Lake Whitney Public Library

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Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.

General Policies

Library Cards

In order to request a library card, all adults must have their Drivers License, proof of current address, and a local phone number.  Any child under 18 must have a legal guardian signature on card.  A child must be 6 years old to have their own library card.  

Each person must fill out a library card application.  Library cards are issued as a FAMILY CARD; fines must be paid before other family members can checkout library materials. 

Checkout Limitations

All patrons may checkout up to five (5) items total.  These items can be made up of any combination of books, audiobooks, and DVDs.  DVDs checkouts are limited to two (2) and can only be checked out on an adult card.
Become a Friend of the Library for $10.00 and check out as many as 10 books at a time!

Privacy Policy

All information attained in applying for a library card (s) is deemed confidential and is not shared with any other department or entities. 

Overdue Fees and Damages

Patrons are responsible for any and all library materials checked out on their card and will be held accountable for any fines that accrue.  Patrons will be held responsible for any replacement costs in case of lost or damaged materials.  All library materials are owned by the city.  Any replacement costs paid for by the patron does not mean that the patron is buying those items.  Damaged items will be disposed of.  

Computers Use

Patrons must 18 years old and sign an Internet Agreement Policy before signing in to use computer. Computer use is limited to 1 hour per person per day.  Copies are $.20 per page. Computers shut down 10 minutes before closing. 


The Lake Whitney Public Library accepts donations of recent books, recorded books, CDs, and DVDs. Donations should be clean and in good condition. We do not accept donations of abridged works (readers digest, etc.), textbooks, or encyclopedias.  All donations are accepted without condition, and immediately become the property of the library. They cannot be returned. Some donations will be added to the collection. The rest will be sold. Donations added to the collection may be subsequently withdrawn when they are worn or when their content is no longer current. Please do not bring more items than you can carry into the library.  If you need a receipt for tax purposes, the library will provide one. We cannot assign a dollar value to your donations.

Use of Bulletin Board  

The bulletin board is for the use by the library.  All additional materials must be approved by the library director.


Library telephones are for conducting the ongoing business of the library and are not for public use.  

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be set to vibrate while inside the library.  If you need to place or receive a call, please show courtesy to fellow patrons by stepping outside.


Pets are not permitted inside the library at any time.

Unattended Child Policy

The library is intended to be a place where children are welcomed.  They are encouraged to read, to explore various electronic formats, to attend programs, and to make full use of the library’s resources.  For the safety of minor children, and the enjoyment of all patrons using the library, the library has developed and follows a specific policy regarding unattended children.  If you have questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to ask the staff to explain.
1.The library does not provide care or supervision of children, except to the extent needed to uphold library rules of conduct and use, and does not accept responsibility for such care.  Parents or other caregivers are responsible for their child’s behavior, even if the child is in the library unattended.
2.Children under the age of eight may not be left unattended in the library, except during scheduled library-sponsored programs.  A child under the age of eight will be considered unattended unless accompanied by a responsible caregiver at least 16 years old.
3.Children age eight and older may be left unattended providing they are mature enough to stay alone and observe proper conduct.  Such children are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons and the same consequences, including being asked to leave the library.  This possibility should be taken into account when deciding whether to leave a child unattended in the library.  If a child in this age group is not able to leave the library without an adult, he should not be in the library without an adult.
4.Children of any age with mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral problems which render supervision necessary must be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver (over the age of 16) at all times.
5.A child left unattended in the library in violation of this policy will be considered a child in need of care, and the matter referred to the police or Department of Human Services.
6.Unattended children under the age of fifteen must be picked up at least 15 minutes before closing time.
7.In the case of a child under the age of fifteen who is unattended at closing, the library staff will try to notify the child’s parent of caregiver.  If the child’s parent or caregiver cannot be reached or has not come to pick up the child, the police will be called, and the child will need to be picked up at the Whitney Police Department.
8.Library staff members will, under no circumstances, drive the child home or to any other location.
9.Unattended children will be given a copy of this policy to give to their parents.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

In order to have access to the Internet using the computers at the Lake Whitney Public Library, I agree to the following guidelines:

  • I will sign in on sheet for access to the Computers.
  • I understand that a trained staff member may not always be available to assist me in my Internet search.
  • I will not use the Internet at the Lake Whitney Public Library for, or in support of illegal or obscene activities.  Illegal activities are defined as a violation of local, state and/or federal laws.  Obscene activities are defined as a violation of generally accepted community standards.
  • I understand that viewing materials that may be offensive to other patrons is prohibited.
  • I will abide by the copyright laws, licensing agreement, and contracts.
  • I will not use the Lake Whitney Public Library’s Internet computers to access, use, destroy, altar, dismantle or disfigure any data information technologies, properties, or facilities.
  • As a user or the parent of a child 18 years of age or younger, I am responsible for the information accessed over the Internet.
  • I understand that I cannot input and save any information into the computer at anytime.
  • I understand that I cannot access Facebook, Twitter, or any other chat line at any time.
  • I understand that any violation of these guidelines will result in disciplinary action, which may include suspension or removal of Internet access privileges and/or legal actions.
  • I understand that I can only check Web Based E-mail accounts.
  • In understand that the use of any Internet computer workstation is limited to one hour per day, and on first-come first-served basis.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Definition and Purpose

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process by which a library borrows material from, or supplies material to, another library. Lake Whitney Public Library recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is an integral element in the provision of library service and believes it to be essential to the vitality of all libraries.


Interlibrary loan policies of this library are governed by the American Library Association's Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (2001); the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code; and by the regulations of lending libraries.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

The material request should be written with requesting patron’s Name, Address, Phone Number and Date of Request. No more than one book may be ordered per person, per month at a time. Request forms are available at circulation desk.


The person ordering must pay $5.00 postage and handling.  Fees for photocopying and occasionally other charges may be assessed by the lending library.  Patrons who fail to claim the material borrowed for them will still be expected to pay the postage and any other fees incurred.

The Lake Whitney Public Library will order materials for patrons that are not served by a library in Hill County.  If the patron’s address indicates they live in another library’s service area, they must use that library for ILL. The staff member taking the request will verify the patron’s identity. 

Patrons who do not pick up their ILL requested materials will forfeit the use of this service.

Patrons who fail to return item on the due date, will forfeit the use of this service. Late fees of 25 cents per day will be charged.
If an item is lost, the loaning library’s replacement cost and an additional $5.00 processing will be charged by the Lake Whitney Public Library.

Type of Material Borrowed

Lake Whitney Public Library will generally attempt to borrow any material the patron needs. Patrons are cautioned, however, that other libraries may not lend certain types of materials.  Not everything is available for borrowing.

These include the following:

  • current bestsellers and popular titles
  • reference 
  • genealogy 
  • rare or valuable material 
  • audiovisual material 
  • bulky or fragile items that are difficult or expensive to ship 

Lake Whitney Public Library will not borrow material determined to be in violation of copyright law.

Restrictions on Material Borrowed

The lending library may impose restrictions on material lent, including requiring that the material be used only in the borrowing library. The lending library determines the length of time for which the material is lent and whether renewals will be granted.

Turnaround Time and Loan Period

When making an ILL request, the patron should indicate any deadline for receipt of material and whether material will not be needed after a given date. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.
The lending library determines the loan period, which can vary from 2 to 4 weeks. Lake Whitney Public Library will set a return date that is three business days earlier than the due date, to allow time for the item to be returned to the lending library by mail. Patrons are urged to return materials on time to ensure that lending libraries will continue to share their resources with Lake Whitney Public Library.

What Materials Cannot be Borrowed?

  • Audio Visual material (i.e. Videos, DVD’S, Cassettes, CD’S, Equipment, etc.)
  • Texana (this includes loan and reference)
  • Periodicals (i.e. Magazines, Newspapers, Phone Directories)  
  • Local history 
  • Books in demand at our library (i.e. GED, ASVAB, THEA, etc.)
  • Books on reserve, Books on tape, Books in CD format
  • Games 
  • Reference books, Rare Books, Local History Books
  • New books (those we classify as new and those published within the last 2 yrs.)
  • Books of which we have a single copy 

The Lake Whitney Public Library encourage patron’s in good standing with the library to utilize this program to obtain items that are not available at this location.

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