Library Policies

Borrowing Items

Present your Minuteman Library Network library card to borrow items from the Woburn Public Library. Please note: The following are Woburn Public Library’s policies; other Minuteman libraries have their own policies.

Library Cards

To get a free Library Card, you must

  • be a Massachusetts resident.
  • bring a picture I.D. with current address or a picture I.D. and a bill/mail received at your current address.*
  • be at least 4 years old and be able to write your own full name.
  • have a parent or guardian sign your application if you are under 12 years old.

*If you have yet to receive mail at your current address, ask us to send you a postcard that you can use as proof of residency.

With your Woburn Public Library card, you:

  • become a member of the Minuteman Library Network with access to over 40 other MLN libraries.
  • have access to our online catalog and our print, electronic, and downloadable collections.*
  • can reserve museum passes.
  • can use our public computers.
  • can be assured that your account remains confidential. Massachusetts General Law prohibits us from discussing details of your account over the telephone or sharing your account information with anyone but you.
  • are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card until you report it lost or stolen. If your card is lost or stolen, there is a $2.00 replacement fee.

Lost library cards should be reported immediately.

*To access your online account and our electronic and downloadable collections, you need a PIN (Personal Identification Number). To obtain a PIN, please either see our circulation staff or follow the steps outlined on MLN’s website (http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/catalog/faq_account.htm). PINs cannot be issued over the phone.

For more information regarding the use of your library card, please refer to our circulation policy.

Loan Periods, Limits & Fines

Type of Item Maximum Amount Lending Period # of Renewals Allowed Fine per day per item
DVDs 7 1 week 1 $1.00
TV Series 7 2 weeks 1 $1.00
Audiobooks & CDs unlimited 3 weeks 2 $0.05
New Fiction unlimited 2 weeks 0 $0.10
Fiction unlimited 3 weeks 2 $0.05
Nonfiction 3-adult, 1-children’s 3 weeks 2 $0.05
Magazines 5 2 weeks 0 $0.05
Out-of-MLN ILLs unlimited 28 days 0 $2.00

Renewing* Checked Out Items

Call us: (781) 933-0148 for Adult and Teen materials; (781) 937-0405 for Children’s materials Renew online: Log into “My Account” (https://library.minlib.net/patroninfo) *Items cannot be renewed if your maximum amount of renewals has been reached or if the item has been reserved by another patron.

Reserves

Minuteman Catalog
  • Items can be reserved in person, by phone, or through the online catalog.
  • You will be notified of an item’s arrival by phone or email. Please see the circulation staff to set up email notification.
Virtual Catalog
  • If an item is unavailable through MLN, you may search the statewide catalog online (http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/virtcat.htm) or by calling, visiting, or writing our reference librarian.
  • Virtual catalog requests can take 1 to 3 weeks to be filled.
  • You will be notified of the item’s arrival by phone or email.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan

  • If an item is unavailable through MLN or Virtual Catalog, call, visit, or write our reference librarian to search our nationwide catalog.
  • You may be charged processing and/or shipping/handling fees for items requested.
  • These requests can take 2 to 4 weeks to be filled.
  • You will be notified of the item’s arrival by phone or email.

Returns

  • Books can be returned to one of the circulation desks in the Library or to one of the book drops located in the rear of the building or at the end of the Abbot St. entrance.
  • To avoid damaging library property, do not attempt to jam books into the book drop or leave items outside it. You will be fined for items left outside of or jammed into an overly full book drop.
  • Magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and interlibrary loan items borrowed from a non-MLN library must be returned to one of the circulation desks in the library or you will be assessed a $2.00 per item charge.
  • Interlibrary loan items borrowed from a non-MLN library must be returned to the library where they were checked out.

Lost Material

If a library item is lost or damaged, patrons are required to pay the full replacement cost of the item, plus a processing fee. If a lost item is paid for and then found by the patron, within 30 days only, a refund may be made. The receipt should be kept for that reason, as refunds will not be issued without a receipt.

The Woburn Public Library offers opportunities for reading, general studies, cultural activities and community information.  The Library serves the community most effectively when everyone follows a few simple rules.  The Library is an area for quiet study.  Any person who engages in behavior inconsistent with the orderly operation of the Library and/or who violates Library rules will be subject to expulsion.  These rules include, but are not limited to:

 

1. Observe the NO smoking, eating and drinking rule.

2. Those who damage or deface Library property or materials will be prosecuted pursuant to M.G.L.A., Chapter 266, Section 99-100, Inclusive as Amended.

3. It is an act of larceny to remove articles from the Library without having checked them out pursuant to  M.G.L.A., Chapter 266, Section 99A.

4. The Library reserves the right to search any bags or parcels.

5. Pets are not allowed in the Library.

6. All bicycles must be left outside the building in the rack provided.

7. Respect others’ privacy. Harassment by obnoxious or threatening behavior will not be allowed.

8. A patron may be asked to show his/her library card and/or other identification.

9. Parents are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their young children. The Library staff shall not be responsible for unattended children.

10. Loitering on Library premises, grounds or parking lot is not permitted.

11. Shoes and shirt must be worn in the Library.

12. A patron may be required to leave personal belongings deemed inappropriate with Library staff until he or she leaves the Library.

13. No solicitation of any kind may take place on Library property.

14. Patrons may be required to leave the Library if their personal hygiene interferes with the orderly operation of the Library or with the ability of other patrons to use and/or enjoy the facility.

 

Please cooperate with Library staff who must interpret and apply Library rules and regulations.  Your assistance will help to promote high quality community service.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 1, 1993

The Woburn Public Library welcomes children of all ages to enjoy programs and make use of its library collections and services. It is the first step in encouraging lifelong learning. While the library staff strives to create a safe and comfortable place for children, it is important to note that the library is a public building, and as such can be a dangerous place for children alone. The library staff is here strictly to assist children with their library needs; the staff is not licensed to perform child care. Library staff can not take the place of parents/guardians, nor can they assume responsibility for unsupervised children. To ensure the protection and well being of our young patrons, the following policies have been established.

 

1. Preschool children aged five and under must always be closely supervised (“within sight”) by a responsible adult.

2. Children between the ages of six and ten must be directly supervised (in the same room or area of the library) by a responsible adult. Caregivers must remain in the building while a child is attending a library program.

3. Children aged eleven and older left unattended must be mature enough to follow the library’s Patron Behavior Policy. Consequences for violating this policy may include being asked to leave the library. As a general rule, if a parent or guardian feels a child is not mature enough to be left home alone without supervision, or to leave the library building alone, he or she is not mature enough to be left unattended in the library. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior by unattended children will not be tolerated. The disruptive child will be given one warning; and notice that a second warning will mean ejection from the library. If ejection should be necessary, a reasonable attempt will be made to notify a parent/guardian by phone.

4. Numerous unexpected events may occur, requiring that the library close without notice. Children should have an emergency phone number with them when using the library unattended.

5. Parents/guardians are expected to supervise and control children’s behavior while using the library. Disruptive behavior, including running, shouting, screaming, throwing objects, pulling large numbers of books from shelves without intending to use them, jumping or climbing on library furniture, banging on computer keyboards, banging on the tortoise’s cage, or otherwise interfering with other patrons’ use of the library, are not acceptable. If parents are unable to control the child’s disruptive behavior, the family will be asked to leave the library.

6. During school hours, school age children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Otherwise the truancy officer will be notified.

7. At closing, if unattended children remain in the building they should have the means to contact a parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian is “on the way,” staff members will wait for 10 minutes with the child outside the library. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, or doesn’t arrive within 10 minutes of the library’s closing time, the Woburn Police Department will be called to take custody of the child until the parent/guardian can be located. A copy of this “Safe Child Policy” will be given to the parent or to the police to give to the parent once he/she arrives to pick up the child. Under no circumstances may staff transport children from the library to any location.

8. In an effort to keep the Children’s Room a safe and comfortable place, the children’s department is reserved for use by children, their parents/caretakers, teachers, and those using the collection. Adults not accompanied by a child who are not using the collection will be asked to move to the Adult Services section.

9. Diaper-changing may only take place in the first-floor restroom, which is equipped with a changing table. Soiled diapers must be taken out of the library.

Approved by the Woburn Public Library Board of Trustees, June  2010

The Woburn Public Library has public computers with internet access and word processing available for patron use.  Because demand often exceeds supply, the Library reserves the right to enforce time limits.  To do this, we require that each pc user logs in using his/her own Minuteman Library Network borrower card number.  Use of another’s borrower card is forbidden and may be the basis for denial of computer privileges.  Visitors to Woburn who want to use one of our computers may be provided a guest card at the reference desk.

 

The Woburn Public Library does not monitor or exert control over information accessed through the Internet and is not responsible for its content.  Parents or legal guardians must assume the responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection.  Restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.  To assist parents/legal guardians, the Minuteman Library Network’s home page has suggested sites which are of interest to children, adolescents, and parents.

 

Users of the Library’s computers must not access the Internet for illegal purposes, nor transmit threatening or harassing messages or materials, nor send, receive, or display text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene.  Users must not tamper with the equipment.  Do not turn off the machines.  Do not try to reconfigure the system!  Misuse or abuse of the Library’s equipment will result in suspension of access privileges.

Approved by the Woburn Public Library Board of Trustees, September 6, 2005