BRECKENRIDGE LIBRARY POLICY
Patron Library Card Policy
Library cards for patrons over 18 years of age may be obtained by filling out a user agreement in person at the library. Two proofs of current residence (utility bills are preferred) are needed plus a picture ID (Driver's License preferred). Student cards can be issued to children who are school age(6 yrs and up). A parent or guardian must be present to sign for anyone under 18 years of age. Parents must provide their own driver's license picture and two proofs of current residence and a picture of the child. If the parent does not have a current picture, one will be taken for identification purposes. Children under kindergarten age may use their parent’s card to check out books. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while in the library.
Patron Computer Use Policy
The Breckenridge Library contains eight public access computers, WIFI access with one word processing center computer for flash drive use, and two card catalog computers. To use the library computers, patrons must provide a valid and current picture ID (driver's license or state Identification card are preferred). Patrons may use the computers for a maximum of two hours per day. Online classwork time may be negotiated. Patrons may not insert any media into the library's computers. Wireless laptop users must follow the same procedures as all other computer users by providing valid identification before passwords and logins can be provided. Printing in black and white costs 25 cents per page but printing is not available for WIFI users at this time. WIFI passwords and logins change daily.Interlibrary Loan Statement
A Division of the Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Foundation
Interlibrary Loan Policy (ILL)
The Breckenridge Library will lend and borrow books in accordance with federal copyright law, the Breckenridge Library ILL Policy, and at the Breckenridge Library’s discretion. No items valued more than $25.00 will be loaned to other libraries. The following items will NOT be available via interlibrary loan to other libraries.
· Books published within the last year
· Books designated as “high demand”
· Audio-Visual materials including video and/or sound recordings
· Reference material and/or Genealogy material
· Magazines and newspapers
· Rare, archival, manuscript or fragile items or out-of-print materials
· Microfilm, microfiche
· Non-fiction titles
· Texas Collection Items
All interlibrary loan materials will have a loan period of 21 days (includes shipping days). These cannot be renewed. The Breckenridge Library will borrow materials via interlibrary loan only for registered library advantage patrons who are in good standing and who have completed the ILL request forms. A maximum of one interlibrary loan request is allowed per library patron at a time. Items or requests and/or length of checkout can be limited at the library’s discretion.
The Breckenridge Library reserves the right to further limit the number of requests as circumstance dictates. No title will be requested a second time until the original request has been returned, fully completed and updated in the Breckenridge Interlibrary Loan Department.
The Breckenridge Library will NOT request the following categories of materials for local patrons:
· Best sellers or books published within the last year.
· Books priced over $25.00
· Audio-Visual materials including DVD and Sound recordings
· Microforms (microfilm, microfiche)
· Non-fiction titles
· Rare or reference materials
There is no fee for interlibrary loan requests. The library does require that a return postage fee be paid when the requested book arrives. Any lost books will be paid for by the patron or library who requested the book. Any damage to the books will be paid for by the patron or library who requested the book. Local patrons will be assessed a charge of fifty cents per day for overdue books checked out from another library through the ILL program.
The library reserves the right to refuse the ILL service to any patron or library who does not follow the policy. Local patrons cannot make ILL requests or reservations online from another library. Patrons who wish to use the ILL service must come to the library and fill out an ILL form request. Non-local patrons must request their ILL materials through their registered libraries. No phone requests are allowed.
History of the Breckenridge Library & Fine Arts Foundation
The Library had a shaky financial structure and was moved from place to place with no permanent home. Prior to its present location, it was housed in part of the YMCA. However, the YMCA Board asked the library to move because it needed the space. The fine group of women called the The Wednesday Study Club had run out of options.
An interest in the arts, both visual and musical, for years had been a part of the Breckenridge community. A “City” band, the Breckenridge Boys Choir, and several art exhibits were sponsored by various organizations in the community. It became obvious to city leaders that there was a need for not only a library but also a location to encourage talented persons to participate in the arts. In January, 1983, a matching grant became available and Virginia and Lester Clark provided the matching funds to provide the Library and Fine Arts Center with the current facilities. The Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Foundation was formed by Lester and Virgina Clark and it now supports the Library and the Fine Arts Center. As a result of the established foundation, in 1985 the Library moved from the YMCA to the current location and occupied half of the City Office building until the City Offices moved. In 2000, the library was able to expand from 3500 sq.ft. to 7,700 sq.ft. The Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Center is a unique facility and the community is very proud of it and its continued service.