Seal of the Town of Huntington

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Current as of April, 2009

Section 48  Library Materials

The purpose of this bylaw is to discourage the theft of library material (s) and property as defined in (1990 MGL 266-99, 99-A-100) from the Huntington Public Library which may occur through negligence or intent, and the destruction or vandalism of the building, property, or contents, as defined in (1990 MGL 266-99, 99A-100).  It is the express intent of this bylaw to recover legal costs or replacement or repair of the stolen or damaged materials (s), or property plus penalty.

Definition of Library Material and Property as stated in (MGL 266-99): “Library Materials and Property”, any book, plate, picture, portrait, photograph, broadside, engraving, painting, drawing, map, specimen, print, lithograph, chart, musical score, catalog card, catalog record, statue, coin, medal, computer software, film, periodical, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, document, manuscript, letter, archival, material, public record, microfilm, sound recording, audio-visual material in any format, magnetic or other tape, pate recorded, film, projector or other machinery or equipment, electronic data-processing record, artifact or other documentary written or printed material regardless of the physical form or characteristics which is a constituent element of the library’s collection or any part thereof, belonging to, on loan to or otherwise in the custody of the library.  Library materials and property shall include the walls, wainscoting, or any part of the library, or any other building or room used for library business or the appurtenances thereof, including furnishings.

3.  Any person or persons found to be in violation of the Standard Library Return Policy shall be in violation of this bylaw and shall be liable for a penalty of $250.00 per item plus the replacement value of each item under these conditions:

a).   The Huntington Public Library clearly displays its return policy at all times.

b).   The items to be lent or charged be clearly marked as to the return dates and

c).   This bylaw is inclusive of equipment and materials not meant for public loan or charge.

Any person or persons convicted of vandalizing material(s) or property (MGL 266-100) belonging to, or part of, the Huntington Public Library shall be liable for the repair and/or replacement and any other costs incurred and a penalty of $250.00 per vandalized item.

4A.  Vandalism of premises interior and exterior and definition:

Library Premises interior and exterior are such as but not limited to, grounds, structures or equipment.  Any person or persons convicted of vandalizing the premises interior and/or exterior of the Huntington Public Library shall be in violation of this bylaw and shall be liable for the repair and/or replacement and any other costs incurred and a penalty of $250.00 per vandalized item.

The Library Board of Trustees have the authority to proceed with any legal action deemed necessary beyond the bylaw as stated in (1990 MGL 266-99, 99A-100).

Should any one part of this bylaw be judged as not legal the rest shall remain.
(ATM 5/05/1998)