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Douglas County Libraries is pleased to accept donations of new and used books, music CD's, CD-ROMs, and audiovisual items. These donations will be used for ongoing and special book sales. The money earned through these sales goes to the Douglas County Libraries Foundation to enhance programs and services.
We are not able to quote a value for the items you give us, but upon request a staff member will give you a receipt for the number of items donated and the date of donation.
Please do not make donations of:
From experience we know that people won't buy these items at the book sales. We understand that it is difficult to throw away items that you have found useful in the past, but they have served their purpose. Please check with your local recycling agency to see if these items can be recycled.
Highlands Ranch does not accept donations of audio visual material; VHS tapes, music/audio CDs or DVDs. Goodwill and other charities accept these items.
Put large donations in boxes and drop the material off at the information desk during regular business hours. If you have more donations than you can easily carry from your car, please check at your branch’s Information Desk for the easiest way to deliver these.
Call ahead (303.791.READ) for large donations to ensure that there is storage space.
Thank you for thinking of us.
The Fines, Fees & Borrowing Schedule may be changed without notice at the discretion of the Library Director.
|Number of days past due date:||Action:|
|12||DCL sends first overdue notice to patron via email or phone.|
|24||DCL sends second overdue notice to patron via email or phone.|
|36||Final notice sent by email or U. S. mail, saying patron will be charged for item(s) not returned.|
|Three weeks later||
|Two weeks later||If patron still owes the library money, collection agency calls the patron at home.|
|Four weeks later||Collection agency sends patron a final letter noting amount due.|
|Two weeks later||If patron fails to resolve account at this point, collection agency moves patron to Secondary Placement. This involves extensive research to find patrons who may have moved. Once agency locates patron, it sends a final letter informing patron that if he does not resolve the matter, he will be credit reported.|
|Two weeks after the final letter is sent||If the account is still unresolved, collection agency calls patron at home informing him that he is scheduled to be credit reported if he does not contact DCL to work out a solution. Agency then sends another letter (agency may make up to three more calls to resolve the matter).|
|69 days from first notification from DCL and 120 days after sending to collections (189 days total).||Patron is credit reported.|
|1 If patron reports an item as lost and the replacement value of the item is over $50, or if total account fees/fines go over $50, the collection process starts.
2 DCL's current collection agency is Unique Management Services, Inc.
3 Credit reported if account over $25 after all attempts to contact have been unsuccessful. Account must have a zero balance for 30 days to be removed from collection agency list.
Douglas County Libraries offers computer and Internet access to the public, free of charge, at all library locations. Anyone, regardless of age or residency, can use a library computer. Each library is also equipped for wireless Internet access.
Background: It is the intent of Douglas County Libraries to provide free, equitable, and organized public access to Internet resources. This access honors the fundamental library principle of intellectual freedom, an abiding respect for the dignity and privacy of individual inquiry. The Douglas County Libraries's website and catalog is committed not only to providing public access to this communication medium, but also to:
Disclaimer: In total, Douglas County Libraries has no control over information accessed through the Internet. Douglas County Libraries cannot be held responsible for its content. As with other library materials, supervision or restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. It is also the responsibility of the child, whose curiosity is surely tempered by his or her judgment and upbringing. Much of the information on the Internet is timely, useful, and/or entertaining. Some of it is dated, erroneous or offensive. This is also the case with printed materials. Library users should cast a cautious and critical eye on any and all data they discover. The job of the library is access, not endorsement.
Using a Library Computer
Printing and Downloading From a Library Computer
For more information about using library computers, please contact Douglas County Libraries at 303-791-7323 or ask a member of the library staff.
The primary mission of the DISTRICT is to provide public information. Nevertheless, it is the intent oDouglas County Libraries to limit access by minors to Internet resources that are obscene or illegal.
Douglas County Libraries does this in a variety of ways:
No one, minor or adult, has the right to use public property to commit crimes. At the same time, no policy can ensure that crimes will never be committed. If library patrons are found to be accessing materials that may be, at the discretion of library staff, obscene or illegal, they will be ejected from the library, and may be barred from future use of library resources.
A library ‘link’ (hypertext reference) from the library’s home pages to other sites does not imply endorsement of the views expressed at those sites. The Library Director, in keeping with the general goals described above, is responsible for the selection of the links. “Local” links provide access to local community information and services primarily or largely directed to Douglas County citizens. In general, the library does not link to individual businesses, although it may include such umbrella organizations as area Chambers of Commerce. The library may also, from time to time, add links to highlight particular issues or subjects library staff believe to be of interest or entertainment value to its patrons. Such links may be changed frequently or infrequently at the sole discretion of the Library Director.
Any of the following actions may result in the loss of library privileges and/or criminal prosecution or other legal action. Unacceptable use of Douglas County Libraries electronic resources includes, but is not limited to, the following:
In general, Douglas County Libraries expects that our patrons will be both law-abiding and civil.
Effective from the adoption of this policy, the library will not offer web hosting services to any new non-library agency or organization.
Revised and Adopted by the Douglas Public Library District Board of Trustees on September 23, 2004.
The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of providing a method whereby opinions from the public regarding materials selection can be voiced. Therefore, it has established a policy, which will apply to all requests for reconsideration of materials by DISTRICT residents including (1) those about materials represented in the collection, and (2) those about materials not represented in the collection.
To comply with this policy, a request for reconsideration must be in writing. Forms are available at the Circulation Desks of all DISTRICT libraries and upon completion, may be mailed to a DISTRICT library or delivered to the Library Director. Upon receipt of the signed form, the Library Director will:
Should the patron feel that the decision of the Library Director is not supported by policy, the patron may request a Board of Trustees hearing by notifying the Library Director, who will make the necessary arrangements. Following such hearing, the decision of the Board of Trustees will be final. Above all, the Board of Trustees has as its concern the fairness of such a hearing so as to protect the rights of all persons who are involved.
"Materials Selection" refers to the decision to add material to the collection or to retain materials already in the collection. Final responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director, although responsibility for recommendations may be delegated to other members of the staff. Suggestions from the public are welcome.
Here are the General Principles that guide us in the Materials Selection and Retention process:
The DISTRICT provides a forum for gaining access to information, ideas, and promoting intellectual freedom. The following basic principles will guide its materials selections:
An item need not meet all of these criteria to be selected.
Can’t find a book you want in our catalog? Please go to our Materials Request Form , or ask a librarian and we’ll try to get it for you. We welcome your requests for a specific book. If the title does not fit our selection criteria, we'll request it from another library. This is called “Interlibrary Loan ” or “ILL”. We believe that by encouraging our patrons to participate in the collection development process, we can build a collection that will more accurately reflect the interests and information needs of our Douglas County patrons.
When would you buy a copy of the book I requested?
DCL has established a Collection Development Policy that follows accepted professional practice for selecting a book. If the book you request fits our policy and is available, we’ll buy a copy.
What are the criteria you use for selection?
There are several major measurements we use:
How much time does it take to get my requests?
It takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on whether we purchase or ILL the title. If the item is published and available it takes an average of two weeks. If a title is not available, staff at our reference desks is ready to help you find suitable alternatives.
We value your ideas and opinions, your suggestions and requests. All of them will be given consideration. We will try to have the item in your hand as soon as we can, regardless of whether we buy it or Interlibrary Loan it. Feel free to speak with your branch reference staff if you have any further questions.
November 16, 2011
Douglas County Libraries sees its DVD holdings as an important extension of the print materials collections and criteria for the selection is the same as those used by the library for all types of material. Selections are intended to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, and informational needs of the community and must meet high standards of quality in content, expression, and format. Preference is given to the purchase of new titles but available older titles in high demand may be purchased or replaced.
When considering DVDs for purchase, review journals and online sources are consulted. Consideration is given to purchase suggestions made by library users and staff. Selection will also be dictated by the current availability of materials and the limitations imposed by budget.
Feature Films (fiction) The collection contains a wide selection of feature films, including current high interest titles, classics, and foreign films to meet the recreational needs of the community. Critically acclaimed films will be emphasized in addition to award winners including major national, international, and Academy Awards.
The intended audience for children’s films is preschool through grade six. Selections are based on current high-interest titles as well as those relevant and useful to children’s everyday needs and activities. Priority will be given to titles based on a published novel and will be selected from quality producers.
Non-fiction titles will be selected from a wide variety of sources, including regularly consulted review publications and supplier catalogs. Informational titles include documentaries and such popular subjects as hobbies, home repair, travel, fitness, cooking and parenting. The district does not purchase DVDs produced specifically for instructional use in classrooms, reality programming, or titles available only through websites.
Television programs Priority is given to programs that have educational value such as history, biography, travel, and documentary titles or programs that are adapted from a published book or classic television. Quality producers such as A&E, the BBC, History Channel, Hallmark, HBO, and PBS also receive higher priority. The district will buy television series that have won or been nominated for a major award. Special consideration will be given to popular animated series for children.
Occasionally new A-V media forms are introduced into the market place. These will be studied carefully to assess their suitability for public library use and sufficient time will be allowed to determine whether they will receive widespread and lasting public acceptance before collections of such new forms are added to the library.
The District will not be responsible for any damage to patron’s DVD players, computers or other playing devices that occur while using DCL DVDs.
Douglas County Libraries sees its electronic resources as an important extension of the print materials collection  and criteria for selection is the same as those used by the library for all types of material. Electronic resources include online databases, eBooks, digital audiobooks and video. Many resources once available only in print are now available in electronic format. Providing our patrons access to electronic resources is an integral part of Douglas County Libraries selection policies. Selections are intended to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, and informational needs of the community and must meet high standards of quality in content, expression, and format. Electronic resources enhance and supplement reference service by providing timely and versatile access to information with 24/7 availability.
Electronic databases extend the collection and are designed to enhance print resources but can also provide more timely information with the frequent updating of material. Some former print resources now only exist in electronic format while other electronic resources have information beyond the scope of DCL’s print collection. Some databases may duplicate print resources that are then evaluated for retention.
Criteria considered when selecting online databases include:
The criteria used for selecting digital media are the same as that used for the selection of print material. To meet the interests of the community, collection emphasis is on popular fiction and nonfiction titles in a variety of genres. Our patrons generally prefer unabridged audiobooks, thus selections are made in this format when available. Some abridged nonfiction titles may be purchased when the unabridged format is unavailable.
Occasionally new electronic formats are introduced into the marketplace. These will be studied carefully to assess their suitability for public library use and sufficient time will be allowed to determine whether they will receive widespread and lasting public acceptance before these collections are added to the library.
The purpose of the graphic novel/comic/manga collection is to provide patrons with core and popular items to enjoy. The collection is composed of both recreational reading and informational titles and spans the traditional age ranges of juvenile, young adult and adult. The collection also aims to encourage reluctant readers and those reading below level to utilize the materials for educational and entertainment purposes.
When considering titles for purchase, standard review journals are consulted as well as other newspaper and magazine reviews and online sources. Items that are submitted through Materials Requests are sent directly to CD for review. The availability and cost for items will also be factors in determining whether or not to make a purchase.
Preference is given to new, age appropriate, well reviewed, and/or award winning materials. Items to fill in missing volumes of a series, as well as suitable selections from other series with older pub dates, will also be considered.
Materials will be purchased for the collection where their content is both age and interest appropriate. As graphic novels are chosen to serve a wide age range of audiences, it is the responsibility of the parents to determine which materials are appropriate for their children.
The primary purpose of the music collection is to provide a listening library of recordings for patrons of all ages who are interested in exploring the wide variety of music forms for educational and entertainment purposes.
Ours will be a collection geared toward the general listener, and not the professional musician, nor will it be intended for use by the music scholar.
The collection will have a distribution of titles from all musical styles based on the popularity of various genres, including, but not limited to blues, jazz, children's, country, religious, soundtracks, hip-hop, pop, rock, and world music. Douglas County Libraries purchases unedited versions of music CDs. Preference is given to the purchase of new titles but available older titles in high demand may be purchased or replaced. Librarians or other subject specialists will make selections through reviews, personal evaluation, and recommendations.
Consideration will be given to legitimate suggestions for purchase by library users. Selection will also be dictated by the current availability of materials and the limitations imposed by budget.
Douglas County Libraries will not be responsible for any damage to patron CD and MP3 players or computers that occur while playing DCL's music
Beginning February 1, 2011, Materials Requests and Interlibrary Loan services  are provided to Douglas County residents only.
We are pleased to provide nonresidents access to materials in our collections, but for these enhanced services, you will need to visit your local library.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process by which our library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library. Douglas County residents can request materials not owned by Douglas County Libraries free of charge through Interlibrary Loan.
What is available through ILL?
What is not available through ILL?
What can be photocopied?
How long does it take to receive an ILL?
How do I know when an ILL will arrive?
How long may I keep an ILL item?
What if an ILL is returned late, damaged, or lost?
Questions? Please email us at email@example.com  or call 720-348-9540.
Douglas Public Library staff members are required by Colorado Library Law (CRS 24-90-119) to protect the privacy of your borrowing record. Everyone owning a Douglas Public Library card is entitled to this consideration. Staff members who violate this law are subject to a misdemeanor charge and a $300 fine.
Library staff is not allowed to give your book or even the title of a book you have on hold to any other person unless you take one of the following actions:
All information contained in your library card record is also protected under this law. Staff members are not allowed to reveal this information to anyone other that the registered patron. We cannot tell you what books other family members have checked out, or what fines they may owe, unless they give us prior permission. For youths under the age of 14, the parent or guardian may be provided information of checked out materials if the primary purpose is to pay fines or recover missing materials. The parent or guardian must present the youth's library card, and provide the staff with current picture identification, e.g. a driver's license.
Note: If you know your library card number, you may examine from any public terminal all materials or charges attached to your record.
24-90-119. Privacy of user records.
Statute text From the Colorado Revised Statutes
(1) Except as set forth in subsection (2) of this section, a publicly-supported library shall not disclose any record or other information that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials or service or as otherwise having used the library.
(2) Records may be disclosed in the following instances:
(3) Any library official, employee, or volunteer who discloses information in violation of this section commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars.
DCL will provide limited proctoring services at our Parker, P.S. Miller, and Highlands Ranch Libraries. Please review these guidelines in detail and verify that your institution will accept our conditions so that your testing experience will go smoothly.
What is RFID?
RFID is a technology that is expected to replace barcodes. Barcodes identify individual items in a collection using a number sequence that links to a database record. Barcodes are staff intensive, requiring staff to be involved in most patron transactions. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)is a way of tracking items using radio waves. Radio waves require no line of sight and are contactless, which has the potential to require no staff/patron contact for many routine transactions.
Tags are placed on each item in the library’s collection. These tags uniquely identify each item similar to a barcode; however, the tags are actually unpowered radio transmitters with an embedded chip that holds information about the item.