Policies

The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing the library's policies. Board policies are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. 

The Bangor Public Library’s facility must be a safe space where people show respect for one another and share the space civilly. Library users must follow the rules of conduct below. The Library addresses rules violations and reserves the right to have violators removed.

Be safe.
Library users are not permitted to:

  • engage in any illegal activity

  • smoke any substance, or use tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal substances on Library property

  • block entrances, aisles, or access to library materials

  • use sports equipment on Library property

  • possess knives or other weapons on Library property

  • sleep in the library

  • be in the library without shoes or shirt

  • perform medical procedures, handle medical equipment, or manage their own body in a way which may put other people at risk of infectious disease or other harm

Show respect for other library users.
Library users are not permitted to:

  • create a public disturbance

  • use obscene and/or abusive language or gestures

  • engage in harassment or threatening behavior

  • engage in sexual acts

  • solicit or gather signatures on Library property

  • engage in bathing or public nudity

  • engage in cell phone use that disrupts other patrons or use cell phones in areas designated as quiet zones

  • photograph, audio-record, or video-record any private third party lawfully entering into, using, or occupying library property without the express consent of such third party.

Show respect for staff.
Library users are not permitted to:

  • impede staff from performing their duties

  • engage in harassment or threatening behavior

  • touch library staff

  • inquire into the personal lives of staff

Show respect for the facility.
Library users are not permitted to:

  • mutilate, damage, or deface any library materials or tamper with, displace, or unplug furniture or equipment

  • bring pets into the building, other than service animals or animals used for library programs; all animals must be under control at all times

  • have food outside of the atrium

  • have uncovered drinks

  • put feet on tables and chairs

Manage your personal property.
Library users may not:

  • leave personal property unattended, inside or outside the facility, though bicycles may be left outside on bicycle racks.

  • bring in personal property that exceeds a total volume of 24” wide x 32” deep x 36” high

  • place personal property where it will block entrances, aisles, or access to Library materials

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 5, 2009; last amended by the Board November 2, 2021.

The Bangor Public Library strives to provide its patrons with quality collections, resources and services. As part of this effort, the Library offers its users access to information available on the Internet and through other publicly accessible information systems. It is the policy of the Bangor Public Library to afford patrons the same free and unrestricted access to the Internet as it does to print material. The Library does not select the content of materials found on the Internet. Patrons have the responsibility of evaluating the validity and the appropriateness of all online sources. All Library computers are equipped with a content filter designed to follow the mandate of the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Any adult (i.e. a person 18 or older) may turn off the filter while using one of the Library’s public-access computers. The intervention of a staff member is not necessary for a user to turn off the filter. The filter is restored by default when the user logs off. For instructions on how to disable the filter, click here.

The Library reserves the right to and does monitor the use of its computers.  As set forth below, the illegal or inappropriate use of Library computers, is not permitted.

All computers in the Youth Services Department are for the exclusive use of those 17 and younger and those assisting them. Youth Services Department computers with Internet access are filtered in compliance with The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and users cannot turn off the filters on these computers.  The Library cannot assure that these filters will block every item that may be a concern to every parent and the Library and its staff cannot be responsible for material selected or accessed by children. Parents may obtain a “No Internet Access” Library card that will allow their child to use only those Library computers having no Internet access.

Throughout the year the Library provides free programs for both adults and children on using the Internet safely, about appropriate online behavior including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and about cyber-bullying awareness and response.

The proper legal authorities will be notified if a user is using Library computers or Library communication networks illegally.  Illegal activity includes, but is not limited to, sending or receiving, printing or displaying child pornography; harassment of others (here or at any other location), unauthorized access to accounts of others; libel or slander of others; identity theft, solicitation of minors; hacking; spamming; and violation of computer security or software license agreements.

The Library reserves the right to terminate the session, evict the patron, and/or suspend or terminate the Library privileges of anyone who engages in illegal use or in inappropriate use including but not limited to a use that disrupts Library service, violates Library policies or procedures, jeopardizes the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet; discloses or shares the user’s password with others; impersonates another user; uses one’s own software programs on the Library’s computers; alters the Library’s computer settings; or damages or modifies computer equipment or software.

The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers or wifi network.

Because computers are located in public areas, the privacy of viewing screens cannot be assured; furthermore, because these are public access computers, the confidentiality of files and printouts also cannot be assured.

The Policy on Internet Access, like all Library policies will be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary. Comments are invited from the public on any policy or practice at the Bangor Public Library.

Internet Use Policy Updated 2/2/16

The Youth Services Department is reserved for use by children, their parents or guardians, and adults interested in children’s literature.

The Bangor Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment that encourages children to visit the Library. Library staff is available to assist and support children with their use of Library resources.  However, the Library is NOT responsible for children who are left unattended on Library premises. Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver in the Library.

Parents, guardians and/or caregivers are solely responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They are advised that children, like all Library users, are expected to comply with the Library’s Rules of Conduct Policy. Parents, guardians and/or caregivers must inform themselves as to scheduled Library closing times and be aware that a Library facility sometimes may have to close unexpectedly due to emergencies or safety issues. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians and/or caregivers to let their children know what they should do if they must leave the Library.

Library staff may call the police or other appropriate City agency if a child is left unattended when the Library facility closes or if a child otherwise appears to be at risk.

The policy and the form needed to submit a request for reconsideration may be downloaded in PDF format below. If you are unable to access, please contact the library for assistance.

Collection Management and Reconsideration Policy (PDF)

Request for Reconsideration Form (PDF)

As a way of supporting our mission and vision, the Library welcomes the use of its grounds, common areas and meeting rooms (hereafter “Library Space”) within the guidelines of this Policy.  First priority in the use of Library Space will be given to Library sponsored and co-sponsored events and to events held in cooperation or partnership with the Library.

Use of Library Space may be requested by any group or individual (hereafter “User”) provided that the User is engaged in an educational, cultural, intellectual, civic or other activity, deemed by the Library to be not inconsistent with this Policy.  The use of Study and Tutoring Rooms and rooms in the Allen Business Center is limited to use by individuals.

All Users of Library Space, including participants and attendees, must observe Library Rules of Conduct.  Events held in Library Space may not discriminate by race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or other class protected by law. The Library reserves the right to observe any event held in Library Space to ensure such event is consistent with this Policy, no illegal activity is taking place, and to ensure compliance with Library Rules of Conduct.  The Library’s right to observe shall not apply if the event is scheduled in accordance with this Policy and is a lawful executive session of a government body.

For-Profit entities may reserve Library Space for cultural, informational and educational sessions for the public or for its own employees.  Non-Profit entities holding an event for profit (i.e. university classes) shall pay the For-Profit rate.  Non-Profit entities using Library Space for fundraising for groups other than the Library will pay For-Profit rates for the space.    

An additional fee, to be determined by the Library, may be added if Library staff or other resources are required during an event or for staff-time needed outside of Library operating hours.

Library Space may be reserved for use on a monthly or less frequent basis up to 12 months in advance of the meeting date. Use of Library Space on consecutive days is permitted for a one-time special meeting.  At this time, the Library cannot accommodate groups wanting to hold meetings held weekly or every-other week. Tutoring room reservations may be cancelled if the User does not arrive within 15 minutes of the reservation time. 

Refreshments may be served in designated Meeting Rooms.  Alcohol (Beer/Wine/Champagne) may be allowed if approved in advance by the Library Director or Library Board and if served by an approved caterer with the proper insurance and licenses.

Use of any tobacco product is prohibited in Library Space.

Library Space must be left in a neat and orderly condition after use.  A clean-up fee will be charged for Library Space left in a disorderly condition.  Nothing should be attached to walls without prior approval of the Library Director.  Users will be responsible for any and all damage, breakage, loss or destruction caused to Library Space, A/V equipment and other property, and for any personal injury caused by the Group.  Users including members, employees, agents, contractors, suppliers, or guests, shall reimburse the Library upon demand for any such damages. 

The Library may require any User to provide proof of general liability insurance coverage with limits of no less than $1 million per occurrence, and naming the Library as additional insured, prior to an event. 

A User may request a waiver of this requirement from the Library Director.  Such request must be in writing and must be received by the Library Director not be less than seven (7) business days prior to the event.  If a waiver is approved the Library Director will document the waiver not less than three (3) business prior to the event.

In accordance with the Library Rules of Conduct Users will minimize noise and other disruptions to avoid disturbing Library patrons or staff in other Library Space.

Users are responsible for their own publicity which should indicate that the event is not Library sponsored.  Users are prohibited from making statements in their advertising or meeting announcements that suggest Library sponsorship or endorsement if that is not the case.

An announcement or notice to publicize an event may not be posted or distributed on Library premises without prior approval of the Library Director.

The Library reserves the right to cancel or change any event if circumstances at the Library so demand. If the Library must close due to emergency situations or inclement weather, all events scheduled during the closure will be cancelled.  The Library will attempt to notify the User as soon as possible.

In the event of an act of God, terrorist attack, government regulation, natural disaster or civil disturbance which prevents the Library or the User from holding a scheduled event, the agreement to hold an event may be terminated by the Library or the User by giving actual notice to the other party within five (5) days of the event. 

The person named in the Library Space Request Form will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Library Rules of Conduct by the User including all participants and attendees.  The User must report all accidents to the Library staff member in charge who will report the incident in accordance with Library procedure.

Exceptions to this Policy may be made by the Library Director or Board of Managers and Trustees. 

All users of Library Space shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Bangor Public Library and its officers, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, actions of any kind, arising and resulting and accruing from any negligent act, omission or error of the User resulting in or relating to personal injuries or property damage arising from the User’s use of Library Space.

To request the use of Library Space an applicant must complete a Library Space Request Form and return it to the Library or request online on the Library’s website.  All requests for the use of Library Space must be received by the Library not less than seven (7) business days prior to the event

Meeting Room Fees:

Minsky Lecture Hall

  • Non-profit rate: $50 for each 3 hour period
  • For-Profit rate: $100/3hrs  

Crofutt Community Room

  • Non-Profit: $50 for each 3 hour period
  • For-Profit:  $100/3hrs

Board Room

  • Non-Profit: $15 for each hour with a 2 hour minimum
  • For-Profit: $30/2hrs 

2nd Floor Tutoring Room — Free with 2 hour maximum use per day  

Camden National Bank Meeting Room — $15 each hour (no non-profit discount is available)

Edward O. Darling Conference Room — $15 each hour (no non-profit discount is available)

Computer Lab

  • Non-Profit: $20/hour
  • For-Profit: $40/hour

Teen Study Rooms on the 3rd floor are for Teen use only and are free

Before or After Library Operating Hours Fee:  $45/hour

Tutoring and Study Rooms

The Library has a Tutoring Room available for public use; it is located on the second floor. The room may be used by not more than four (4) individuals.  Literacy Volunteer Tutors have first priority.  For those using the Tutoring Room who are not Literacy Volunteers, use shall be limited to a maximum of two hours per day. Users of this room must check in at the Reference Desk with an ID or Library Card. At least one individual using this room must be age 17 or older.

Covered drinks are allowed in the Tutoring Room, but food is not permitted.  There are two Study Rooms in the Teen Area.  There is no charge to use them.  These rooms are reserved for teens and are on a first come, first served basis.  There is a two hour per day limit on the use of these rooms.

The following must also be agreed to for room rentals.

Agreement: In order to secure the use of Library Space, full payment is due at the time of confirmation. By submitting the Library Space Request Form the User authorizes and agrees that such payment will be paid to the Bangor Public Library. The parties agree to the terms of the Library Grounds & Meeting Room Policy. The person signing the Library Space Request Form on behalf of the User warrants that he/she is authorized to make this agreement.

Attendees: Room assignment is based on the expected number of attendees and set-up specified in the reservation request. It is understood that the space reserved may have a capacity limit and that the numbers of attendees will not exceed that limit. The Library reserves the right to changes rooms if attendance is larger or smaller than anticipated.

Cancellation: When the User signs the Library Space Request Form and submits payment, the space reserved is removed from BPL’s available inventory and considered “rented” to User.  BPL will deny requests for the use of space considered “rented.” 

It is impossible for BPL to know in advance whether, under what circumstances, or at what rates it would be able to re-rent “rented” space if the User does not use it due to cancellation of the event.  Often, when a User does not use the space as agreed, the space cannot be re-rented.  Additionally, BPL staff time is involved in set-up for each use.  For these reasons and others, Users agree that, in the event of cancellation, the following refunds (which represent a reasonable effort by BPL to establish its loss prospectively) shall be offered:

6+  days prior to event:  100% refund (or credit to account)

3-5 days prior to event:    50% refund (or credit to account)

0-2 days prior to event:      0% refund