The Dripping Springs Community Library hopes that the people who use the library will find the facilities a warm, welcoming place to be, as well as a receptive environment for lifelong learning. The library encourages children of all ages to visit the library with their parents to take advantage of the available resources.
Library policies are designed to provide for the safety, security, and comfort of all people, regardless of age, using the Library. Library visitors and library personnel share responsibilities for maintaining this vital community resource just as they share its space and resources.
Library visitors are required to observe the Library’s rules of behavior and to accept responsibility for the use of the Library’s computer resources and for all materials borrowed. Library staff stand ready to assist library visitors and to respond promptly to patron concerns guided by library policies and the underlying principles shaping those policies. Library policies are designed for the safety, security, and comfort of all those sharing the Library resources.
People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library grounds. Dripping Springs Community Library is pleased to support Dripping Springs Independent School District in the development of character of the community’s youth and voluntarily ascribes to the DSISD Code of Conduct. Persistent or serious disruptive behavior, as defined by the DSISD Code of Conduct, may result in the complete or partial loss of library access or borrowing privileges. Restoration of library access or borrowing privileges will follow a prescribed schedule and is subject to review by the Library Director.
Children’s Safety at the Library
Parents must guide the behavior of their children under the age of eighteen, set age-appropriate limits, and observe necessary precautions for the safety of their children in the library.
To best insure their safety, children under the age of ten cannot be left unattended or unsupervised in the library. In order to best safeguard their children, parents will want to be readily available and within close proximity, whether their children are browsing for materials or participating in library programs.
Parents are responsible for providing transportation for older children with an awareness of library business hours. Staff cannot know if children are leaving with a parent or with a stranger. Occasionally children who are unsupervised become bored and disruptive. It is not the library’s intention to seek out unattended children but rather to have a reasonable response prepared as problems present themselves.
It is the responsibility of parents to insure the appropriate behavior of their children in the library. Library personnel can not be responsible for children who are unsupervised. All library patrons demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library for a period of time to be determined by library staff with the oversight of the Library Director. As appropriate, Dripping Springs Community Library will consult with the parent(s) or guardian(s) of minors.
All types of harassment against any individual are prohibited. Sexual harassment includes physical advances, inappropriate touch or coercing this activity, jokes or conversations.
Not included in this description is providing assistance to a child by holding their hand or offering a hug for comfort.
Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, offensive or derogatory language directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation; threatening, intimidating, or humiliating conduct; name calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property. (DSISD Handbook and code of Conduct and Policy)
If this behavior is reported to library staff, a complaint form will be completed, and the library director will be notified. The library director will call 311 to report the incident.
- Circulating books, in print or alternative formats, may be borrowed for three weeks. Films on DVD, as well as music CDs may be checked out for one week.
- Unless requested by other library patrons, items may be renewed in person, by telephone, or online through the Library’s website.
- Items may be borrowed from other libraries through Inter-Library Loan. Items not immediately available may be reserved for future use.
- Late fines of 25 cents per day are accessed with a maximum fine on any overdue item of $5. Dripping Springs Community Library charges the actual replacement cost from our book vendor plus a processing fee of $5 for lost or damaged items.
- All replacements will be purchased by the Dripping Springs Community Library.
- Items can be returned to the circulation desk, the children’s circulation desk, or placed in the book drop after hours.
Limits to Access
The Dripping Springs Community Library serves all residents of Hays County and/or the Dripping Springs Independent School District, and all persons employed or enrolled in a college located in hays County free of charge. Those residing outside of the area may purchase a limited use card or a renewable card for a fee. The fee is waived for TexShare card holders.
In order to best share limited resources, the Library sets and periodically reviews material and service limits per cardholder. Library items may be designated for in-library reference use only. Cardholders must maintain a balance of $5.00 or less to preserve their library borrowing privileges.
TexShare card holders share all borrowing privileges and are subject to the same policies as resident patrons with one exception. TexShare cardholders are not eligible for interlibrary loan through the Dripping Springs Community Library and are referred to their “home” library for this service. Refer to TexShare Policy for eligibility.
Computer Resources and Internet Access
Internet access provides a means for library users to obtain information resources beyond the walls of the Dripping Springs Community Library.
Dripping Springs Community Library card holders are allowed unlimited access to the Internet during our open hours unless there is a wait. Public computer users are subject to the disclaimers and guidelines below.
- The DSCL Library offers both filtered and non-filtered computer access. Filtering does not guarantee blocking inappropriate or illegal sites.
- Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet in the library and must provide signed permission for children age 18 and younger.
- Not all information obtained from the Internet is equally credible or current. The Library cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, reliability, or legality of the content of any database. Evaluation of material retrieved is the responsibility of the user.
- Users are expected to comply with U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. code), which prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”.
- Library equipment may not be used for illegal purposes. Violations will result in loss of computer access privileges. Unlawful activities or deliberate misuse of computers is subject to further penalties defined by local, state and federal law.
Guidelines for Internet Use
- Library staff will assist any individual computer user without prejudice or definition of task as time permits.
- Using their Dripping Springs Community Library card, library users “check out” the computer at the circulation desk.
- Each session is 30 minutes; however, requests for additional time will be honored if no one else is waiting, up to 120 minutes with exceptions made with the director of the library.
- In order to best protect their identity and personal data, patrons are expected to “log-out” at the computer workstation or to “check-in” the computer at the circulation desk when the session is completed.
- Patrons are encouraged to inform library personnel when computers need attention.
- Printed pages are $.20 each for black-and-white printouts, payable at the self-service Print Station.
- Printed pages are $.50 each for color printouts, payable at the self-service Print Station