The Library will use its display and exhibit
areas for library publicity, community events, and information
of a broader interest (such as national holidays, celebrations,
etc.). The library will accept display material from patrons
provided it meets the above criteria, and at the discretion of
Display cases inside the library shall be
locked at all times. However, the library is not responsible for
loss or damage to materials being displayed.
The primary goal of the Galax-Carroll
Regional Library is to guarantee to the people of the community
free and easy access to materials needed for information,
educational, and recreation through a combination of resources
and services. Collection development includes the selection,
organization, and provision for accessibility and viability.
Collection development is based on a community profile
describing the population with special attention to the unique
needs of children and young adults.
As a public library in a democratic society,
the GCRL is responsible for maintaining a well-balanced
collection representing, where possible, all sides of issues.
Inclusion in the collection does not represent an endorsement of
any idea, theory, or policy. The Library Bill of Rights, Free
Access for Minors, The Freedom to Read, and the Freedom to View
Statements from the American Library Association are the basis
for this policy.
Selection refers to the decision that must be
made to add material to the collection or to retain material
already in the collection. The Director operated within the
framework of the policies determined by the Library Board and
in-turn delegates the responsibility of selection of materials
and the development of the collections.
The Library welcomes from the public recommendations for
purchase, but cannot guarantee purchase of any suggestion.
Responsibility for the reading of children and adolescents rests
with their parent, guardian, or responsible adult. Library
materials are not marked or identified to show approval or
disapproval of the contents.
All acquisitions whether purchased or donated,
are considered by the standards listed below. An item need not
meet all the criteria in order
to be acceptable.
Decisions to acquire materials is made on basis of such factor
1. Quality of writing
2. Contemporary significance or permanent value
3. Reputation and significance of the author, editor,
illustrator, or publisher
4. Availability and relationship of subject matter to the
5. Potential and/or known demand by public
6. Suitability of format for inclusion in a circulating
7. Budget considerations
An item need not meet all criteria to be included
in the collection.
The following are some of the selection aids
2. Computer in Libraries
3. Library Journal
4. New York Times
5. Roanoke Times
6. School Library Journal
7. Publisher's Catalogues
Maintenance of Collection
Additional copies of an item (in various formats) will be
provided based on user interest, budget, and availability of
similar items already in the collection.
Items will not automatically be replaced because of loss or
Weeding and Inventory
Periodically items will be reviewed in an inventory or weeding
process to remove badly worn and/or outdated materials. The
resulting discards may be disposed by means of a book sale.
Items will be accepted on the conditions previously stated with
the understanding that the Library may accept or dispose of said
item in whatever manner deemed appropriate. Memorial gifts of
money will be accepted at the discretion of the Library Board.
Personal property, art objects, portraits, antiques, and other
items may not be accepted, but may be referred to the Matthews
Museum or the Carroll County Historical Society Museum.
Reconsideration of Library Materials
Once an item has been accepted as qualifying
under the Library's selection policies, it will not be removed
at the request of those who disagree with it unless it can be
shown to be in violation of the policy. The Library Director and
designated staff are available to discuss the interpretation and
application of these selection principles.
Persons who wish to challenge an item from the collection must
complete a written response from supplied by the Library. A
request will be considered only if the complaint is properly
A written reply by the Library Director shall be made within
three working days. If the Library Director's response does not
resolve the complaint, the complainant may proceed with the
complaint by requesting a hearing with the Regional Library
A hearing must be held within two weeks after it is requested.
The decision of the Board on the matter is final.
GCRL meeting rooms are available to local
non-profit organizations for meetings. The use of the meeting
room must be cleared with library staff by completing an
application from and placing the meeting on the calendar of the
The library makes charges $5.oo for the use of the meeting room
if no food is involved, $10.00 if refreshments are served. This
is a cleaning fee.
Application forms, signed by a representative
of the requesting organization or individual, must be submitted
to the library one week in advance for the use of the meeting
Groups that meet the same day each month may book the meeting
room for the entire by listing each date on the application
form. These groups must complete a new application form at the
beginning of each year.
Library sponsored programs will receive first
priority after which other applications will be considered on a
date received basis.
When a meeting is postponed or cancelled, the library must be
given a 24 hour notice.
Groups using the meeting room when the library is closed must
have a representative pick up a door key no earlier than two (2)
days before the scheduled meeting. This person must sign a key
pickup record with his/her name and phone number (not the name
of the organization president or sponsor).
Equipment to be provided by the library must be requested in
advance of the meeting, preferable at the time of application.
The organization must provide a qualified person to operate
equipment or make arrangements with library staff.
Groups using the meeting room are responsible for maintaining
Any damage to library premises or equipment as a result of a
group's use must be paid for by that group.
The library is not responsible for private property used on
library premises for demonstrations, exhibits, etc.
Smoking is not permitted in the library. This includes the
the following equipment for in library use in order to better
fulfill the needs of the patrons:
A TDD phone for the hearing impaired (located at Carroll County
Public Library). This can be used for both incoming and
Electronic Magnifier, which will enlarge reading material for
the visually impaired (located at Carroll County Pubic Library).
Copier for public use. Patrons may make five (5) copies
from reference materials for free. All other black and
white copies are
$0.20 each. Copies made on both sides of the paper are
counted as two (2) copies and charged at $0.40 each. Color
copies are available at $.50 each side.
Computers - GCRL provides computers for public use.The charge for printing
is $0.10 per page for black and white.