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Library Policies

  • Books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for an additional two-week period unless the item is on hold for another patron.
  • Patrons may not have more than 25 items checked out at a time.
  • Only adults (those patrons who are 18 years of age or older) may check out videos. The limit is four (4) movies per household.
  • Fiction videos may be checked out for two (2) days, and nonfiction videos may be checked out for two (2) weeks.
  • Videos may not be renewed. There is a $1.00 per day late charge for movies that are overdue.
  • Only the most recent issue of a periodical cannot be checked out. At the Main Library these are in binders. Checkout for periodicals is two weeks.
  • Patrons may only check out five (5) magazines with the same title.
  • Newspapers may not be checked out.
  • Our archives contain regional papers for the past month. The Kentucky Standard back issues are kept until microfiche copies of the issues arrive.
Patrons cannot check out materials if there is more than $3.00 on their account.

Computer Use Policy
  • A Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form must be read and signed in order to use the Library's computers. Ask for a copy at the circulation desk. 
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must have a Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian prior to using library computers or observing someone else using a library computer.  
  • Computer users need their library card to get a reservation at the circulation desk.  
  • Patrons may use public access computers for a maximum of 2 hours per day. Patrons may access a computer for two sessions if needed.
  • Sessions are scheduled in one-hour increments.  If you will be needing more time, please let the staff know ahead of time and we will attempt to accomodate you. 
  • Computers are not to be turned off at any time except by library staff.  
  • CD-R discs may be purchased for 50 cents at the circulation desk.  
The Library’s public computers and internet access may not be used to:
• Violate the law
• Send, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as inappropriate or obscene
• Harm or compromise the safety, security, privacy, or property of others
• Seek unauthorized access to any computer system
• Alter or damage software components of any network, host server, or database

As part of the computer usage agreement customers must abide by these policies and are advised that failure to do so will result in the loss of computer and internet privileges at the library. This includes use of another customer’s library card number to log on to a computer.

Patrons cannot use the computers if there is more than $20.00 on their account.

If there is less than $20.00 on a patron's account, they may use the computers with a minimum payment of $.50 on their fine.

Computer Usage Violations
  • When someone is observed, by other patrons or staff, displaying an offensive site, they are given a verbal warning and told that if they are seen viewing an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computers for 3 months.
  • If the person is observed displaying an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computer for 3 months.  The patron is also warned that if it happens again, their computer privileges will be taken away indefinitely. 
  • Once they are observed displaying an offensive site the 3rd time, a patron's computer privileges are permanently taken away. 

The purpose of these procedures is not to control the sites patrons select but to protect the rights of other patrons and staff utilizing this public facility.

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Nelson County Public Library
201 Cathedral Manor
Bardstown, KY 40004
Telephone: 502-348-3714
FAX: 502-348-5578


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