Archive for August, 2007

Tax Forms

A number of popular New York State and Federal tax forms and instruction booklets are available at the library. Additional tax forms and publications in the form of pdf files are available for printing through the Web sites of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The printing of pdf files requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded to a computer for free from the Web site of Adobe Systems Incorporated

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Government Documents

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Please ask a Librarian for assistance in retrieving items housed in the fourth stack.

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Facility Use/Public Meeting Room Policy

The Troy Public Library maintains meeting room and program space for use without charge to organized non-profit associations, tax-supported institutions, government entities, and groups whose purposes are limited to civic, cultural, or educational objectives. All events must be free and open to the public.

The use of the library’s meeting room facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the library of a group or organization’s positions or beliefs. The Executive Director of the library and the Board of Trustees reserve the right to approve or disapprove use of the meeting rooms.

Policy Guidelines

  1. Library-sponsored meetings and programs always have priority. The library reserves the right to cancel a reservation at any time in the unlikely event of a conflict with a library-sponsored program. Meeting room space for non-library-sponsored use is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals and groups from the Troy area will be given priority.
  2. Meeting rooms and program space may not be used for commercial and/or for-profit purposes, including investment seminars, sales/service demonstrations, programs by private for-profit healthcare representatives, etc. Political meetings are acceptable, but may not be used for campaign purposes, party caucuses, or meetings closed to the public.
  3. Programs may not disrupt the use of the library by others. All persons using the meeting rooms are subject to the library’s rules and regulations. Those who do not abide by library rules and regulations may lose future meeting room privileges.
  4. Meeting rooms are available when the library is open. Set-up may not begin before the library’s normal operating hours. All meetings must end 30 minutes prior to the library closing to ensure adequate time to exit the building.
  5. To ensure equitable access, no group may reserve meeting room space more than three (3) months in advance. Groups may not book space more than twice per month unless specifically approved by the Executive Director.
  6. Audiovisual equipment is available for use during programs booked in advance and must be requested at the time the space is reserved. The library does not provide operators for the equipment. Limited assistance may be provided by staff.
  7. With the exception of audiovisual equipment, library staff will not set up, move or rearrange any equipment or furniture before, during, or after a program/meeting. Rooms must be left litter-free and in the condition they were found at the beginning of the program.
  8. Groups are liable for any loss or damage to library equipment, furniture, or other library property.
  9. The library will not provide storage space and assumes no responsibility for equipment or personal articles brought into the meeting rooms.
  10. Room use must be reserved by an adult (18 years of age or older). Groups of children or teens must be supervised by one (1) adult for every ten minors.
  11. Smoking, alcohol, incense, or open flames are not allowed on library premises. Permission may be granted to serve light refreshments.
  12. The library reserves the right to review all material distributed at meetings and to approve any signage to be displayed on library property.
  13. Except as a designation of meeting location, neither the address nor name of the library may be used as the official address or headquarters of an organization.
  14. Library sponsored or co-sponsored events may be exempt from some of the above guidelines at the discretion of the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.

*Approved by the Troy Public Library Board of Trustees July 10, 2018

Small Meeting Room Policy

The downtown location of the Troy Public Library has one smaller room that can be used by small groups for quiet study or small meetings.

The policies for the library’s public meeting rooms apply to the study room as well. In addition:

  1. When not otherwise scheduled, the room may be available for use during regular library hours on a walk-in basis.
  2. The reserving party is responsible for leaving the room in the same condition as it was when they arrived.
  3. If others are waiting to use the room, room use will be restricted to two (2) hour time slots.

*Approved by the Troy Public Library Board of Trustees July 10, 2018

For more information or to request a Facility Use Application, please call the Troy Public Library at 518.274.7071. Ask for the Adult Programming Librarian.

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Free Wireless Access

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Free Wireless Access Policies

  • The Troy Public Library provides free, unfiltered wireless access within the Main Library and Lansingburgh branch for the public to use.
  • It is the library’s goal to provide access to the wireless network during normal library operating hours. However, high demand, reliability of technology and other factors may affect the delivery of the service.
  • Use of this service is governed by the library’s Internet and Computer Use Policies. The library reserves the right to deny wireless access to those who violate policies.

Guidelines

  • Wireless connections are not secure. Any information sent to or from a device can potentially be intercepted by a third party using the wireless network. Users are advised to not transmit personal information while using any public wireless connection.
  • The library is not responsible for any information that is compromised, or for any damage caused to hardware or software while connected to the public wireless network.
  • Wireless users requiring sound must use headphones so as not to disturb others. Headphones are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.
  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance to patrons trying to connect the wireless network. No guarantee can be provided that patrons will be able to connect.
  • Wireless printing is not available at this time. Printing is available from any of the library’s public computers. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance.
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Children Policy

In the interest of the safety of children, it is the library’s policy that children under seven NOT be left unattended at the library at any time.

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Video Loan Policy

The loan period for movies (VHS and DVD) is 7 days except for New Release DVDs, which may be borrowed for 3 days.

A fine of $1.00 per day per title will be applied to movies returned late. There will be a maximum fine of $5.00 per item. You will be required to pay for lost or damaged items.

Most items can be returned in the book drop.

Renewals may be possible. You can attempt to renew in person, on the telephone, or online. Please have your library card available when attempting to renew.

A child under the age of 18 may not check out movies (VHS or DVD) unless a parent or legal guardian is present or has completed the Video Permission form.

  • The library does not restrict children’s movie selections. If you wish for your child to avoid specific titles, library collections, ratings, or topics you must arrange this with your child. Library staff can assist in making recommendations or finding requested items but will not censor. Please familiarize yourself with our videos before granting permission for your child to borrow these items.
  • Parents/guardians willing to allow their children the privilege of checking out movies will need to complete permission slip. By signing the permission slip, parents/guardians understand that their child maybe exposed to content intended for mature audiences.
  • Parents/guardians are, ultimately, responsible for the materials their children check out.
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