Mission, Vision & Policies
It is the Mission of the Fayetteville Free Library to provide free and open access to ideas and information.
- Individuals and groups in the Fayetteville community will have their information needs met so that they can fully participate in the life of the community.
- Individuals will utilize library services and resources for enlightenment and entertainment.
- Individuals will find free, diverse, accessible and up to date materials, resources and technologies.
- Individuals and groups will be welcomed in a pleasant and safe environment for instructional, informational and entertaining experiences.
Library cards are free of charge to borrowers with proper identification, which includes photo identification and proof of address. Children must be accompanied by a parent with proper identification. Individuals may apply for a card online or in person at any Onondaga County public library. A valid Onondaga County Public Library card can be used at any public library in the County. The library must be notified of lost or stolen cards and changes of address. An OCPL library card or identification with name and address is required to sign out materials. Borrowers are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials borrowed on their children's cards.
The standard loan period for most FFL materials is three weeks. The standard loan period for most FFL DVDs and videotapes is one week. Materials borrowed from any library in the Onondaga County Public Library System may be returned to the Fayetteville Free Library unless subject to special local restrictions. Likewise, materials borrowed from Fayetteville Free Library may be returned to any library in the Onondaga County Public Library System unless subject to special local restrictions.
Renewals are allowed twice on most items unless another patron is waiting for them or they are subject to other special restrictions. Patrons may renew online, in person, or by telephone by dialing 637-6374, ext. 1.
Rapid Read Items:
Rapid Read books have a one week loan period. Rapid Read CDs have a one week loan period. Rapid Read DVDs & Video Games have a three day loan period. Rapid Read items cannot be renewed and do not have a grace days. These items must be returned to the Fayetteville Free Library.
Fines are 20 cents per item per day for all overdue materials. Maximum fines on magazines, paperbacks, teen and children’s print materials are $2 per item. A $5 maximum fine charged on all other materials. Fines will be forgiven if the item is returned within the grace period of three days of the due date. Patrons may have no more than $5 of outstanding fines/fees on their account to borrow materials or use library services.
It is the Fayetteville Free Library’s policy not to waive fines. Fines incurred in error by the Library or due to special circumstances may be appealed by submitting a Fines Appeal Form at the Circulation desk. Contesting a fine does not guarantee waiver but does allow for further evaluation of the fine in accordance with our policy and procedures.
The book drop may be used to return all library materials. The book drops is conveniently located in the circle at the entrance to the library parking lot.
Holds may be placed on items in person, by phone or online. Patrons have five days to pick up materials after notification by postcard, email or telephone. There is no charge for this service. Patrons may manage their account transactions, including holds and renewals, remotely with a valid PIN number.
All gifts, including books, materials and other equipment may be accepted according to the Library's Collection Development Policy. The Library reserves the right to refuse any gift and to dispose of donations as appropriate.
The selection and retention of all materials for the library's collection is the responsibility of the Executive Director and the professional staff. The established criteria for all materials selection in all fields include, but are not limited to, actual and projected demand, authoritativeness, clarity, literary merit, entertainment value, historical significance, timeliness, acceptable format, and budget considerations.
Reconsideration of Library Materials:
The choice of library materials by patrons is an individual matter. While a person may reject materials for himself, he may not restrict access or exercise censorship for others. Recognizing that a diversity of materials may result in some requests for reconsideration, procedures have been developed to assure that concerns are handled in an attentive and consistent manner. Community members who chose to submit a Request for Reconsideration of Materials form may find it helpful to review the Library Bill of Rights before doing so.
In addition to standard print, media and online holdings, the library maintains four distinguishing special collections: the Rapid Reads collection, the Local History Collection, the Motto Sheet Music Collection, and The Arts & Crafts Movement Memorial Collection.
Patron & Information Services:
It is a priority of the FFL to bring the library’s resources and potential users together through a variety of services. Professional reference service will be available throughout the building during regular open hours.
A reference transaction is an information contact which involves the knowledge, use, recommendations, interpretation or instruction in the use of one or more information sources. The reference staff serves as a link between information and library resources and the patron.
Exhibits & Displays:
As part of its information mission, the library provides information through both displays and exhibits provided from the library's own collections and/or services or through those of not for profit community groups. This use is intended to increase public awareness of the range of information and opportunity available in the library and the community. Flyers, brochures and posters for non library activities and information dissemination must be approved by the Executive Director or designee prior to displaying in the library.
Internet access is available throughout the library. Please refer to the Library's Internet Policy for procedures and rules related to patron use of technology in the library.
Meeting rooms are available for use free of charge by not-for-profit community groups and organizations. For profit groups and/or individuals may reserve the space according to the libraries' meeting room policies and fee structure. All reservations must be scheduled in advance in person, by phone or by email.
Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved ahead of time.
The Fayetteville Free Library has been designated as a Tobacco Free Property by the Onondaga County Tobacco Free Initiative. Smoking is not allowed on library property.
Food & Beverages:
Food and beverages are allowed only designated spaces.
Patron Code of Conduct:
The Patron Code of Conduct is to be observed by all library users and enforced by all library staff, in order to allow patrons of the Fayetteville Free Library to use its facilities and programs to the fullest extent.
The library has a disaster plan in place that includes emergency plans and procedures to inform and guide staff in the face of facility, medical and/or life threatening emergencies.
The safety of children left alone in a public library building is a serious concern. Librarians, staff and volunteers are not responsible for children who are unattended.
Incidents & Accidents:
All library staff is trained to recognize incidents and accidents and are prepared to submit documentation if a situation requiring reporting and follow up occurs during their shift.
Fayetteville Free Library is exempt from payment of the New York State and local sales and use tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
We work hand in hand with our talented community members to bring classes, programs, materials and services to our community! If you are interested in getting involved and sharing your skills, knowledge and passions with your fellow community members, download an application to volunteer at the FFL, or call us at (315) 637-6374 ext. 2 for more information.
Public Financial Support:
The Library's principle source of financial support is the local school tax referendum which is approved annually by voters in May. There may be additional funds including State Aid, cash grants, operational fundraising, gifts and investment interest.
Freedom of Information:
As a private not-for-profit 501c3, and a NYSED-chartered free association library, the Fayetteville Free Library is not subject to FOIL. View the FFL's Access to Records Policy.
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