Library General Policy

1. Objectives

The Tarpon Springs Public Library has been established by Chapter 10 of the Tarpon Springs Code of Ordinances to provide “… a free library and reading room to the inhabitants of the city.”

The objectives of this service are to develop a collection of materials, the space, staff and programs that will meet the immediate educational, informational, cultural and recreational interests and needs of the varied and growing population.

To accomplish this purpose, the Library’s goal is to acquire books, sound recordings, video recordings, online databases, and other new formats, when available and appropriate, in a quantity recommended by state and federal standards and in a ratio that reflects the different groups of library users.

Additional materials, as required, will be obtained through the Pinellas Public Library Consortium and the OCLC interlibrary loan system. Materials are selected in accordance with the Library’s Materials Selection Policy, Library Bill of Rights, and Freedom to Read policy of the American Library Association.

A Vision for the 21st Century; Standards for Florida Public Libraries will be the optimum goal in all areas. These are Leadership and Funding, Personnel, Access, Materials and Collections, Services, Facilities, Cooperation and Resource Sharing, and Community Relations.

2. Who May Get a Library Card

A resident of one of the member cities of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative or the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County is entitled to a free library card. Patrons not living within an area participating in the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative may purchase a one-year membership for $100.00 per household.

Visitors may obtain a six month card for $10 for use at the Tarpon Springs Library only. Pinellas Public Library Cooperative visitor cards are also available for use at all PPLC member libraries. Prices for a PPLC visitor card are as follows: $25 for up to 90 days, $50 for 90 to 120 days, and $100 for over 120 days.

Picture identification with name and current local address are required to register. Acceptable forms of identification include a current valid Florida driver’s license or identification card, current tax or utility bill, long-term lease or deed for property in the Cooperative area, voter’s or vehicle registration, and other appropriate identification.

Cards issued for children under 14 require the signature of a parent/guardian.

Reciprocal borrowing agreements exist with St. Petersburg College and several counties. Contact the library for details.

3. Circulation

New books may be borrowed for 14 days.

Other books, including audiobooks, may be borrowed for 28 days.

DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days.

Music CDs and magazines may be borrowed for 14 days.

Materials may be renewed three times if not in demand by other patrons.