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Your library card is good at the Sevier County Public Library, the Seymour Branch Library and the Kodak Branch Library. With it, you will have free access to over 94,000 items which includes, books, books on tape, videos/CDs, and music CDs.

The first library card is free to all residents in the Nolichucky Region. A parent or legal guardian MUST sign for children under the age of 18. If a library card is lost or needs replacing, the fee is $3.00. Any outstanding fines on the existing card must be paid before a new card is issued. To obtain a library card, you must present an I.D. with your current address. Cards are also available to nonresidents for a $25.00 non-refundable yearly fee.

Please treat your card with the same care you would a credit card. You are responsible for everything checked out on it. Damaged or lost items will be billed according to the Library's Replacement Policy. If your card is lost or stolen, contact the Library immediately. You need to have your library card each time you check out materials.

 
   
Checkout  
You may have up to 10 items (with a maximum of 4 videos/DVDs or 4 books on tape).checked out per card.  
Checkout period is 3 weeks for books and books on tape.  
Checkout period for videos and DVDs is 7 days.  
You may return your materials to any branch or book drop.  
Identification is needed to check out materials if you forgot your library card.  
The Sevier County Public Library System has laptops and a projector that can be checked out to local business groups for meetings. This must be done through the main library in Sevierville.  
   
Renewals  
You may renew books up to 3 times, if there are no holds on them.  
You may renew videos and DVDs once.  
You may renew your materials at any branch of the Sevier County Public Library System by calling or visiting that branch. You will need your library card number in order to renew your items.  
   
Overdues  

Please return your materials on time. Overdue fines are: 25 cents a day for books and magazines, 50 cents a day for books on tape or music CDs, and videos/DVDs are $2.00 a day per item. The maximum fine is $5.00 per card. If an item is lost, the maximum fee will be the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee of $5.00. If the replacement cost is less than the $5.00 processing fee, the cost will be equal to the replacement cost. Patrons are responsible for all fines and fees incurred while using library materials and or services. Overdue notifications in the form of telephone calls or cards/letters are made as a courtesy and the library is not responsible for lost postal notifications or missed calls. The library reserves the right to refuse further service until overdue materials are returned and account balances paid. Patrons who fail to return library materials will be subjected to legal action as deemed appropriate by the Sevier County Public Library Board. The library may employ a third party to assist in retrieving excessively overdue materials.

 
   
Picking up Reserves  
Reserved items must be borrowed with the same card they were place on reserve with. Others may not checkout your items without your card. As soon as the reserved item becomes available, you will be contacted. Items will be held on reserve for up to two weeks.  
   
Public Computer Use Policies  
   
Internet Safety Policy  
The Sevier County Public Library System provides Internet accessibility in accordance with its mission to provide information resources and services to ensure that all users have free and open access to ideas and information. The Library has no control over the information obtained through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content or accuracy. It may contain materials which some find offensive or inappropriate. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion.  
   
In accordance with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (Pub. L. 106-554), all library computers are equipped with filtering software. The software is set to screen out sites which may reasonable be construed as obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; or harmful to minors as defined in section 1703, Pub. L. 106-544. Users 18 years of age and older may require that a staff member disable the filtering software for research purposes. The software will not be disabled for users 17 and under for any reason.  
   
As with other library resources, restriction of a child's use of the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian, within the confines of the law.  
   
The Library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct, or indirect, for the use of the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, damage to personal or office computer equipment caused by virus-laden material downloaded from any Internet site.  
   
Internet users should be aware that it is not a secure medium. It is possible for third parties to obtain information regarding an individual user's search activities. Users should be very cautious about providing personal information over the internet.  
   
Ethical Use  
All users of electronic information resources such as the Internet are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided. It is unacceptable to use the Library's computer system and Internet resources for any of the following:  
For any purposes which violate applicable U.S. or state laws. Users must respect all copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to software, files and other resources obtained via the Internet.  
Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the library.  
Disruption or interference of network users or services. Such interference or disruption includes, but is not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, harassment, libeling, or slandering of others; propagation of computer worms or viruses.  
Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as either obscene or child pornography by community standards.  
   
Violations of the Guidelines  
Users violating these guidelines will be advised of the Library's policy for ethical use and asked to comply. Users who repeatedly violate these guidelines after previous warnings will be restricted from using the Library's online services on that occasion. The Library reserves the right to prohibit violators from future access or use of the online services. Illegal acts may subject violators to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.  
   
 
Sevier County Public Library System
408 High Street .
Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 8654533532
Fax: 8657746024