Our mission is to provide the community with a place to enhance their academic and social skills, find information, finish school projects, recreate, and relax their minds. The San Juan Memorial Library serves as a community resource to the citizens of San Juan and surrounding communities. The Library has a collection of over 34,000 books along with a variety of DVD movies available for check out. We also provide fifty personal computers with internet access as well as MS Office and four children’s computers with many fun and educational programs.

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Location:

1010 S. Standard St.

San Juan, TX 78589


Phone: 956.702.0926

Fax: 956.783.3444

Information

Circulation

Authorized borrowers

  • All citizens of San Juan

  • All citizens of Hidalgo County

  • TexShare card holders

  • A patron may check out 10 books including books on tape for a duration of two (2) weeks.

  • Adults can check out 4 DVDs for (3) days.

  • All borrowers are responsible for returning the material on time and in the same condition as it was checked out.

Fines and Fees:

The following fees were approved by the Mayor and the City Commission of the City of San Juan:

MATERIAL

FINE

Regular Copies (black & white)

$0.15

Color Copies (per page)

$0.50

Faxes(per page)

$1.00

Scanning (per page)

$0.25

Computer Printouts(black & white per page)

$0.15

Color Computer Printouts(per page)

$0.50

Book Late Fee (charged per day per book)

$0.15

Movie Late Fee (charged per day per movie)

$1.00

Processing Fee (per damaged/lost item)

$5.00

REPLACEMENT OF LIBRARY CARD


1st Replacement Card

$1.00

2nd Replacement Card

$2.50

3rd Replacement Card

$5.00

Lost or Damaged Material:

The Library will charge the borrowers for lost items or materials damaged beyond repair.

The fee charged will be the price of the material plus the processing fee.

Children

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to our City of San Juan Memorial Library. We have many wonderful books and learning videos for you to check out.

Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:30 PM-5:30 PM we will be having crafts and snacks.

For preschool children, we have Toddler Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Preschoolers can come and learn about letter sounds, rhymes, songs, dances, story time and crafts.

Every first and third Thursday of the month, we have Board Game Night, and on the second and fourth Thursday, we have Pay-Doh Time. Come, play and hang out!

As always, we are always looking for input from teenagers to see what you would like to do at our library! We would love to see you here!

All the activities take place in the Children’s area. Remember when you come to the library you must be accompanied by an adult. For Toddler Time, the parent must be present in the children’s area. If you need any help, ask the Children’s Librarian, Ms. Christina Perez.

Check out our calendar for upcoming activities.


Interlibrary Loans

Policy Statement

The San Juan Memorial Library borrows and lends out library material through Interlibrary Loan thus enhancing and extending the resources available to its users. Because the Library cannot purchase or subscribe to every useful resource, Interlibrary Loan is an essential part of its mission to meet the information needs of the community.

To Make an Interlibrary Loan Request:

InterlibraryLoan (ILL) provides access for library patrons to books not currently available at this library, and provides books from our collection to all eligible requesting libraries. Interlibrary Loan will not obtain books for people who have outstanding obligations to the library such as overdue fines, lost book fees, or overdue material.

Making a Request:

When filling out the Interlibrary Loan Request form, it is important that you fill out all of the information completely and legibly. All requests are processed as quickly as possible. All orders are dependent on the lending library’s manpower and policies.

The only materials borrowed from, or loaned to, other libraries are books – no audiovisual materials. Bestsellers nor current releases will not be loaned nor requested from other libraries.

Number of Items:

Patrons are limited to 2 ILL requests per check out period.

Pick Up and Return of Material:

ILL material must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Return books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan to the Circulation Desk or to the book drop box.

Renewals:

A patron is allowed to renew Interlibrary Loan books, as long as the owning library grants permission.

Fees for Books:

Overdue charges apply to ILL books. The charges for lost ILL books and processing fee are up to the discretion of the lending institution.

Technology

Public Access Computers

Our computers can be accessed with an active Hidalgo County library card. All computers have internet as well as MS Office and have a printer connection for black and white print outs. There is a time limit for computer usage of 60 minutes with extensions available per request for homework and job searching.

In-House Printing

Black and white prints are 0.15 cents per page.

Color prints are 0.50 cents per page.

Legal and double sided printing are also available.

Equipment

The library offers a variety of services to the public including: Internet Access, Microsoft Office Suite and Online Library Catalog access. Other available equipment varies but may include:

  • Copy Machines

  • Scanner

  • Fax Machine

  • 50 Lab Computers

  • 4 Childrens Area Computers


Study Rooms

Policy statement

The San Juan Memorial Library provides a total of 2 study rooms to enable individuals or small groups of 6 to meet or have a quiet space to work during regular library hours.

  • Person/s requesting study room accepts responsibility for maintaining and leaving the room in its original condition.

  • Study room may be used for a maximum of 2 hours daily. Additional time will be granted only for extreme circumstances and must be pre-approved by the circulation staff on duty.

  • Study rooms are available on a first come – first served basis. Advance reservations will not be taken.

  • Occupancy limits: 6 persons per room.

  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Food, drinks, all tobacco and alcohol products are prohibited.

  • Persons found: eating, littering, engaging in loud or disruptive behavior, defacing library property or otherwise acting inappropriately will be removed from the study room and library.

  • Occupants are responsible for their belongings.

  • All contraband or illegal activities are prohibited.

  • Study rooms may not be used to distribute or sell goods or services of any kind.

  • Study rooms are not intended to be the regular meeting site of any group or organization.

  • No signs, fliers or banners may be attached to any library wall, ceiling or property.

  • Rooms must be vacated 15 minutes prior to library closing.

Failure to follow the above rules may result in loss of library privileges and/or criminal prosecution or other action.


Policies

Patron Guidelines

The San Juan Memorial Library provides a safe environment that is conducive to the use of all patrons. The San Juan Memorial Library expects patrons to behave in a civil and considerate manner. The library staff will warn or ask patrons to leave the library if their behavior is disruptive or abusive. If necessary, the San Juan Memorial Library staff will call the City of San Juan Police Department for assistance.

The following are examples of behavior that will not be tolerated in the library:

  • Behavior that endangers the safety or health of other patrons or staff

  • Violation, while in the library, of any local, state, or federal law

  • Vandalism or deliberate destruction of any library materials

  • Theft of library materials or the personal property of other patrons or staff members

  • Deliberate disruption of library procedures

  • Use of abusive language

  • Loud talking or laughing that disturbs or could disturb other patrons

  • Drinking and eating can only be done in the café.

  • Use of electronic devices, such as radios, pagers, or cell phones with respect to other patrons.

Children

The San Juan Memorial Library holds minors to the same standard of behavior as adult patrons. Library staff will ask the parent and or guardian of disruptive children to step out of the library with their children if the parent and or guardian are not able to control their children.

The San Juan Memorial Library holds the parent and or guardian responsible for the actions of the minor.

Children 12 and under should not be left unattended in the library. When a staff member finds a child 12 or under unattended in the library, the staff member will contact the San Juan Police.

Destruction of Library Materials or Property

Destruction of library material can include ripping out pages from books or magazines, defacing the pages or covers of books or magazines, writing in books, or the damaging of videos. The San Juan Memorial Library will charge patrons found damaging materials for the repair or replacement as set forth in the circulation guidelines. San Juan Police Department will be called if deemed necessary.

Theft of Library Materials/Property and Tagging

The San Juan Police Department will be called when a patron is found stealing or damaging city property.

Internet Use

Purpose: To clarify the use of Internet resources by staff, volunteers and the public in the San Juan Memorial Library

Policy: The San Juan Memorial Library endeavors to provide collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of the diverse communities it serves. Within this context, the Library offers access to all of the citizens of San Juan and of Hidalgo County, with the understanding that it is the individual user’s responsibility to demonstrate judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using the library resources and facilities. Access is a privilege, not a right, and requires responsibility on the part of the user.

The Internet is a global resource. Resources available on the Internet supplement and complement the collections and resources available at the Library. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available over the Internet. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. Users should note that not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information.

Much of the content on the World Wide Web is copyrighted. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of any notices concerning copyright and to respect the copyright laws of the United States. The U.S. Copyright Office posts all relevant copyright laws at http://www.copyright.gov/.

It is the Policy of the Library to:

  • Prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail or other forms of direct electronic communication.

  • Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity.

  • Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

  • Comply with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) / Neighborhood CIPA.


All Library computers with Internet access use a technology protection measure to block, filter or otherwise protect against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors and to any other materials considered inappropriate for or harmful to minors.

Patrons who are 18 years of age and over may, at their request, have the technology protection measure disabled during their use to enable access for bona fida research or other lawful purposes. Procedures for disabling or other wise modifying any technology protection measures (for use by adults) shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or the Computer Specialist.

Public wireless Internet access is also filtered, and all Library policies concerning legal, acceptable and safe use of computers and the Internet apply.

As is the case with any electronic media system provided by the City, Library users should not have an expectation of privacy when using any form of electronic media.

Supervising Computer Use for Children:

Access for all patrons under age 18 will be filtered. Filtering software may not block all material users find offensive. Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for monitoring any and all Internet use by minors AND/OR consent given on the part of parents or legal guardians for a Library card constitutes acknowledgement by the parents or guardians that they have a responsibility for monitoring their child’s use of all Library resources, including the public computers.

Acceptable Use of Library Computers:

All electronic traffic originating from the computing lab will be in accordance with acceptable use

standards. Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet, computer, or other privileges.

  • Respect for the privacy of others.

  • Compliance with copyright law and licensing for individual data and programs.

  • Consideration for the security and functioning of computers, computer networks, and systems.

User consent to this policy is obtained before logging into a computer; user must agree to abide by the policy. Patrons are expected to adhere to all rules governing the use of the Internet in libraries, including the duration and frequency of sessions. Patrons who violate library policy regarding the use of the Internet or who behave in a disruptive manner will be asked to either modify their use appropriately or have their Internet usage access terminated.

Unacceptable Use of Library Computers:

Computing resources may only be used for legal purposes by the public and staff

in accordance with the ethical standards of the computing lab. Examples of unacceptable use include,

but are not limited to the following:

  • Uses for any purposes that violate applicable federal, state, or local laws including copyright laws.

  • Interfering with or disrupting other computer users, services, or equipment.

  • Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to other computing, information, or communications sources or devices (hacking).

  • Malicious, threatening, harassing, or obscene behavior or language.

  • Obscene behavior including public display of obscene materials on computer screens or in hard copy.

  • Misrepresentation of oneself or the computing lab.

  • Activities that could cause congestion and disruption of networks and systems.

  • Unsolicited advertising.

  • To access, upload, download, transmit or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit language or material.

Cautions:

  • Parents are cautioned to monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet.

  • Users are cautioned to guard closely the security of personal information, credit card
    numbers, computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorizations when using the Internet.

  • Users are cautioned to take steps to protect their systems from computer viruses
    and other destructive computer programs when downloading programs to disk for use on other computers.

  • Electronic files should not be considered confidential. When required by law, the
    computing lab must disclose all files to the extent required by law.

  • The computing lab is not liable for any direct or indirect and/or punitive damages (including
    lost data or information) sustained or incurred in connection with the use or unavailability of the system

Staff members are to use the Internet for Library related purposes only. Unacceptable use of the Internet is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the San Juan Memorial Library.

Use of the Internet stations is on a first-come, first-served basis. Time limits are set so all patrons seeking access will have an opportunity to do so.

Approved by Mayor and City Commission at a public hearing after normal public notice on the 26 day of June, 2012




Quick Links

Department Staff

Armandina Sesin

Library Director

sesin@sanjuanlibrary.com

Richard Rodriguez

Library Supervisor

rrodriguez@sanjuanlibrary.com

Christina Perez

Children Librarian

George Melendez

Library Aide

Jaime Tijerina

Library Aide

Roman Morales

PT Library Aide