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Borrowing Privileges

The Library is free to all for computer use, browsing, reference, and program attendance.  To borrow materials you must register for a library card.This must be done in person at the library.

Free cards are available to all Rockport residents and taxpayers, to all who work in Rockport, and to all children and students in Knox and Waldo Counties. Proper ID verifying residency is required.

Nonresident cards are available for a $15 annual fee for individuals, $25 for families, and $10 for short-term visitors. Proper identification required such as a valid driver's license, or photo ID and proof of mailing address.

You have one week to pick up items ordered through our interlibrary loan program. After one week the item will be sent back to the lending library. This is a state wide policy.

Library Cards
Loans and Renewals:

Books, magazines, audio- books, DVDs, and ukuleles circulate for a two-week period. Items may be renewed two times unless another borrower has requested the item.  You can request renewals in person or by telephone and get an immediate confirmation. If you request by email  to, we will reply to confirm the renewal or let you know that the item cannot be renewed. You can also renew your borrowed items online.


Patron Behavior Policy of the Rockport Public Library

Approved by the Library Committee 3/22/18.

To ensure that all people who use and work at the Rockport Public Library can do so in a comfortable and safe environment, the Rockport Public Library reserves the right to determine what it considers to be disruptive or inappropriate behavior by the patrons in the Library.  In order to ensure that every patron has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Library, patrons visiting or using the Library’s facilities or services must comply with the Rockport Public Library’s Behavior in the Library Policy while on the Library’s premises. 

Dangerous, destructive, or illegal conduct, will not be tolerated:

Any patron engaging in disruptive, inappropriate, dangerous, destructive or illegal behaviors will be instructed to leave the Library immediately and may have his or her Library privileges suspended for a period of up to one (1) year depending on the severity of the violation.  In addition, law enforcement may be called and appropriate legal action may follow.

Engaging in any of the above behaviors may result in one or more of the following consequences, depending on the severity of the violation:
  • Initial warning.  
  • Library privileges suspended for one day.
  • Library privileges suspended for seven days.
  • Library privileges suspended for up to one year.
  • Depending on the severity, time may be determined at the discretion of the Library Director or Deputy Director.
Patrons who are suspended from the Library for a period exceeding one day may petition to have their suspension reviewed by the Director.

Please inform Library staff if you observe anyone behaving in a suspicious or inappropriate manner. Thank you.

Fine Free Policy of the Rockport Public Library

Adopted by the Library Committee at an open public meeting on 9/19/17.

As of October 1st 2017 the Rockport Public Library will no longer fine patrons for overdue materials.
This change in policy will:
  • Provide more friendly service
  • Facilitate the return of library materials by removing the fear of having to pay a fine
  • Encourage use of the library by those who might be worried about past fines
  • Streamline library procedures
Are you really doing away with overdue fines?
Yes, we just want people to borrow items from the library and then bring them back so others can use them.

How does this new policy work?
We will send notices regarding overdue items. If items become three weeks overdue, borrowing privileges will be suspended until the items are returned, or the replacement cost for the materials is paid.

Won’t you lose lots of money or materials if you don’t have overdue fines?
We believe materials will be returned more promptly when people aren’t worried about being fined. The amount of money generated by fines isn’t great and while its loss will be noted we feel the benefits outweigh the financial loss.

What happens if I don’t bring my books or other items back?
Your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the materials are returned. If an item becomes three weeks overdue, we will consider it lost and send you a bill for the replacement cost.

If I lose a book or other materials, how long do I have before I’m charged for it?
After an item is three weeks overdue, we consider it lost and will send you a bill.
What is the cost for lost materials?
It varies by item.  The library purchases materials for the benefit of the entire community.  If an item is lost, we will charge the cost to replace that particular item so it can be made available to others again.

What about old fines I still owe?
We are waiving all fines, even past ones.

What about old fees that I still owe?
Fees for lost books are still on your account. Please come in and talk to us – we can work it out.

Does your fine-free policy also include Interlibrary Loan items?
Yes, but keep in mind that interlibrary loaned materials are subject to the reminder schedule and billing procedures of the lending institution.

Library Code of Ethics

The Rockport Public Library follows the mandate of American Library Association's Code of Ethics, which states the following:

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.

  1. We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
  2. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
  3. We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
  4. We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.
  5. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.
  6. We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
  7. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
  8. We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.

Adopted at the 1939 Midwinter Meeting by the ALA Council; amended June 30, 1981; June 28, 1995; and January 22, 2008.

Computer Use Policy of the Rockport Public Library

 Adopted by the Library Committee at an open public meeting on 4/4/16.

The Rockport Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available through the internet, and specifically disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, usefulness or fitness of the information for a particular purpose.
Further, the Library assumes no responsibility for and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising from the use of its electronic resources, or connections to other internet resources. 
The Rockport Public Library provides public access to the Internet via terminals that are located throughout the building. The Library reserves the right to limit the use of these public access workstations. The Library’s electronic resources may be used only for purposes that are legal and consistent with the Library’s mission. Library users may not use public library Internet stations for unlawful purposes or to view illegal content.

Illegal activities or activities that interfere with or disrupt the network, users, services or equipment are prohibited. The library does not routinely monitor public computers, but reserves the right to do so when a violation of this policy or illegal activity is suspected. Staff is authorized to take immediate action to protect the security of computers and the network and to enforce the following rules. This includes confiscating any removable media, requiring a user to leave a computer or the premises, and contacting law enforcement authorities.

You are responsible for complying with copyright law, licensing agreements and the policies of individual websites that you view.

To make internet access available equitably and to ensure that its use is in accord with all applicable laws, the Library has established the following policies and procedures:

 1.  The Library reserves the right to limit the use of this electronic resource by the public.  Such limitations may include, but are not limited to:
  • restricting time on computers and limiting applications or functions used on the computers;
  • charging a nominal fee for the use of certain consumable supplies such as printing and portable devices
 2.     The Library’s electronic resources may be used only for purposes that are legal and in accord with the proper operation of the library.  Unacceptable uses (some of which may be illegal) include, but are not limited to:
  • Intentional exposure of other individuals to material or graphic images that they (or their parents or guardians) may find personally unsuitable.
  • Harassment of other library users or staff.
  • Unauthorized access to files, data, or passwords of others.
  • Unauthorized copying or downloading of copyright-protected materials.
  • Violations or attempts to violate computer system security.
  • Damaging or attempting to alter computer equipment.
  • Hacking or other unlawful activities.
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
  • Use of a workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose, including viewing content such as child pornography or obscenity.
3.    Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Compliance statement. To be compliant with CIPA the Rockport Public takes the following steps:
  • To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.
  • Specifically, as required by the CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene and/or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
  • Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
4.     Parents concerned about their children’s use of the electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines for their children. The Library does not have the right to act in loco parentis. The following are recommended guidelines for parents and guardians to ensure their children have positive online experiences:
  • Use the Internet as a family. Join your children in Internet exploration.
  • Inform your children about the appropriate use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.
  • Instruct children NEVER to give out personal information online.
If parents wish their children under 18 years of age to have internet access at the Rockport Public Library, they must sign a user agreement for each child.  Parents have the option of granting either unrestricted access or access only when a guardian whom they designate is present in the Library.

Unattended Children Policy of the Rockport Public Library

Approved by the Rockport Public Library Committee 10/8/04.

One of Rockport Public Library's primary goals is to encourage library use by children and to instill a love of books, reading and learning. We want to believe that our library is safe for everyone; however, the library is a public space and library staff cannot assume the role of parents, caregivers or guardians by supervising children.

For the protection of children, and in the interest of all library patrons, we adopt the following policies:

Children under the age of eight should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver while in the library.
Children under the age of six and older may be in the children's room without a parent of caregiver provided that the children can behave appropriately while unsupervised, but children should not be left unattended in the children's room for extended periods of time, including when parents or caregivers use the library's computers.

If a child is left unattended in the library, and a parent or caregiver cannot arrive by the time the library closes, staff will contact the Rockport Police Department to escort the child home or oversee the child until a parent or guardian can be reached.

Animals in the Library Policy of the Rockport Public Library 

Approved by the Library Committee 7/20/17

Because animals in the library are incompatible with the essential purpose of the library to serve as a quiet research and study facility, it is the library's policy not to allow persons to bring animals into the library with the exception of a service animal accompanying a person with a disability.
A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. In other words, not only must the service animal be a dog, but the dog must be trained to perform specific tasks – “the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”

While on Library’s property a service animal shall be under the control of its handler. Usually this means the service animal must have a harness, leash, or other tether. Anytime a service dog is behaving in a manner incompatible with the essential purposes of the library, the library will immediately require that the service dog be brought into conformity or leave the library.
Incompatible behavior includes:
  • barking
  • urinating/pooping on floor
  • running away or otherwise leaving the side of the owner
  • biting or other threatening actions such as growling, teeth bared, lunging on others besides animal owner
  • damaging property of the Library or others
Anyone bringing a service dog into a library may be asked the following questions:
  1. Is this animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task is this animal trained to perform?