3D Printer Policy

3D printing is available by appointment only at this time as we still roll out pre-COVID services.

3D Printer Policy

The Sparta Library offers, as part of its “Space@Sparta” Makerspace, a Makerbot 3D printer. Patrons must be 10 years and older to use the 3D printer, and they (or, if they are under 18, their parents) must have signed and filed a liability waiver. They must also sign up for a training session.

Fees for the 3D printer:

Sparta card holders:

  • Training: free!
  • Printing: $2.00 per hour

Non-card holders:

  • Training: $3.00
  • Printing: $4.00 per hour

Sparta Public Library, Board of Trustees
Revised 11/17

Downstairs Meeting Room Policy

Downstairs Meeting Room Policy The downstairs meeting room is not available at this time as we still roll out pre-COVID services.
The Sparta Library offers a lower level meeting room for use by non-profit and business organizations in Sparta Township. It may not be used for social events (birthday parties, showers, etc.) The use of the room is free to non-profit organizations.
1. The organization or group, in signing the meeting room application, holds harmless the Sparta Library, et al., from any liability during the use of the room. A certificate of insurance must be presented to be kept on file with the Library.
2. The meeting room application form must be completed by an adult Sparta Library cardholder who will be attending the event, and must be submitted at least 7 days before the event.
3. The fee for businesses is $35 per hour, or portion thereof, and must be paid when application is submitted. Checks should be made out to “Sparta Library.” Returned check fee is $40.
4. Groups may reserve the room for a maximum of one meeting per month, ten per year. The room is available on a first come. First served basis.
5. The meeting room can accommodate 30+ chairs or 7 conference tables with chairs.
6. The following items are available for use in the meeting room: DVD player, flip chart (with markers), coffee urn (please supply your own coffee), lectern, and a Mac computer for Skype sessions. Projector and screen are available, but must be reserved at the front desk. There is no kitchen facility; light snacks (cookies, etc.) are permitted.
7. The group is responsible for cleaning and returning all materials to where they were found.
8. No smoking/alcohol is allowed in library or grounds.
9. No fee may be charged by any group to those attending any function in the room, and no sales, games of chance, or raffles may be conducted.
10. The Library reserves the right to charge a fee of $35 if the event is cancelled without 24 hours’ notice. The library also reserves the right to cancel any event due to inclement weather.
11. There will be a fine of $50 charged if the room is damaged or not cleaned.
12. Event attendees must restrict their activities to the designated room in the lower level of the library.
13. Children may not be left unattended when parents are attending an event in the meeting room.
14. Library policies and hours must be observed at all times.
15. Permission to use the meeting room is granted by the Library Director, and does not imply the Library’s endorsement of any group or its program.
16. The Library does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, creed, ancestry, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.
Library Hours:
Mon–Thurs 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 8:00 pm          Sparta Library
Saturday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm      Board of Trustees
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Approved 9/15
Summer Hours:
Saturday 8:30 – 1:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Upstairs Meeting Room Policy

Upstairs meeting room policy The upstairs meeting room is not available at this time as we still roll out pre-COVID services.

The Community Meeting Room is designed to be used by small, not-for-profit groups or individuals who need a space to meet on a non-regular basis. For example, this might include, but not be limited to, scout troops with adult supervision, college interviews (for Sparta students), or book groups.

Groups may reserve a meeting room for a maximum of one meeting per month and up to three months in advance. Each reservation is limited to a four-hour period. The meeting room may not be used by profit-making ventures or by representatives of profit-making companies and/or organizations to advertise or sell their goods or services. The meeting room may not be used by individuals or groups for social events.

The room can accommodate up to 10 people, is available during normal library business hours, and must be scheduled in advance. Applications may be obtained from the main office.  The person who applies for the room must possess a Sparta Library card and must attend the meeting. The meeting room is considered reserved when the applicant receives approval.  Approval does not signify endorsement by the library. The library requests notice if the reservation is cancelled.

Groups or individuals who abuse the room or its equipment will not be allowed to use the room again, and will be liable for replacement or repair costs. All use of the room is at the discretion of the Library Director.

A TV and DVD player are available for instructional purposes.  A MAC computer is also available for Skype sessions and test taking.


Sparta Library Board of Trustees
Approved 11/09

Notary Public Service Policy

The Sparta Public Library provides notary service, free of charge to  Sparta Library cardholders. The fee for notaries for non–residents is $2.50 per signature.

This service is available to anyone, provided that they produce a valid form of identification bearing their signature and current home address.

Notaries Public employed by the Sparta Library reserve the right to refuse service if they deem requests to notarize are inappropriate or illegal.

Notarizations may not commence within 20 minutes before library closing time.

Copying, Scanning, and Faxing Policy

The self-service photocopier (with scanning feature) and fax machine are for the convenience of the public. There is a .10per page fee for the copier, .20 for duplex copies. Faxing is free for Sparta Library cardholders who present their card at the front desk. For all other faxing, there is a charge of 1.00 per page for the first five pages, .50 per page thereafter.  There is a $1 per page charge to all individuals for International Faxes.

There is a limit of ten (10) minutes per copying, scanning, or faxing session. This is to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to use these services. In addition, although there is no fee for scanning or faxing, the library does pay for this service and reserves the right to restrict session time.

General Policies

Books are checked out for two weeks (except for adult fiction books which are 3 weeks) and may be renewed 3 times if the item is not on hold.

Video games are checked out for one week and can be renewed one time.  There is a limit of 10 video games per card.

DVD’s are checked out for one week if they have a NEW sticker and may be renewed once if the item is not on hold. All other DVD’s are checked out for two weeks.

Fines: $.10 a day late fee for most items in the Library. $1 a day late fee is charged for new DVDs.

For replacement: DVD/CD/Video cases: $1.00. Tape or CD from book on tape, cd set, or cd insert in book: $1.00. Lost library cards: $2 Books, Videos, DVDs, CDs: $20.00.Circulating basket: $10.00 (They cost over $15.00 to replace!), paper backs $5.00 and magazines $1.00 replacement.

We do NOT accept material replacement for lost items (i.e., mom offers to go and buy a paperback for our hardcover copy of a title–NOT a fair replacement) Also, we have to factor in the time it takes to reorder, catalog, prepare and shelve the replacement item.


In Town Membership: free for adult and children ages 5 and up.
People who work in town
: membership is free.
Out of Town Membership:
Full year, $75; Seniors (65+with ID) $40; Six months $40; Three months   $20

Full-year and Senior memberships are good for one year from date of purchase and are renewable for the same fee.

Behavior Policy

In consideration of the rights of others, the library reserves the right to remove any patron who exhibits improper behavior on library property (i.e., disruptively loud or offensive language; disregard for library property; unruly or offensive behavior; and misuse of library equipment, i.e., damaging materials, accessing inappropriate or illegal material on a public computer, etc.)

Removal will come only after a patron has been given fair warning that his or her behavior constitutes grounds for removal. In defining what is “fair warning,” library staff will approach the offending patron(s), advise that the exhibited behavior is improper, and ask that this behavior be halted or modified. If the behavior continues, the patron will be told to leave the premises. If the offending party does not leave the premises, the police will be called to remove the party. Any damages resulting from improper behavior will be billed to the responsible party.

Borrowing Policy--Lost or Late Items

If a patron presents a card with any lost items or with a fine of $10.00 or more, the patron’s borrowing privileges are suspended until the items are returned and fines paid, or the item replacement fee has been paid.

Cell Phone Use Policy

The Sparta Public Library is aware of the need to “stay in touch.” However, ringing cell phones and personal phone conversations can be distracting and disturbing to others. Therefore, in response to numerous complaints by patrons, the following policy is effective immediately:

  • Library patrons should make all calls in the main or lower level lobbies of the library. When receiving an incoming call, patrons should move to one of these places to take the call.
  • Library patrons should use the silent signal function as the alert for incoming calls. Patrons who do not have the silent function should turn the audible signal to the lowest volume.

Closing Policy

In an effort to facilitate the closing and securing of the Library building, the following closing policies are in effect:

1. No new library cards will be issued within 10 minutes of closing.

2. Computers will be turned off 10 minutes before closing.

3. Storage items may not be retrieved within 10 minutes of closing.

4. No notarizations may take place within 20 minutes of closing.

Library staff reserves the right to make exceptions to the above, should it be deemed necessary.

Communicable disease policy

This is a resolution to address widespread communicable disease mitigation.  Safe guards should continuously be in place to keep the spread of illness at a minimum within the library.  If there is a case of a local wide spread communicable disease then the library director, with consultation with health organizations and governing bodies, is empowered to make decisions regarding the mitigation of the spread of said illness.

If the township believes that closing public buildings is in the public’s best interest the library will respect that decision and close as well.  Directives from larger encompassing governing bodies would be respected as well.  In general, this as seen as a most drastic measure and board members will be consulted before such a decision is made final.

Conduct in the Library

The following activities are not permitted in the library:

a. Use of cell phones

b. Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear it.

c. Smoking.

d. Carrying a weapon into the library unless authorized by law. Any patron authorized to carry a weapon must notify library staff that s/he is carrying a weapon in the library.

e. Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a patron with a disability.

f. Misusing restrooms (i.e., using as a laundry or washing facility)

g. Leaving a child under the age of 7 unattended in the library without the supervision of a parent or guardian.

h. Talking loudly, making noise, running, or engaging in other disruptive conduct.

i. Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with the library personnel’s performance of their duties.

j. Display of materials on public computers that may be construed to be offensive by community standards.

k. Shoes and shirts must be worn.

Library privileges may be limited for the following reasons :

a. Damaging library property.

b. Stealing library materials.

c. Threatening or physically harming patrons or staff.

d. Disrupting other patrons’ use of library facilities and/or resources.

Overdue Item Fine Policy

The Sparta Public Library overdue fine is $.10 per day, per item. There is a maximum fine of $2.50 per item. This policy applies to books, books on CD, periodicals, older DVDs, children’s and instruction videos, and musical compact discs.

The overdue fine for new DVDs is $1.00 per day, per item, to a maximum of $10.00.

The overdue fine for the Kindle device, Nook, Sony-e-reader, iPad, Flip video camera and game systems is $5.00 per day, per item, to a maximum of $20.00. The overdue fine for videogames is $3.00 per day to a maximum of $15.00.

The maximum fine per return of standard items, regardless of number of items returned, is $10.00 per each date of return.

Tutoring Policy

Tutoring is not available at this time as we still roll out pre-COVID services.

The Sparta Library has a dedicated space in the lower level for tutors and their students to meet. There is a limit of three tutors in the room at one time, with a limit of two students each. Preference will be given to tutors or students who are Sparta Library card holders in good standing.

The Tutoring Room is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let staff at the front desk know that you are tutoring so that we can open the room, and can be aware that you are in the building. We cannot accommodate tutoring in a space other than the Tutoring Room. Please note that, for security reasons, the door to the room must remain open at all times.

The hours that the Tutoring Room will be available:

Please note, due to a lack of meeting space, if the library has another program scheduled for the room than the room will not be available for tutoring that day.

Monday-Thursday, 3:00-7:00 pm

Friday 3:00-4:00 pm

Sparta Library

Board of Trustees

Approved 5/18

Internet Use Policy

Public access to the Internet is available to all users of the Sparta Public Library on selected computers in the reference room. The Library makes the Internet available to the public as an information and educational resource in support of our role as the community’s information and lifelong learning center.

Consistent with our mission and the professional principles of public librarianship, the Internet Use Policy affirms the safeguarding of First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom, equity of access, confidentiality of information about users and their use of all library resources including electronic, and individual responsibility. The Library affirms the following principles and user rights as delineated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights in Cyberspace.

Electronic information, services, and networks provided by libraries should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.

Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to information available via electronic resources because of its controversial content or because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation.

Information retrieved or utilized electronically should be considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

Responsibility for, and any restriction of, a child’s use of the Internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardians.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet. Not all the information available via the Internet is accurate, current, or complete. Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet.

Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view, and images can be found on the Internet which are controversial, divergent, and/or inflammatory. The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary which may be found on the Internet.

The Internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching. Library staff has attempted to identify on the Library’s home page specific starting points for searches and links to sources on the Internet which are consistent with the Library’s mission and roles. However, because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images, and commentary beyond the confines of the Library’s collection, mission, selection criteria, and collection development policies. Because of this and the fact that access points on the Internet can and do change often, rapidly, and unpredictably, the Library cannot protect individuals from information and images which they might find offensive or disturbing.

Since the Library computers on which the public can access the Internet are located in public areas which must be shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities, individuals are asked to consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Library staff cannot consistently and effectively monitor the public’s use of the Internet. The Library, however, reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images which cause a disruption.

Users are cautioned that, because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files, and communication are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use and therefore should be considered public.

Parental Responsibility and the Internet
Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to family values and boundaries with their children and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

To assist parents, the Library has made available on-line the pamphlet “Child safety on the Information Highway,” published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which includes “Guidelines for Parents” and “My Rules for on-line Safety.” Parents are encouraged to review this information with their children.

User Responsibilities
All users of the Internet are expected to use this library resource in a responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the purposes for which it is provided, and to follow all Internet-related rules, regulations, and procedures established for its use including, but not limited to, those of the Library. Responsible, courteous use of the Internet includes:

Recognizing that the Internet, like all of the Library’s information resources, must be shared and used in a manner which respects the rights of others and refrains from activity which prevents others from using it.

Using the Library’s Internet resources for educational and informational purposes only.

Refraining from using the Library’s Internet resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage in a commercial activity such as s distribution of advertising.

Refraining from illegal or unethical use of the Internet.

Respecting intellectual property rights by making only authorized copies of copyrighted, licensed, or otherwise controlled software or data residing on the Internet.

Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; and by not seeking disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet.

Refraining from damaging or altering the set-up of the equipment used to access the Internet at the Library.

Refraining from damaging or altering software or data residing on the Internet.

Refraining from the deliberate propagation of computer worms and viruse.

Refraining from the transmission of threatening, harassing, or abusive language and images.

Observing the time limit, if other patrons are waiting.

Compliance with Library Policy and Guidelines
In addition to this specific policy, general guidelines for the use of all public excess computers govern the use of the Internet in the Library. Violation of the policies and regulations which govern the use of the Library’s Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

Staff Assistance
Staff will assist library users in getting started on the Internet. Time permitting, staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching. Staff can also provide information about training opportunities, books, and manuals.

The Library is not able to offer E-mail accounts to Library users.

Adapted from the Internet Policy of the Princeton Public Library 1996