Tombstone City Library

Tombstone City Library

Library Policies

  1. Any Cochise County resident or dependents, as well as winter visitors to the Tombstone area, may use library services after filling out the proper form, and providing any three of the following proofs of identification:
    • Rent receipt
    • Utility receipt (homeowners)
    • Post Office box receipt
    • Fort Huachuca I.D. (food stamp card etc.)
    • Current driver's license
    • Voter registration proof
    • Other acceptable I.D.
    • A barcoded library card will be issued to people who qualify under paragraph 1.
    • There will be a charge for any replacement barcoded card if your barcoded library card is lost.
    • Patrons without their barcoded card will not be permitted to take library books, video tapes, audio tapes or other library items out of the library.
  2. Post office box numbers are acceptable addresses only if resident's street address is given also. Renters without phones must give their landlord's, employer's, or a near relative's name and phone number.
  3. Adult cards will be issued to those 18 or older. Juvenile cards may be issued to those 17 or younger if a parent will sign the appropriate forms assuming responsibility for children's books, fines, and other items.
  4. Patrons may check out five (5) books, two (2) videos, or three (3) audio tapes at one time. Please check with the librarian for excess requirements.
  5. Some books, i.e. Reference books, and books which show "severe aging" will be excluded from being checked out of the library, but may be read only in the library.
  6. School students using the Arizona Collection for term papers or other research please check with the librarian.
  7. Unless otherwise specified, books may be checked out for a period of two (2) weeks. They may be renewed for two additional weeks in person or by phone. Videos may be checked out for four (4) days and may be renewed for an additional four (4) days. Audio tapes may be checked out for two (2) weeks and may be renewed in person or over the phone for an additional two (2) weeks.
  8. Books may not be renewed more than twice, which is a six (6) week period.
  9. Arizona collection books may not be renewed.
  10. If a book is on the reserved list it may not be renewed until it is removed from the reserved book list. Then it may be checked out once more.
  11. New Adult patrons may check out only one Arizona Collection Book at a time. After a six (6) month period, they may check out more books at a time.
  12. A fine of five (5) cents per day (excluding weekends and holidays) will be charged for books or audio tapes overdue. A charge of the replacement value of the book or audio tape will be charged if the book or tape is lost, destroyed or mutilated beyond use.
  13. A fine of twenty five (25) cents per day (excluding weekends and holidays) will be charged for videos overdue. A charge of $25.00 will be made for videos which are not returned, are mutilated or destroyed.
  14. Patrons may not check out books, audio or video tapes or other materials from the library until all overdue fees are cleared in full.
  15. Patrons will lose their library privileges if the library (city) property is damaged or destroyed. The library privileges may be reinstated after reimbursement is made to the library and/or the city.
  16. In general and subject to periodic change, as well as the librarian's discretion, reimbursement for lost, destroyed, or mutilated books, tapes or videos, will be as follows:
    • A processing and handling fee of $5.00
    • Mass market paperbacks $ 4.00 minimum
    • Adult hard cover books $20.00 minimum
    • Econoclads $ 7.00 minimum
    • Juvenile hard covered books $10.00 minimum
    • Deluxe illustrated $50.00 minimum
    • Audio tapes $15.00 minimum
  17. The librarian will research replacement prices on specialized materials such as circulating reference books or cassette tapes or video tapes and will advise the patron as to cost and amount due the library.
  18. The library staff will be required to call the Tombstone Marshals office for assistance if any patron or visitor, visiting the library disturbs or frightens or drives away any patron because of his or her appearance, or presence, or whom the library staff have reason to think might create a liability hazard of any kind for the city or the library.
  19. No food or drinks may be consumed in the library, except in designated areas, and at designated times.
  20. Controversial materials:
    1. The Tombstone City Library attempts to provide materials with a diverse view on a wide range of topics. Some of this material may be offensive to individuals and/or groups because of perceived profanity, social, economic and/or political ideas, religious viewpoints, or information provided etc. The library does not approve or endorse any particular viewpoint. The intent instead is to provide materials with which each person may make up his or her own mind. The library, following the guidelines of the American Library Association, allows access of all library materials to all age groups. If parents wish to restrict their children's access to certain materials, the parents must take this responsibility themselves.
    2. No attempt will be made by the library staff to exclude from any one, any library materials.
  21. Gifts of books, video tapes, audio tapes, maps, paintings or other materials are accepted with appreciation, but also with the understanding they may be used or disposed of as the library sees fit. They are accepted with no restrictions or instructions as to their disposition. Evaluations for tax purposes are not given, but the librarian will provide a receipt if the donor can advise the library staff of the gift's reasonable value.
  22. Every effort will be made to accommodate patrons with disabilities.
  23. This policy will be posted in the library at all times for review of our patrons.

Rev 1-7-92

Rev 1-8-97