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Membership & Use of Library Facilities
The library users of Clare are entitled to clean, comfortable, and safe surroundings when selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending programs and meetings. To this end, the library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of library patrons and staff, and for preserving and protecting the library's materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds.
Registration costs are as follows:
Photo ID and proof of address must be presented when
Borrowers will need to present their library card, or another form of valid ID, when borrowing books or other items from the library and when registering to use an Internet PC.
Membership is valid for one year from date of registration
and must be renewed on the due date. All overdue items must be returned
and outstanding fines paid before membership is renewed.
Pre-school children and students at primary and secondary
level are entitled to free membership. There is no lower age limit for
children wishing to join the library. Children may transfer to adult membership
when entering secondary school. Pre and primary school children need to
have their membership forms signed by a parent or
Senior Citizens can avail of free membership.
Fines must be paid on overdue items. However, this can easily be avoided by returning your books on time or renewing them at any library, by phone or on the website (providing they are not required by another borrower). An item cannot be renewed more than three times. Adult borrowers with excessive fines will be prevented from borrowing until outstanding fines have been reduced.
Members may reserve books, and renew books already on loan to them, by telephone, on the Web via the library's online catalogue service, or by calling to the library. Adult borrowers can have six reservations on the system at any one time.
Books not available through Borrowbooks may be requested from the British Library. A charge of €10 applies to each book borrowed from the British Library. Interlibrary loans obtained through either the British Library or Borrowbooks may not be renewed without first contacting the home library for permission. Please contact your local library if you wish to renew an interlibrary loan.
Good behaviour is expected from children at all time while in the library. Parents/Guardians are expected to take responsibility for the behaviour and safety of children they bring to the library.
If in a school group, their teachers or supervisors are expected to maintain acceptable levels of behaviour.
Clare County Library cannot take responsibility for children and cannot provide supervision of children left unattended in the library. Children, while unattended in the library, could become lost, sick, distressed, leave the premises, or be at risk of approach from strangers.
Children under the age of eight years must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the library. This is for the child’s safety. If a young child is left unattended in the library, the staff will attempt to contact the parents or guardian asking them to come and collect the child. If a child under the age of eight continues to be left unaccompanied in the library, the Gardaí will be contacted.
Likewise, if a young child is left in the library after closing time, the librarian in charge will attempt to contact the parent/guardian. If no one has arrived to collect the child within 30 minutes, then the police will be called.
Library staff cannot completely control what material children borrow and it is the parents/guardian’s responsibility to be aware of the child’s use of resources.
Children are welcome to use the Internet when accompanied by a parent, guardian or teacher. As is the case with all other library materials, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the child's parent or legal guardian.
If a minor misbehaves, a letter will be sent to the parent or guardian describing the problems and warning them of the consequences. A minor who continues to cause a disturbance in the Library will not be permitted to use the library unless a parent or guardian accompanies and supervises the minor while he or she is in the library.
Individuals who cause repeated disturbances in the library will have their Library privileges revoked or restricted.
If the stock security alarm sounds when people are leaving the library, they are asked to return to the library desk so that their books may be re-checked.
Please ensure that you allow yourself sufficient time to check out library materials before official library closing time.
Smoking is not permitted in any library building or within 6 metres of a window or doorway.
Mobile phones should be put on silent when in the library. Please do not hold a conversation on your phone while in the library.
iPods and other devices must only be used at low volumes so as not to disturb other library users.
Eating or Drinking is not allowed on library premises.
Dogs and other animals, with the exception of guide dogs, are not permitted in the library.
Damage includes returning a book in soiled condition,
or returning a hardback book without its cover. The front and back inserts,
the CD/DVD box and any accompanying booklets are considered to be an integral
part of any CD/DVD. Any CD/DVD returned with missing
Lost or damaged items may not be replaced by new copies from the Borrower.
Use of library premises for non-library events
For events which are not organised by Clare County Library, it is necessary for the organisers to provide proof of public liability insurance, indemnifying Clare County Library to the amount of 6.4 million euro.
Use of the facilities by individuals and commercial organisations or businesses is not normally permitted.
All applications to use library buildings must be made in writing to the library.
Notice Boards in libraries
Use of these facilities by private organisations, individuals or businesses is not permitted, with the exception of those involved in education and culture.
Only library material may be photocopied on library photocopiers. Readers are reminded that the copying of material is permissible only under certain conditions in accordance with the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.
Use of study areas