Mission of the Palm Harbor Library
Our Vision Statement
Palm Harbor Library aspires to be the definitive educational and cultural destination for all members of the Palm Harbor community. It will offer a safe and secure environment, conducive to learning, life enrichment, and creativity while providing easy access to information. It will also serve as a neutral venue where ideas may be freely exchanged, creating opportunities for anyone to discover how their lives may change for the better through such efforts as celebrating literacy and nurturing a love for reading Palm Harbor Library will be an essential part of the community, serving as an anchor for learning and cultural development while continuously meeting the evolving needs of the residents it serves. Long Range Plan
History of the Library
|Type of Material||Max #||Loan Period (days)||Renewals Available||Late Fee Per Day|
|Book Clubs to Go||1||56||0||$2.00|
|Books & Kits||50||28||3||$0.20|
|DVDs & Blu-Rays||25||7||1||$0.50|
|First Steps to Go||1||28||2||$2.00|
|Lending Library – Books||2||14||0||$0.20|
|Lending Library – DVDs||2||7||0||$0.50|
|Sunshine State Readers||4||14||2||$0.20|
|VCR & DVD Players||1||7||2||$2.00|
Failure to return overdue library materials and failure to report and reimburse for lost, damaged, or destroyed library materials are violations of Pinellas County Ordinance 96-52 and may result in a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.
Code of Conduct
- Speak in normal or quiet tones of voice
- Respect others, including their rights and personal property
- Respect Library property and staff
- Maintain responsibility for the safety, well-being, and conduct of children in their charge
- Refrain from actions that are disruptive to other library members
- Place cell phones and pagers on vibrate feature; hold conversations in the foyer or outside of the building
Library Member Prohibited Activities The following are examples of behaviors (but not limited to) that seriously interfere with the activities normally associated with the use of a public library and are prohibited in Palm Harbor Library:
- Eating, drinking, or displaying food in open containers
- Disturbing or annoying anyone by loud/unreasonable noise or movement, including, but not limited to, using audible devices without headphones, or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others
- Use of abusive, threatening, harassing, or insulting language
- Having body odor or personal hygiene that is offensive or that interferes with others’ use of the library
- Animals (except trained assistance animals)
- Improper acts which are subject to prosecution under criminal or civil codes of law
- Vehicles and other objects which constitute potential safety hazards to patrons
- Objects placed adjacent to any exit or entrance on the inside or outside of the facility which pose a safety hazard to persons entering or exiting the facility
- Lack of shirt or footwear
- Personally monopolizing library space, seating, tables, or equipment to the exclusion of other patrons or staff
- Soliciting, selling, or begging
- Unattended children under the age of 10
- Bathing, shaving, washing clothes or other misuse of restrooms
- Distribution or posting of printed materials not approved by PHL administration
- Loitering, including refusal to leave at closing or emergency evacuation
- Possessing, consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Unruly/offensive behavior such as viewing pornography
Violations of Library Member Principles of Conduct and Library Member Prohibited Activities Maintenance of proper conduct in the Library is one of the responsibilities of Library staff. Staff has the authority to deal firmly but courteously with library members who are violating the Library Member Principles of Conduct and Library Member Prohibited Activities. Actions taken by staff may include making the library member aware that the behavior violates the principles of conduct or is a prohibited activity, warning the library member that he/she will have to leave if the behavior does not change, and telling the library member to leave the library. In some cases, the library member may be escorted from the building by staff or the police. Anyone known to have violated the principles of conduct and prohibited activities of the Library may be excluded from the Library and its programs as a matter of administrative policy. If the behavior involves illegal activity, such as child molestation, indecent exposure, or destruction of Library property such as computer equipment, library staff has full authority to call the police. Based upon the severity of the situation, a suspension of library privileges may be applied without advance warning or prior suspension. The suspension shall remain in effect pending periodic administrative review. The library administrator’s decision shall be final.
Florida Statute 257.261
- In order to allow all members an opportunity to use the equipment, members are asked to comply with sign-in and time limitations. Computer users are allowed one 120 minute session and one 60 minute session every day and must be logged off for 15 minutes between sessions. No other extensions will be granted.
- Computer users may only use their personal library card or guest pass assigned to them. Use of multiple library cards for the purpose of extending computer time is strictly forbidden and may result in the loss of library privileges.
- Guest passes will be issued to persons visiting from outside Pinellas County. Visitors must have a valid form of photo identification. Visitors are entitled to the same computer privileges as library members and must comply with all library policies and regulations.
Because computers are located in public area, what you view is not private. Please be considerate of other library users and refrain from displaying materials that they might reasonably consider objectionable. In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011(1)a and 847.0133(1), displaying obscene materials to minors or printing such materials may be a violation of the law and could result in penalties up to and including imprisonment. Misuse of library computers will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to: damaging or altering computer equipment or software; downloading or installing any program on the hard drive of any computer; sending, displaying, or printing obscene material; impersonating other library members for additional time.