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ALA

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 These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals 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 individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. 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 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 or unwelcome scrutiny by government officials.

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, unpopular, or considered dangerous by 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 the prejudgment of a label characterizing any expression 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 others. 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; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information. 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. Further, democratic societies are more safe, free, and creative when the free flow of public information is not restricted by governmental prerogative or self-censorship.
  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 Americans 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, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee; amended January 28, 1972; January 16, 1991; July 12, 2000; June 30, 2004.

The Freedom to View Statement

The FREEDOM TO VIEW, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore, these principles are affirmed:

  1. To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
  2. To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
  3. To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
  4. To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
  5. To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public's freedom to view.

This statement was originally drafted by the Freedom to View Committee of the American Film and Video Association (formerly the Educational Film Library Association) and was adopted by the AFVA Board of Directors in February 1979. This statement was updated and approved by the AFVA Board of Directors in 1989.

Endorsed January 10, 1990, by the ALA Council

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

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.

VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019.

Strategic Plan

Coquille Public Library Strategic Plan 2022-2024

The VISION of the CPL is to be the heart of the community, where people are inspired to discover, connect, explore, and create.

The MISSION of the CPL is to enrich the lives of the people of Coquille.

The GOALS and OBJECTIVES of the CPL are to:

Expand Physical Library Space

  • Provide dedicated space for kids, teens, and adults
  • Provide a space for discovery, learning and information
  • Provide a welcoming place to socialize and engage with friends

Increase Programs and Services for All Ages

  • Partner with community members to teach programs
  • Increase staff participation in programs
  • Increase off-site programs
  • Provide impartial and inclusive access to information

Community Investment and Awareness

  • Continue with fundraising and grant writing opportunities
  • Continue to build community partnerships
  • Increase Library social media presence
  • Develop monthly program newsletter
  • Provide space to promote and advertise community events

Develop a Thriving Collection

  • A growing collection that meets the needs and interests of the community
  • Patron driven acquisitions
  • Beyond books – survey community for interest in Library of Things

The core values of the CPL are to ...

  • Practice the principals of intellectual freedom
  • Provide equal and equitable access to library materials
  • Provide a diverse collection in print and digital formats
  • Respect the dignity of our patrons and the diversity of their needs
  • Protect confidentiality of patron records
  • Be good stewards of the CPL’s resources
  • Foster the love of library and lifelong learning for all generations

Library Policies

Code of Conduct Policy

The Library Code of Conduct Policy is designed to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, staff members and to preserve and protect library property.

Please Remember:

  • Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Shirts and shoes are required in the library.
  • Consuming food inside the library is allowed in designated areas only.
  • Covered, non-alcoholic beverages are allowed inside the library.
  • Sleeping or loitering is not allowed on library property.
  • Loitering is defined as remaining or wandering in a public place without any discernible legitimate reason. A patron who wanders about and does not use library materials may be considered loitering.
    • Due to space constraints, patrons are limited to two-hours per day at the public tables.
  • The use of library facilities for other than intended purposes, including but not limited to laundry or bathing in the restrooms is prohibited.
  • Dogs are allowed in the library if they do not disturb library patrons or staff.

Rules of Prohibited Behavior:

  • Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
  • Disruptive or unsafe behavior that interferes with another person’s ability to use the library is prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to, talking loudly, using abusive language, loitering, and emitting overpowering body odors, that disturbs others.
  • Theft.
  • Harassment.
  • Viewing pornographic or obscene images using library resources.
  • Public intoxication.
  • Damaging library property.
  • Smoking on library property.

Approved by the Coquille Public Library Board February 23, 2023.

Community Service Policy

Persons with community service hours to complete are encouraged to contact the Coquille Public Library Director for an interview and to discuss current opportunities. Persons fulfilling community service obligations are not employees of the Coquille Public Library and cannot legally access patron records as per ORS § 192.355.

Community Service Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Shelf reading
  • Shelf facing
  • Preparing craft kits
  • Processing material; labeling, stamping, and covering items.
  • Any task deemed necessary that does not breech Oregon confidentiality laws.

Community Service Opportunities not permitted include but are not limited to:

  • The use of staff computers
  • Patron initiated holds
  • Processing returned items
  • Or any other task that connects a patron to material previously accessed.

Persons fulfilling community service hours are not volunteers, they do not fill out volunteer applications nor complete background checks. As such, no direct contact will be made with patrons. Such persons must adhere closely to a predetermined schedule, agreed upon at time of interview. Failure to appear as scheduled may result in forfeiture of opportunity.

Internet Use Policy

Coquille Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet. All public access electronic information, services, and networks provided directly or indirectly by Coquille Public Library will be readily available to all library users. No fees will be charged for the provision of information services to library users beyond printing and copying costs.

A. Choosing and Evaluating Internet Sources 
Providing connections to global information, services, and networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing material for a library collection. The library cannot control the information available over the Internet and cannot verify its accuracy or authenticity. Some information available on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, offensive, and/or illegal. Library staff are available to help identify appropriate sites.

B. Your Security
Users are advised that because security is technically difficult to achieve, any electronic transaction or file could become public information. It is not recommended that library computers be used for any commercial or personal business transactions.

C. Internet Access by Your Minor Child
The library upholds the right of everyone to have access to constitutionally protected material. The library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their child’s use of library materials and resources. The library encourages parents to inform their child of materials they do not want them to use, and to supervise their child’s Internet sessions, regardless of the child’s age.

D. Rules for Computer Use and Internet Access 
Library computers and wireless Internet access are provided to meet the informational, cultural, and recreation needs of all users. To make these resources available to as many users as possible and to make sure that the equipment is used in a manner consistent with the Library Code of Conduct Policy, the following rules apply:
Library computers and wireless Internet access may not be used for any illegal activity including, but not limited to:

  • Damaging or altering computer equipment, systems, or software. 
  • Downloading or installing any harmful program including, but not limited to, spyware, viruses, malware, or any other illegal utility. 
  • Violating copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements, or intellectual property rights. 
  • Displaying, printing, or sending material that is libelous, threatening, or harassing. 
  • Displaying any material that are offences against general welfare as defined in ORS 167.051 – ORS 167.095.
  • Displaying any material that are offences against persons as defined in ORS 163.431 – ORS 163.434. Violation will result in police assistance for immediate trespass.

To allow all users opportunity to use the computer equipment, users will comply with the following procedures and limits:

  • Use of the public computers are limited. All patrons begin with 60 minutes of use per day; library staff may extend the patron’s session upon request if no other patrons are waiting for a computer.
  • A Coastline library card or a guest pass is required to use public computers.
  • Guest Passes are available at the Circulation Desk. 
  • Guest Passes are provided as a courtesy, Coquille Public Library reserves the right to place limitations on the number and availability of Guest Passes should the need arise. 
  • All persons using library computers are responsible for printing costs as well as any damage to equipment or software resulting from abuse or inappropriate use.
  • Parents or legal guardians are responsible for any damage that may result from their child’s misuse of the equipment or software. 

Refusal or failure to comply with the Internet Use Policy may result in temporary or permanent restriction or loss of library use privileges, including computer use. 

Approved by Coquille Public Library Board April 21, 2022

Library Card Policies

TYPES OF LIBRARY CARD USERS

  • Standard patron is a permanent resident or property owner of a taxing district in Coos or Curry Counties. 
  • Outside-of-County patron is one who does not reside or own property in a taxing district in Coos or Curry county. Out-of-County cards may be purchased for 12 months/365 days at the rate of $100 per household per year or $50 per 6 months per household per year. 
  • Provisional patrons are short-term residents, wanting a library card on a short-term basis, such as camp hosts. 
  • Temporary patrons are residents of temporary housing such as shelters, or residents who have a PO Box but cannot show proof of a physical address. Temporary patron accounts must be renewed every 30 days. Status will be changed to standard patron with proof of permanent physical address.
  • One Book patron status is for standard Coastline patrons who have fees that are over $5 and accrued when the patron was under 18 years of age. The purpose of the One Book status is to allow minor patrons the ability to borrow one book at a time while paying down their account. Once an account is brought current, it will return to standard type. One Book status does not apply to audiovisual media.
  • One Book patron status is also for children under the age of 13 who do not have parental consent at the time a Coastline library card is issued. Once the child has parental consent, status will be changed to standard type.
  • Staff library cards are issued upon employment at the library. Staff library cards should be used for all library business whereas staff should continue to use standard library card for personal business.
  • SWOCC Employee library cards are issued upon employment at SWOCC. 
  • SWOCC Student library cards are issued to SWOCC students.
  • Outreach library cards are issued to ESO employees responsible for Outreach patrons.
  • Outreach Lobby are patrons who live at assisted living ESO lobby stops. 

TO BECOME A COASTLINE LIBRARY CARD HOLDER

  • Provide proof of identity with photo ID.
  • Provide proof of physical address. 

BENEFITS OF LIBRARY CARD USERS

  • Library material and services are available to all Coastline library card holders. Coastline libraries do not censor patrons of any age.
  • Standard Patron Full access to library services in Coos and Curry Counties. 
  • Outside-of-County Patron Full access to library services in Coos and Curry Counties. 
  • Provisional Patron Full access to electronic resources; limit of 10 items can be checked out at any one time; limit of 3 holds; no ILL’s.
  • Temporary Patron Full access to electronic resources; maximum of 3 items can be checked out at any one time; limit of 1 hold; no ILL’s 
  • One Book Patron Full access to electronic resources; limit of one book can be checked out at any one time; limit of 1 hold. 
  • SWOCC Employee Full access to Coastline library services. 
  • SWOCC Student Full access to Coastline library services.
  • Outreach ESO staff with full access to Coastline library services.  
  • Outreach Lobby Assisted living patrons with full access to Coastline library services. 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIBRARY CARD USERS

  • Abide by library rules regarding behavior, public computer use and borrowing materials.
  • Accept full responsibility for items checked out on a Coastline library card and all charges associated with its use.
  • Return items on time and in good condition to any Coastline library in Coos or Curry County. 
  • Pay all lost or damaged fees in a timely manner. Library cards are blocked from usage with fees over $5; unpaid fees are turned over to collections if payment arrangements are not made and honored.
  • Notify any Coastline library if name or contact information has changed.
  • Keep library card secure and notify any Coastline library if card is lost or stolen.
  • Coastline library cards are nontransferable.
  • Coastline libraries do not offer family cards.
  • Coastline library card holders will not allow another person or organization the use of library card to access licensed databases or services
  • Library card holders assume full responsibility for any damages that may occur to personal equipment when using multimedia material. 

RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENT/GUARDIAN OF A MINOR LIBRARY PATRON

  • Parent/Guardians are responsible to monitor child's use of library and library resources accessible with Coastline library card. Library material and services are available to library users of any age. Coastline libraries do not censor patron usage, regardless of age.
  • Provide child's library card for access to child's library account. Coastline libraries respect the privacy of all library users, regardless of age. 

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LIBRARY CARD APPLICANTS

  • Provide Photo ID.
  • Provide proof of physical address.
  • Minor children under the age of 13 may obtain a One Book Status Library card. A Parental Letter of Notification for One Book Patron will be sent to parent/guardian advising them that their child has obtained a One Book Status Library card. NOTE: Parental Letter of Notification for One Book Patrons is in the appendix of this document. Once the parent/guardian approves the library card, status will be changed to Standard.
  • Minor children ages 13-17 with proof of identification and physical address do not need a parent or legal guardian present. Coastline libraries will send a Parental Letter of Notification for Patrons 13 – 17 to the address on the application informing the parent or legal guardian that the child has been issued a Standard Coastline library card.
  • Coastline library cards that are issued to children are the same Coastline library cards that are issued to adults. The responsibility for the card and materials checked out on the card lies with the cardholder. 
  • Information pertaining to the library card is strictly confidential protecting patron privacy regardless of the age of cardholder unless referred to a collection agency for delinquent account or when legally required by law enforcement agencies. 
  • Parents and/or legal guardians are not held responsible for a minor child's library fees unless the account goes to collections.
  • If a minor's account is referred to a collection agency, the parents or legal guardian become financially responsible under Oregon law. 
  • Exceptions may be made for: Disabled persons who are unable to fill out the application form; Cardholders who wish to give written permission for use of their card on their behalf on a temporary basis. For example, a friend or relative may be authorized to temporarily checkout materials for the cardholder, during an illness. Cardholder must fill out a Card Sharing Policy/Application for approval at the discretion of the Library Director. The original cardholder is responsible for fees involved with lost or damaged items.
  • Potential patrons without proper identification to immediately get a library card are welcome to use the library, its computers, and borrow honor books. 
Material Selection Policy

I. PURPOSE OF A SELECTION POLICY
The Materials Selection Policy states a philosophy with specific criteria for collection development. The policy aids library staff in selecting, acquiring, and maintaining a collection that is relevant for our diverse community. The policy also addresses why materials are or are not in the collection.

II. PHILOSOPHY OF THE LIBRARY
The Coquille Library Board (CLB) recognizes that the Coquille population is diverse, with different interests, backgrounds, cultural heritages, social values, and needs. The CLB further recognizes that the role of the public library is to provide free access to informational, cultural, educational, and recreational materials. The CPL aims to provide equal access to all people using the library. To achieve this goal, the library will ensure its collection remains current and responsive to the needs of patrons and that material is easily accessible through appropriate technology.

III. AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION
Selection of library material is the responsibility of the Library Director. The Director may authorize members of the staff who are qualified through education and training to make selection decisions. Staff members and patrons are encouraged to recommend titles for consideration. Final responsibility for selecting material belongs to the Library Director.

IV. NATIONAL STATEMENTS CONCERNING INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
The CLB believes the right to read is an important part of intellectual freedom, a basic right of democracy. The principles of intellectual freedom are guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the free expression of ideas. In keeping with those principles, the library will favor no viewpoint. The CLB hereby adopts these basic documents of the American Library Association as official library policy:

V. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Material is selected for literary or artistic merit, accuracy, current or historical interest and entertainment value. Basis for selection rests with the judgments of trained staff members. Basic criteria for selection are professional reviews, bibliographies, subject lists, library catalogs, or popularity.
The library will attempt to maintain a collection that includes material on most subjects and points of view. Each item must be considered appropriate for the intended audience. Some materials may be judged in terms of artistic merit, scholarship, or historical significance, others are selected to satisfy recreational and entertainment needs. Within the restrictions of budget and space, the library emphasizes quality rather than quantity, keeping in mind the balance between literary value and demand.
The collection is continually reviewed to fill potential gaps in subject areas and formats. The final decision is based on literary value and public interest, regardless of the personal taste of the selector. These standards apply to materials purchased and received as gifts.

VI. GUIDELINES

  • The library does not purchase nor add textbooks to the collection.
  • The library recognizes the need to acquire material pertaining to state and local history. Local material will be acquired and preserved for historical value. Usual weeding practices do not apply to state and local historical materials. However, the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum makes it unnecessary for the CPL to be a depository for rare or specific materials.
  • Because the library serves patrons of all ages, reading skills, and educational backgrounds, selection of materials will vary in complexity.
  • Since the library cannot contain a completely comprehensive collection, it may be necessary to borrow items through interlibrary loan.
  • Purchase requests will be considered according to the Library’s Material Selection Policy.

VII. ACCESS

  • Parents and/or Guardians are responsible for monitoring a child’s use of library and library resources.
  • Library materials are available to library users of any age.
  • Coastline libraries do not censor patron usage, regardless of age.

VIII. GIFTS

  • The library accepts gifts of library materials without condition.
  • Donations may be tax-deductible. Upon request, the library will issue a receipt for donated items but will not appraise them.

IX. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE
The library strives to keep the collection current by replacing materials that are worn, outdated, of little historical significance, or no longer in demand. All material selected for replacement must be approved by a trained staff member.

X. LOCAL AND ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS
To meet the research needs of local historians, the library has material pertaining to Oregon and the local area. Such items may be kept in a locked case, or in staff only areas, with in-library use only restrictions. Copies may be available in the circulating collection. Items in this collection may include:

  • Coos County history
  • Coos County City directories
  • Coquille School District yearbooks
  • Historical works of Oregon or the Pacific Northwest.
  • Rare and unusual fiction with historical value for Coquille patrons.

XI. REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIAL
Requests for reconsideration of library material will be heard from Coquille library patrons in good standing with a current Coquille address. Patrons are required to have read, viewed, or listened to the challenged material in its entirety prior to lodging a complaint. Library material will remain in circulation during the reconsideration process. Patrons living outside the Coquille service area will not be heard or acted upon.

XII. OFFICIAL APPROVAL
The Coquille Public Library is the community's first resource for information. The CLB adopts the Materials Selection Policy to ensure the community has access to a broad range of information to meet its diverse needs.

Approved by the Coquille Library Board July 21, 2022. Updated May 16, 2024

Protection of Minors Policy

SUSPECTED CHILD/ELDER/DISABILITY ABUSE OR NEGLECT

  • CPL employees may witness abuse or neglect of a child, elder, or disabled person, or have such suspected abuse or neglect reported to them by other patrons. It can be difficult to judge whether such incidents rise to the level of breaking the law.
  • If you think someone is being hurt or is in immediate danger, call 911. 
  • As City of Coquille Employees, library staff are Mandatory Reporters. Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling (855)503-SAFE (7233). The toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services. You can also report child abuse by calling the police department (541)396-2114, county sheriff (541)396-7800, county juvenile department (541)396-7880, or Oregon State Police (800)699-9075.​ 
  • According to ORS 161.205 (1a): A parent, guardian or other person entrusted with the care and supervision of a minor or an incompetent person may use reasonable physical force upon such minor or incompetent person when and to the extent the person reasonably believes it necessary to maintain discipline or to promote the welfare of the minor or incompetent person. Therefore, according to ORS and the Department of Human resources, spanking is not abuse. 
  • According to ORS 419B.005 (1a), child abuse is any assault of a child and any physical injury to a child which has been caused by other than accidental means, including any injury which appears to be at variance with the explanation of the injury.
  • Elder abuse includes physical harm, failure to provide basic care, abandonment or involuntary seclusion, unwanted sexual contact, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, self-neglect, wrongful restraint, and financial exploitation. 
  • According to DHS 411-020-0000, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Aging and People with Disabilities program (APD) has the responsibility to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) to older adults and to adults with physical disabilities whose situation is within APD's jurisdiction to investigate. INTENT: The intent of the APS Program is to provide prevention, protection, and intervention for older adults and adults with physical disabilities who are unable to protect themselves from abuse and self-neglect.
  • If you suspect that you have witnessed abuse or neglect, call (541)756-2017 or (541)269-2013, or (800)858-5777 for assistance. If a patron reports such activity to you, ask them to report what they observed. We cannot report an incident we did not see; the witness must call to report. Disability or Elder Abuse/Neglect:  1(800)858-5777. 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
The Coquille Police Department will conduct criminal background checks for all library employees and volunteers prior to employment and/or the opportunity to volunteer at the Coquille Public Library. If criminal background check reveals information affecting suitability for employment or volunteer status, the individual will be denied employment and/or the opportunity to volunteer at the CPL. When partnering with another governmental organization for library programs, CPL does not require additional background checks.

MANDATORY REPORTERS
Library staff are mandatory reporters and required by Oregon law to report suspected child/elder/disabled persons’ abuse. All new hires are required to watch the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Training video as part of the CPL onboarding process and are required to attend the next available Mandatory Reporter Training offered in Coos County. The library will provide child/elder/disabled persons abuse awareness and prevention training as required by Oregon law. All staff are required to attend.

CONDUCT REQUIREMENTS
When working with minors, Library staff and/or volunteers agree to:

  • Enforce the Library Code of Conduct Policy.
  • Provide a safe and healthy experience for all participants.
  • Conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner, exhibit good sportsmanship, and to be a positive role model.
  • Comply with all applicable civil rights laws and policies, in addition to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination practices.
  • All communication with minors must occur through official library channels.
  • Library staff and/or volunteers are prohibited from communicating with minors using personal media accounts.
  • Library staff and/or volunteers are strictly prohibited from touching a minor in an inappropriate manner.
  • Library staff and/or volunteers are strictly prohibited from being alone with a minor.

Approved by the Coquille Library Board March 16, 2023

Lending Policies

Chromebook Lending Policy

To further the library’s mission “to enrich the lives of the people of Coquille”, the Coquille Public Library has added chromebooks to the circulating collection.

Guidelines for Borrowing

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to check out a chromebook.
  • Must have a valid COASTLINE Library Card in good standing, with a permanent address on file, and must be present at the time of checkout. Verification of address may be requested.
  • One Chromebook per patron at a time.
  • Chromebooks must be returned in person to the Coquille Public Library circulation desk. A staff member will do a visual check to ensure that the device and accessories are returned in good condition.
  • Do not return chromebooks in the library book drop. Damage may be caused, and borrowers will be held responsible for replacement costs.
  • Chromebooks checked out for seven (7) days and may be renewed twice.

    Holds

  • Holds may be placed online, by phone or in person at the Coquille Public Library.
  • Notification will be sent via email or phone when a chromebook becomes available.
  • The chromebook will remain on hold for nine (9) days at which time the hold will be cancelled.

    Overdue Chromebooks and Replacement Charges:

  • Overdue chromebooks will be marked as lost after 30 days at which time the full replacement cost of the device ($249.99) plus a $5.00 processing fee will be charged to the library account.
  • Borrowers are responsible for costs associated with the loss or damage of the chromebook, the USB cable (some models), power adapter, case and all other equipment included at checkout.
  • The library may restrict a patron’s ability to check out laptops after returning late or damaged laptops to the library.

    Borrower’s Responsibilities

  • Keep the chromebook in a temperature-controlled environment; do not leave in a vehicle.
  • Do not expose the chromebook to moisture or abrasives (i.e., sand).
  • Do not drop the chromebook. Rough treatment may damage the chromebook.
  • Only use the included provided USB cable or power adapter to charge the chromebook.
  • Do not disassemble or remove the battery from the chromebook.
  • Turn the chromebook off when not in use.
  • Keep the chromebook, power adapter, and USB cable in the case when not in use. Be sure to turn off the chromebook before putting it in the case.

    Disclaimers

  • The Library is not responsible for any loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.
  • The Library is not responsible for any costs incurred while borrowers use the equipment.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for any damage to personal devices or equipment.
  • Tampering with Library equipment or attempting to access or modify the system is prohibited.
Hotspot Lending Policy

Hot Spot Lending Policy: Borrow the Internet from Your Library

To further the Library’s mission, “to enrich the lives of the people of Coquille,” the Coquille Public Library offers a mobile hotspot lending program to make the internet more accessible for all patrons. Using a valid library card, you can check out a mobile hotspot.
Hotspots provide internet access for smartphones, tablets, computers, and other wireless enabled devices through a cellular data network. There are no fees charged to library users or data limits. Service is dependent on the availability of the cellular data network where the hotspot is being used.

Guidelines for Borrowing

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to check out a hotspot.
  • A valid COASTLINE Library Card in good standing, with a current address on file, must be presented at the time of checkout. Verification of address may be requested.
  • One hotspot per patron at a time.
  • Hotspots must be returned in person to the Coquille Public Library circulation desk. A staffmember will do a visual check to ensure that the device and accessories are returned in good condition.
  • Do not return hotspots in the Library book drop. They could be damaged, and borrowers will be held responsible for replacement costs.
  • Hotspots may be checked out for seven (7) days and renewed twice.

    Holds

  • Holds may be placed online, by phone or in person at the Coquille Public Library.
  • You will receive notification when a hotspot becomes available.
  • You have seven (7) days to check out the hotspot before your hold is cancelled.

    Overdue Hotspots and Replacement Charges:

  • Overdue hotspots will be deactivated after 24 hours.
  • Overdue hotspots will be marked as lost after 30 days at which time you will be charged the full replacement cost of the device ($79.99) plus a $5.00 processing fee.
  • Borrowers are responsible for costs associated with the loss or damage of the hotspot, the USB cable (some models), power adapter, case and all other equipment included at checkout.
  • The Library may restrict a patron’s ability to check out hotspots after returning late or damaged hotspots to the library.

    Borrower’s Responsibilities

  • Keep the hotspot in a temperature-controlled environment; do not leave it in a vehicle.
  • Do not expose the hotspot to moisture or abrasives (i.e., sand).
  • Do not drop the hotspot. Rough treatment may damage the hotspot.
  • Only use the included provided USB cable or power adapter to charge the hotspot.
  • Do not disassemble or remove the battery from the hotspot.
  • Turn the hotspot off when not in use.
  • Keep the hotspot, power adapter, and USB cable in the case when not in use. Be sure to turn off the hotspot before putting it in the case.

    Disclaimers

  • The Library is not responsible for any loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.
  • The Library is not responsible for any costs incurred while borrowers use the equipment.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for any damage to personal devices or equipment.
  • Tampering with Library equipment or attempting to access or modify the system is prohibited.