The Centerville Library will loan materials to residents of all 
Massachusetts towns whose LIBRARIES ARE CERTIFIED. 

Centerville Public Library Donations Policy

Centerville Public Library accepts donations of materials in good condition including books, DVDs, music and audio CDs. All items become the unrestricted property of Centerville Public Library and may be added to the collection, sold in our bookstore for the benefit of the library, or discarded. All donors who so desire are given a receipt of their donation without a determination of monetary value.
The library does not accept textbooks, encyclopedia sets, or materials in poor physical condition, mildewed, dusty or soiled. Donated magazines are not added to the collection or sold in the bookstore, but may be made available for the public to take.
The library reserves the right to decline any gift which does not further the mission or goals of the library. The decision to add donated material to the library collection is based on the same criteria that is applied to regular library purchases.
Personal property, art objects, memorial or commemorative objects, antiques, and similar items are not generally accepted as gifts. Centerville Public Library reserves the right to decline any gift which is not suitable for the library or which would result in the incurrence of excessive expense or administration.
Contributions toward the purchase of library items on our wish lists are appreciated and may be donated in honor or memory of a loved one.   

Centerville Public Library Disruption Policy

Centerville Public Library welcomes the use of its facilities for the enjoyment of all. Our services and programs are offered to make the library a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Each person is responsible to behave in a manner that does not violate the rights of others, interfere with library services and operations, or interfere with staff in the performance of their duties. All public areas of the library, including meeting rooms, restrooms, entrances, furnishings, and equipment must be used for their intended purposes and are covered by this policy.
When the behavior of a person constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the library by other patrons, or impedes staff from performing their duties, the patron will be given a verbal warning to stop the behavior. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the premises. If the patron refuses to leave, the Barnstable Police may be called.

Centerville Public Library Safe Child Guidelines

The Centerville Public Library welcomes the use of its facilities by children of all ages. Our services and programs are offered to make the library a warm and inviting atmosphere for children, to encourage them to visit the library and to develop a love of books, reading and libraries.

Busy public buildings are not secure places for children to be left alone. Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian or an assigned chaperone. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

The Library Board of Trustees believes that it is the parents’ responsibility to provide childcare. The purpose of this policy is to inform parents and guardians that the Library does not assume responsibility for the safety of their children, and to provide the guidelines used by staff.

Levels of supervision required:
  • Children age three and under must always be in close proximity and within sight of the adult responsible for their safety.
  • Children under the age of ten must be supervised by a parent or caregiver, at all times while in the library.
  • Children ten and older may be left unattended, providing they are mature enough to follow library rules and observe proper conduct.
  • Unattended children must be picked up before the library closes. Any child left more than ten minutes beyond closing time will be picked up by the Barnstable Police and taken to the station for their safety.
  • Children of any age with mental, physical or emotional disabilities which affect decision-making skills or render supervision necessary, must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.
  • Children at programs. A child may attend a library program by him/herself, however, the caregiver must remain in the library and be ready to meet that child promptly when the program ends. Staff does not monitor the arrival or departure of any child from a program or the building.