|Library Membership||Internet Access|
|Accepted Forms of ID for Proof of Residence||Placing Holds and Interlibrary Loans|
|Loan Periods||Group Study Rooms|
|Fines and Fees||Collection Development|
|Patron Code of Conduct||Bulletin Board and Exhibits|
|Safe Child Policy|
All Cherry Hill residents are entitled to a free membership.
Children of any age may get a library card - it is up to the discretion of the parents or guardian.
There are three types of non-resident paid memberships.
Free cards are issued for one (1) year to the following non-residents:
The following forms of identification are accepted by the Cherry Hill Public Library as proof of legal residence:
All identification MUST be current (within the last year). Identification must have a name and a street address. In the case of a post office box address on all identification the library will call the Camden County Board of Elections (open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to verify residence.
Rental Fees for Library Items:
Prices for lost and damaged items:
The Cherry Hill Public Library welcomes the community to the library for reading, studying, using library materials and services, participating in library events, and conducting other customary library business. The library strives to provide an atmosphere conducive to the safe and orderly use of the facility and requests the cooperation of patrons in refraining from behavior that disrupts library services. Parents or guardians, not the library staff, are responsible for the safety, care, and supervision of their children at the library. For the purposes of this policy, any authorized person performing a task on the behalf of the library is considered a staff member.
All persons must leave the Library premises by closing time, when evacuation of the building is necessary or at any time when requested to do so by Library personnel.
For the safety of our patrons and our staff, the following activities are not allowed in the library:
Persistent or severe violations of the Library’s rules may result in the suspension of library privileges, including the right to enter or use the facilities and/or borrow materials. The Library Director is authorized to promulgate procedures for enforcing this policy.
The Library reserves the right to:
Individuals who violate this policy may be asked to leave the library immediately. Patrons will be asked to leave immediately for reasons included but not limited to:
Suspension of library privileges for a determinate or indeterminate period of time may also occur. Notice of suspension will be given to the patron. Violators may be subject to penalties under local ordinances and applicable laws.
Library privileges will be automatically revoked for patrons who have disciplinary interventions with police at the library. This includes the right to enter the building, use its facilities, and/or borrow materials.
Approved by the Board of Trustees: September 2015
Safe Child Policy & Procedures
Exceptional service is of high priority to the Cherry Hill Public Library; the Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming, exciting and safe environment for its patrons. While children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to use the Library’s materials, programs and services, parents and caregivers must be aware that the Library is an open, public building and the well-being and safety of young children left alone or unsupervised is a serious concern. It is for the safety of each child that the Library has adopted the Safe Child Policy.
An unattended child may be defined as a child unable to care for himself/herself when left in the Library without a parent or responsible adult within sight or sound range, any child left unattended for long periods of time, or any child not picked up at closing time.
The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the Library always rest with the parent or caregiver and not with the Library staff.
If the Library is closing due to inclement weather or other emergency, and an unattended child is left at the Library without transportation home, the Library staff will allow the child to call for a ride home using a library phone. At all regular or early closings, if a child is unable to contact a parent, guardian, or caregiver, the Cherry Hill Township Police will be contacted and the child will be placed in their care. Library staff will remain no longer than 15 minutes after closing.
If a child is found without a parent or caregiver during library hours, the following procedures will be followed:
VIOLATION OF THE SAFE CHILD POLICY MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES FOR THE FAMILY.
Confidentiality Notice: This memorandum contains advisory, consultative and deliberative material and is intended only for the person(s) named as recipient(s). Any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information without prior authorization from the original author is prohibited.
Adopted: February 2005
Amended: October 2008
Amended & Board Approved: September 2014
The Cherry Hill Public Library provides library users with the best and most current resources available. We accomplish this, in part, by offering patrons access to the Internet from multiple workstations located throughout the library. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information found through the Internet and is not responsible for its content, timeliness, or accuracy. Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected and/or accessed by their children.
Filtering software is used on the Internet workstations. Because no filtering software is 100% effective, patrons are advised that objectionable material could still be accessed. It is recommended that parents monitor their child's Internet use in the library. Internet users should respect the sensibilities of others when accessing sites that may reasonably be offensive to others.
Normally, the Library staff will not monitor or supervise Internet access, other than for length of use. However, if Internet searching results in disruption of library services, or if patron behavior when using Internet resources becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end the session.
All Internet resources available in the Library are provided to each library user. The library may set time limits for its use so that all patrons seeking access will have an appropriate opportunity. The Library reserves the right to end an Internet session when time limits are exceeded.
Confidentiality Notice: This memorandum contains advisory, consultative and deliberative material and is intended only for the person(s) named as recipient(s). Any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information without prior authorization from the original author is prohibited
Amended & Board Approved: September 2014
The library offers 15 minute Express PCs to the community for those who want to quickly check email or do not have a Cherry Hill Public Library card. The library also offers a free 15-minute guest pass to these Express PCs to non-card holders(1). Non-residents desiring more time on the computer may purchase a two hour Visitor's Pass for $3.00.
(1) N.J.A.C. 15:21-2.5 Library Materials: (d) “Each library shall provide the public free access to the Internet all hours the library is open.”
Search for the item you would like to reserve in the catalog above. Click on the title when you find it in the list and click on "place hold" on the right hand side of the screen. Enter your library card number and your pin. (the last 4 digits of your phone number) Click on "hold" and that is all there is to it. Exceptions: Entertainment Videos and DVD's, Items currently available on the shelf, Rapid Reads, Book Club Bags, Laptops, and Non-circulating items such as Reference Material or Magazines.
Items in our collection may be reserved at the Information desk, the Circulation desk, or the member may place a hold themselves at the computer terminals.
There is no charge to reserve a book.
Books on order may be placed on hold.
There is no limit to the number of reserves a member may place.
Videos cannot be put on hold through the computer.
Members may put their holds on “Inactive status.” If you are on vacation or unavailable to get to the library for a period of time members will not lose their place in line. However, they must remember to inform the Circulation Department when they want to go back to “active status.”
The borrowing period for reserve books is determined by the following formula: If there are more than three people waiting per book copy, the loan period will be two weeks. For example, if we had three copies of a particular title and there are 10 people waiting, the book would go out for only two weeks. If only nine people were waiting, it would go out for three weeks.
The fine for reserve books is $.25 a day with a one day grace.
All Interlibrary Loans must be requested through the librarians at the Reference/Adult Services Desk or the Library’s home page through the JerseyCat database. Hand carried Interlibrary Loans must be requested at the Reference/Adult Services Desk. In addition, members may call the library to place an ILL request.
Only members in good standing (not blocked) with a current Cherry Hill Library card can request books on Interlibrary Loan.
A member may ask to borrow four items at a time on Interlibrary Loan.
Members will be charged $2 for a received item if it is NOT picked up.
It takes an average of 10 days to two weeks to get a book on ILL, especially if it is coming from out of state. Books borrowed from South Jersey libraries may take less time to arrive.
Interlibrary Loans are checked out for two weeks. They can be renewed for another two weeks if the lending library approves. Members can call the Circulation Desk to renew, or may renew in person. Books that have been renewed may have to be returned early if the lending library recalls them. Some libraries stipulate that their audiovisual material may only be checked out for one week. Overdue fines for Interlibrary Loans are $.25 per day.
The Cherry Hill Public Library will try to borrow music CDs from within the state of New Jersey only. It is up to the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan Department as to what other audiovisual materials will be borrowed or lent. Educational and some older entertainment videos and DVDs, not new releases, will be lent to other libraries.
Items held by the Cherry Hill Public Library cannot be borrowed on ILL unless lost, missing, on trace, or on claims return.
If a library charges us to borrow an item or to photocopy materials, we will pass the charges on to the member.
Revised June 27, 2008
The Cherry Hill Public Library collection development policy fulfills two important functions:
Amended & Board Approved : September 2014
Amended & Board Approved: January 2015