MAXWELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Director - Katy Benson
Youth Services Librarian - Rose Burdick
Story Time Librarian - Sally Wnuk
Library Assistant - Rena Brower
Library Technology Clerk - Rafat Azad
Holiday Closings - 2013
Tuesday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 18 - President's Day
Saturday, May 25 - Saturday before Memorial Day
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day
Saturday, August 31 - Labor Day Weekend
Monday September 2 - Labor Day
Wednesday, November 27 - closing at 5:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve
Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas
Thursday, December 26 - Day after Christmas
Tuesday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve
Board of Trustees Meetings - 2013
The Board of Trustees meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Community Room, with the exception of Monday holidays. No meeting in July or December.
Tuesday, January 22 - Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 19
Monday, March 18
Monday, April 15
Monday, May 20
Monday, June 17
July - no meeting
Monday, August 19
Monday, September 16
Monday, October 21
Monday, November 18
December - no meeting
Your OCPL Library Card
Your OCPL library card can be used at any public library in Onondaga County.
At Maxwell Memorial Library, patrons need a valid library card in order to check out materials, and to use the public computers for Internet access.
Library cards are offered free of charge.
To obtain a card, patrons must present photo identification with their name and current address, OR a combination of current photo ID and a second piece of identification that verifies their name and current address, such as a recent utility bill or tax receipt.
We ask that children under twelve be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain a card, and they must be able to write their first and last name.
Cardholders are responsible for use of the card, unless it has been reported lost or stolen to the library.
When patrons have a PIN attached to their card, they have the capability of accessing the OCPL website from any location to access reference databases, view their account, place items on reserve, and renew items they have checked out.
The Library asks that you have your library card with you when you visit, or call, the library.
Loan Periods, Renewals, Fines & Lost Charges
With the exception of popular film titles, all materials are checked out for three weeks.
Patrons may have up to fifty items checked out on their card, with up to ten of those items being media, i.e. VHS tapes and DVDs.
Items may be renewed twice providing there are no reserves, or other special restrictions on them. Renewals may be done in person, by phone, or through the OCPL website.
Renewals cannot be done by e-mailing the library.
Overdue fines of 25¢ per day per item are assessed on items which are more than one day late. The maximum overdue fine per item is $10. For lost or severely damaged items, the account is charged with our replacement fee. Fines schedules may vary between suburban member libraries.
Accounts with unpaid fines and/or other charges of $50, and above, will be turned over to the library’s collection agency, Unique Management Services, Inc. This includes unpaid fines on returned items.
A service charge of $10 will be added to the account balance.
An overdue notice is mailed to your home address when an item is two weeks late.
A final notice is mailed two weeks after that.
Borrowing privileges, including using the Public Internet access computers, are suspended when the balance on the card reaches $5.00, or more.
Reserves and Inter-Library Loans
Patrons may request items that are not available at the library be sent from another library in the OCPL system be sent to Maxwell Library.
Patrons can be put on a waiting list for popular titles.
When a requested item arrives, we ask that the item be picked up within three library business days.
Items not available at any library in the county may be requested through a special Inter-Library loan. This has to be done at the Main Desk. When these items arrive, they may be checked out for a for a period of time determined by the lending library.
They must also be returned to the library from which they were checked out.
Internet Policy at Maxwell Memorial Library
To use the library's public computers for internet, word processing, research or purposes other than accessing the OCPL catalog, you must present a valid OCPL library card and have fines under $5.00.
For people without an OCPL library card, there is a 15-minute computer with access to the internet as well as to the OCPL catalog but with no printing.
No card is required to use the 15-minute computer, and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A timer will automatically close your session after 15 minutes.
Maxwell Library's internet connection is an informational and educational tool.
Our ISP is provided free of charge by Time Warner Road Runner. The browser is the most current version of Internet Explorer. The library has three computers dedicated to public internet access. In addition, one of the public computers (#3) is set up with JAWS technology for reading the computer screen aloud to those with vision impairment.
You may check out a headset or bring your own. If you are not famililar with this software, please make an appointment with the STARS department of the Central Library to learn how to use it; for more information, call 435-1876.
Public internet computer #3 also has the software needed to check out digital audiobooks and download them directly to your MP3 player.
Free wi-fi access is available for people bringing their laptop computers to the library. No library card is needed. Ask at the Main Desk for the current wi-fi password, and then make yourself comfortable at a table, in the study, or in one of the big leather chairs. You may check out a lap desk, as well
Wireless users agree to the library's policies for internet use.
Since the Internet contains some information and services that may not be appropriate for minors, parents and guardians of children should determine how they use the Internet. The Library provides Internet access equally to all library users.
Only parents and guardians, not the staff, may restrict children from access to the Internet or other library materials.
Library patrons will avoid the following uses of the Library's technology resources
Users are reminded that the Library's computers are located in public areas that are shared with patrons and staff of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities.
We ask that patrons respect the rights of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images.
Personal software programs or applications cannot be used on our public computers, nor are they set up for games, chatrooms, or instant messaging.
There are no speakers, but users may bring their own headsets to plug-in for sound.
When using email and word-processing programs, be aware that you will not be able to save photos, documents, etc. to the library's computers. Please bring a disk or a USB drive (also called a flash, jump or thumb drive) to save items for later use or to attach them to an email. The library may also have drives available for sale at cost.
Sign in at the Main Desk - a valid OCPL library card, or photo ID, is needed.
Sessions are for up to one hour per day on the Library's computers.
Reservations may be made by phone.
Sessions may be scheduled on a walk-in basis, if a computer is available.
Internet computer time concludes fifteen minutes before closing.
The library staff reserves the right to close any Internet session at its discretion.
The library has purchased four ereaders, three Amazon Kindles and a Barnes & Noble Nook. After Labor Day, 2011, we will be ready to start checking them out to Maxwell patrons for a three week period.
For adults, we are downloading best-selling titles. And for students, we’ve downloaded titles from the required summer reading list. Titles, along with library policies for ereader use, are posted on our website and in the library.
Each time you check out an ereader, you will be asked to read and sign a user agreement. To check out an ereader, you must be 19 or older. You will need to present your own valid library card and a picture ID (such as a driver’s license or state ID) each time. Your account must not have fines above $5.00 or other blocks.
School-aged children and teens who are Maxwell patrons may check out an ereader using a parent’s valid library card and ID; the parent must be present and sign the agreement.
Ereaders must be returned to Maxwell Library in person. Do not return them in the book drop, or you may end up with damage fees! Ereaders cannot be renewed, but they may be reserved in advance.
You may ask library staff a day in advance to check out a particular title from the digital catalog for either ereader ; fulfillment of your request depends on availability of that title.
You may ask the library director a day in advance to buy a title for either ereader.
The director will consider the request in view of availability, budget, and other factors.
Save that thought!
Sometimes Maxwell patrons are dismayed that documents cannot be saved to the library computer.
We urge you to bring in your own disk or USB drive (the latter is also called a thumb, flash or jump drive) so you can save your document for use later.
We’ve also purchased a few 2GB drives (that’s a lot of storage!) so that we can sell them to patrons at our cost, $6.00 each.
Printing is $ .25 per page.
Copyright 2012 Maxwell Memorial Library.
All rights reserved.
Created Sept. 30, 2003
Updated May 22, 2013