|ONEIDA PUBLIC LIBRARY||
Where the community connects
|220 BROAD STREET | ONEIDA, NEW YORK 13421 | PHONE: 315-363-3050 | FAX: 315-363-4217|
The Oneida Public Library provides full and free borrowing privileges and library services to permanent residents of our Special Legislature Library District, which is co-extensive with the Oneida City School District. Full-time residents of the City of Oneida, Durhamville, Oneida Castle, Oneida Valley, Sylvan Beach, Verona Beach and Wampsville qualify for a free library card, while part-time residents who own property within the District and reside here only part of the year may also obtain library cards.
As a member of the Mid-York Library System, the Oneida Public Library also extends borrowing privileges to all patrons in good standing of the 42 other member libraries who have valid Mid-York library cards.
The Library provides patrons who reside outside our service district and outside the Mid-York Library System’s region full access to all library materials and services, but it cannot extend to these patrons any borrowing privileges other than through Interlibrary Loan in cooperation with their local public libraries.
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If you never had a library card from the Oneida Public Library or from any other library in the MYLS, ask for an application form at the library circulation desk. Those who are 13 years of age and older should fill out an Adult Application. The Youth Application is for those who are 12 years of age and younger. Youth Applications may be filled out by parents or guardians as long as the children can write their names clearly.
When you submit a new application for a library card at the Circulation Desk, library staff will review your application and check that your residential address lies within the Oneida Public Library’s service district. Staff will also ask you to show a valid, current photographic identification card, such as a U.S. driver’s license, a student identification card, a sheriff’s or state identification card, a passport, a U.S. alien registration card or a credit card; plus proof of your current residential address, namely, a document with both your name and current address, such as a checkbook or a recent household or personal bill sent by mail.
If the information on your library record changes, please bring in your library card with verification of your new address or phone number and we will update your file.
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You may borrow at any one time up to 30 items from the Oneida Public Library—books, noncurrent magazines and audio cassettes like books-on-tape—though we ask you not to take all the items we have on any particular subject.
Borrowers of DVDs, videos and computer video games must be 18 years of age or older. It is the responsibility of parents or guardians of children 17 years of age and younger to guide and supervise their children's viewing.
Please note that current issues of magazines, all newspapers and all references works (marked R or Ref) may not be checked out. Books, microfilm and materials in the Local History Room collection can only be consulted in the room itself.
You may request items that are checked out or available at other Mid-York libraries by placing a “hold” on the items in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephoning the Circulation Desk or by accessing the Mid-York Library System Web Catalog online (www.midyork.org). To place a hold, you will need your library card (or library card number, minus the “A”), author's name and title of the item.
|Type of Item||Borrowing Period||Items per Card|
|Books & Magazines||21 days||30|
|Books on Tape/CDs||21 days||30|
|DVDs & Videos||7 days||8|
|Music CDs||7 days||3|
|Type of Item||Overdue Fines ||Maximum Fine/Item|
|Books & Magazines||10 cents/day||$5.00|
|Books on Tape/CDs||10 cents/day||$5.00|
|DVDs & Videos||$1.00/day||$6.00|
|Music CDs||50 cents/day||$5.00|
If an item that you borrowed is damaged, please bring the item back to the library. We will assess the damage and ask you to pay accordingly and any overdue fines that may have accrued.
If you have lost an item that you borrowed from the library, you are responsible for paying the cost of the item as listed in the Mid-York Library System catalogue and the maximum overdue fine pertinent to that type of item.
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You may renew any of the above items for one or two renewals—as long as the item does not have a hold request. You may renew an item by coming to the library’s circulation desk in person, by phoning the library’s circulation desk (363.3050), or by accessing your account on the Mid-York Web Catalog (www.midyork.org). If you wish to renew by phone, please be sure to provide library staff with your library card number and the title and author of the item.
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The Oneida Public Library is one of 43 public libraries in Madison and Oneida counties that are members of the Mid-York Library System. Your Oneida Library card can be used to borrow materials at any library in the Mid-York System, whether in person or by requesting them at the library’s circulation desk, by phone or on the Mid-York Web Catalog. Your library card also gives you the privilege of using Mid-York's MYaudio2go, an online source for downloadable audio books and E books. See MYaudio2go at midyork.lib.overdrive.com.
You may return most materials borrowed from a member library at any Mid-York System library, including Oneida. Just remember that, to avoid overdue fines, the materials you borrowed from a member library must reach that library by the due date.
The Mid-York Library System is part of a nationwide interlibrary loan system that allows Mid-York library card holders to request books that are not in the Mid-York system but can be made available from other libraries. If a book you seek is not in the Mid-York Library System, you may request it from Oneida Library staff by providing author and title plus, if known, the publishing date. (The book you request through interlibrary loan must be at least one-year old.) Oneida Library staff will forward your request to the Mid-York Interlibrary Loan Department. When the book you requested has been received, library staff will notify you by phone. You must return the interlibrary loan to the Mid-York library that gave it to you.
Depending on the lending library’s policies, the interlibrary loan period is typically 21 days, with one renewal. The overdue fine for interlibrary loans is 10 cents per day. If you lose the loan item, you must pay the cost of the item plus the maximum overdue fine as well as any penalties imposed by the lending library.
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You are responsible for your library card. If someone else is using your card, including other family members, we assume it is with your permission. We must hold you responsible for all items checked out on your card. By signing your library card, you also accept full responsibility for all fines incurred and for lost or damaged materials borrowed from your card. Failure to respond to attempts by Oneida Public Library to recover materials, fines or fees may result in the loss of your card’s validity and thus your borrowing privileges in all the libraries within the Mid-York Library System.
If your card is lost or stolen, notify the Oneida Library staff immediately. Then, we will issue you a new library card, with a different personal identification number, and void the old card. (If your card is lost, the library will charge you a processing fee of $1.00 for a new replacement.)
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The use of the Oneida Public Library’s public computers is a privilege similar to borrowing library books and using its reference materials. The Oneida Library welcomes all patrons in good standing to use its public computers. To be in good standing, you must have a current, valid Mid-York Library System card; no outstanding library fines or penalties over $5.00; and no restrictions in your library membership record.
The library also welcomes visitors without Mid-York Library System cards to use its computers, but they must check in at the circulation desk and provide a current, valid photographic identification card issued by a recognized authority in order to access one of the public computers.
The eight public computers in the Reference Room are reserved for adults 18 years of age and older, while the six public computers in the Young Adults Room are reserved for the use of children and young adults [i.e., preschool children and elementary-, middle- and high-school students up to the age of 17 years].
How much time is allowed . . .
With the OPL’s new automated system, you are free to sit at any open public computer and log on, but you are limited to computer use to ONE HOUR per day, whether you use the computer for one hour straight or over several sessions during the day. A clock in a corner of the screen keeps track of the time remaining in your session. You will be given a 5-minute and a 1-minute warning on the computer screen that your one-hour session is about to end. The computer will automatically close at the end of your one-hour limit and clear all records made during the session.
You may walk away from the computer while you are logged on, but if so, click on the toolbar “LOCK SCREEN” to preserve your place. The computer continues to clock your session and, after 10 minutes of inactivity, the computer will close out and clear as usual.
If you require more than one-hour per day for a special project, please contact the library director for a special computer reservation.
How to log on . . .
On the monitor of an available computer, you will see a log-on screen that asks for your Mid-York Library Card personal identification number. Log in by typing in your 13 number I.D. (do not type in the “A”). If you are a library-card holder in good standing, the computer will open as usual for program access.
If you wish to leave before your one-hour session is up, be sure to click “EXIT” to end your session.
How to print . . .
All public computers are hooked up to the photocopy printer located next to the check-out desk. Ask a library staff member to print out what you want printed. The library charges 25 cents per 8.5 by 11 in. sheet of paper.
The library cannot ensure your privacy when you use a public computer. Remember that the computer terminals are in a public space in full view of all. Also, the World Wide Web, e-mail and other two-way Internet communications and transactions are not perfectly secure.
Code of Conduct
All patrons must use the library computers in a responsible, ethical and legal manner in line with the standards of the library and the community. Any patron who has disobeyed or disregarded the above rules and procedures or who has been discovered using a public computer for a malicious, criminal, obscene or indecent purpose—whether in language or image—will be denied the privilege of computer use:
1. First offense: loss of computer-use privileges for one (1) day;
2. Second offense: loss of computer-use privileges for one (1) week;
3. Third offense: loss of computer-use privileges forever.
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When the Oneida Public Library’s program scheduling allows, the library’s Meeting Room is available at no charge for meetings or programs sponsored by adult, not-for-profit community groups and for programs or workshops presented by accredited individuals who wish to provide the public with literacy, educational or cultural information. Though meetings may be restricted to a group’s membership, all programs must be free, noncommercial and open to the public. The library reserves the right to deny a group or an individual access to the Meeting Room in the best interests of its patrons and the community. The Meeting Room seats a maximum of 40 people. Tables, wide screen and digital projector are available. Light refreshments may be served. To reserve the Meeting Room, contact the Library Director or Assistant Director at least one month in advance.
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Table of Contents
Who qualifies for a library card
How to get a library card
What a library card means for you
How to renew books
What are your Mid-York Library system privileges
If your library card is lost or stolen
How to use public computers
How to book the library’s Meeting Room