Library rules

*Updated to January 13, 2017

Donations

The Chelsea Library thanks you for your donations of books and audiovisual materials. 

The library accepts donations of books with publication date of 2012 or latter only. 

The library also accepts DVDs.

We are happy to consider donations for our collections using the same criteria used when buying new materials. 

Donations that are not included in our collection will be given to another institution, recycling or sold to add to our materials acquisitions budget. 

We do not issue tax receipts for donations of used materials.

Museum Passes

With your library card you may borrow a museum pass and borrow your way into some of Canada’s premier museums:

·          National Gallery of Canada

·          Canada Aviation and Space Museum

·          Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

·          Canada Science and Technology Museum

·          Canadian Museum of Nature

·          Ottawa Museum Network

·          Canadian Museum of History

·          Canadian War Museum

Any member in good standing may borrow one (1) pass at a time (limit of one pass per library card).  

Members cannot reserve a pass for the same museum more than once a month (exception: once every three months for the Canadian Museum of History).

The loan period is from Wesnesday through Tuesday.

Passes must be returned in person or deposited in the return box. If a pass is returned late, future reservations will be canceled.

Reservations can be made in person, by telephone at 819-827-4019, or by email at bibliotheque@chelsea.ca. Reservations may not be made through the online library catalogue.

If a reserved pass has not been picked up by Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. another member may borrow it for the remainder of the loan period.

There are no waiting lists for the reservation of passes. Consequently, if you have reserved a pass but find that you will not be needing it, please call to cancel your reservation.

We encourage all borrowers to return passes as soon as they have finished using them to allow others members to borrow them for the remainder of the loan period.

The fine for a lost pass is $25.00.

Snowshoes

Any member in good standing may borrow one (1) pair of snowshoes at a time (limit of a pair of snowshoes per library card).  

Members cannot reserve snowshoes more than once a month.

The loan period is from Wesnesday through Tuesday.

Snowshoes must be returned clean, dry and in good condition.

Reservations for snowshoes can be made in person, by telephone at 819-827-4019, or by email at bibliotheque@chelsea.ca. Reservations may not be made through the online library catalogue.  Please specify size: small (child); small (adult); medium (adult) or large (adult).

If reserved snowshoes have not been picked up by Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. another member may borrow them for the remainder of the loan period.

There are no waiting lists for the reservation of snowshoes. Consequently, if you have reserved snowshoes and find that you will not needing them, please call to cancel your reservation.

We encourage all borrowers to return snowshoes as soon as they have finished using them to allow others members to borrow them for the remainder of the loan period.

Borrowers who return snowshoes late will not be permitted to borrow them for the balance of the season. This will apply to other family members as well.

The replacement cost for lost snowshoes will be $75.00 (children) and $200.00 (adults).

No further loans of any kind will be permitted until accounts are settled.

Gatineau Park Cross-country Ski Pass

Any adult member (13+) in good standing may borrow one (1) pass at a time (limit of one pass per library card).  

Members cannot reserve a Gatineau Park pass more than once a month.

The loan period is from Wesnesday through Tuesday.

Passes must be returned in person or deposited in the return box by midnight on the following Tuesday to be available when the Library opens on Wesnesday. If a pass is returned late, future reservations will be canceled.

Reservations can be made in person, by telephone at 819-827-4019, or by email at bibliotheque@chelsea.ca. Reservations may not be made through the online library catalogue.

If a reserved pass has not been picked up by Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. another member may borrow it for the remainder of the loan period.

There are no waiting lists for the reservation of passes. Consequently, if you have reserved a pass but find that you will not be needing it, please call to cancel your reservation.

We encourage all borrowers to return passes as soon as they have finished using them to allow others members to borrow them for the remainder of the loan period.

The fine for a lost pass is $ 25.00.

Meredith Centre Fitness Centre 2016-2017

With your library card you may borrow, a fitness pass to the Meredith Centre Fitness Centre. 

The pass includes access to a dedicated weight room, a stretching room, and a cardio room equipped with an assortment of cardio training machines. When the Yoga Room is not in use for classes, Fitness Centre visitors can use this room for stretching, yoga and body weight exercises.

The pass is valid for 1 person (13+).

Any adult member (13+) in good standing may borrow one (1) pass at a time (limit of one pass per library card).  

Members can only reserve a pass every three months.

The loan period is from Wesnesday through Tuesday.

Passes must be returned in person or deposited in the return box by midnight on the following Tuesday to be available when the Library opens on Wesnesday. If a pass is returned late, future reservations will be canceled.

Reservations can be made in person, by telephone at 819-827-4019, or by email at bibliotheque@chelsea.ca. Reservations may not be made through the online library catalogue. 

If a reserved pass has not been picked up by Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. another member may borrow it for the remainder of the loan period.

There are no waiting lists for the reservation of passes. Consequently, if you have reserved a pass but find that you will not be needing it, please call to cancel your reservation.

We encourage all borrowers to return passes as soon as they have finished using them to allow others members to borrow them for the remainder of the loan period.

The fine for a lost pass is $ 25.00.

Library card

Every resident of Chelsea is entitled to free membership in Chelsea Library.*  Members are issued a bar-coded library card to be used when borrowing library materials.  Your library card identifies you as a member of the Library and using it avoids the possibility of error in checking out books.  You are responsible for all items
borrowed on your card.  Do not lend it to another person.

If your card is lost or stolen a fee of $3.00 will be applied to issue a new one.

*In rare circumstances such as major unpaid fines, books not returned and not reimbursed, or seriously inappropriate behaviour, a person may be barred from Library membership

How to get a Library card

Come to the Library during open hours and bring proof of residence (hydro or telephone bill) and photo identification (driver’s licence, health card or student card). A driver’s licence will fulfil both requirements.

Borrowing

You are responsible for everything borrowed on your card. This includes responsibility for the timely return of all items in the condition in which they were borrowed, as well as for payment of late fees (fines) and replacement and cataloguing costs for lost or damaged materials. Parents are responsible for all materials borrowed by their minor children.  With a few exceptions, all materials borrowed from the Library are on loan for a period of 3 weeks.  The loan period may be extended (renewed) three times.  There are no renewals permitted for periodicals, for inter-library loans or for materials which have been reserved by another member. Museum passes are on loan for one week only and may be reserved by telephone.  A maximum of 10 items (any combination of materials) may be borrowed at one time, including items which have been previously checked out and renewed items. You may use the Town Hall drop-off box to return books when the Library is closed.  The drop-off box is located behind the Library at the side entrance to the municipal offices.

Reservations

Any item in the Chelsea Library collection which is currently in use may be reserved. You will be notified by telephone as soon as it becomes available. If the item is not picked up within one week of the notification it will be passed to the next person on the reservation list or returned to the shelves.
 

Interlibrary Loans

Books may be borrowed by special request through interlibrary loans. Once notification has been made, the book must be picked up promptly and may not be renewed.
 

Book Returns

You may use the Town Hall drop-off box to return books when the Library is closed. The drop-off box is located behind the Library, at the side entrance to municipal offices.

Overdue Items

All materials which are past the return date and which have not been renewed are subject to late fees (fines) of 5¢ per item per day to a maximum of $3.00 per item. Fines are applied only for days when the library is open.
 

Lost and Damaged Items

Any item more than three months overdue is considered lost. 

Replacement costs include :  the current price of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee.

Materials which have suffered more than normal wear and tear, eg. materials which are dirty, sticky, marked, water damaged, mouldy, torn, chewed or otherwise defaced and which in the judgement of Library staff cannot be loaned again, must be replaced as if they were lost.

The client will incur a charge of $ 20 to replace a lost museum pass.

Library Conduct

Chelsea Library offers the community a quiet, welcoming environment in which to read, study, learn and discover.  Except for special events and activities, members and visitors are expected to speak softly. If you must use a cell phone please step out of the Library into the hall. Parents or care-givers are responsible for the behaviour of their children. Children must not run or climb or be left unattended.  Library staff are unable to supervise them and provide for their safety.

Consideration for others results in a positive experience for all.

Computers 

Chelsea Library is a wireless environment. You may use the Library’s free high-speed wireless Internet connection on your laptop computer.

There are eight (8) computers available free of charge for research and word processing.  The cost for printing and photocopying is 20¢ per page

Children under twelve who wish to use the computers must be accompanied by a parent. A child 12 to 14 years old must have a signed
permission from his/her parent.

Sample: 

I, _________________________, give permission to use the Library computer to my son/daughter, __________________ , aged ____ years.

Date: _______Signature ____________________

 

It is forbidden to visit websites featuring pornographic or hate material or other unlawful content.

If you wish to be assured of the use of a computer at a specific time, you may call ahead and book it for a maximum of 60 minutes.

If all computers are in use and people are waiting, you must limit yourself to 60 minutes.

Please enjoy the many services your library has to offer.