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Give light and people will find the way. —Ella Baker

Union Parish Library policies and procedures are designed to help the library operate effectively and efficiently.

Your Library Hours

Monday-Friday (8:00-5:00); Saturday (8:00-12:00); Closed Sundays and
State/Federal Holidays. Online catalog/databases available 24 hours per day.

Becoming a Patron

If you live in, own property in, or attend school or work in Union Parish, you are eligible to receive a library patron card. To apply, complete an application and present proof of your address, school, or business. Children enrolled in First Grade or older may obtain a card in their name with parental permission. You must be 17 or older to obtain a library card without parent/guardian signature. Union Parish Library honors Trailblazer card holders. Replacement cards will be assessed a $1.00 charge.

Patron Behavior

General guidelines for good conduct must be followed by all patrons including the following: no smoking, eating, drinking, no pets (exception: seeing eye dogs), no sleeping, no loitering, no cell phones, no loud conversations, or crude language. Telephones are restricted for public use.

Book/Media Fines

Books or other material are loaned for two-weeks (14 days). A fine of .5 per day per book/movie will be assessed to patrons beyond this period. Patrons may be blocked from using computers or checking out new materials if fines exceed $5.00. Books may be rechecked out online or by calling the library for an additional two weeks. Patrons are expected to pay for materials that are lost, stolen, or damaged. Overdue items not returned after 90 days are considered to be lost.

Interlibrary Loan

Books may be borrowed from other libraries for patrons after a history of good borrowing practices has been established. Books may not be requested from other libraries for 6 months after obtaining a card.

Books on Reserve

Books may be reserved from the online card catalog in the library, by phone, or from home. Once these materials are available, the patron is notified and the items are placed for a three-day-pick up period.

Deposit Books

Your library carries a selection of books that require a deposit to check out such as test preparation (GRE, RN, Civil Service, GED, etc.) These books are made available upon request and require a deposit depending on the book that is returned upon receipt of the books. Fines for late fees are .50 per day and will be taken from deposit.

Mobile Office Services

Charges for use of copier machine is .20 per page, .30 for double-sided page. Faxes may be sent for a charge of .50 per page. Items can be lamindated for .50 per item. Use of the printer from a computer is a charge of .25 per page. Disks for downloading materials from public access computers may be purchased for a fee of $1.00

Public Access Computers

Patrons may be limited to 30 or 60 minute time limit depending on the purpose of their computer use. Users are not allowed to pursue unlawful activities online including hacking. Users must not give out personal information while online. Manipulation of computer hardware or software is prohibited. Transmission or downloading of material in violation of state or federal laws including the following is prohibited: Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may be reasonably construed as obscene. In order to protect children from harmful images and inappropriate materials, public access computers under federal law are required to have a filter that prohibits specific websites and downloads. The use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications is prohibited. Any patron caught violating these restrictions can be banned from computer use.

Meeting Room

The meeting room can be reserved for community organizations. No food or drink may be served in the meeting room. An application is provided for groups to complete prior to use.

Children’s Policy

Children under the ages of 12 should not left unattended with the exception of children attending planned programs for them such as the summer reading program. If a child under 12 is left unattended or if a teen 13-17 is in the library during school hours, a policy will be followed to contact parents and school officials.