in area public, private, and adult educational institutions influence selection.

Adult Nonfiction

The library acquires materials of both permanent and current interest in a wide variety of subjects, based upon the merits of a work in relation to the needs, interests, and demands of the community. Each item is evaluated in its entirety and not on the basis of a particular section. The Adult Nonfiction consists of materials meant to meet the needs of the community’s diverse informational, educational, and recreational pursuits. This collection is designed for grades 6 through adult. Works in nonfiction are selected in a variety of formats as funds allow. Textbooks in general are not selected unless they provide the best overall introduction to a subject or are the only available print source on a subject.

An effort is made to meet as much of the demand of local school curriculum as possible. The library is not able and does not attempt to purchase copies of all titles from students’ reading lists.

Adult Reference

Reference materials, whether in print or computer-based formats, are those designed by the arrangement and treatment of their subject matter to be consulted for definite items of information rather than to be read consecutively. General works or works that broadly cover a subject area are collected. Books in the reference area are designed to be used in the library.

Materials suitable for use by upper elementary students through undergraduate college level are purchased for the general subject areas such as history, language, science, sociology, psychology and literature. Some titles found in the reference collection are duplicated in the circulating collection where demand warrants and funds allow.

The reference collection may also serve as a depository of government or public documents when so requested by a government agency. Ephemeral notices for public meetings or actions and their supporting documentation will be maintained at the Central Library until the meeting has occurred or the comment period for the action has passed.

Periodicals

Periodicals are publications issued and received on a regular basis in print, microfilm, or electronic format. The periodical collection is a well-balanced collection of magazines, newspapers, and newsletters covering a broad range of subjects to serve the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community. Foreign language and culture-based periodicals are included to serve the Library’s diverse population.

The retention of periodicals is determined by demand, availability of indexing, physical durability of the magazine or newspaper, space, and the continuing usefulness of the content. Availability of a full-text in a subscription database will influence retention decisions.

Juvenile and Young Adult Collections

The Juvenile Collection includes materials appropriate for children birth through sixth grade and their adult caregivers.

The Young Adult Collection consists of fiction materials for seventh grade through twelfth grade. Non-fiction materials are included in the adult collection.

Both collections also serve teachers and students studying education and literature.

Because of the varying backgrounds and abilities of children and young adults, a wide range of sophistication and reading levels must be covered. In hopes of encouraging the young person's critical ability through reading, and in support of the child's exploration of the world of ideas and information, a wide variation in themes, perspective, viewpoints, and formats is offered. Items in these collections will attempt to achieve a reasonable balance between current popular fiction, classics and award winning critically acclaimed material. Titles in the collections will be selected based on their probable appeal to young people, on their literary merit as indicated in reviews, and on appropriateness of their content for this age group. Generally only titles receiving favorable reviews are considered, however, books may be added because of popular demand. While the public library collection is not designed to support the school curriculum, care is taken to add materials that are in high demand. However, not all titles on reading lists can be supplied. A limited number of duplicate copies of titles that are often required reading for students can be purchased. Final responsibility for a young person's selection of library materials shall rest with the parent or guardian, as the Library cannot serve in loco parentis.

Professional Collection

The Professional Collection of the Cobb county Library System was established many years ago to assist library staff to keep abreast of developments in their fields. Materials for the collection are chosen in a variety of formats in the subject areas of Library and Information Science and related areas. Cobb County Public Library System facilitates access to information which enables CCPLS employees to enhance their knowledge and skills to deliver quality library services.

Media Collections

The Cobb County Public Library system collects materials in multiple media formats for patrons of all ages. The same breakdown in levels used for print materials (Adult, Young Adult, and Juvenile) is also used for media. Selection of media follows the same criteria for print, with an emphasis on the recreational needs of Cobb County. The Library System actively collects the following media formats:

  • Audiobooks on Compact Disc
  • Downloadable Audiobooks
  • Audiobooks on Playaways
  • DVD videos
  • Music CDs
  • Downloadable eBooks

Discontinued or low interest media formats will be maintained by the Library System as long as it is deemed appropriate. New media formats will be considered within current budget parameters and constraints.

Electronic Resources

The availability of online electronic resources greatly enhances the Cobb County Public Library System’s ability to meet the needs of the residents of Cobb County. Staff evaluation will be a primary part of the selection process for electronic resources. Availability of access for patrons is also important with a preference for unlimited remote access. When cost effective, electronic resources will be used to replace existing print reference collections. Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks will be purchased to mainly meet the recreational needs of Cobb County residents. Downloadable materials will be purchased in industry standard formats such as WMA and MP3 for audiobooks and ePub and PDF for ebooks. New formats will be considered within current budget constraints.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

GEORGIA ROOM

Responsibility for Selection

Under the Central Library Manager, the Georgia Room Head Librarian is responsible for selecting materials for the Georgia Room collection.

Scope

The Georgia Room, located at the Central Library, is a genealogical and historical collection. The purpose of the Georgia Room is to develop and maintain an in depth collection of materials having lasting historical and genealogical value to support the informational, educational and research needs of its users which consist of students, historians, genealogists and Cobb citizens as well as visitors.
The Georgia Room collection serves the needs of a broad spectrum of users with diverse informational and educational pursuits. The collection is a reference collection and does not circulate.
Books by local authors, about subjects other than local history will be added to the collection selectively to preserve a copy of their work. The greatest consideration is given to Cobb County authors. As a practical definition, Cobb County or Georgia authors are those who have lived in the county or state for a significant period of time. No attempt will be made to form a collection of works by southeastern authors as such. The collection will contain some materials of current usefulness such as Georgia travel guides, Georgia customs and family life, as well as books about native plants or animals.

Criteria

Material concerning Cobb County and Georgia will be of primary importance, with an emphasis on genealogical and historical materials relating to the southeastern United States. Geographic and subject coverage of these materials reflect and support the migration patterns of movement to and from Georgia. The collection also includes national genealogical and historical resources including selected Northern sources. Historical materials selected reflect diverse points of view. These materials include church histories, state and county histories, personal narratives, diaries and letters or any other accounts of events which have affected the history of the United States including records documenting United States military involvement since the Revolutionary War with a concentration on the Civil War.
Materials requested by patrons and that relate to the collection are considered for possible purchase. The Georgia Room does not purchase individual family histories, but does accept them as donations.

Formats

Most of the materials in the Georgia Room collection are in book form. Other formats include maps, photographs, microforms, clippings, unbound papers and documents. The collection does not include realia (three-dimensional, real life objects such as textiles, specimens, badges, emblems, insignia, etc.)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The Central Library currently maintains collections languages such as Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Small collections of other languages have been purchased with the intent of continuing to build them according to demand. The collections include juvenile and adult materials. Other languages will be added as interest, budget, and space warrant and when acquisition and cataloging support are available.

LITERACY

The Library recognizes its role in promoting literacy in the community. Frequently, in partnership with community literacy agencies, the Library targets services to people learning English through outreach programming in an attempt to connect people with resources and develop familiarity with library use. ESOL and literacy collections are maintained at the Central Library. Other branches may house small collections based on the needs of the community they serve.


GIFTS AND DONATIONS

Donations of Materials

The Library welcomes all gifts and donations with the understanding that they will be considered for addition to the collection in accordance with the Materials Selection Policy. All gifts and donations become the property of Cobb County Public Library and will not be returned to the donor. The Library reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of gift materials not added to the collection. The Library also reserves the right to withdraw donated materials from the collection when they are no longer appropriate under the collection policy.

Donations are used as additional copies when demand warrants the cost of processing and housing them. Rarely is a single copy of any title added to the collection. The Library cannot give appraisals of gifts and donations for tax purposes.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations to the library are greatly appreciated. The Library will use monetary gifts for the purpose for which they were given in accordance with the Materials Selection Policy. The Collection Development Librarian will select appropriate materials when no specific purpose is stated. If a donation is made by an individual, group, foundation or business, the library will keep account of that donation and make every effort to expend the money as indicated by the donor. Cash donations to the library can be made at any library branch.

SELF PUBLISHED BOOKS

The Library wishes to recognize the literary efforts of local Cobb County authors by including one donated copy of their work in our New Cobb Authors collection when possible. Self-published books are too varied in nature and so prolific in number that CCPLS does not have the resources to review all those submitted to us. Therefore, due to limitations on staff time, we cannot discuss individual titles with authors. Other than local Cobb County authors, self-published or subsidized books are not added to the collection.

Authors must submit requests to add their works to our collection in writing (Appendix II). These materials will go through standard selection procedures. This applies to self-published or subsidized materials as well as those published through mainstream publishers.

The Library bears no responsibility for the marketing of the author's work. The Library will not act on the author's behalf as a literary agent, reviewer, proofreader, publisher, editor, publicist or bookseller. Book signings by authors whose works are in the Cobb County Library collection are conducted at the invitation of the Friends of the Library. Authors may contact the Friends for more information.

Any material submitted for consideration becomes the property of Cobb County Public Library System whether or not it is added to the collection and will not be returned to the donor. Cobb County Public Library reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of such materials not added to the collection. The Library reserves the right to withdraw donated materials from the collection when they are no longer appropriate under the collection policy.

WEEDING POLICY

Weeding (also known as deselection) is an essential element of collection development that ensures the library’s materials are useful and accessible. Every library’s collection is limited by the space available to house it, and collections should change over time to reflect changes in the community, society-at-large, and the library’s goals. Weeding is a periodic or continual evaluation of resources intended to remove items that are no longer useful from the collection. It is the policy of the Cobb County Public Library System that weeding is done on a continuous basis throughout the year.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is not a substitute for collection development, but is meant to expand the range of materials available to library users without needlessly duplicating the resources of other libraries. ILL may not be used for any title that is on order.

ILL requests for titles that have been requested at least three times in a year are considered for purchase. Extra consideration is given to requests for titles published within the last six months, because CCPLS ILL policy prohibits requests for materials published within 12 months of the request.

Titles requested by patrons and considered for purchase but which do not fit the scope of the collection, are too old, out-of-date, or out-of-print are sent back to the patron with a recommendation to try ILL.

MULTIPLE COPIES

CCPLS will buy multiple copies of titles that have high patron demand. In subject areas where patron demand is extremely high, the Library will also buy additional copies. Number of copies purchased is based on patron demand, anticipated demand, and circulation of similar titles already in the system.

STANDING ORDERS

Titles on standing order can include reference books, travel books, college guides, test review books, large print, and other annual series. Keeping the latest edition of materials on standing order in the collection is essential. Selected juvenile series and adult bestsellers are also on standing order.

The standing order and automatic continuation titles will be evaluated annually by the Associate Director of Branch Services, Head of Reference, and Collection Development Librarian. Titles may be cancelled, new titles added, or the number of copies adjusted to accommodate patron interest and demand.

RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

The Library recognizes and adheres to the principle of Intellectual Freedom as embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The collection of materials is designed to fulfill the ideal of a marketplace of ideas. Although librarians need not endorse every idea or presentation contained in the materials they make available, they have responsibility for selecting materials to ensure that a wide variety of viewpoints are represented and that materials are not added or removed from the collection for partisan or doctrinal reasons. Items are not excluded from the Library because of the race, nationality or social, political or religious views, or personal affiliations of the author. Items are not excluded because they contain language, illustrations, or ideas offensive to some persons. The Library does not affix prejudicial labels to items or segregate materials some people might find objectionable, nor are materials sequestered except to protect them from theft. Institutional self-censorship diminishes the credibility of the library in the community, and restricts access for all library users.
The selection and development of library resources should not be diluted because of minors having access to all library resources. The responsibility for choosing materials lies with the individual adult or the parent or guardian of minors. Librarians may offer guidance to minors in selecting materials; nevertheless, it is the sole responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor children’s use of all library resources. The sole exception is that according to the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act, minors under 17 have only filtered access to the Internet. Materials one chooses for reading, listening or viewing is a private matter and the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 24-9-46 (Appendix III) protects the confidentiality of all circulation records.

Public feedback regarding collections and suggestions for new materials are welcome, as these help staff to gauge the effectiveness of their selections and to identify community interests. The Library welcomes patron feedback on specific materials but will be governed by this Materials Selection Policy in making additions to or deleting materials from the collection.

Please complete and sign the Request to Reconsider Library Materials (Appendix I).
Upon receipt, the request will be forwarded to the Collection Development Librarian who will share it and the item in question to the appropriate Selection Team Leader as well as other materials selectors. The Team Leader will review the request and the material in question. He/she will respond to the Collection Development Librarian within a given time frame. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Library Director who will make a decision to remove or retain the material. The Director’s decision will then be communicated to you in writing at the earliest possible date.

If you are dissatisfied with this decision, you may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Trustees by making a written request to the President of the Board. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to limit the length of presentation and number of speakers at the hearing. The Board will determine whether the request for reconsideration has been handled in accordance with stated policies and procedures of the Cobb County Public Library. On the basis of this determination, the Board may vote to uphold or override the decision of the Director.



Appendix I

Cobb County Public Library
Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

Request initiated by (your name): ___________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________

City: ______________________________ State: _______ Zip: ___________

Phone: ____________________________

Title: ___________________________________________________________

Author: _________________________ Publisher: _______________________

This is a: ____book ___magazine ___recording ___video ___other: ________

Do you represent:
____ yourself
____ an organization (name): _____________________________________
____ other group (name): _________________________________________

1. To what in the work do you object (please be specific; cite page numbers):

2. Did you read/view/listen to the entire work? ____yes ____no
If not, which parts have you read/viewed/listened to?


3. What do you feel might be the result of reading/viewing/listening to this work?

4. For what age group would you recommend this work?


5. What do you believe is the theme of this work?


6. Have you read any reviews of this work?

7. What would you like the Library to do about this work?

8. What work would you recommend in place of this material?

Signature _________________________________ Date _____________

Branch: _____________________________Staff:___________________

Please return to nearest Cobb County Public Library branch.


Appendix II

Submitting Your Book to Cobb County Public Library’s
New Cobb County Authors Collection

Cobb County Public Library offers a small display area at the Central Library for local authors who want their work sampled by library users. This collection is designed to give new and emerging writers, especially those whose books are not yet widely reviewed or stocked by libraries and bookstores, an opportunity to be read by their friends and neighbors.

Please note the following guidelines for the New Cobb County Authors Collection:

Due to the volume of self-published and print-on-demand titles available, the library does not purchase these books. However, copies donated by the author or publisher are considered for the New Cobb County Authors collection at the Library’s discretion.

Books for this collection are chosen by the Library’s Selection Committee. Space limitations may prevent all titles from being approved for display.

Authors must be current Cobb County residents, or the book must take place in Cobb County, or otherwise demonstrate a strong local interest.

Books chosen will be cataloged and shelved for one year. At the end of this time, they may be rotated out of the collection to make room for newer selections.

All books submitted for this collection become the property of Cobb County Public Library.

Library staff is unable to offer advice or criticism to authors, and cannot review or edit works.

To submit your book for consideration, please complete the following:

Book Title: ________________________________________________________

Author’s name: ____________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________

Local contact number: ________________E-mail: ________________________


Where has your book been reviewed? Please give title of publication, page number, & date of review:

Attach reviews, publicity materials, or other supplementary information if available.

Please send one copy of your book, along with a completed copy of this form to:

ATTN: Collection Development Librarian
Cobb County Public Library
266 Roswell Street.
Marietta, GA 30060

Thank you for your interest in making your book available through the Library.


Appendix III

O.C.G.A. § 24-9-46
GEORGIA CODE
Copyright 2011 by The State of Georgia
All rights reserved.

*** Current Through the 2010 Regular Session ***
*** Annotations Current Through March 14, 2011 ***

TITLE 24. EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 9. WITNESSES GENERALLY
ARTICLE 2. PRIVILEGE
PART 2. MEDICAL INFORMATION

O.C.G.A. § 24-9-46 (2011)

§ 24-9-46. Confidential nature of certain library records

(a) Circulation and similar records of a library which identify the user of library materials shall not be public records but shall be confidential and may not be disclosed except:

(1) To members of the library staff in the ordinary course of business;

(2) Upon written consent of the user of the library materials or the user's parents or guardian if the user is a minor or ward; or

(3) Upon appropriate court order or subpoena.


Appendix IV
THE LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS
“ I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939.
Amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; and January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996 by the ALA Council.


APPENDIX V
THE FREEDOM TO READ STATEMENT

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as citizens devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.
Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary citizen, by exercising critical judgment, will accept the good and reject the bad. The censors, public and private, assume that they should determine what is good and what is bad for their fellow citizens.
We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they need the help of censors to assist them in this task. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.
These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy. Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference. Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections. We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures toward conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend. We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings. The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights.
We therefore affirm these propositions:
1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.

Creative thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested. Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the ruthless suppression of any concept that challenges the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.
2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.

Publishers and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or church. It is wrong that what one can read should be confined to what another thinks proper.

3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to bar access to writings on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.

No art or literature can flourish if it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its creators. No society of free people can flourish that draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say.
4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.

To some, much of modern expression is shocking. But is not much of life itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these matters values differ, and values cannot be legislated; nor can machinery be devised that will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.
5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any expression the prejudgment of a label characterizing it or its author as subversive or dangerous.

The ideal of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for the citizen. It presupposes that individuals must be directed in making up their minds about the ideas they examine. But Americans do not need others to do their thinking for them.
6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people's freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.

It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society individuals are free to determine for themselves what they wish to read and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive.
7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a "bad" book is a good one, the answer to a "bad" idea is a good one.

The freedom to read is of little consequence when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for that reader's purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint, but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by which the intellectual inheritance is handed down, and the principal means of its testing and growth. The defense of the freedom to read requires of all publishers and librarians the utmost of their faculties, and deserves of all citizens the fullest of their support.

We state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations. We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.
________________________________________

This statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers.
Adopted June 25, 1953; revised January 28, 1972, January 16, 1991, July 12, 2000, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee.
A Joint Statement by:
The American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers
Subsequently Endorsed by:
• American Association of University Professors
• American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
• American Society of Journalists and Authors
• American Society of Newspaper Editors
• Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
• Association of American University Presses
• Center for Democracy & Technology
• The Children's Book Council
• The Electronic Frontier Foundation
• Feminists for Free Expression
• Freedom to Read Foundation
• International Reading Association
• The Media Institute
• National Coalition Against Censorship
• National PTA
• Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
• PEN American Center
• People for the American Way
• Student Press Law Center
• The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
June 27, 2011
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Self-Published Books

The Library receives numerous requests from local authors to add their books which they have self-published, or published at their own expense through companies such as PublishAmerica.

Although this type of publishing is experiencing rapid growth, these books often do not meet the requirements outlined in the Materials Selection Manual to be candidates for the permanent collection. They typically have not received reviews in standard published sources, and may not meet the criteria that the Library normally sets for inclusion in its collections.

The Library wishes to support local authors while maintaining the standards needed in its permanent collections.

RECOMMENDATION:

The Library will establish a Local Authors shelf in one or more branches.

Guidelines for placement on the shelf are as follows:

  • Authors must be Cobb County residents, or the book must take place in Cobb County, or otherwise demonstrate a strong local interest.
  • Each book must be approved by the Adult or Juvenile Book Selection Committee before being accepted for placement.
  • Books for the Local Authors collection will be accepted as donations from the author or publisher; however, at the discretion of the Committee, a book may be considered for purchase if published reviews in standard sources are available or there is strong evidence of appropriateness.
  • Brief listing for the book will be created in the Library Catalog, so that borrowers may access them by title or author.
  • Books will be processed with a barcode and CCPL ownership markings. They will not be jacketed, bound, or covered.
  • Items will be clearly labeled as belonging to this special collection.
  • Items will rotate out of the collection and may be withdrawn after one year, unless they have circulated regularly.
  • Self-published family histories and other similar genealogical materials will be added to the Georgia Room Collection at the descretion of both the Adult Selection Committee and the Georgia Room Manager.
  • Materials that are donated become the property of the Cobb County Public Library System and as such cannot be returned to the donor.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
November 28, 2011
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Social Media Use Policy

Social media includes web-based and mobile based technologies which are used to turn communication into interactive dialogue among organizations, communities, and individuals. Social media has been defined as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content."[1]

Examples of social media include Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. The intended purpose of all social media sites is to serve as a mechanism for communication between the Cobb County Public Library System and members of the public.

To address the fast-changing landscape of the Internet and the way residents communicate and obtain information online, the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) is using social media tools to reach a broader audience. The CCPLS encourages the use of social media tools to further the goals of the system, where appropriate.

Policy

All Cobb County Public Library System social media sites will be subject to approval by the Director.

The Cobb County Public Library System website (www.cobbcat.org) will remain the primary and predominant Internet presence.

    1. The most appropriate CCPLS uses of social media tools fall generally into two categories:
      • As channels for disseminating time-sensitive information as quickly as possible (example: branch closings).
      • As marketing/promotional channels which increase the library system’s ability to broadcast its messages to the widest possible audience.
    2. Wherever possible, content posted to CCPLS social media sites will also be available on the system’s main website.
    3. Wherever possible, content posted to CCPLS social media sites should contain links directing users back to the system’s official websites for in-depth information, forms, documents, or online services necessary to conduct business with the system.

Designated library system staff will be responsible for the content and upkeep of any social media sites created.

CCPLS social media sites shall comply with all appropriate Cobb County policies and standards, including but not limited to:

    1. Electronic Communications and Security Policy
    2. Information Technology Security Standards
    3. Conduct and Performance Policy

CCPLS social media sites are subject to State of Georgia public records laws. Any content maintained in a social media format that is related to county business is public record.

By posting any comments or other material on Cobb County Public Library System social media networks or hosted domains, users give the Cobb County Public Library System the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, and otherwise use your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media. Users agree that they will not:

    1. Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy, or publicity rights.
    2. Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, or hateful to any other person or entity as determined by the CCPLS in its sole discretion.

CCPLS social media site articles and comments containing any of the following forms of content shall not be allowed:

    1. Comments not topically related to the particular social medium article being commented upon;
    2. Comments in support of or opposition to political campaigns or ballot measures;
    3. Profane language or content;
    4. Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation;
    5. Sexual content or links to sexual content;
    6. Solicitations of commerce;
    7. Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
    8. Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems; or
    9. Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party.

The Cobb County Public Library System reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

    1. Restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this social media policy or any applicable law.
    2. Edit or delete any communications posted on our website or social media networks, regardless of whether such communications violate these standards.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
June 25, 2012
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Study Room Use

The Cobb County Public Library System provides space at the Central, Regional and East Cobb Libraries for individual or small groups engaged in quiet study, work or group projects. The study rooms are available during regular library hours.

  • Study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Same day reservations can be made. A study room will be held for 15 minutes after the requested time before the reservation is considered canceled.
  • Request for study room can be made in person at the Reference Desk or by telephone.
  • Individuals requesting the study room must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Study rooms are scheduled for two (2) hours per day. Additional time per day may be granted if there is no waiting list.
  • The number of people occupying the study room may not exceed the capacity of the room.
  • A study room left unattended for more than 15 minutes will be considered abandoned and will be assigned to next user.
  • Study rooms may not be used to distribute or sell goods or services.
  • Library policies, including Rules of Behavior and Meeting Room Policy, are to be followed.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the study rooms.
  • Library is not responsible for any items left unattended.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
February 28, 2011
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Unattended Children

The Cobb County Public Library System welcomes and encourages children to visit the Library, use Library resources and services, and attend Library programs in a safe environment.

Children who are unable or unwilling to care for themselves need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or caregiver responsible enough to offer adequate supervision while the child is in the library.

The Library is not available to offer care for unattended children but does have staff members available to help and support the children with Library resources and services. An “unattended child” is defined as a child of any age who is apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver.

Rules:

  • Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers (henceforth referred to as “caregivers”) are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the Library and on Library property. Children and their caregivers are expected to respect Library property.
  • All children age 9 and under must have a caregiver of at least 11 years of age in the immediate vicinity of the child. Exceptions may be given for children ages 3 to 5 years attending a Library program.
  • Library staff will attempt to contact a caregiver in circumstances such as the following:
    • an unattended child is engaging in behavior that is disruptive to other Library users, staff, or the normal operations of Library business.
    • an unattended child is involved in a situation that is potentially harmful to the health or safety of the child and/or others.
    • an unattended child, 16 and under, is left at the Library at closing. Two staff members are required to stay. Under NO circumstances will ONE staff member be left alone with an unattended child.
  • If a caregiver needs to be contacted, staff will ask children and/or search Library records for emergency contact information. In the event that a caregiver cannot be reached or is unresponsive, the Library will work with the local law enforcement and other agencies, as appropriate.
  • If transportation is not available within 30 minutes of the notification of a caregiver, the local law enforcement agency will be contacted to pick up the unattended child. When law enforcement personnel have picked up the unattended child, staff will leave a note on the Library door notifying the caregiver that law enforcement personnel have their child.
  • Under no circumstances will staff members drive unattended children home.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees - September 26, 2011
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