VII. Physical Facilities
Use of the meeting spaces in the City of Buda Municipal Complex, including library spaces, are governed by the City of Buda Facility Rental and Use Policy.
Facility Use Application and Policy
VIII. Gifts Policy
Gift books and materials are evaluated using the same criteria used for selection of all other materials.
- Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the Library Director has the authority to make whatever disposition seems advisable.
- The library will acknowledge receipt of donated items but is unable to set fair-market or appraisal values.
- Gifts of money, real property and/or stock will be accepted if conditions attached to them are acceptable to the Library Commission and to the City Council.
- The library will not accept materials which are not out-right gifts.
- Gifts made to individual staff members will be governed by the City of Buda’s Gift and Gratuities Policy.
IX. Children's Services & Policies
The library has four primary service goals for children:
- Provide guidance and assistance to children seeking information and reading materials;
- Provide instruction in the use of the library and basic library resources, computers and the Internet;
- Stimulate interest in reading and lifelong learning through programs, activities, story times, special events, etc.;
- Create a positive relationship between the child and the library.
As a subscriber to the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, the library makes no attempt to supervise or restrict a child’s materials selection. Parents who wish to guide their child’s materials selection are encouraged to do so. The library makes available guidance regarding children’s literature and the role parents can take in developing reading skills.
The library is not responsible for unattended children. In order to further our service goals to all library patrons and to ensure the safety of all, children under age 12 must be supervised by an adult or other parental representative. Children of all ages must adhere to the same standards of courteous behavior required of all patrons (see Section XII). The Buda Police Department will be called in suspected cases of neglected, abused or abandoned children.
X. Computer & Related Materials Use Policy
- The library will provide public-use computers along with the related hardware and software.
- The Library Director shall be responsible for the setting of time use limits, reservation policies, and other day-to-day rules for use of the computers and related materials.
- Consistent with the philosophy expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statements of the American Library Association, the library will not withdraw or include materials except by the policies outlined in Section IV of this policy statement. The library will not block or deny access to telecommunication services in keeping with these principles and policies.
- Software and certain other computer related materials are to be used in the library only.
- The user or borrower assumes responsibility for determining the suitability or appropriateness of materials sent to or acquired through the Internet or email.
- Consistent with our Children’s Services and Policies in Section IX, the library makes no attempt to supervise or restrict a child’s access to any services or network offered by the library. Parents who wish to guide their children’s access to any service or network are encouraged to do so.
- The library is not responsible or liable for any communications exchange, e-mail or other electronic message to or from a computer to another computer, network, or service. The library will not act as an agent for any borrower or user in the receipt of any personal correspondence. Any communications or exchange received by or stored upon the public-use computers will be considered to be not private in nature and will be deleted upon the completion of the computer use session.
XI. Public Relations
Some of the primary public relations goals of the library are:
- To aid governing officials, civic leaders, and the general public in understanding the library’s objectives and services.
- To encourage people of all ages to become active participants in the varied services offered by the library.
XII. Patron Conduct
- People entering the library are expected to respect the rights of other patrons to use the library. We ask that all library users acknowledge that there are many different ways to use the library and to be empathetic towards other users.
- People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library at library staff’s discretion. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, unruly actions; inappropriate behavior; misuse of library property; uncooperative attitude; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources.
- Abusive language and behavior or harassment of staff or other library users will not be tolerated. Harassment is defined as persistent and unwelcome conduct or actions.
- Violence or threats of violence will not be tolerated. If a patron is violent, makes violent threats, or acts in a manner that makes others feel unsafe, library staff may call the local police to evict the patron from the library. Depending on the severity of the issue, the patron may not be permitted to return to the library. If necessary, the Library Director will request that the Buda Police Department issue a criminal trespass citation in order to enforce the withdrawal of library privileges.
- The Buda Public Library strives to provide a clean and comfortable environment where people can enjoy the materials and services provided by the library. Please take actions to prevent any food or drink spills and immediately report any such occurrences to a staff member to avoid damage to library property.
- People must stay properly attired in the library at all times, including a torso covering and shoes. Restroom sinks are to be used for washing hands and faces, except when attending to an infant.
- Cell phones should be turned off or switched to a non-audible signal and should be answered outside the library.
- Smoking, vaping, tobacco, and illegal drug use is not permitted in the library.