Library Use

The Demarest Free Public Library seeks to balance the desire to welcome patrons of all ages to the library for the purpose of reading, educational, and recreational activities with the need to maintain an environment that is appealing to patrons of all ages and that is conducive to study, thought, and contemplation. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to discuss acceptable library behaviors with children in their care prior to visiting the library. Disruptive behavior on the part of any patron is unacceptable. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to: loud, boisterous talking or the use of profanity; utilizing computer equipment to access objectionable sites; playing or running in the building; mistreating library property; and other activities that distract others from using the library appropriately.

Any persons perceived to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the library. Patrons engaging in disruptive behavior will be asked to desist, and alternative behavior will be suggested. Anyone not complying with the staff member’s request will be told to leave the building for the day.

In the interest of public safety, the following rules of conduct were added at the July 20, 2020 Library Board of Trustees meeting:

  • Patrons must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouths and noses at all times. Hands or shirts are not considered acceptable face coverings. Patrons who are unable or unwilling to wear masks may utilize the library’s contactless curbside pickup service.
  • Patrons must maintain a six-foot distance from other patrons who are not members of their household when possible.
  • Gatherings, formal or informal, are not permitted on library property.
  • With the exception of museum passes, library materials cannot be returned directly to library staff. Items must be returned in the bookdrop on the Stelfox Street side of the building and will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • The Children’s Room is closed for browsing until further notice. Materials from the children’s and young adult collections are still available to borrow on request.

The Demarest Free Public Library is pleased to provide information resources through the Internet. We make this service available as part of our mission to bring people and information together.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the following temporary policies have been adopted regarding computer use:

  1. Only one computer is available for extended use. It is available for use by appointment only for up to 30 minutes per patron per day. Patrons may not extend their computer use time, regardless of demand.
  2. A second computer is available for printing, scanning, or browsing the library catalog, and may be used for no more than five minutes at a time.
  3. Library staff cannot provide computer assistance. Questions may be answered from the desk, but in order to conform to social distancing regulations, library staff cannot approach a computer in use or provide hands-on help.

The following computer use policy remains in effect:

  • The Internet, like all the library’s information sources, must be shared and used in a way that respects the rights of others and refrains from activity that prevents others from using it. The Library Internet is not to be used for any purposes which violate Federal or New Jersey State Laws.
  • Internet access at the library is primarily for reference research purposes. The Library does not provide transfer service, (FTP) Telnet Service, or email services (POP & SMTP) other than access to third party personal email accounts via the Web.
  • Internet access, transmission, and display on the computer of obscene materials, child pornography, or materials harmful to minors are illegal and prohibited. The Library reserves the right to end a session when material inappropriate to a public library setting is displayed.
  • Neither the Library nor its staff is responsible for any information accessed by children. Parents are strongly encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. Parents/guardians are responsible for any Internet information accessed by their children.
  • Patrons must respect copyright laws and licensing agreements and abide by general Internet conduct. Acts or behavior which may jeopardize the library’s account of access to resources will result in revocation of Internet privileges at the library.
  • All patrons are responsible for their behavior and for any damages that occur due to misuse. They agree not to attempt to alter, even temporarily, the computer setup. Any vandalism, destructive behavior or illegal activities may result in police action as well as suspension of privileges. All patrons will be held responsible for any damages done to computers and furniture. Parents are responsible for damages done by their children.

The Library reserves the right to modify the rules and procedures as necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of the Internet.

By policy adopted at the July 20, 2020 Library Board of Trustees meeting, no tutoring of any kind is permitted in the library until further notice.

By policy adopted at the July 20, 2020 Library Board of Trustees meeting, children under the age of 14 must be supervised by a parent, guardian or caretaker.