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.
To get a free Library Card, you must
*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:
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.
|Type of Item||Maximum Amount||Lending Period||# of Renewals Allowed||Fine per day per item|
|TV Series||7||2 weeks||1||$1.00|
|Audiobooks & CDs||unlimited||3 weeks||2||$0.05|
|New Fiction||unlimited||2 weeks||0||$0.10|
|Nonfiction||3-adult, 1-children’s||3 weeks||2||$0.05|
|Out-of-MLN ILLs||unlimited||28 days||0||$2.00|
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