Policies L-Z

  1. Lending to Residents With Decertified Libraries

    The Board of Library Trustees adopts the policy on reciprocal borrowing established by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Residents of communities whose libraries do not meet the State’s Minimum Standard for Public Library Service (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 19B 1 and 6) are not granted borrowing privileges at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library.

  2. Meeting Room Operating Policy & Application

    The Paul Pratt Memorial Library has six meeting rooms. Learn more about meeting room capacities and room use rules.

  3. Patriot Act Statement

    The Board of Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library endorses in general principle the “Freedom to Read” and “Library Bill of Rights” statements of the American Library Association. The principles set forth in these documents declare that the freedom to read is guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and that free expression and access to ideas must be protected. Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 78, Section 7) states that data revealing “the identity and intellectual pursuits” of a library patron “shall not be a public record.”

  4. Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records

    The Paul Pratt Memorial Library (“PPML”) Board of Trustees adheres to the principles set forth in the American Library Association’s Policy on the Confidentiality of Library Records, its Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information, and the Code of Ethics. These principles espouse that privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought and free association; and, that the intellectual pursuits of patrons using library resources should not be subject to the scrutiny of others.

  5. Policy on the Public Use of Library Meeting Rooms

    The Paul Pratt Memorial Library permits Cohasset organizations and individuals to utilize the library’s meeting rooms.

  6. Retention Policy for Library Records

    The Paul Pratt Memorial Library (“PPML”) is committed to protecting the privacy of patron information that is not considered a public record under Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 78, section 7.

  7. Safe Child Policy

    The library attempts to provide a safe environment for children of all ages. Yet, because the library is a public building, parents and caregivers should use discretion in determining when their children are mature enough to use the library unsupervised.

  8. Service for People with Disabilities

    Service for People with Disabilities Providing equitable access for persons with disabilities to library facilities and services is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, applicable state and local statutes and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) civil rights legislation. The trustees and staff of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library are committed to providing equal library access for all. To every extent possible, the library’s resources and services are accessible to individuals with hearing loss, vision loss, physical limitations and intellectual challenges. Please visit our Equal Access for All webpage to see a complete list of services provided. Adopted by PPML Board of Trustees, July 12, 2017

  9. Wireless Internet Policy

    The Paul Pratt Memorial Library provides unfiltered wireless Internet access to patrons equipped with their own portable computing devices. Compliance with the Library’s Internet Policy, which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library’s Internet service, is required.

  10. Workplace Hostility and Violence Policy

    The Board of Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library maintains a zero tolerance policy toward workplace violence, or the threat of violence, by any of its employees and the general public. All employees and visitors to the library must be afforded a safe and comfortable environment that is free from all types of hostile behavior and violence, and one which is in compliance with local, state and federal laws.