A State Mandated Access Card allows an individual who lives in
an area in Nassau County which does not currently support local
public library service to borrow materials from the member libraries
of the Nassau Library System. These cards are an interim accommodation
while mechanisms can be put into place so that all Nassau County
residents are able to contribute their fair share of tax support
for public libraries.
Because the State will not allow a fee to be charged for these
cards and because the individuals issued these cards are not currently
taxed for local library service, the State has approved some limitations
on their use.
Libraries with a high volume of use by individuals who reside
outside of their taxing areas are not required to loan recently
acquired books or audiovisual materials (videos, CD's, books-on-cassette,
etc.) to non-residents.
Libraries may also give preference to their own local cardholders
for the onsite use of computers and library program attendance.
Materials may not be reserved with these cards. Interlibrary loans
are available to State Mandated Access Cardholders via the Levittown
The use of State Mandated Access Cards is, therefore, subject
to the rules and regulations of each library at which they are presented.
The member libraries of the Nassau Library System are autonomous
and each establishes its own policies and procedures.
Lastly, where excessive use by non-residents can be documented,
a library does not have to honor State Mandated Access Cards.