Lebanon Library Policies

Lending/Circulation Policy

  • Most materials are checked out for three weeks and may be renewed twice by telephone, in person or on the internet via your patron account.
  • Current issues of magazines do not circulate, but are available for in-library use. Back issues may be checked out and renewed twice.
  • Puppets may be borrowed for three weeks but only two per card because they are in high demand. These items may be renewed twice as well.
  • Audiocassettes and CDs circulate for three weeks and may be renewed twice.
  • DVDs and videos circulate for seven days and may be renewed twice.
  • Paperbacks on the south wall are available for a three week period based on the honor system. Please let the circulation staff know the number of paperbacks you are taking as it adds to our circulation statistics.
  • Items on a waiting list may not be renewed.

Book Return: To accommodate our patrons’ busy schedules we have provided two book returns, one outside and one inside. The outdoor book return is located on the outside of the building to the left of the main entrance. This book return is open continuously for the convenience of our patrons. Inside the Library, a drop slot is located at the lower end of the Circulation desk to secure your returned items.

When returning our items inside the library please feel free to ask a staff member to discharge your materials when you return them, and provide you with a receipt.

Reserves: We will be glad to place a Reserve on any item within the county at no charge. Reserves can be placed for you at a circulation terminal. As a courtesy, please call the library if you want to cancel a reserve because other patrons may be waiting for the same materials.

Interlibrary Loan
If a needed item is not located within the county, we will place an Interlibrary Loan request for you. Audio-visual materials and items added to a library’s collection within the previous six months generally cannot be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Please note that items borrowed from outside the county may not have three week loan period and must be returned on or before the lending library’s due date. There may be a charge for this service depending on the lending library’s policy.

Patrons will be notified when materials arrive, and they will be held for one week. The Library will charge patrons a postage fee (to return the item back to the library it was borrowed from) if they do not pick up a requested item.

Overdue Charges:

Books: $.25 per item per day
Audiocassettes: $.25 per item per day
CDs: $.25 per item per day
Puppets: $.25 per item per day
Pamphlets: $.25 per item per day
Magazines: $.25 per item per day
Videocassettes: $1.00 per item per day
DVD’s: $1.00 per item per day
Interlibrary Loan items: $1.00 per item per day

DVD/Videocassette Policy

  • Anyone with a valid library card may borrow DVDs or videocassettes.
  • There is a limit of 10 DVDs and videocassettes per patron per card. (The number of videos includes all items checked out at Lebanon County libraries). Those videos must be returned before borrowing others.
  • DVDs and videos are loaned for 7 days. There is a $1.00 charge for each day a DVD or video is overdue.
  • DVDs and videos may be renewed twice for an additional 7 days (per renewal), by telephone, in person or on the internet via your patron account.
  • DVDs and videos may be returned in the circulation desk drop box or in either outside book return.
  • All DVDs and videos are inspected before being reshelved. If a DVD or video appears damaged, please notify the library; do not attempt to use it.
  • If a DVD or video is damaged while on loan, the borrower will be charged for the replacement cost.
  • Remember to adjust the tracking on your videocassette player if the picture appears fuzzy.
  • The heads on your videocassette player should be cleaned as recommended in your owner’s manual. Dirty equipment can cause poor picture quality and possible damage to the videocassette.
  • The library is not responsible for any damage that might occur to your DVD player or videocassette player when using a video borrowed from the library.

Lost or Damaged Items
If items checked out to you are lost or damaged beyond repair, you are responsible for their replacement costs and any overdue fines incurred. Accounts can be settled at the Circulation desk, where arrangements can be made for payment.

The card you have received creates a permanent record in the Library’s database. Please let us know as soon as possible if your name, address or other information changes, or if your card is lost or stolen.

Internet Use Policy

Lebanon County Library System

Internet and Public Computer Usage

Conditions of Use:

*    Users must have a valid library card and PIN.

*    A visitor’s pass is available to non-resident county patrons.

*    Patrons owing $5.00 or more or having overdue books are blocked from usage.

*    Individual users are responsible for the validity and accuracy of information acquired on the Internet.

*    Our Libraries are CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) compliant and all computers are filtered.

*    Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children.

*    Be aware when using a public computer personal information (SS#, banking. etc.) may not remain private.

*    The Library System expressly prohibits any use of computers for illegal activities or to access material containing or making reference to explicit sexual material as defined in 18PA C.S. 5903, is obscene, contains child pornography or is harmful to minors. The Library reserves the right to terminate a computer session.

*    The following practices are prohibited: violating the computer system integrity including tampering with hardware or software; storage of personal data; violating software license agreements and copyright laws; use of personal software; violating another user’s privacy; use of computer for the promotion of illegal activities; hacking; uploading, downloading or creation of computer viruses.

*    Printing must be pre-paid with a maximum of $20.00 on the account. Balances cannot be refunded.

*    The user accepts responsibility for damage to equipment beyond normal use.

*    When time allows the Library staff can assist with basic navigation. However, due to staffing shortage patrons can not plan on getting assistance and should have a basic knowledge of technology.

*    Users must observe time limits and any other procedural guidelines set by individual libraries for Internet use.


Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Lebanon County Library System in March 2006. Updated June 2009. Updated 2014.

Local library policies:

Annville Free Library:
Third Party Media: Due to computer system protection, downloading or uploading material from (or to) CD’s, Thumb drives, floppies, etc. is not possible.
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet.

Lebanon Community Library:
Chat Rooms are prohibited.
Violation Penalties: First violation leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Access is allowed for 2 hours in 60 minute blocks. Time on any computer is not guaranteed as it can be affected by volume or other situations.

Matthews Public Library:
Removing of privacy screens is prohibited.
No more than 2 youth at a PC at a time.
Violation Penalties: First violation leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Myerstown Community Library:
Children Restrictions: Patrons under the age of twelve must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using the internet.
Prohibited Use: Chat Rooms, news groups, list-serves and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) are prohibited.
Violation Penalties: First violation: leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Palmyra Public Library:
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet. b. No more than 1 youth at a PC at a time.
Violation Penalties:
First violation: Warning and immediate loss of Internet use privileges for 24 hours.
Second Violation: Loss of Internet use privileges for 90 days.
Third violation: Loss of Internet use privileges for minimum of one year. Check library policy for appeal procedure.

Richland Community Library:
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet.
Violation Penalties:
First violation: Warning and immediate loss of Internet use privileges for 24 hours.
Second Violation: Loss of Internet use privileges.

Guidelines for Library Behavior
Patrons of the Lebanon Community Library deserved to find our facility a peaceful, comfortable, pleasant and safe place to read, study, browse or work. Our goal is respect for the rights of all users, so we ask your cooperation with the following guidelines.

  • Shirt and shoes must be worn.
  • Food, beverages and smoking are prohibited.
  • Noisy, rowdy or otherwise disruptive behaviors – including running, fighting and roughhousing – are unacceptable.
  • Tables and chairs may not be rearranged. Sitting on tables or placing feet on tables or chairs is unacceptable.
  • The Library’s telephones are for staff use only. A public pay phone is located at the bus stop across the street.
  • Destruction or defacement of library materials or property, or any other disturbing, threatening or potentially criminal behavior will be referred to the police.

The Library’s security guard or any staff member has the authority to enforce these policies. Failure to follow these rules will result in expulsion from the library. If anyone refuses to leave the library after being requested to do so, the Lebanon Police Department will be contacted.

Unattended Children Policy
To parents (or legal guardians)
We welcome your children in the library, but feel we must establish guidelines for their safety while in the building.

  • Every child has the right to use the library and is assumed to be a patron in good standing unless proven otherwise.
  • Orderly behavior is required or the child will be asked to leave.
  • Children age six and under must be accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager.
  • The library takes no responsibility for children left unattended, except in the case of library-sponsored programs, and then only for the time the children are actually attending the program.
  • If the child cannot be picked up as planned, please make other arrangements and notify the library.

The library tries hard to provide a safe environment for your children. We need your cooperation in the making their experience a pleasant one.