Policies

Borrower Policies

Welcome! Piscataway Public Library has two conveient locations, and you also have access to over 30 additional libraries in Middlesex County and throughout the State of NJ. All individuals must be present in the library to obtain or renew a library card, regardless of age or residency.

Collection Development Policy

The collection development policy is intended to implement the general objectives of the Library. The policy provides the framework for the purchase and evaluation of materials in a variety of formats to meet the diverse and continuously changing needs of the community. The collection strives to meet the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of persons of all ages and educational levels within the community.

Teen Space Usage Policy

Teen Spaces at the Kennedy and Westergard Branches are for teens. These areas are specifically designed to provide Piscataway residents in grades 6-12 with a place in the library where they can meet, study, socialize, and access books and other materials intended specifically for their age group. During hours of the day when teenagers are not in school, this will be a teen-only space, and adults and young children will not be allowed to use the furniture or computers in the teen space.

Unattended Child Policy

The well-being and safety of children is of great concern to Piscataway Public Library. We encourage families and youth to use our facilities and services. Children, like all library customers, are expected to behave appropriately and adhere to the Library’s Rules of Conduct. A parent, guardian or responsible caregiver (grade 7 and up) should accompany young children while they are using the library, for the child's safety and comfort and the proper operation of the library.

Internet Policy

The Piscataway Public Library offers Internet access as part of its mission to provide Township residents with access to a wide range of information and ideas. The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources outside of the Library. The Internet is an unregulated medium 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 inaccurate, offensive and/or illegal. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Library upholds and affirms the right of every individual to have access to constitutionally protected material on the Internet.

Meeting Room Policy

The Library’s meeting rooms are primarily for programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the Piscataway Public Library. When not being used for library programs, the meeting rooms may be reserved for public gatherings. Use of the meeting room is obtained through a written or online request form. All requests must be approved by library administration.

Rules of Conduct

In order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing and attending meeting and programs, the Board of Trustees has adopted these rules governing the use of the Library. Per N.J.S.A. 40:54, the Board of Trustees has the authority to establish rules and regulations to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, volunteers and staff, preserve and protect library materials, equipment, facilities and grounds.

Lending Policies

Materials available for loan at the Piscataway Public Library include: Fiction and Non-Fiction Books; Paperbacks; Magazines; Encyclopedias; World Language Materials; Literacy Materials; Compact Discs; CD-ROMs; Cassettes; Audio Books; Read-a-longs; DVDs; Video Cassettes; Projectors; Videocassette Players; DVD Players; and Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf. Loan periods are 2 days, 2 weeks, or 3 weeks for most items. Please check your receipt for the due date.

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