Registering for Events – HELP

In order to register for events on the new Manheim Township Event Calendar – you must create a username and password for the site. (This is unrelated to the password you use for your library card.)

Select a Help topic to walk you through the process.

Minors must apply in person for new passports or renewals.

Children 15 and under must have BOTH parents present, or provide a notarized Consent Form DS-3053. See the Department of State website form more information about applicants who are under 16.

Teens ages 16 and 17 must have proof of parental awareness of  intent to apply. Parental awareness can be shown either by supplying a notarized statement of consent from at least one parent or guardian, or by bringing one parent or guardian to co-sign the form. See the DOS website for more information about applicants who are 16 and 17.

You will need to bring the following items:

  1. Completed DS-11 Passport Application
  2. Proof of Citizenship – Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, OR expired (but not damaged) passport
  3. Photo ID – Valid Driver’s License, Parent’s Driver’s License, or previous passport (see the DOS website for other acceptable forms of identification)
  4. Photocopies of the Proof of Citizenship and Photo ID
  5. Passport Photo – Taken at the appointment time or brought from another photo site (see the DOS website for the detailed photo requirements)
  6. Payment – For U.S. Department of State fees one check or money order for each application (made out to U.S. Department of State), and for Acceptance Facility fees a separate payment in cash, check or money order (made out to MTPL). See more information in the Fees chart below.

Failure to bring ALL items will result in rescheduling/cancellation of appointment.

For more information the parts of an application, see Parts of an Application.

Adult New Passport Applicants

You will need to bring the following items:

  1. Completed DS-11 Passport Application
  2. Proof of Citizenship – Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, OR expired (but not damaged) passport
  3. Photo ID – Valid Driver’s License or previous passport (see the DOS website for other acceptable forms of identification)
  4. Photocopies of the Proof of Citizenship and Photo ID
  5. Passport Photo – Taken at the appointment time or brought from another photo site (see the DOS website for the detailed photo requirements)
  6. Payment – For U.S. Department of State fees one check or money order for each application (made out to U.S. Department of State), and for Acceptance Facility fees a separate payment in cash, check or money order (made out to MTPL). See more information in the Fees chart below.

Failure to bring ALL items will result in rescheduling/cancellation of appointment.

For more information the parts of an application, see Parts of an Application.

Most adult passports that have not been expired for more than 5 years are eligible for a renewal by mail. These renewal applications are submitted by the applicant and are not processed by an acceptance facility. Renewal forms (DS-82) are available at our facility, and passport photos may be taken on site. See the DOS website for more information about renewals.

Those who are renewing an adult passport that was issued in the last 15 years can use the DS-82 form and are eligible to submit their renewal by mail. See the DOS website for more information on which form to use.

Passport Application: Please complete the application BEFORE your appointment. (Do not use correction tape/liquid. Cross out mistakes with one line and write in correction.)

Birth Certificate: Original or certified state issued document with at least one parent’s name on the document. It should say “birth certificate” or “certification of birth”.   The original document will be sent with the passport application and returned directly to you.

Go to www.vitalchek.com if you do not have an original or certified state issued, birth certificate, or if parents are not listed on the certificate.
Hospital certificate
Hospital certificates NOT acceptable as proof of citizenship

 

Naturalization Certificate: Original or a certified document with a raised seal. This will be sent with the passport application and returned directly to you.

Valid Photo Identification with Signature: Driver’s License or State ID. If an out-of-PA license is presented, additional photo ID must be shown.

Passport Photos: 1 photo with strict specifications must be submitted. These photos can be taken at another provider and brought with you at the application time, or a set can be taken at the library for $12 per person.

Social Security Number: Applicants are advised to include their social security number to avoid processing delays.

Service Times are currently delayed

Expedite services have been suspended by the Department of State. To check your passport application status, visit the DOS website travel.state.gov.

To schedule an appointment call (717) 560-6441 or visit:  https://mtpl.info/passport-calendar/ 

Passport Fees

U.S. Department of State Fees

MTPL Acceptance Facility Fees

  Check or money order ONLY Check, money order or cash
Payable to: Department of State MTPL

Adult  (age 16 and over)

Passport Book $110 $  35
Passport Card $  30 $  35
Both Book and Card $140 $  35

Juvenile  (age 15 and under)

Both parents must be present

Passport Book $  80 $  35
Passport Card $  15 $  35
Both Book and Card $  95 $  35

Expedite Fees

$ 60

Passport Photos

$  12

Copies

$0.25/page

1-2 Day Delivery

(If requested)

$16.48

payable to DOS

for shipping from DOS to home

$24.70

payable to MTPL

for shipping from MTPL to DOS

 

 

$35 Execution Fee is the same at all Passport Acceptance Facilities

Acceptance Facility fees can be combined for multiple applications.

Manheim Township returned check fee is $30.

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

At this time, appointments are required for passport services. To make an appointment use our Passport Calendar call 717-560-6441, or email passports@mtpl.info

To find out who is eligible for a passport and what to bring to your appointment, visit our Passport Essentials page.

All ages can choose a book prize to go along with their prize pack!

Book cover for How Monkey Says “My Name Is!”
How Monkey Says “My Name Is!” by Abigail Samoun. (Board Book)
Monkey’s taking a trip around the world, and everywhere she goes she introduces herself in the native language of the country she’s visiting. Kids can join her and learn to say “my name is” in seven different languages.
 
Book cover for I’m Not Reading
I’m Not Reading by Jonathan Allen. (Board Book)
Baby Owl reluctantly reads a story to Baby Chick, whose numerous brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends join in and test Baby Owl’s patience.
 
Book Cover for My Classic Fairy Tale Collection
My Classic Fairy Tale Collection (Picture Book)
This storybook collection contains four well-loved fairy tales, perfect to read together. Fun illustrations and witty, rhyming text bring a new twist to each classic tale. Includes Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, The Ugly Duckling, and Rapunzel.
 
Book Cover for Oopsie-Do!
Oopsie-Do! by Tim Kubart. (Picture Book)
A lively picture book that reassures children that it’s okay to make mistakes. When a girl drops her snack or scrapes her knee, does she get upset? No! She says, “Oopsie-do!”
 
Book Cover for Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies
Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer (Picture Book)
In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.
 
Book Cover for Pizza Pig
Pizza Pig by Diana Murray. (Early Reader)
Pig enjoys making just the right pizza to delight each of his customers, so when Turtle will not eat he must figure out why.
 
Book Cover for The Weather Disaster
Mad Scientist Academy: The Weather Disaster by Matthew McElligott (Graphic Novel)
Dr. Cosmic can’t wait to introduce the students to his latest invention, the CHAOS machine; designed to keep the school at the right temperature for learning. But when the machine starts to malfunction, causing a snowstorm in the pool, a flood in the greenhouse, and a dangerous thunderstorm in the science lab, the students must stop CHAOS before it destroys the entire school!
 
Book cover for Baeoh and the Bully
Team Taekwando: Baeoh and the Bully by Taekwon Lee & Jeffrey Nodelman. (Graphic Novel)
Team Taekwondo class clown Baeoh is excited for the dojo’s Buddy Day! Normally, bringing a buddy to class would be all fun and laughs. But with a new bully in his life who won’t leave him alone, Baeoh doesn’t feel much like a buddy. Worse yet, he may be turning into a bully himself. Can Baeoh figure out how to turn this tough situation into a win?
 
Book cover for Dragon Slayers’ Academy
Dragon Slayers’ Academy: The Early Adventures by Kate McMullan. (Chapter Book)
Join Wiglaf as he attends a not-quite prestigious school for dragon hunting. Being the new kid is tough; and so is slaying giant winged lizards. Does Wiglaf have what it takes to bring home the golden hoard?
 
Book cover for Clover’s Luck
Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover’s Luck by Kallie George. (Chapter Book)
Clover, who wants to change her bad luck, accepts a volunteer position at a pet adoption agency unlike any other and soon finds herself in a world of fairy horses, dragons with temperamental snouts, wizards, and princesses.
 
Book Cover for Wiskerella
Hamster Princess: Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon. (Chapter Book)
When a fairy godmouse forces Whiskerella to wear glass slippers and attend balls night after night in search of a happily ever after, it’s up to Princess Harriet Hamsterbone to break the spell and save the day.
 
Book Cover for Craft Camp
Craft Camp by Sue Havens. (Kids’ Nonfiction)
Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more.
 
Book cover for How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?
How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions by Laura Overdeck. (Kids’ Nonfiction)
Answers to unusual questions, using mathematics including, how many birds would it take to pick you up and fly with you and how many bees does it take to make one jar of honey?
 
Book Cover for Becoming Kareem
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Kids’ Nonfiction)
An autobiography from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his life growing up in New York, becoming a basketball star, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change.
 
Book Cover for Nyxia
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. (Teen Fiction)
Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.
 
Book Cover for Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon. (Teen Nonfiction)
Explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children. The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what happens when the apples fall somewhere else; sometimes a couple of orchards away, sometimes on the other side of the world?
 
Book Cover for Roses and Radicals
Roses & Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet. (Teen Nonfiction)
A history of the women’s movement and the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Book Prize

McDonald’s Restaurant coupon

Magic & Wonder Show ticket

Bounce Kraze pass

Book Prize

McDonald’s Restaurant coupon

Magic & Wonder Show ticket

Bounce Kraze BOGO pass

Auntie Anne’s, Inc. BOGO coupon

Isaac’s Restaurants coupon

BOGO Bowling coupon good at Cain’s Lanes, or Leisure Lanes Bowling & Golf Center, or Clearview Lanes

Water’s Edge Mini-Golf & Ice Cream Shop coupon

Lancaster Ice Rink skate pass

Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn pass

Friendly’s kids meal coupon (MTPL only)

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park ticket (limited quantities)

Book Prize

McDonald’s Restaurant coupon

Magic & Wonder Show Ticket

Isaac’s Restaurants – BOGO coupon

BOGO Bowling good at Cain’s Lanes, or Leisure Lanes Bowling & Golf Center, or Clearview Lanes

Lancaster Ice Rink skate pass

Laserdome BOGO pass

Comic book coupon good at The Comic Store, or Sequential Arts Too, or Comics and Paperbacks Plus

Cupcake coupon good at Lancaster Cupcake, or Sugar Whipped Bakery, or Sweet Shenanigans Cupcakery

Refreshing Mountain Zipline coupon

Rita’s Ice- Kid’s Italian Ice coupon

Book Prize

McDonald’s Restaurant coupon

Magic & Wonder Show ticket

Auntie Anne’s, Inc. BOGO coupon

Isaac’s Restaurants coupon

BOGO Bowling coupon good at Cain’s Lanes, or Leisure Lanes Bowling & Golf Center, or Clearview Lanes

Water’s Edge Mini-Golf & Ice Cream Shop coupon

Lancaster Ice Rink skate pass

Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn pass

Laserdome BOGO pass

Comic book coupon good at The Comic Store, or Sequential Arts Too, or Comics and Paperbacks Plus

During Express Service hours, patrons are able to come inside to check out books and use the public computers.

MTPL will be open for Express Service:

Monday – Wednesday 10 AM – 1 PM and 4 PM – 7 PM
Vulnerable Patrons Hour Tuesday 10 AM – 11 AM
Thursday – Friday 10 AM – 1 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Everyone entering the building is asked to wear a mask and must maintain social distancing. If you are not able to use a mask, consider using our Curbside Holds service. There will be a capacity limit enforced by staff, and if patrons arrive after the capacity limit is reached, they will be asked to wait outside the building. To help accommodate all visitors, patrons are asked to limit their time inside the library. MTPL will offer a Vulnerable Patrons Hour on Tuesdays 10 AM – 11 AM.

All tables, chairs, and study rooms are unavailable during Express Service. Children’s play computers and toys will not be available.

Public internet computers and Catalog computers will be available and seating will be limited to computer users only. Patrons may use a public computer for one hour-long session per patron per day. Patrons must have their library card or a photo ID to access a public computer. Printing and self-serve copying will be available for $0.25 per page for black and white, and $0.50 per page for color.

Holds placed through the Online Catalog or by phone will be available for pick-up through the Curbside Pick-up service.

Curbside Pick-up is available:

Monday – Wednesday 11 AM – 7 PM
Thursday – Friday 11 AM – 4 PM
Curbside Pick-up is not available on Saturdays.

Patrons may place 5 holds at a time. To request items, login to your account on the Online Catalog or call us at 717-560-6441. Patrons who call may be asked to leave a voicemail. All requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

Once your request has been filled, you will get either an email notification or a call. When you arrive for curbside pick-up, please call the curbside pick-up number to let staff know you have arrived. Staff will ask you to verify your library card number and will bring out your holds to a table in front of the library.

For more information, visit our Curbside Holds page.

All patrons and staff are asked to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while they are inside the building. If you are unable to use a mask, consider ordering books through our Curbside Holds Pick-up service. If you have questions, please contact us.

Lancaster County residents can apply for a card online by contacting the Library System of Lancaster County and indicating on their contact form that you wish to apply for a card.

Patrons may apply for a card in person during our Express Service hours. A library card for the Library System of Lancaster County will be issued without charge to any resident of Lancaster County who is five years old or more. A child under the age of 14 years must have the library card application form signed by a parent or legal guardian who agrees to assume responsibility for monitoring the materials borrowed by the child, as well as the child’s fines and the cost of any lost or damaged materials. (See Confidentiality)

Applicants will need to a photo ID and proof of address from one of the following sources:

A valid driver’s license
A current identification card
A bill from a utility company or retailer addressed to the person and dated in the last three months
A tax bill for a Lancaster County property
Working papers issued to a teenager
A copy of a current lease or deed for a Lancaster County property
Checks with a pre-printed Lancaster County address
Valid Lancaster County college / university ID
Non-residents of Lancaster County should see the librarian to obtain a card.

Minor applicants may have their parent or legal guardian provide the proof of address.

Library cards are set to expire every three years. To renew, patrons will need to appear in person with a photo ID and proof of current address.
Those who are unable to come in-person may call or email info@mtpl.info to have their library card renewed for 6 months.

Items can be returned to our regular book drops. Returned items will be quarantined before they are checked in and they will remain on your account until the quarantine period is finished. Once the quarantine period is ended, items will be backdated to their return date. If anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of illness, please wait to return your items.

Patrons do not need to renew items that are in quarantine. If you have questions about your items, please call us at 717-560-6441.

If your items need to be renewed, you can call us at 717-560-6441 or login to “My Account” on the Online Catalog.

Patrons do not need to renew items that are in quarantine. If you have questions about your items, please call us at 717-560-6441.

Items that are returned will be quarantined and then backdated to their return date. Patrons will not receive fines for the quarantine time. If you have concerns about your account or due dates, please email us at info@mtpl.info or call the library at 717-560-6441.

All of the libraries in the Library System of Lancaster County are quarantining returned items for safety before checking them back into the library collection. It may take several days for your books and items to register as checked in. Your items will be backdated to the date you returned them so you won’t accrue any fines.

Patrons do not need to renew items that are in quarantine. If you have questions about your items, please call us at 717-560-6441.

All of the libraries in the Library System of Lancaster County are quarantining returned items for safety before checking them back into the library collection. It may take several days for your books and items to register as checked in. Your items will be backdated to the date you returned them so you won’t accrue any fines.

Patrons do not need to renew items that are in quarantine. If you have questions about your items, please call us at 717-560-6441.

Each library card account can now have 200 items checked out at a time. This is an update from our usual 100. Beware, fines can accumulate quickly when you have this many checkouts!

Patrons may place 5 holds at a time, and Curbside Holds has a similar limit of 5 items or 4 items and 1 grab bag.

Items will now circulate for their regular check-out times. Please note that all returned items will be quarantined before they are checked in and they will remain on your account until the quarantine period is finished. Patrons do not need to renew items that are in quarantine. If you have questions about items on your account, please call us at 717-560-6441.

If you want to know the due date for your items or if you want to renew items, you can call us at 717-560-6441 or login to your account on the Online Catalog.

Yes! We reactivated placing holds on books and materials (books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc.) through our Online Catalog.
Curbside Pick-up is our current Holds service. All holds placed through the Online Catalog or by phone will be available for pick-up through the Curbside Pick-up service.

Once your request has been filled, you will get either an email notification or a call. When you arrive for curbside pick-up, please call the curbside pick-up number to let staff know you have arrived. Staff will ask you to verify your library card number and will bring out your holds to a table in front of the library.
For more information, visit our Curbside Holds page.

Use our Curbside Holds feature to pick-up your holds! Curbside Holds Pick-up service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 11 AM – 7PM and Thursday, Friday 11 AM – 4 PM.

Once your request has been filled, you will get either an email notification or a call. When you arrive for curbside pick-up, please call the curbside pick-up number to let staff know you have arrived. Staff will ask you to verify your library card number and will bring out your holds to a table in front of the library.

For more information, visit our Curbside Holds page.

All holds placed before the library closures on March 13 were cancelled. Unfortunately, this decision was necessary in order to reopen library services. Due to the limitations of the library database software, there was no way to fulfill patron holds while allowing for the safe and timely handling of library materials. We regret any inconvenience this causes you.

We have reactivated holds on books and materials (books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc.) through our Online Catalog, and MTPL is offering Curbside Pick-up for holds service. Once your request has been filled, you will get either an email notification or a call. When you arrive for curbside pick-up, please call the curbside pick-up number to let staff know you have arrived. Staff will ask you to verify your library card number and will bring out your holds to a table in front of the library.
For more information, visit our Curbside Holds page.

  1. Open the Online Catalog.
  2. Click the “MY ACCOUNT” link in the header.
  3. In the first box, enter your last name.
  4. In the second box, enter your library card barcode number. This is the 14-digit number that appears on the back of your library card. Please enter the entire number, with no spaces.
  5. In the third box, enter your PIN. (If you do not have a PIN, leave the field blank. You will be prompted to create one after you click SUBMIT.) See“How do I create my PIN?”for more information. If you forgot your pin, see “What if I forgot my PIN? Below to reset it.
  6. Click the SUBMIT button. You are now logged in to “My Account”.

You will be prompted to create a PIN when you use My Account on the Online Catalog for the first time or when your PIN has been reset.

  1. On the “My Account” Login page, type in your last name and barcode only (leave the PIN field blank).
  2. Click the SUBMIT button.
  3. You will be prompted to create and confirm your new PIN.
  4. Enter the same PIN in each of the two spaces provided.
  5. Click on the SUBMIT button.
  6. You are now logged in to “My Account”.

PIN Requirements:

  • You may use a combination of numbers and letters.
  • Do not use capital letters.
  • Do not use special characters, such as punctuation or other symbols.
  • You may not repeat a character 3 or more times (aaa, aaaa …).
  • You may not repeat a set of 2, 3, or 4 characters 2 or more times (abab, abcabc, abcdabcd…).
  1. On the “My Account” Login page, click the Forgot Your PIN? Link.
  2. In the PIN Reset Request Form, enter your Last Name and library card barcode number.
  3. Click SUBMIT. Note: This form will not work if there is no e-mail address in your patron record.
  4. The following message will appear, “A message has been sent to the e-mail address we have on record for you. Please follow the instructions in that message to reset your PIN…” Click START OVER.
  5. The e-mail you receive should have the subject: Request to reset your library PIN from: library-noreply@lancasterlibraries.org.
    Click on the provided link to go to the PIN Reset Form. (This link is valid for 3 hours)
  6. In the PIN Reset Form, enter your Last Name, Barcode and your new PIN. Re-confirm your new PIN by entering it again. Click SUBMIT.
  7. You receive the message “Your PIN has been changed.” Click START OVER.

Donations will be accepted on Tuesdays from 9 AM – 11 AM.

The library accepts donations of new and very good condition used books for our book sales and collection. The library cannot guarantee that any material donated to the library will be added to the collection, and items that cannot be added to the collection may be sold. The sale and proceeds of donated books raise funds for library operations.

All materials must be in salable condition and be free of mold, mildew, or water damage.

The library accepts donations of:

  • used books
  • textbooks
  • DVDs
  • music CDs
  • audiobook CDs
  • puzzles

The library does not accept:

  • VHS tapes
  • cassette tapes
  • encyclopedias
  • condensed books (such as Reader’s Digest books)
  • magazines

Tax forms
Census
Voter Registration

Online Databases
eBooks
Youth Services
Adult Services
Passports
Computers and Printing

ResourceDescription
overdrive logoOverdrive
Browse, borrow, and enjoy eBook and eAudiobook titles from the Library System of Lancaster County digital collection. Online users can use OverDrive and mobile users can check out the Libby app. MTPL patrons have access to additional exclusive titles.
Hoopla
MTPL patrons can instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics 24/7 with your library card. 3 downloads a month per patron.
Rb digital
The world's largest library newsstand, brings the very best in magazine publishing to thousands of libraries worldwide. Curating custom collections from thousands of magazines from North American and global publishers (in multiple languages and genres), libraries offer patrons full-color, digital editions for desktop and mobile streaming and mobile-app download. Patrons select both new and back issues, adding them to their personal reading libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded. And with personal notifications for their favorite magazines, patrons never miss an issue.
NewsBank World News
NewsBank consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. Using these online resources, researchers in libraries around the world can easily explore tens of millions of current and archived news articles and obituaries in order to pinpoint information from primary sources at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.
tumblebooks logoTumbleBooks
The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing story books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) story book. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love! Flash Plug-In required.
For: elementary and middle school level students
BookFLIX
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning. Watch videos and read books about animals, celebrations, nature, music, earth, family, community, and more. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
Topics: animals and nature, earth and sky, people and places, alphabet and numbers, family and community, and music and rhyme.
For: elementary level children
TrueFlix
Learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks on topics such as American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, Farm to Table, The Civil War, Continents, The Thirteen Colonies, U.S. Government, Disasters, Earth Science, Experiments, Extreme Science, Nature, and many more.

For: late elementary and middle school level students

Pennsylvania State Law States that:

Records related to the circulation of library materials which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of the state Library or any local library which is established or maintained under any law of the Commonwealth or the library of a university, college or educational institution chartered by the Commonwealth or the library of any public school or branch reading room, deposit station or agency operated in connection therewith, shall be confidential and shall not be made available to anyone except by a court order in a criminal proceeding.” (PA State Law 24 P.S. Section 4428.)

The Library System of Lancaster County and member libraries will resist the issuance or enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction. Upon receipt of such process, order, or subpoena, library officers will consult with their legal counsel to determine if such process, order, or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance. If the process, order, or subpoena is not in the proper form or if good cause has not been shown, they will insist that such defects be cured.

  • This confidentiality policy applies equally to adults and minors. When an adult requests the records of a child, the library will respond only if the child consents to the request.
  • Telephone requests for information about materials checked out to patron accounts (adult or child) can be responded to if the caller has the barcode number on the library card.

Copyright U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials except when permitted by “fair use” principles. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including text, images, programs, e-mail or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement lies solely with the user, as the LSLC Member Libraries expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

A library card for the Library System of Lancaster County will be issued without charge to any resident of Lancaster County who is five years old or more.

A child under the age of 14 years must have the library card application form signed by a parent or legal guardian who agrees to assume responsibility for monitoring the materials borrowed by the child, as well as the child’s fines and the cost of any lost or damaged materials. (See Confidentiality)

Applicants will need to produce proof of address from one of the following sources:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • A current identification card
  • A bill from a utility company of retailer addressed to the person and dated in the last three months
  • A tax bill for a Lancaster County property
  • Working papers issued to a teenager
  • A copy of a current lease or deed for a Lancaster County property
  • Checks with a pre-printed Lancaster County address
  • Valid Lancaster County college / university ID

Non-residents of Lancaster County should see the librarian to obtain a card.

An institutional library card is issued to a Lancaster County organization that assumes responsibility for all borrowed materials. The application must be accompanied by a letter on the letterhead of the organization applying for the card, accepting responsibility for all borrowed materials and signed by the director of the organization. Overdue fines will be incurred for any materials not returned by the due date. Special loan periods can be arranged upon request.

The Internet is a global electronic network which enables the library to provide information to patrons beyond the library’s collection. It includes useful ideas, information, and opinions from around the world. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It provides access to information that may be inaccurate, illegal or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The LSLC Member Libraries cannot control a user’s access to all Internet resources.

Responsibilities of Library Staff and Users Library staff will not be responsible for personally monitoring a user’s Internet use, except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The user, or the parent/guardian of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times.

The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s policies. As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, NOT Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 18 years.)

Parents are responsible for their minor children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use. PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME IN WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND SUPERVISE INTERNET SESSIONS AT THE LIBRARY.

 

Disclaimers

While the LSLC Member Libraries endeavor to provide access to information of the highest quality, the LSLC Member Libraries specifically disclaim any warrant as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose. The LSLC Member Libraries will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the LSLC Member Libraries’ Internet service. Software and information from any source, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses. The LSLC Member Libraries are not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of a Library’s computers.

 

Definition of Terms

The term “LSLC Member Libraries” refers to the fourteen Member Libraries of the Library System of Lancaster County, their branches, staff, and all public governing bodies associated in any way with their operations.

The terms “Library” or “Member Library” refers to any one of the fourteen independent Libraries that comprise the Library System.

The term “User” or “Patron” is defined as any person using or viewing in any way all computers, workstations or networks made available for use by the Library.

The term “Minor” refers to any individual under the age of 18 years.

The term “Staff” refers to Library employees Goal As part of the LSLC Member Libraries’ mission to meet the cultural, informational and educational needs of the communities, they serve, employing advances in technology in this Information Age, the LSLC Member Libraries offer public access to the resources of the Internet with equal access to that information for all individuals in the community.

  1. Patrons must have a valid library card from the Library System of Lancaster County or another Access PA Library, and must have no overdue materials or fines owed. Member Libraries may choose to grant permission to use library computers to a visitor to the area after the visitor agrees to abide by this policy.
  2. An “Internet Usage Agreement” must be signed. If under age 18, a “Parental Permission Form” must be signed by the patron’s parent or legal guardian in the presence of library staff.
  3. Computer users must be able to employ the computer on their own, and may be asked to demonstrate their ability to use the computer without damaging it.
  4. Patrons must leave a workstation immediately when asked by a staff member.
  5. Patrons may not download materials onto the computer’s hard drive or attempt to add, modify or remove any system element.
  6. Patrons may download only that information which is legal to copy.
  7. Patrons may not systematically employ Library computers for commercial activity.
  8. Patrons will refrain from using sounds or visuals which might be disruptive to others.
  9. The Member Libraries do not offer email accounts but patrons may use library computers to access email from outside providers such as AOL, MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.
  10. Patrons may not alter or attach equipment to the library’s hardware, or alter, add or attempt to alter programs or device settings.
  11. Patrons are responsible for any damages they do to the machines or software.
  12. Misuse of computers or Internet access will result in the loss of computer privileges. A letter will be sent to parents or guardians of minors regarding any revocation of privileges, and a signed permission form will be included.
  13. The individual Member Libraries will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Library computers, including, but not limited to, fees for printing or purchase of disks and the length of time a patron may use the computer.

Response to Violations

The patron’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A patron violates this policy by his or her own action. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the patron’s access to computers at any of the Member Libraries of the Library System of Lancaster County. The first offense will result in a loss of computer privileges for one month. The second offense will result in a loss of computer privileges for six months. After the third offense, the patron will lose all computer privileges indefinitely. Decisions regarding the appropriate response to violations will be made by the Director of the Member Library at which the offense occurred, or by his/her designate. Appeals should be made in writing and submitted to the Member Library Director’s attention.

  1. Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading obscene materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
  2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, “trojan horse,” “time bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
  3. Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user’s password with others; impersonating another user; using one’s own software programs on the library’s computers; altering the Library’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software.
  4. Uses that are deemed “harmful to minors” or compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 17 may not give to others private information about themselves or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent’s permission. The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h][7]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that – taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; – depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; – taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
  5. Uses that Violate Confidentiality of Information: Unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal information regarding Library users, including minors is prohibited. Personally identifiable information about users may not be disclosed or used in any way, except to law enforcement authorities as provided in the law. Users should be aware, however, that due to the technical difficulties involved in providing absolute security, transactions and files may become public. The library prohibits displaying, downloading, or copying offensive or inappropriate messages, pictures, or explicit sexual material as defined in 18 PA.C.S.A. 5903

Manheim Township Public Library endeavors to inform, educate, inspire, and connect through its social media channels. Library staff uses social media to provide information and promote library programs, events, resources, and services. Social media serves as a platform to inspire positive conversation and expand the Library’s connection with the community.

Definition of Social Media

For the purpose of this policy, social media is defined as any website, application, or account created and maintained by Manheim Township Public Library and used to connect patrons and staff on library-related topics and matters.

Usage Rules

Manheim Township Public Library welcomes comments, posts, and messages from the community. Users should have no expectation of privacy when postings on Library sponsored social media sites. Postings deemed inappropriate will be removed. In addition, Manheim Township Public Library reserves the right to ban or block users who have posted in violation of this policy. These comments include, but are not limited to:

  1. Obscene content or hate speech
  2. Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  3. Potentially libelous statements
  4. Plagiarized material, material that violates copyright laws, trademark rights, or other intellectual property rights
  5. Comments or hyperlinks not directly related to the library, its mission, or its activities
  6. Commercial promotion, advertisement, or spam
  7. Political activity
  8. Private or personal information, including name, age, phone number, address, etc.
  9. Photos or images which fall into any of the above categories

Manheim Township Public Library does not act in place of, or in the absence of, a parent/guardian and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent/guardian may place on a minor’s use of social media.

Manheim Township Public Library is not responsible for or liable for any social media content posted by any participant who is not a member of the Library’s staff.

Users are expected to abide by the terms and conditions set by third party social media platforms and to abide by all Federal, State, and Local laws.

The content of the Library’s social media platforms is considered public record under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law and is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

 

Manheim Township Public Library Foundation Board Approved 4/22/20

Fines/Fees

  • 30 cents per day for Adult and YA (Young Adult) materials with a maximum fine of $5.10 per item.
  • 20 cents per day for Children’s materials with a maximum fine of $3 per item.
  • $1 per day for all Videos and DVDs with a maximum of $5 per item.

Fine Enforcement

Library patrons and the parents of juvenile library patrons are expected to return library materials promptly, and to pay any overdue fines incurred. If an item is more than 14 days overdue, borrowing privileges are suspended until the materials are returned and the overdue fine is paid. Fines must be paid and overdue materials returned before suspended borrowing privileges are restored. However, a patron may incur a fine of $5.99 before borrowing privileges are suspended.

First Notice

The first overdue notice will be sent to the most recent address listed in the library records for the patron account when the item is 2 weeks overdue. The notice will include a list of overdue materials. Failure to return the items listed in this notice within seven (7) working days of the date of this notice will result in a suspension of a cardholder’s borrowing privileges in each library in Lancaster County until the account is cleared. Failure to return these items within 4 weeks after the original due date will result in a charge to the cardholder’s account for the replacement cost of the materials.

Second Notice

Bill for replacement at 4 weeks The second notice is sent when the item is 4 weeks overdue. This is a bill for the replacement of the books. If the billed items are found, you need only pay the overdue fines.

Lost item charges equal the price of the item. It is the responsibility of the library patron to contact the library to arrange for the payment of overdue fines. Any questions about an account may be directed to the cardholder’s local library.

Renewals can be done at:

  • any member library circulation desk
  • telephone
  • the Internet

Telephone renewal can be done by calling (717) 560-6441.

Internet Renewal is available from the Library System of Lancaster County Online Catalog.

Just click on the My Account tab on any page of the Catalog and input your name, barcode and PIN.

Note: Not all items can be renewed with the online renewal system. Some reasons an item may not be renewed are: another borrower has requested the item; that type of material is not eligible for renewal; you already renewed the item the maximum number of times; or, because of overdue fines on your record.

If you are unable to renew your items, please call the library at (717) 560-6441.

Lost or stolen library cards can be replaced for $1.00 at the Manheim Township Public Library. Patrons will need to show photo ID to be issued a new card.

  1. The Manheim Township Public Library has a large program room that can be divided into three sections, a conference room, a kitchen, and a children’s room available for library-sponsored activities. When not in use by the library, these rooms, along with several smaller study /meeting rooms are available to community organizations, businesses or individuals for meetings or programs of civic, cultural, social or educational interest.
  2. Any use of the Manheim Township Public Library facilities is subject to approval of the Director.
  3. Meeting rooms will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Permission may be granted to groups and organizations for multiple meetings over a period not to exceed nine (9) months and two (2) meetings per month. Renewal applications must be submitted. Prior use of the library meeting rooms will not entitle applicants to future use.
  4. The library also reserves the right to discontinue use of the facilities by any group or organization that interferes with library operations.
  5. The Manheim Township Public Library provides the use of these rooms for non-discriminating, non-partisan cultural, civic, social or educational purposes only. The Board of Directors of the Manheim Township Public Library does not endorse the objectives of any organization using these meeting rooms.
  6. Meeting rooms are not available when, in the opinion of the Director, the use of the room might endanger public safety, cause disorder or disrupt the primary functions of the library.  The Director has the right to discontinue the use of the room by a group or organization that is causing a disturbance, damage, interfering with Library operations or for any other reason.
  7. Please use the correct name of the library (MANHEIM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY) in all publicity.  Also it must be made clear that the library is NOT the sponsor of the meeting.  All media publicity related to the use of the library must be cleared with the library Community Relations Manager or Library Director.
  8. No non-library group or organization may use the Manheim Township Public Library as its address.
  9. The sponsoring group or organization or individual applying for use of the facility assumes all responsibility for damage to library property and for leaving the premises in original order.  In the event that additional cleanup is necessary, a security deposit will be used to cover the additional custodial expenses. Any additional expenses for cleaning or repair to the facility will be the responsibility of the organization, group, or individual renting the facility.
  10. Walls may not be used for mounting or hanging pictures, displays or posters, etc.  Open flame candles and balloons filled with helium are not permitted.
  11. Groups, organizations or individuals using the facilities do so at their own risk and are responsible for their actions and the actions of their guests. Children may not be left unattended or unsupervised by adults who are attending meetings or programs.
  12. No sale of merchandise or services is permitted without the express written permission of the Board.
  13. No admission for meetings or programs may be charged unless it is sponsored by or for the benefit of Manheim Township Public Library or an approved non-profit organization.  Any organization considering charging an admission fee or any other fee in association with a meeting or program must receive specific, written approval of the Library Executive Director prior to the event.
  14. It is the applicant’s responsibility to return the room to its original condition and remove trash to the proper outdoor container.
  15. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on library premises.
  16. Exceptions to the Meeting Room Use Policy require written Board permission.
  17. The Manheim Township Public Library adheres to the Library Bill of Rights 

SCHEDULING USE OF ROOMS

  1. Library related programs or library-sponsored programs take precedence in scheduling the use of the rooms.
  2. In order to use the rooms, a group or organization must submit an application at least two weeks in advance of use date.  The application and rental agreement are available on the library’s website or upon request.
  3. Full payment is due prior to or at the time of the event. In the event a scheduled meeting/event is canceled by the applicant, the applicant should notify the library as soon as possible so that the space can be made available to others. If the applicant cancels or changes the reservation less than two weeks prior to the event, a fee will be applied.
  4. If the library must cancel the use of the room, the applicant will be notified as soon as possible.  If the library closes due to inclement weather, the event would also be canceled. It is the responsibility of the renting group to contact the library to find out if it is open, by calling the library or tuning to WGAL where weather closings are posted.  If the Library elects to close, paid fees will be refunded or applied to a mutually agreed upon alternate date.
  5. The group, organization or individual renting the room must sign a Facility Rental Agreement. They must also comply with all copyright laws and have a license and/or legal release to show copyrighted films, photographs or other materials.
  6. The person or organization making the reservation will be held responsible for the proper conduct of those attending the meeting and will be financially responsible for any damage to library property. The room must be returned to its prior condition, unless instructed otherwise by library staff.
  7. When a room is to be used by an organization with members 17 years of age or under, the application must be made by an adult.  No one will be admitted until the adult in charge has arrived.  An adult must be present at all times.
  8. Meetings must be scheduled during normal library hours and must be concluded by normal library closing hours. Exceptions can be made if a library designee is available to open or close the building.  An extended use fee will be charged for room use outside the normal operating hours.  This will vary depending on total use and time.
  9. If there is any question or dispute about the public meeting room use, the decision of the Board will be final.

CATERING AND FOOD

  1. The Tell Cafe, located in the library, provides catering for food and beverage service. All arrangements for catered food services shall be made through the library’s Tell Family Café manager, Sue Funk  (sfunk@manheimtownship.org).
  2. The kitchen facilities are available for serving light refreshments. Any use of a catering service other than the Tell Cafe shall be approved with the library staff prior to the scheduled meeting. A 10% fee is added to any outside caterer or restaurant food service provider.
  3. The sponsoring group or organization is responsible for wiping off tables, vacuuming, and placing trash in proper outdoor receptacles immediately following the program.

EQUIPMENT

  1. The library has equipment available that can be rented for a meeting. See fee schedule. Groups or individuals renting equipment are responsible for any damage incurred to the equipment. These items must be reserved at the time of the room rental.
  2. Additional library equipment or furniture other than that specified in the application may be requested and used only with the approval of the Director. Groups or individuals are responsible for any damage incurred to this equipment.
  3. The library is not responsible for any equipment, furniture, supplies or possessions owned by individuals or groups used on library property.

PA SYSTEM

The PA system is available for lectures, presentations, music, films, and other general uses. It includes up to 4 microphones and/or a lectern microphone, amplifier and speakers. The fee includes setup and breakdown. Requirements for large venue sound, like concerts and dances, may require additional sound resources which must be approved by the Library Director and paid for by the group, organization or individual renting the facility.

STUDY ROOMS

There is no charge for use of the Study Rooms unless reserved (See fee schedule for rates). These are used on a first-come/first-serve basis.  Study Rooms must be returned to their original state. Registrant(s) will be held responsible for any damage to library property in the Study Rooms. These rooms can only be used during normal library hours for periods of 2 hours at a time.  This may be extended if no one is waiting. They shall be checked out at the Service Center prior to use.

AMENDMENTS

The Board of Directors of the Manheim Township Public Library expressly reserves the right to amend this Meeting Room Use Policy. The Board also reserves the right to make special exceptions.

 

Click here to fill out Rental Agreement

  1. Click on this link to create a username 
  2. Make a username and enter your email address
  3. You should receive an email containing your username and will it prompt you to create a password.
  • Go to the calendar
  • Click the Login button on the top right area
  • Input your username and password.
  1. Log into your account
  2. Go to the Calendar
  3. Click on the My Account 
  4. From here you should see a form allowing you to change your password.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Password length should be at least 8 characters, to make it stronger, use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
  1. Login to your account
  2. Select an event you would like to register for.
    • You have the ability to filter via Event Category or Age Group
  3. Hover over an event to see a quick summary of what it is about.
  4. Click on the event you would like to register for.
    • Once you do this you will be able to see:
      • Date and time of the event
      • How many available spots are left
      • A full description of the event
  5. Click on the Register Now Button in order
  6. Fill in the registration form – the fields that have a red * are required
  7. If you would like to register multiple people under your account, click the Register Guest checkbox.
  8. Once you do this you should be able to fill in the information for the additional person you are registering.
  9. Once you had completed this press the Register button toward the bottom.

When you sign up for an event you will receive:

  • An email notification informing you that you have successfully registered for the event.  You will not get a confirming e-mail if a Library Staff member signed you up for the event.
  • Event Announcements (e.g. cancellations, rescheduling etc)

If an event is full, you will have the opportunity to sign up on the wait list.

Register as you normally would, then if someone unregisters for the event you will be notified via email and automatically signed up for the event.

The wait list is first come first serve.

  1. Go to Your Account from the Calendar
  2. You should see a list of all events that you had signed up for
  3. Click on the red X on the right hand side of the event you would like to unregister for
  4. You will be asked to Confirm Removal of the Event > Click Yes
  5. Once you had done this click outside of the confirmation box

If you have forgotten your password please follow these steps:

  1. Click Login toward the top right area of the calendar
  2. Once you get to the Sign In page, click Forgot your password.
  3. You will be prompted to type in your email address – once you do this, you will receive an email providing the steps to reset your password.