Animals in the Library Policy
Pets are not allowed in the library.
While the library occasionally presents educational programs that feature animals, members of the public may only enter the library with an animal if it is a service animal that requires accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Under the ADA, a service animal is an animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The animal must be trained to take specific action to assist the person with a disability, and the task(s) performed must be directly related to the disability.
Emotional support therapy, comfort, or companion animals which have not been trained to perform a specific job or task don’t quality as service animals under the ADA.
If it is not obvious that an animal brought into the library is a service animal, a staff member may ask the following questions:
Is the service animal required because of a disability?
What specific work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
A staff member attempting to ascertain whether an animal is a service animal will never ask about the nature of a person’s disability.
Service animals must be under the immediate control of their handlers at all times.
Service animals which are not housebroken, make excessive noise, are uncontrolled, or are otherwise disruptive will be required to leave the premises.
Animals may never be left unattended on library grounds.
Service animals are not allowed on library furniture or fixtures, or in library baskets or carts, and must remain on the floor or be carried (as appropriate) by their handlers at all times.
Approved by Library Board 12/18/17
The Monroeville Library is a public space, and its resources and services are available to all. To this end, patrons are expected to behave in a responsible, appropriate and non disruptive manner when using the Library. Any activity or behavior that interferes with the ability of other patrons to make use of Library resources and services is not permitted. This policy applies to patrons of all ages. Disruptive activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to:
Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
For reasons of public health and safety, the Library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave who are not attired appropriately. Final judgment of what is or is not proper attire shall rest with the library director.
The unauthorized transportation, use, or storage of any firearms, weapons and/or explosives is prohibited.
Library staff will intervene to stop any disruptive activity or behavior. The Librarians at the Adult Reference and Children's Desks will make the determination of whether a particular activity or behavior is disruptive.
No more than one user is allowed at a computer, except at the discretion of the Librarians. Computer users who fail to comply with these rules and the requests of Library staff may be required to vacate the computers.
Failure to comply with this policy will result in a warning, and/or expulsion from the Library for the day or other specified period of time. In the case of minors under 18, an effort will be made to contact parents or guardians. Any person who is asked to leave the Library for failure to comply with this policy and refuses shall be considered to be trespassing, and the librarian in charge will contact the police.
The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended anywhere on Library property. Items found will be placed into lost and found for a period not less than one month. Personal items left by patrons are subject to disposal.
Approved by Library Board April 10, 2006/Revised by Library Board August 10, 2011
Eligibility for Borrowing
Borrowers' cards are issued free of charge to residents and real estate and mercantile taxpayers of Monroeville and Pitcairn. Allegheny County residents and non-residents from areas that participate in Access PA may obtain cards free of charge. Proof of name and current address must be presented at time of registration for a borrower's card. Types of identification include real estate/mercantile tax receipts, driver's license, car registration, currently postmarked mail, most bills, or ID cards with a current date. Out of state non-residents may have borrowing privileges upon payment of a $30.00 yearly fee.
Adult and Juvenile Borrowers
With parents' permission children up through grade 8 will be issued Library cards. Children must be able to write or print their own names in order to apply for their cards and a parent or guardian's signature is required. The Library upholds and affirms, through its adoption of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material and will not restrict the borrowing privileges of any borrower. Parents may fill out a form to restrict the types of materials that their children under age 14 may borrow. Borrowers at least 14 years of age or in grade 9 or above will be considered adult borrowers.
School, Organization and Business Privileges
Library cards may be issued to Monroeville and Pitcairn schools, organizations, and businesses. These cards will be issued under the name of the school, organization, or business and will expire three years from the date of application. Application must be approved by the librarian-in-charge. Applications must be signed by the principal of the school, the president of the organization, or the owner or manager of the business. Library cards issued will be kept on file at the Library and may be used by teachers of the school or by representatives of the organization or business. No more than the usual limit of materials may be taken out by a school, organization, or business representative at one time except with prior permission of the department head. However, more than one teacher, organization, or business member may have materials out on the same card at one time. Late fees must be paid for overdue materials. The school, organization, or business will be responsible for all materials borrowed on its card and must pay for all overdue, lost or damaged materials. Non-compliance with these rules may result in loss of library privileges.
An adult borrower assumes responsibility for all materials borrowed on his card. Parents are responsible for all materials borrowed by their children who are legal minors.
Borrowers' Cards. Each borrower is responsible for her or his library card. A borrower who wishes to allow another individual to take out materials on his or her card must submit a "Waiver of Right of Confidentiality of Library Records" form, available upon request at the Circulation and Reference desks.
Borrowing Books and Library Materials
The borrower's card must be presented when borrowing books and library materials. There is no limit to the number of items that can be taken out on one card.
Current issues of magazines will be reference only.
Newspapers do not circulate.
Most pamphlets are available for circulation.
All items are available for a 21 day loan.
All items will automatically renew 6 times, unless they are on reserve.
Requests (or Holds) may be placed on cataloged materials which are currently in the system. Borrowers may place requests by telephone, through the Library's web site, or at the Library. No more than 10 available items will be pulled from the shelves and held for a patron.
Inter-Library loan service is available to all. There will be a service charge only in cases when the Monroeville Public Library is charged for postage or special service. Requests must be made in compliance with rules for interlibrary loans. Interlibrary loan materials will be charged out for the loan period of the lending library and may be renewed if that library approves the renewal. They may be returned to any Allegheny County public library. The number of interlibrary loan materials charged out to a patron will not limit the number of Monroeville Public Library materials which may be borrowed by that person.
We no longer charge late fees
Charges for Lost Materials
If an item is lost, the current replacement cost plus a $5.00 billing fee must be paid to the Library. Borrowers should understand that the payment for lost materials rarely covers the cost of acquiring and processing a replacement.
Unpaid charges on an account amounting to $10.00 or more will necessitate withholding all borrowing privileges until the account is settled.
Refunds for Lost and Paid Materials
Refunds for lost and paid materials which have been returned in good condition may be paid from the lost book fund. The billing fee is not refunded. If there is no refund, the borrower may have the option of keeping the material after it has been marked "withdrawn" by the Library.
Charges will be made in relation to the amount of damage and will be at the discretion of the librarian. There will be a charge of $1.00 for a missing box for a books-on-CD, videocassette, compact disc, or DVD. There will also be a $1.00 charge for a missing media bag or barcode label. If an item is damaged to the extent that it is no longer acceptable for Library use, the borrower must pay the cost of the item plus a $5.00 billing charge.
1. Does this policy change mean I can keep my library materials forever?
No, all library materials will still have a due date. We know library patrons are busy and sometimes an item comes back a few days late and we want to make using the library easy and inclusive for all patrons. Now patrons do not have to worry about their items accruing overdue fines, but the item still has to be returned. As the due date approaches, the library will notify the patron of the due date and ask that they return it (if the item is not eligible for renewal). If the item is six weeks overdue, a bill will be mailed and if an item is more than six weeks overdue, the account may be referred to a collection agency depending on the registering library.
2. Won’t this policy negatively impact the library’s budget?
Fines generate approximately 1% of our annual budget, and our statistics show that fine income decreases each year. We are already exploring other ways of generating income to help supplement our operating budget.
3. If patrons are not charged overdue fines will items still be returned in a timely manner?
Yes, our expectation is that the majority of items checked out will still be returned within a few days of the due date, regardless of an overdue fine. Most library patrons are responsible users and will continue to return items on or near the due date. Other libraries that have made this change have not seen a significant change in the rate of items that are overdue and see around 95% of items returned within one week of the due date.
4. Isn’t it the library’s job to teach civic responsibility with overdue fines?
The Monroeville Public Library’s mission is to “facilitate information, discovery, and connections. We do this to inspire a growing, connected community where all have the opportunity to create, achieve, and contribute.” We believe this policy change will help us better accomplish our mission, and research has shown that fines do not effectively teach responsibility.
5. Will the library eliminate previously accrued overdue fines?
Yes, along with the policy change to cease charging overdue fines on materials, we also granted an amnesty on all overdue fines accrued under the old policy. This includes overdue fines on items from other Allegheny County Library Association libraries.
6. Will the library change the wording, frequency, or process of our courtesy notices?
We have updated the language on our notices that refers to daily overdue fines. Notices will be sent earlier to help patrons keep track of item due dates. The library will send automated messages by email, phone, and mail, depending on the patron’s account information:
7. Will the library change the fee limit at which we block accounts?
No changes will be made to the current limits at which the library blocks account privileges (borrowing, renewal, e-resources, and databases access) if more than $10.00 in fees are owed.
8. Will materials accrue a daily overdue fine?
Yes, however, all fines will be waived at the Monroeville Public Library.
Note: Materials checked out at other libraries may still have fines. Fine are generated at point of check out.
9. Will items from the other ACLA libraries still accrue daily overdue fines?
Yes, materials from other libraries will still have fines. Fines are generated at point of check out, but we will waive them at the Monroeville Public Library.
10. Will the library give refunds to patrons who paid their overdue fines before this change?
No, the library does not refund overdue fines previously paid under the old late fee policy.
11. Will the library continue to participate in Unique Collection Agency services?
Yes, it still gives us an avenue to ensure that all material is returned.
12. Will the library continue to collect manual charges from other libraries?
The library will only collect the Manual Collection Agency charge for other libraries as there are procedures in place for reimbursement. Other manual charges such as fees associated with copies, fax, office supplies, etc may be waived.
13. Inter Library Loans (ILL) overdue fines
ILLs will not have fines if checked out at Monroeville Public Library – but they are not able to be renewed.
14. What is the difference between and fine and a fee?
Fines: funds owed for overdue items
Fees: funds owed for replacement items, collection agency charges, and other manual charges.
15. What Other Libraries are Participating?
I. Philosophy and Goals
The objective of the Monroeville Library is to collect, organize and make available the widest possible diversity of materials in a variety of formats and to serve as a reference and research center providing access to accurate and up-to-date information for the people of Monroeville, Pitcairn, and Allegheny County. The Library endeavors to select materials that will supplement the individual's formal schooling, encourage lifelong education, contribute to the intellectual, aesthetic and recreational enjoyment of life, stimulate thought through the presentation of diverse points of view, and further the individual's self-realization and growth toward maturity.
II. Responsibility for Selection
Responsibility for the selection of Library materials rests with the Adult Services Librarian, the Teen Librarian, the Children's Librarian and the Library Director, who work within the guidelines of this policy.
III. Selection Criteria and Process
The Library selects materials in a wide range of formats, using any or all of the following criteria:
Literary merit, artistic quality, aesthetic and recreational value
Clarity, accuracy and usefulness of information presented
Social, political and historical significance of the subject matter
Community needs and popular demand
Local interest (Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania)
Library staff consult catalogs, bibliographies, and reviews from a variety of sources (professional journals, magazines, newspapers and other media) when selecting materials. Selection may be limited by considerations of cost and collection balance. Patron suggestions are welcomed, and will be considered using the same criteria and process. The Library is committed to collecting materials representing the widest possible diversity of viewpoints and forms of literary and artistic expression.
IV. Withdrawal of Library Materials
The withdrawal of materials (also known as "weeding") is an ongoing process directly related to collection development. Materials that are worn, damaged, outdated, duplicated or no longer accurate may be removed from the collection. The professional staff of the Library, under the general direction of the Adult Services Librarian, the Teen Librarian, the Children's Librarian and the Library Director, are solely responsible for the weeding of the collection.
V. Access to Library Materials
The Board of Directors of the Monroeville Public Library endorses the principles of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement adopted by the American Library Association. While anyone is free to reject Library materials of which she or he does not approve, the freedom of others to access these materials cannot be restricted. The Library does not stand in loco parentis. Parents and guardians have the responsibility to guide the reading, listening and viewing choices of their own minor children. Selection of adult collection materials cannot be inhibited by the possibility that items may be accessed by minors. An individual may express his or her objections to particular Library materials by completing a "Request for Reconsideration of Library Material" form. After the form is completed, it will be brought to the attention of the Adult Services Librarian, the Teen Librarian or the Children's Librarian, who will then respond to the person making the objections. Any objections remaining subsequent to this process will be addressed by the Library Director and the Board.
Library Board Approved Sept., 2005
Public Notice Bulletin Board and Information Brochure Rack Policy
The Monroeville Public Library encourages the display by non-profit, civic, and community groups of informational bulletins, brochures and posters regarding educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, and charitable activities of interest to the local community.
Materials supplied by commercial establishments may be displayed on the Library’s community information bulletin board or brochure rack if they promote the mission and goals of the library. Materials should not advertise for private or organizational gain unless the gain is used for the benefit of the community as a whole, such as cultural enhancement.The library director is authorized to judge which materials meet this criterion.
Excluded from display are personal ads and notices, notices of items for sale or rent, and political campaign advertising and notices advocating or promoting partisan political issues.
Because of space, posters may be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.
Materials may be displayed for no more than six (6) weeks.
Library staff will initial and date items submitted. Materials will be posted as space allows.
The Library reserves the right to establish time, place, and manner restrictions for the display of materials submitted. The Library also reserves the right to remove postings at any time.
Adopted by Library Board on March 10, 2003
Revised August 15, 2016
Members of the Board of Directors must promote a high level of library service while observing ethical standards. Members of the Board of Directors must avoid situations in which personal interests might be served or financial benefits gained at the expense of library users, colleagues, or the institution. It is incumbent upon any member of the Board of Directors to disclose a conflict of interest when it occurs and to disqualify himself/herself immediately whenever the appearance of a conflict of interest exists. A conflict of interest is defined in Ordinance No. 1697 of the Municipality of Monroeville as "any situation in which a public official or public employee is in a position where his or her vote or decision can result in a financial benefit to himself or herself or a member of his or her immediate family other than those benefits which may accrue to the public generally. "Members of the Board of Directors must distinguish clearly in their actions and statements between their personal philosophies and attitudes and those of the institution, acknowledging the formal position of the board even if they personally disagree. A member of the Board of Directors must respect the confidential nature of library business while being aware of, and in compliance with, applicable laws governing freedom of information.
Adopted by Library Board on March 10, 2003
Before you schedule - some online exams ask for the last 4-digits of the proctor’s social security number, driver’s license number, or other personal information. Library staff will not provide information beyond name, title, and Library contact information. If your exam requires this type of information from the proctor, the library will not be able to provide you with proctoring services.
Scheduling Your Exam
Before the Exam
During the Exam
After the Exam
Adopted by Library Board on February 16, 2015
Wi-fi Hotspot Lending Policy
The Monroeville Public Library makes hotspots available to library card holders to assist in research, networking, and recreational use.
Hotspots can only be checked out at Monroeville Public Library by an Adult cardholder who is at least 18 years of age with a valid ID (which must match the library card) and whose account is in good standing (fees under $10).
Cardholder is responsible for the use of the internet by any minors while using the hotspot.
Hotspots can be checked out for one (1) week with one (1) renewal if it is not on hold for another user. It must be returned to the library by the due date, with all included cables and in the original packaging, or a late fee of $1 per day, up to $10, will be charged to cardholder’s account. If the hotspot has not been returned on its due date, the service to it will be terminated and it will become unusable.
Hotspots cannot be returned in the book drop, and they cannot be returned to another library. The fine for returning a hotspot in the book drop or to another library is $10.00.
If the hotspot is not returned to the library in good working condition, with all included parts and in the original packaging, the card holder will be charged an $80 replacement fee.
The Library or Service Provider is not responsible for any files, data, or personal information accessed, transmitted, lost or damaged while accessing the internet via the hotspot.
The Library is not responsible for lack of coverage/signal of the hotspot in different areas. Coverage levels depend on the area.
The Library reserves the right to refuse check-out to patrons who abuse equipment or are repeatedly late in returning electronic devices.
August 21, 2017
Revised February 27, 2018
The Internet is a huge network of information accessible through computers. Much of this information is useful, expanding our information capabilities far beyond what we could before the days of Internet access. Currently, however, it is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be incorrect, offensive, disturbing, sexually explicit and/or illegal. This information, however, is constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction. The Library upholds and affirms, through its adoption of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. However, Internet workstations shall not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activity prohibited under any Federal, State or Local Law. The Library prohibits minors from accessing Internet and on-line sites that contain or make reference to explicit sexual and/or obscene materials as defined by 18 Pa. C.SA. Section 5903.
1. Responsibilities of Users
Patrons at least 12 years of age or in grade 7 or above who display their library card may use the computers in the adult area at the discretion of the librarian on duty. The Adult Services Department requires that users observe the rules and procedures for use as displayed near each webstation. Repeated violations of these rules may lead to expulsion from the Library. Unacceptable and expressly prohibited use of computer resources also includes the following:
Unauthorized copy of copyright- protected material;
Violation of software licensing agreements;
Violation of another user's privacy;
Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or to other users.
Conduct of private business for profit;
and Refusal to relinquish a computer for needed maintenance.
The Library is not responsible for the following:
Damage to any portable data storage device or data lost on the device while used in any library computer.
Protecting the users' personal information including but not limited to social security number, credit card number, name, address, phone number, email address, etc.
Problems with any commercial transaction carried out on library computers.
2. CIPA Compliance
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access. (Supreme Court decision: United States v. American Library Ass'n., Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003) Monroeville Public Library complies with the requirements of CIPA.
All computers in the Monroeville Public Library are filtered. Please be aware that filters are unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate informational or educational value, or allowing access to sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec 5903.
Monroeville Public Library uses filtering software that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that may not be consistent with the policy of Monroeville Public Library.
Parents or legal guardians, and not the Library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet and for the information selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children's Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.
Monroeville Public Library computers cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903, which prohibits certain acts of public indecency.
An authorized Monroeville Public Library staff member may override the filter or technology protection measure for a minor (age 16 years or younger, as defined by CIPA) in the event that the filter wrongly blocks or filters Internet access to a site with legitimate informational value.
Monroeville Public Library cannot be responsible for any patron's unauthorized use of a computer with a disabled filter.
Any patron who wishes to file a complaint about the filtering software on the library computers may do so within thirty (30) days to:
The Library Director and/or the Library Board President;
The Director of the Electronic Information Network;
The Federal Communications Commission.
3. Request to Reconsider Policy
Those objecting to Library Internet Policy can complete a "Request for Reconsideration of Internet Policy" form, which may be obtained at the Reference Desk. If the Library staff cannot help, requests will be passed on to the Library Board.
Approved by Library Board April 12, 2004 / Revised January 24, 2011
Laptops are available for checkout at the Reference Desk.
Limits & Availability
The laptop computers can only be checked out by patrons 18 and older with a valid Monroeville Public Library (or Allegheny county) card and a photo ID.
The laptops are for use only in the Monroeville Public Library and cannot be removed from the building.
Laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
An eligible patron is allowed to borrow one laptop at a time.
Borrowers may not install software on the machines.
Borrowers may not alter, delete, or copy any software loaded on the laptop or otherwise change its existing configuration.
Printing is available from laptops.
A patron borrowing a laptop must read and agree to the Monroeville Public Library Laptop Check-out Policy and the Monroeville Public Library Internet and Computer Use Policy.
A patron borrowing a laptop is required to present a valid library card and photo ID. There are no exceptions to this policy unless approved by the Library Director.
A borrower is required to leave his/her ID card at the reference desk when checking out a laptop.
A borrower must sign the Laptop Statement of Responsibility (or have one on file) before he/she can take a laptop away from the reference desk.
At the time of checkout, the laptop will be inspected by a staff member to make sure it is intact and functioning properly.
A borrower will be cautioned to save his/her files on his/her flash or jump drives, or to send them via an email attachment. All files will be erased after the computer is turned off. The laptop will be checked out to the borrower’s library account.
All checked-out laptops must be returned to the Reference Desk a half-hour before the library closes.
Borrowers must return the laptop to the Reference Desk staff. A laptop may not be left unattended at the Reference desk.
The laptop will then be checked in from the borrower’s library account.
The borrower is responsible for making sure that the laptop is in working order and without physical damage when it is checked out.
Under no circumstances should a borrower leave the laptop unattended. The library will not be responsible for a lost or stolen laptop even when it is used within the library.
Borrower is responsible for costs associated with placing that particular laptop or an identical replacement back in service.
Troubleshooting Problems & Questions
If patrons experience problems with laptop hardware or applications or have questions, they should ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.
The borrower will be fiscally responsible for any damage to a laptop if he/she tries to troubleshoot problems.
The Monroeville Public Library is not responsible for damage to any removable drive (i.e. CD or flash drive) or loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.
The Monroeville Public Library reserved the right to limit laptop access at any time.
Library board approved 5/15/17
Upated Jan. 2020
The Monroeville Public Library provides meeting rooms and study spaces free of charge, both for library programs and for other meetings and programs of an informational, educational, cultural, or civic nature. Meeting rooms are available to the community in keeping with the Library's mission of disseminating information to the community and encouraging free and open expression and the exchange of ideas.
Programs in which the public is encouraged, either covertly or overtly, to buy a commodity or service from the program leader or organization; or which further one individual's goal; or which charge a fee; will be charged a $25 per hour rental fee, payable by the individual or organization sponsoring the program. Paid tutors will be asked to make a $5 per hour donation. Organizations requesting room for their own meetings that are not open to the public will be charged $25 per hour. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The sale of products at a library-sponsored program is not allowed with one exception: writers, performers, and artists may sell their own works at the library, because the library wants to encourage reading, writing, and the appreciation of culture; and because distribution channels for these materials are often lacking.
Cancellations and No-Shows – If a meeting is cancelled, the library should be notified as far in advance of the date as possible. Please call Barb English at 412-372-0500 x112 to cancel or reschedule. Failure to let the library know that you will not be using the room may result in loss of room privileges in the future. Groups or individuals who do not show up within 15 minutes of their scheduled time without contacting the library will forfeit the room.
Any action or event organized by a campaign committee or group designed specifically to promote or oppose a candidate or ballot issue is not permitted. Meetings at which candidates will discuss current election issues are permitted provided the event is hosted by a non-partisan, non-profit organization (e.g., League of Women voters) and all candidates for the same office have been invited. Meetings held by a campaign committee or political party/group to plan a campaign or political activity are permissible. Also permissible are meetings held by elected officials to gather input or communicate with his/her constituents.
No group or organization using any space may discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or handicapped status in the provision of services.
Discussion groups studying religious topics are permitted.
The Library assumes no responsibility for any equipment, supplies, or materials brought to the library by any group or individual attending the meeting; nor does it assume any liability for groups or individuals attending a meeting in the library.
The fact that a group meets in the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the library board or staff of the group's policies or beliefs, nor is the library responsible for the accuracy or consequences of statements made during such meetings.
The library reserves the right to cancel and reschedule a meeting up to two weeks before the meeting. If the library discovers that either a group or the nature of a meeting does not meet the policy guidelines, the library may cancel the meeting up to the time it is scheduled.
All use of the Meeting Rooms is at the discretion of the Library Board.
The Monroeville Public Library is not responsible for any lost or stolen items or injuries that may occur on Library property.
Monetary Donations to Community, Civic, Non-Profit Organizations Policy
The Monroeville Public Library, as a non-profit entity, does not encourage organizations to request monetary donations from the Library. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to review requests for monetary contributions from the Library using the following criteria:
Does the organization or group support the Library's educational mission?
Does the organization., group or event use library services as part of their educational efforts?
Does the organization or group offer a service to the members of our community?
Is the organization, group or event a local community effort?
If these criteria are satisfied, the Board may decide to vote in favor of making a donation to the requesting organization. The Board will review such requests on a case-by-case basis.
Library Board approved Sept., 2005
The purpose of this policy is to protect library patrons, staff members, library materials and equipment, and library grounds from exposure to smoke and emissions from electronic or other smoking devices.
Smoking of tobacco products or use of electronic or other smoking devices is prohibited within the library or within 15 feet of any public entrance of the Monroeville Public Library.
Library Board approved March 2016
Revised January 2020
No smoking is permitted on library premises.
Light refreshment, excluding alcoholic beverages, may be served, but room users are required to provide their own utensils and leave the room and facilities in a clean and orderly condition.
Open flames of any kind are prohibited, including Sterno canisters and other food warmers requiring a flame. The Library has two warming trays available for public use, which must be reserved in advance.
Any group using any room will be responsible for setting up the room according to its own needs. The library staff will bear no responsibility. The group using the room must restore the furniture and the room to the order in which it was found.
AV equipment is provided at discretion of the Library Director.
Meetings must be scheduled during hours the library is open.
The sale of products at a library-sponsored program is not allowed with one exception: because the library wants to encourage reading, writing, and the appreciation of culture and because distribution channels for these materials are often lacking, writers, performers, and artists may sell their own works at the library.
Youth organizations using any room space must have at least one adult (21 or over) present at all times.
Exceptions to these policies are possible only by written application to the Monroeville Public Library Board of Directors.
• Reservations for this room cannot be made more than one year in advance.
• The Program Room is available for use by groups, as noted in the Meeting Policy.
• Space is limited to 50 persons (in rows of chairs) and 25 (at tables).
Markosek Conference Room Rules:
• Reservations for this room cannot be made more than one year in advance.
• The Conference Room is available for use by groups, as noted in the Meeting Policy.
• Space is limited to 12 persons.
• Yolanda’s Room may not be reserved more than one month ahead of time.
• Yolanda’s Room is available for use by groups, as noted in the Meeting Policy.
• Space is limited to 20 persons.
• Yolanda’s Room is available for quiet study when not being used for meetings or programs. Patrons using it for quiet study should check in at the front or reference desk – and should be aware that other patrons may also use the room concurrently for quiet study.
• The Gallery Space is available only for library sponsored programs and meetings.
• The Maker Lab is available only for library sponsored programs and meetings.
• There is some Maker Lab availability for groups wishing to use it as a maker space – for artistic, scientific, or maker projects. Contact Alan Rader at 412-372-0500 x123 for more details.
• Johnna’s Room may not be reserved more than six months ahead of time.
• Johnna’s Room is available for use by groups, as noted in the Meeting Policy.
• Space is limited to 40 persons.
• Johnna’s Room is available for quiet study when not being used for meetings or programs. Patrons using it for quiet study should check in at the front or reference desk – and should be aware that other patrons may also use the room concurrently for quiet study.
The Monroeville Public Library is concerned with the safety and well being of children in the library, particularly those who are at risk because of their vulnerability. A "vulnerable" child is defined as one who is unable to care for his or her physical and psychological needs or is too young to be safe alone inside and outside the facility. To be unattended, a child must be 14 years of age or a freshman in high school.
Statement of Policy:
The accompanying adult is responsible for the vulnerable child while in the library. An accompanying adult may not leave a vulnerable child unattended in the Children's Library. An accompanying adult may not leave a vulnerable child in the temporary care of another young child who is fourteen years old or younger. The library cannot be responsible for the safety or well being of any patron beyond the extent reasonably expected of a public facility. The library staff cannot be responsible for any child who is left unattended. The library staff cannot be responsible for preventing children from leaving with an adult who is not the proper chaperone. Children attending library programs are, for the duration of the program only, considered to be supervised by library staff and thus are not unattended. The library will deal with children left at closing who are too young to go home alone safely by calling the police if the parent or guardian cannot be located and by remaining with that child until the police arrive.
Library Board approved on December 15, 2014
In an effort to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we have instituted the following weather policy:
Delays - If the Gateway School District has a delay or closure due to snow accumulations or hazardous road conditions, the Monroeville Public Library will be open at 10am. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, closures will be at the discretion of the library.
Closures - The Monroeville Public Library reserves the right to close early or entirely if necessary for the safety of patrons and staff.
Materials due back on a day when a closure happens will be extended to the next day we are open, without fines.
In the event of a delay or closure for the Gateway school District, all AM Children's Programs will be canceled.
All delays and closures will be announced as soon as possible on the library website, voicemail, and local media outlets. Please watch the local TV channels for listings.
Library Board approved on January 25, 2016
Once the proper paperwork has been completed, each volunteer will be introduced to the library during their orientation with a staff member. The volunteer will then be assigned to a supervisor. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to provide training to the volunteer.
Definition of a Volunteer
Volunteer workers are unpaid. They give of their time and energy to assist the library to conduct certain kinds of programs or specific services. All of our volunteers have one thing in common – a desire to contribute actively to the Monroeville Public Library.
Focus of the Volunteer Program
Provide assistance in certain library departments.
Build a bond with the community by borrowing the talents and skills of volunteers.
Provide opportunities whereby individuals can gain practical work experience and expand their personal growth.
The Library Offers You:
Orientation and Training – Orientation and training provide an introduction to the Monroeville Public Library. They offer general information on the volunteer program and specific training in the procedures used by the library.
Tax Deduction – Mileage to and from volunteer work is deductible at the current IRS allowable rate.
References – The library may be listed as a reference when needed for applications for school or employment. Request for references from the Monroeville Public Library should be referred to the volunteer’s direct supervisor.
Volunteers Have the Following Rights:
Volunteers can expect certain rights when they give freely of their time.
To receive orientation and adequate training
To expect tasks to be clearly defined
To be given adequate tools to perform the job
To expect cordial relations with paid staff and other volunteers
To receive feedback (both positive and negative) on their work
To have the opportunity to discuss issues or problems concerning their work
To expect that the library be respectful of their time
To have their time be invested in tasks and activities that are worthwhile.
Volunteers also have a specific responsibility when they accept a position at the library to be respectful of themselves, the staff and the patrons. The volunteers are responsible to:
Adhere to agreed-upon work schedules
Honor rules regarding confidentiality
Maintain appropriate relations with co-workers
Be courteous and polite
Report work related problems
Attempt tasks only within their scope of responsibility and ability
2 hours per week, 3 month minimum time commitment
Benefits of Volunteering
Opportunity to help others and to serve the community
Gain job training in a specific area
Continued use of professional skills for retired individuals
A chance to meet new people with shared values
Opportunity for self-improvement
Opportunity to become familiar and involved with library and the services they offer
The volunteer applicant is asked to complete an application. If the necessary qualifications are met for the specific position, the applicant is asked to attend a training session before starting on the job.
Minimum Volunteer Requirements
You must be at least 14 years old with the written consent of a parent or guardian prior to volunteering
Some jobs need a steady hand and good eyesight
Other jobs need a strong back where you can lift at least 50 pounds
A friendly, helpful attitude
Some jobs have a specific time commitment.
Due to Pennsylvania ACT 153, All volunteers must present current proof of their PA Child Abuse history clearance and PA Criminal record check before beginning volunteer service.
All efforts are made to place anyone interested in volunteer service. However, the Monroeville Public Library cannot offer a guarantee placement of a volunteer.
Termination of Service
Volunteer actions such as, but not limited to gross dereliction of duty, embezzlement, the use of drugs or alcohol on the job, insubordination, non-performance of duties, violation of confidentiality, public altercations with another volunteer, patron or library staff person will be cause for immediate dismissal by the library’s director.
If a volunteer is unable to continue in the volunteer program, a written resignation should be submitted to the library’s volunteer coordinator.
The volunteer must sign in and out on the Volunteer Register located at the welcome desk. It is important to sign the Volunteer Register in order for library personnel to know who is in the building and to maintain records of the hours of service.
Volunteers are responsible for making every effort to arrive for work at the agreed upon schedule. When a volunteer cannot work as scheduled, it is their responsibility to notify the director.
During inclement weather, the volunteer should contact his or her supervisor to determine whether or not to report to work. If the library should close early due to inclement weather, the volunteer will be notified. Under no circumstances do we expect the volunteer to put themselves in a dangerous situation to report to work. All we expect is that some contact is made with a supervisor.
It is the policy of the Monroeville Public Library to regard as confidential any information about patrons and their use of library resources. All volunteers who work on the library’s behalf must comply with this policy. Failure to maintain confidentiality will result in the library’s release of the volunteer.
The dress code for all volunteers and staff of the library will be in accordance with appropriate office attire or appropriate for the various duties to be performed. Attire should be clean, neat and properly worn to present a favorable impression to the public.
The Monroeville Public LIbrary is a “smoke-free” facility. To accommodate patrons, staff and volunteers who care to smoke, there is a designated area outside the library.
Volunteers are invited to use the staff lunch room, refrigerator and microwave for lunch, dinner and snacks. All are expected to clean up after themselves.
Children’s Room Helper
Programming (for a variety of ages)
Teen Area Helper
Morning Computer Prep
Interested in Volunteering? Contact:
For Students completing community service – contact Barb English @ 412-372-0500 x112
For all other volunteers – contact Tiffany Cannon @ 412-372-0500 x114
Please note: these policies override any previous policies and will be in place until further notice.
1. Patrons will be notified by phone or email that their materials are on-hand.
2. Their materials will be checked-out and the bag labeled with their name.
3. The bags will be placed in the Gallery Space for pick-up during open-hours.
4. The Gallery will be open for pick-up M-Th 9-8; F 9-4.
5. The Gallery will be cleaned between shifts.
6. The Gallery doors will be propped open and boxes for returns will be provided in order
to avoid patrons touching the doors and bin handles.
7. All returned materials will only be accepted in the drop bins/boxes.
Public access to Library:
1. Browsing (Upstairs).
a. Patrons may browse for Library materials in accordance with state guideline
b. Hours of availability are M-Th 10-4; F 10-3.
c. Patrons will be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth through the
entirety of their visit. (We will provide masks for any patrons who need one.)
d. Patrons may interact with staff at the main circulation desk, behind sneeze shields.
e. All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
2. Public Computers:
a. Public computers are available in accordance with state guideline
b. Hours of availability are M-Th 10-4; F 10-3.
c. Patrons will be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth through the entirety of their visit. (We will provide masks for any patrons who need one.)
d. Computers sessions are available for one hour.
i. A double session can be reserved if capacity allows.
e. The copier/scanner/fax machine will be available for patron use.
f. Computer support will be provided remotely from on site.
g. All minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
h. A public computer with attached copier/scanner/fax machine is available for 15-minute sessions in the contactless pick-up area during contactless pick-up hours.
3. Reference help:
a. Patrons may to interact with staff at the reference desk behind sneeze shields,
or through computer support software from the reference desk.
b. Patrons will be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth through the
entirety of their visit. (We will provide masks for any patrons who need one.)
c. All minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
d. Virtual reference assistance is available via phone, social media, and email.
4. Browsing (Children’s).
a. Patrons may browse for Library materials in accordance with state guideline
b. Hours of availability are M-Th 10-4; F 10-3. Appointments to browse the
children’s room are required. Appointments last for 30 minutes.
c. Patrons will be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth through the
entirety of their visit. (We will provide masks for any patrons who need one.)
d. All minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
All patrons who come into the Library must wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all time. Any patron who is unable to wear a mask because of a disability may request any of the following services:
1. Curbside Delivery: Patrons may order materials by phone or email. Requested items that are currently available will be pulled and made ready for curbside delivery within 24 hours. Items will be deposited by staff directly into the vehicle’s trunk for contactless delivery. (Items that are coming from other county libraries will have a longer turnaround time but may also be requested for curbside delivery.)
2. Online/by phone assistance: Patrons requiring reference or technology assistance may ask for assistance via email or telephone.
3. “Books By Mail”: Patrons may sign up for “Books By Mail” to order all Library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, etc.) sent directly to their home at no charge. Call 412-372-0500 (ex. 112) to register.
4. Pen/Paper for Hard of Hearing: Pen and paper for written requests to staff will be provided at request.
1. Incoming from Public:
a. Incoming materials from the public will only be accepted in the drop bins/boxes.
b. Materials will be quarantined for 96 hours before being checked in.
c. After Quarantine, materials will be checked-in and backdated as needed.
2. Incoming from County Shipping:
a. Materials from County Shipping will be quarantined for 96 hours before they are processed.
1. The family-style restrooms on each level are open to the public.
2. All restrooms are cleaned every evening by contracted cleaners.
3. Hand sanitizer is outside each restroom.