Policies

The Haverford Township Free Library is governed by Board of Trustee approved policies. Many of these policies affect the public.  Please click on any of the following to see the full policy.

  • Behavior Policy
    Purpose:
    The Haverford Township Free Library has established this Behavior Policy to ensure that library facilities are safe, welcoming and provide equitable access to materials and services for all library users. Appropriate library conduct includes activities such as reading, studying, properly using library materials or computers and other similar conduct normally associated with a public library.Overview and Definitions:
    No individual may engage in inappropriate conduct on the premises of the Haverford Township Free Library, or when using library facilities, or when participating in library programs. Library customers shall be engaged in normal activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Library customers not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or computers or involved in library programming may be asked to leave the building.

    Inappropriate conduct includes any individual or group activity which is unreasonably disturbing to other individuals lawfully using library facilities, materials and/or premises or is otherwise inconsistent with activities such as reading, studying, properly using library materials and other similar conduct normally associated with a public library.
    When possible, staff will first educate individuals about the applicable policies before taking stronger measures to enforce those policies.
    Inappropriate Behavior, shall include, without limitation by enumeration, the following conduct or behaviors:

    • Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a crime or a violation of Township ordinances.
    • Possessing, selling, distributing, displaying or using any dangerous weapon as that term is defined in (Township Ordinance, Chapter 83) upon library premises or using or threatening the use of any other object in such a manner that it may be considered a weapon.
    • Engaging in any physically or verbally intimidating or assault behavior. Making any threats of violence or unlawful activities. The Library has a policy of zero tolerance for threats and acts of violence.
    • Possessing, selling, distributing, consuming or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.
    • Trespassing by entering or remaining on library premises after having been notified by an authorized individual not to do so, and entering or remaining on the library premises during the period in which an individual has been banned from the premises.
    • Refusing to follow the reasonable directions of library staff.
    • Engaging in any behavior that a reasonable person would find to be disruptive, harassing, or threatening in nature to library users or staff including stalking, prolonged staring at or following another with the intent to annoy or intentionally behaving in a manner that could reasonably be expected to annoy or disturb other patrons.
    • Leaving children under the age of 7 unattended on Library premises.
    • When an unattended or under-attended child is disruptive, appears to be a danger to herself or himself, appears to be threatened by others, appears to be ill or upset, or has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing, library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department. In the event of an emergency, staff will call 911.
    • Engaging in any sexual contact, activities or conduct.
    • Selling, soliciting, surveying, distributing written materials, panhandling or canvassing for any political, charitable or religious purposes inside a library building, doorway or vestibule without prior authorization of the Library Director or designee.
    • Smoking or other use of tobacco products either within the building or exterior of the library property.
      Eating except during programs or items sold within the library premises.
    • Drinking from open containers without lids or tops. All consumables to be kept away from library computer work stations.
    • Sleeping, napping or dozing in or on library premises.
    • Engaging in excessive or disruptive conversations, talking loudly, using personal electronic equipment at such a volume or making ongoing noise that is unreasonably disturbing to other library users.
    • Running, fighting, shoving, or any other roughhousing.
    • Absence of shirt, shoes, or lower body clothing within the library.
    • Use of the public bathrooms for bathing, shaving, washing clothes or changing clothes; taking of library materials into rest rooms prohibited.
    • Entering or remaining upon library premises with a bodily hygiene so offensive that it constitutes a nuisance to others.
    • Moving furniture without the express consent of the library staff or use of furniture in any manner that may damage the furniture, to include standing on furniture or placing feet on the furniture.
    • Seating may not be saved or held for future use.
    • Sports equipment may not be brought into the library (staff may offer to stow equipment but are not required to do so).
    • Using library materials, furniture, equipment or facilities in any manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof or the theft or intentional damaging of library materials, furniture, equipment or facilities including damaging of walls, carpets, graffiti.
    • Blocking of aisles with personal items such as an excessive number of bags or leaving such items unattended on library premises at any time. Items may be removed from the library premises if they reasonably appear to be abandoned or have been left unattended for 30 minutes or more.
    • Interfering with the safe and free passage of library staff or customers on the premises, including but not limited to the placement of objects in hallways, aisles, flooring or elsewhere in a manner that impedes the free passage of such persons about the library.
    • Bringing any animal into the library except service animals.
    • Entering non-public areas of the library without permission.
    • Engaging in any other activities that are inconsistent with those activities normally associated with the use of public library facilities that include reading, studying, and using library materials.
    • Violating the library’s rules for acceptable use of the internet and library public computers. A user accepts these rules before accessing the Internet through a library computer.

    Addendum Concerning the Behavior and Supervision of Adults With Special Custodial Needs in the Library
    Caregivers are responsible for their charges while in the library. Library employees cannot function as caregivers. The Library is not equipped—and it is not the Library’s role—to provide long-or short-term adult supervision. The Library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision or safety of adults with special needs. If an individual is left in the library without a caregiver, library staff will attempt to contact a family member. In the event that a family member cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department.

    Addendum Concerning the Behavior and Supervision of Minors and Children’s Areas of the Library
    The Haverford Township Free Library welcomes children. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their child’s safety and behavior while in the Library whether the parent/caregiver is present or not. Library employees cannot function as caregivers, babysitters or act in a parental role. The Library is not equipped—and it is not the Library’s role—to provide long-or short-term childcare. The Library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision or safety of minors.

    For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or an older responsible individual must accompany children under age seven when they are using the Library. This responsible individual must supervise, guide and control the behavior of their charge or charges at all times.
    When a child is unattended or under-attended/ignored and

    • the behavior of the child is disruptive or inappropriate (or)
    • the child appears to be a danger to herself or himself or others (or)
    • the child appears to be threatened by others (or)
    • the child appears to be ill or upset (or)
    • the child has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing.
    • Library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department

    Inappropriate Use of Children’s Spaces/Youth Services: Adults are permitted in children’s areas of the library or in the Youth Services Department at the Library when accompanied by a child or if the adult is actively reading, studying and using library materials from the children’s area collections. Computers in the Children’s department are reserved for children or those accompanying a child. Any adult not in compliance with this provision will be asked to use other areas of the library. If the individual does not comply with staff direction or repeatedly violates this policy, the individual may be banned from the Library.

    Staff Response to Behavior Policy Infractions:
    Violation of these rules is misconduct that can result in expulsion from the library and forfeiture of library privileges. Minor violations of these rules will first result in library staff attempting to educate or warn individuals about the policies before enforcing such policies. If an individual continues to violate these policies, staff may order them to leave for the day. However, any conduct that threatens the life or safety of any person or that is damaging to library property, equipment or facilities may result in immediate expulsion from the library premises. Library staff is authorized to contact the Haverford Township Police Department to respond to such situations. Repeat misconduct or severe offenses (even if a single isolated event) may result in individuals being banned from the library from a week to a year. Staff will follow established procedures. Staff will call the police for severe or illegal behavior or when an individual refuses to leave when told by staff to do so. Download the complete document here.

  • Collection Evaluation and Assessment

    The library collection needs continuous evaluation in order to keep on target with the library’s mission and to provide materials to meet customer’s interests and needs in a timely manner. Statistical tools such as circulation reports, collection turnover rates, document delivery studies, fill rates, reference fill rates, statistical samplings, and new materials counts should be used to determine how the collection is being used and how it should change to answer customer needs. The materials themselves should be assessed for their physical condition and their use.

    Qualitative standards include checking subject areas against standard bibliographic tools and recommended subject lists to be sure that the library is acquiring recommended materials. Customer input and community/user surveys should also be used to aid in the evaluation of the library materials collection.

    Through these ongoing quantitative and qualitative methods, the Director, the Assistant Director, Reference Manager, and selectors can monitor the collection to see that it is serving its public. The Collection Development Policy should be reviewed and revised periodically to insure a document that continues to answer the needs of the library and its community. You may link to the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 7/16/03

  • Handouts and Displays

    Library Bulletin Board

    A. Purpose
    Consistent with the American Library Association Bill of Rights, the Haverford Township Free Library Bulletin Boards and information areas are available for the posting of information related to educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities and events. The presence of a poster, brochure, flyer, or any other notice in the library does not necessarily indicate that the library either advocates or endorses the viewpoints expressed.

    B. Conditions for Display
    Designated staff shall review items to be posted in the library to determine compliance with this policy. The Library Director or Assistant Director shall make the final determination of compliance. Decisions may be appealed in writing to the Library Board of Trustees.

    Materials to be displayed should be delivered to the Main Desk. Designated staff or volunteers will post approved materials on the appropriate bulletin board and/or information area. The library will remove items that have not been posted by the library designees.

    Materials must conform to the space and time restrictions listed in Item C.

    Approved materials will be assigned one of three categories listed in Item C and placed in the appropriate section of a bulletin board or in the information areas.

    Designated staff or volunteers will remove materials as they become outdated and will remove items that have been posted for an excessive amount of time. The library cannot be responsible for their return.

    C. Arrangement of Bulletin Board

    COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICES: This bulletin board shall be reserved for non-profit and/or public services that are of interest to the general public and provide information about source of help for the community, such as non-profit referral organizations, educational opportunities, and government assistance notices. Materials periodically will be rotated and/or discarded.
    EVENTS: This section shall be reserved for materials such as notices of coming events sponsored by area organizations. Materials will not be posted any sooner than one month prior to the event and will be removed and discarded after the event
    CLASSIFIEDS: This section shall serve as a “Want Ad” section and will be used to display notices of available or needed goods and services. Materials will be dated with the day of the posting and will be discarded on a “first on, first off” schedule.
    The size of all materials to be displayed shall not exceed 18” x 24”.
    Materials provided for display in the information areas will be considered eligible for display if they fall under the general guidelines of items C1, C2, and C3 and are available in quantity.
    The bulletin board reserved for Haverford Township Free Library information shall not be used for any other purpose. Download the complete document here.
    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 7/16/03

  • Laptop Computer Use

    Laptop computers that require electrical power may be used only within designated areas of the library. Laptop computers that do not require electrical power may be used anywhere in the library. Under no circumstances may customers hook-up their laptop computer into the library’s computer network. The library assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal laptops while on library premise. Download the complete document here.

    Approved 7/16/03

  • Materials Selection/Collection Development
    Objectives
    The Haverford Township Free Library, to the best of its ability, will provide the community with professionally selected materials to aid in the pursuit of education, information, research, pleasure, and the creative use of leisure time.The Haverford Township Free Library adheres to the principles of the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to View, and the Freedom to Read statements adopted by the American Library Association.

    In a free society, information on different points of view should be readily available to allow individuals to decide which ideas are meaningful to them. The public library is the democratic institution which provides free access to the freedom of thoughts and ideas. The library, consequently, has the responsibility for selecting materials which reflect a wide variety of ideas and may contain controversial points of view. The library has a responsibility to protect the rights of all users; consequently, it does not limit the use of its collection. Although librarians may offer guidance, parents or legal guardians are responsible for the selection, monitoring the reading, listening, and viewing of their children.

    The needs, interests, and points of view of the Haverford Township Free Library’s community range over the spectrum of all subjects inherent to contemporary society. The Haverford Township Free Library has a responsibility to provide a diversity of materials in both print and non-print forms. Materials are selected to reflect changes in educational, cultural and intellectual ideas and the impact of new technology within the limitations of budget and space.

    Books and other library materials are selected on the basis of literary, educational, information, and recreational value. The responsibility of selection rests with the Library Director, who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees.
    Director appointed selectors will not exclude titles on the basis of moral, racial, religious, political, or personal prejudice. Titles are selected, within the limitations of the budget, on the critical consensus among recognized subject authorities. Suggestions from customers are encouraged and will be given due consideration.
    Material will not be excluded on the basis of what some may consider indecorous, indecent, or graphic language. One person’s or group’s beliefs, philosophies, politics, or interests will not take precedence over the beliefs, philosophies, politics.
    The library endorses the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read statement, the Library Bill of Rights and the statements on Labeling Library Materials, Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks, and Free Access to Libraries for Minors. Download the complete document here.
    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 3/19/03

  • Meeting Rooms
    The library has three meeting rooms:
    the larger room seats 125 people
    the medium room seats 30 people and
    the smaller room seats 20 people.
    The Haverford Township Free Library welcomes the use of these meeting rooms on a reserved-only basis by individuals and groups including but not limited to those engaged in educational, civic, cultural, intellectual, and charitable activities. The meeting rooms are also available for use by government agencies and non-profit organizations. Organizations, groups, or individuals using the meeting room and collecting revenue in any way will be expected to make a $100.00 donation to the library.The Library’s Director will review all requests for meeting room use and determine eligibility prior to granting approval. In the event that a question may arise as to the eligibility of any organization, group, or individual requesting the use of the meeting rooms, the Library Board of Trustees shall be the final authority in granting or refusing permission to use the library’s meeting rooms. Appeals for exceptions to these policies must be made in writing to the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board only may approve exceptions to the policies stated in this document. That a group is permitted to use a library meeting room does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the Library Board or Library staff of the group’s policies or beliefs, and no claim to that effect nor claim to library sponsorship may be used, explicitly or implicitly, in advertising. Neither the name nor address of the library may be used as the official address or headquarters of an organization or group using the Library’s meeting rooms. The Haverford Township Free Library will make no effort to censor or amend the content of a meeting when granting meeting room access.

    Meeting Room Availability

    Reservations for meeting rooms will be scheduled in order of request. Rooms will be assigned on the basis of availability and size of the requesting group. Library sponsored programs will have priority.
    Meeting rooms specified in this policy will be available only if a reservation application is made in advance of the event. Applications must be made in writing using the Library’s Meeting Room Reservation Application form.
    A group must complete the Meeting Room Reservation Application form once, and may be granted subsequent use of meeting rooms without completion of an application form prior to each meeting room reservation. The information contained in the agreement should be updated from time to time. The agreement contained in the application form will be binding upon the reserving group for any subsequent meeting room reservation(s).
    Notice of cancellation must be received by the Library at least 24 hours in advance of the reserved time. Failure to notify the Library of a cancellation may result in denial of future meeting room privileges.
    It is not the intent of the Library to provide permanent or continuous meeting space. Up to 5 meetings may be scheduled at one time. Groups may schedule the meeting rooms for consecutive days. Reservations for meeting rooms may be made up to four months in advance.
    The Library Director and Library Board of Trustees reserve the right to cancel any meeting should conditions or situations warrant such action.
    When the Library closes because of an electrical or heating/cooling equipment failure or a weather-related emergency, all efforts will be made to notify organizations scheduled to use a meeting room. During adverse weather conditions, the group should call the Library at 610-446-3082 or visit the Library's website at www.haverfordlibrary.org for closing information.
    Basic Rules of Use

    Occupants may not exceed stated occupancy for the meeting room.
    Meetings may not extend beyond Library closing.
    No organization or group using the meeting rooms will discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or handicapped status in the provision of service.
    Meeting Room Set-up and Equipment Use

    Set-up and special arrangements are the responsibility of the user. The Library will provide no special room set-ups.
    Lighted candles or flames, because of fire hazard, are not to be used. All paper and decorations used in decorating the meeting rooms must be flame proof.
    A variety of audiovisual equipment is available for use in the meeting rooms. Available equipment includes a TV/VCR and an AV cart. Someone experienced in its operation should use the equipment. The TV/VCR must be requested in advance of the meeting, preferably at the time of application. Any damage due to misuse of audiovisual equipment is the responsibility of the organization or group reserving the room.
    Refreshments

    Refreshments may be served in meeting rooms, but supplied by the group.
    Pre-prepared food and coffee/tea preparation is allowed, but food requiring cooking on the Library premises is not allowed.
    Intoxicating liquors or cereal malt beverages may not be dispensed or consumed on the Library premises or grounds.
    Maintaining Order

    Groups and organizations using meeting rooms are responsible for maintaining order. Appropriate conduct is expected as a condition of room use. At least one adult must be present and responsible for any event involving children under the age of 18.
    The Haverford Township Free Library shall bear no responsibility whatever for personal injury to any member, affiliated person, guest, invitee, or licensee of the using organizations, its members, affiliated persons, guests, invitees, or licensees.
    The Library is unable to provide childcare services. People attending meetings at the Library must make arrangements for children. The Llibrary cannot assume responsibility for caring for children left alone in the reading rooms.
    Clean Up and Damages

    Groups and individuals using meeting rooms are responsible for basic clean up and returning the room to order.
    Any equipment or displays brought in for a meeting must be removed at the end of the meeting. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    Damages to the premises, equipment, or furnishings as a result of group use will be charged to the group responsible. The using organization and its members, jointly and severally, assume and shall bear full responsibility for loss of, or injury or damage to, any property of the Haverford Township Free Library as shall be caused or inflicted by the using organization, its members, affiliated persons, guests, invitees, or licensees.
    Non-Compliance with this Policy Failure to comply with this policy may result in denial of future use of the Library meeting rooms, financial liability for damages, and/or immediate removal from the meeting room. Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 3/19/03

  • Public Participation at Board and Committee Meetings
    Visitors
    The Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees encourages residents to share their views. The Board agenda includes time at the beginning of each meeting for comments. In order for the Board to fulfill its obligation to complete the scheduled agenda in an effective and efficient fashion, a maximum of 30 minutes of public participation will be permitted at the beginning of each meeting.
    All visitors are required to sign in prior to the call to order and to indicate if they wish to speak. Those visitors who have indicated a desire to speak will be recognized in the order in which they signed in.
    Each speaker is given three (3) minutes to share her/his views with the Board or Committee. If several persons wish to speak, each will be allotted three (3) minutes until the total public participation time of 30 minutes is used. No person may speak more than once per meeting.If a resident wishes to share additional comments, she/he may schedule an appointment with the Library Director, who will then present a summary of that meeting either to the appropriate Committee of the Board or to the Board of Trustees.

    Trustees
    The Board President or Committee Chairperson recognizes each registered speaker. The Trustees listen and do not interact with the speakers. The Board President or Committee Chairperson introduces each speaker and keeps track of the time. Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 7/16/03

  • Reconsideration of Library Materials

    A singular obligation of the public library is to reflect within its collection differing points of view on controversial or debatable subjects. The Haverford Township Free Library does not promulgate particular beliefs or views, nor does the selection of an item express or imply an endorsement of the author’s viewpoint. Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, nor will items be sequestered, except for the purpose of protecting them from damage or theft.

    Comments from members of the community about the collection or individual items in the collection frequently provide librarians with useful information about interests or needs that may not be adequately met by the collection. The library welcomes expression of opinion by customers, but will be governed by this Materials Selection Policy in making additions to or deleting items from the collection.

    Customers who request the reconsideration of library materials will be asked to put their request in writing by completing and signing the form entitled “Request for Reconsideration of Library Material.” Upon receipt of a formal, written request, the Director will appoint an ad hoc committee from the professional staff including, but not limited to the selector for the subject area of the item in question and the appropriate Department Manager. The committee will make a written recommendation to the Director who will then make a decision regarding disposition of the material. The Director will communicate this decision and the reasons for it, in writing, to the person who initiated the request for reconsideration at the earliest possible date. The Director will inform the Board of Trustees of all requests for reconsideration of library materials and their disposition.

    In the event that the person who initiated the request is not satisfied with the decision of the Director, she/he may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Trustees by making a written request to the President of the Board. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to limit the length of presentation and number of speakers at a hearing. The Board will determine whether the request for reconsideration has been handled in accordance with stated policies and procedures of the Haverford Township Free Library. On the basis of this determination, the Board may vote to uphold or override the decision of the Director. Please download the Reconsideration form here. Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 7/16/03

  • Responsibility for Selection

    Ultimate responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Board of Trustees. The Library Director delegates to the Department Manager, the responsibility for collection development, the responsibility to work with the various sections within the library to accomplish mutual goals and responsibilities regarding the acquisition, cataloging, and processing of materials, and to promote consistency in the selection and maintenance of the materials collection. All professional staff members may participate in the selection of library materials.

    The authority and responsibilities of the Department Manager to the Director consists of the following:

    Authority to approve or disapprove selection recommendations from the selection librarians, other staff, and the public;
    Authority to make final decisions on the withdrawal of circulating materials, the rebinding of books, repackaging of audiovisual materials, replacement orders, and the addition of gifts to the cataloged circulating collection;
    Authority to review various collections in the library, evaluate the contents, and submit written reports to the Library Director;
    Authority to initiate any weeding projects as a result of collection evaluations.
    Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 3/19/03

  • Responsible use of a Library Card
    Delaware County Library System library cards are to be used only by the person to whom issued. When application is made, the applicant is agreeing to comply with the library’s borrowing policies. Parents or legal guardians must sign the application card for children 17 years old and younger. Adult borrowers may use their card to check out material for children under their care and supervision. Children may use their card to check out materials except for videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs.

    At certain times, the library may place limits on the quantity of material borrowed by one individual or household so that the limited resources of the collections can be made available to as many borrowers as possible.

    Borrowing privileges may be suspended for cause or resumed for good reason at any point in the borrowing/fines/billing process.

    Stolen library cards must be reported to the library. The library will immediately invalidate the card.
    Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 7/16/03

  • Materials Selection

    Selection is a discerning and interpretive process, involving a general knowledge of the subject and its important literature, a familiarity with the materials in the collection, and awareness of the bibliographies of the subject, and recognition of the needs of the community.

    Criteria
    Literary merit; enduring value; accuracy; authoritativeness; social significance; importance of subject matter to the collection; timeliness; popular demand; cost; scarcity of material on the subject and availability elsewhere, quality and suitability of the format; other considerations may be applicable in specific subject areas. Selectors should choose materials that will build a well-rounded collection which includes all viewpoints and opinions and which will meet customers’ needs.

    Tools
    Selection tools will consist of professional journals; trade journals; subject bibliographies; publishers’ catalogs and promotional materials; reviews from reputable sources; lists of recommended titles; and sales representatives for specific materials. Purchase suggestions from customers are also an important source.

    Standard review sources include but are not limited to the following: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voya, Wilson Library Bulletin, New York Times Book Review.

    Scope
    The scope of the Haverford Township Free Library collection refers to the formats offered, the treatment, and the level of difficulty. Materials selected for the library collection are intended to meet the cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the residents of Haverford and to meet the requirements mandated to be an Area Resource Center Library. The scope of the collection is intended to offer a choice of format, treatment, and level of difficulty so that the most individual library needs can be met and service given to individuals of all ages, within current budget parameters and constraints. The library encourages the use of interlibrary cooperation to better serve the needs of its clientele by expanding available resources. The collection scope is intended to provide only supplemental materials for individuals pursuing educational programs and a beginning point for those seeking more advanced information or materials. The emphasis is on acquiring materials of wide-ranging interest to the general public. Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 3/19/03

  • Website Linking
    Linking to HTFL
    Haverford Township Free Library (HTFL) encourages and permits links to content on HTFL’s Web site, www.haverfordlibrary.org. However, linking should not (a) suggest that HTFL promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, political campaigns, Web sites, products or services, nor (b) use HTFL’s copyrighted information, logo, or trademarks, nor (c) use HTFL’s content for commercial or fundraising purposes. We would appreciate email notification to library@haverfordlibrary.org informing us of your link to our site.External Links
    Numerous external website links are provided on www.haverfordlibrary.org. Visitors to those sites are advised to check the privacy statements of each site and to be cautious about providing personally identifiable information without a clear understanding of how the information will be used. Links from HTFL to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by HTFL of the parties or their products and services.
    HTFL is not responsible for any content of any web or internet site that is not produced by HTFL staff members or volunteers. While HTFL makes every reasonable effort to assure that the websites linked from their site contain appropriate material, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. Parents or guardians should exercise discretion and control over their minor children in the latter's use of the Internet. Download the complete document here.

  • Weeding

    In order to maintain an up-to-date, useful collection, worn and obsolete materials are continuously weeded. Materials may also be withdrawn if they are little used or superseded by a new edition or better work on the same subject. Depth and breadth of varying degrees are desirable in various areas of the collection. The Collection Development Policy serves as a guide for weeding and maintaining the collection as well as for the selection of materials.

    Titles are withdrawn from the library’s collection through systematic weeding by selectors or because of loss or physical damage. Materials that are withdrawn because of loss or damage are reported to the appropriate selector who decides whether the item should be replaced using the same criteria as for selection. Other factors applicable when deciding on replacements include the number of copies of a title the library owns, the availability of newer materials on the subject, the importance of the work in its subject area, its listing in standard bibliographies, and its cost. Audiovisual materials that are withdrawn will be replaced in most cases with new, popular titles, as these collections are designed to meet current interest.

    Systematic evaluation and weeding of the collection is required of every selector in order to keep the collection responsive to customers’ needs, to insure its vitality and usefulness to the community, and to make room for newer materials. For this reason, subject areas should be reassessed for relevancy and currency every two years, at a minimum, although certain areas may require more frequent review.

    Weeding identifies damaged items, ephemeral materials that are no longer used, out-of-date materials, extra copies that are not being used, and materials that are inappropriate for the collection. Weeding also helps a selector evaluate the collection by identifying areas or titles where additional materials are needed, older editions which need to be updated, and subjects, titles, or authors that are no longer of interest to the community. Titles can be checked against standard bibliographies in the subject to see if the items have historical or literary value. Holdings that are readily accessible in other libraries may also be considered when making weeding decisions. Withdrawn materials that are in good condition will be put in the book sale. Materials withdrawn from the Reference collection that retain informational value may be transferred to the circulating collection, or offered to other libraries. Download the complete document here.

    Approved by the Haverford Township Free Library Board of Trustees 3/19/03

  • Wireless Access
  • Young Child

    In accordance with the HTFL Behavior Policy the following information regarding young children is important to note:

    Children under the age of 7 must not be left unattended on Library premises.
    When an unattended or under-attended child is disruptive, appears to be a danger to herself or himself, appears to be threatened by others, appears to be ill or upset, or has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing, library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department. In the event of an emergency, staff will call 911.

    Behavior Policy Addendum Concerning the Behavior and Supervision of Minors and Children’s Areas of the Library
    The Haverford Township Free Library welcomes children. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their child’s safety and behavior while in the Library whether the parent/caregiver is present or not. Library employees cannot function as caregivers, babysitters or act in a parental role. The Library is not equipped—and it is not the Library’s role—to provide long-or short-term childcare. The Library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision or safety of minors.
    For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or an older responsible individual must accompany children under age seven when they are using the Library. This responsible individual must supervise, guide and control the behavior of their charge or charges at all times.
    When a child is unattended or under-attended/ignored and
    the behavior of the child is disruptive or inappropriate (or)
    the child appears to be a danger to herself or himself or others (or)
    the child appears to be threatened by others (or)
    the child appears to be ill or upset (or)
    the child has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing.
    Library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department.

    Approved: 10/22/09

Please contact the library with any questions either in person or by phone at 610-446-3082 with any questions.