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Library Policies

RFM Library Mission:

To collect, preserve, and circulate titles that serve a literary purpose about the Quaker tradition and its values, or that relate to religious, spiritual and social justice interests of the Quaker community.

Library Donation Policy:

Donations of books, videos, or audiobooks can be made directly to the Raleigh Friends Meeting Library by placing them in the front entrance or in one of the wicker return baskets near the bookshelves. Raleigh Friends ask that the donor be mindful that we have limited space in the library and only volunteers to manage the collection. It may not always be possible to use all donated items. We request that only new or gently used books be donated. All donations should be current titles (published within the past 5 years), with the exception of replacing missing or damaged copies. Please do not donate materials if the meeting already has one or more copies of that title in good condition. Once items are donated, they become the property of the RFM Library. If the library cannot use all items, the excess items will be passed on to another home unless the donor requests that the meeting return the title to them in advance. The library will share some of its excess donations with other non-profit organizations to help establish their libraries..

Circulation Policy:

The RFM Library circulates its titles by the “honor system”. We request that the borrower complete the form for each title in the check-out binder located on the center library book shelf and return within a few weeks to allow other readers to enjoy. When returning the book, please place the book in one of the “return” baskets near the shelves and cross out your name and title in the check-out binder.

Library Catalog:

The library catalog is now online for all to access. It can be browsed by title, author, subject (tags), Dewey, etc. To access the catalog, go to http://www.librarything.com/catalog/RaleighFriends. The URL and search window for the library catalog are highlighted in the screen below. By clicking on any of the blue column headings, the titles can be sorted by that column.

Meeting Facility Use Policies
Raleigh Friends Meeting commits to share our space with community groups.  We reserve the right to displace groups from their meeting place or time in case of an unusual and important Meeting need.  We make every attempt to avoid this and will give groups as much notice as possible if it is necessary.

Kitchen: Building users are welcome to use the kitchen and toilets on the first floor.  Please do not take food upstairs.  DO NOT leave food items in RFM refrigerator or in cabinets. If dishes/utensils are used, please wash, dry, and return to their proper place.  Do not leave wet dishes in the dish drain.  Cabinets and drawers are clearly labeled with the proper location of dishes and implements.

Trash/recycling: Please place empty rinsed plastic, glass, or metal beverage/other containers in the recycling bin on the porch.  Our City of Raleigh trash container is located behind the handicapped parking sign in front of the Meeting House.

Meeting Room Chair Arrangement:  Detailed instructions for replacing the Meeting Room chairs are also provided on the wall of the meeting room to the right of the door.  The diagram shows three chairs on the front rows, four chairs on the other two rows.  Please use this set-up unless users have been asked by the scheduler to do a different arrangement.

Please mix the wood, metal, and cushioned chairs in each of the four sections so that each section has some of each kind.

Allow space between sides of chairs (4 to 6 inches) and between rows (24 to 30 inches) so that folks will not disturb others as they take their seats.

All yoga props (blankets, blocks, mats, etc.) must be removed from the Meeting Room at the end of the week and stored appropriately for Friends use of the Meeting House over the weekend.

Three large cushions/pillows are placed in a row on the floor beneath one of the quilt hangings.  All other cushions are neatly stacked at the ends of the wooden benches so that they will be easily accessible as needed.  Bench seats and the floor beneath the benches are to be cleared of blankets and other items not commonly used during Friends Meetings.

Simultaneous use of the building:  Other groups may use other rooms in the building at the same time as your group and will also have access to the kitchen and toilets.  People from the Meeting may be present on occasion to clean, do yard work or carry out Meeting-related tasks.  We will do all we can to prevent any disturbance to your group.  Please let us know if your group have any specific requests or concerns about this so we can work out a mutual solution.  If the event will need to use a room or rooms in addition to that listed above, please arrange with the Scheduler.

Parking:  The Meeting owns no parking spaces beyond the one in front reserved for handicapped use.  Each building user will need to make their own parking arrangements or park on the street.  Cars parked in parking lot across from meetinghouse from Monday to Friday may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Entry/Exit: We will provide building users with a code for a key box located on the door at the Meeting House.  Inside that box is a key that will open the front door of the Meeting House.  The key should be used to pen and lock the door and should be left in the key box when you are done using the space.  We reserve the right to change the key box code at any time for security purposes.  We will do our best to advise groups of any changes in order to avoid any inconvenience.

“Rain Date”:  If circumstances beyond the group’s control (such as extreme weather) require cancellation of a session(s), please contact the Scheduler to see if a “rain date” can be worked into the calendar.

Donation:  The suggested donation helps defray the costs of operating and maintaining the building.  It is the user’s option whether to pay this in installments or with one check or money order.  Please send payment to the above address, marked “Attention: Treasurer.”

Other commitments: We request that the signer either personally carry out the following responsibilities associated with the use of the Meeting House, or designate them to individuals in your group, so that the premises will be clean, secure, and in good order for the next user:

  • The building user may adjust heating or air conditioning as needed, but please return them to its original setting before leaving.  To change the setting, open the cover of the thermostat to the left of the double doors inside the main Meeting room.  Press the Up arrow ↑ to raise the temperature and the Down arrow ↓ to lower the temperature.  Press RUN PROGRAM to return to the original setting.
  • There is no smoking permitted in the building.  We request that all users smoke only outdoors and that butts and other related litter be discarded in an ashtray or other designated container.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the premises.
  • Please do not move or roll up the carpet in the main Meeting room.  While the chairs in the main room may be moved, please do not move the pews (benches).
Overview of the Meeting Facilities
Located at 625 Tower Street in the heart of historic Oberlin Village, Raleigh Friends’ meetinghouse was dedicated in 1990.

Front Yard

The shaded front yard has ground cover and shubbery. There are also benches and a handicapped parking space.

Back Yard

A wrap-around porch connects the front yard to the the back yard, which is home to a silent garden and a small community vegetable garden. Grass and children’s equipment complete the backyard.

Meetinghouse

The meetinghouse is two stories and contains five meetingrooms, a kitchen, three bathrooms, four storage rooms, and an office. The first floor is accessible with a ramp and stairs.

Downstairs, the worship space, aka the Meeting room, is the largest room and is two stories high with acoustical padding and large glass windows. It easily fits 50 people. It contains a piano, carpeted floors, a screen for a projector, large pews against the walls, and moveable stacking chairs. The Kitchen contains a refridgerator, microwave, small oven, and sink. The Garden Room is downstairs in the back and houses the meeting’s library. The Nursery is also downstairs in the back and has short chairs and children toys. There are also two unisex bathrooms (one with a diaper change table), an office, and storage rooms.

Upstairs are two meeting rooms, a bathroom, and a storage room. To reach the upstairs, go to the foyer and take the door on the left beside the coat rack. The First Day School room has soft seating, a whiteboard, and a meeting table suitable for older children and adults. The interior room is smaller with adult seating.

User Information- Check Lists

1ST FLOOR

MEETING ROOM

Chairs & Pillows

  • Chairs: Stack chairs. Please match back styles in each stack; arm chairs stack on bottom. Chairs are rolled to Young Friends room for week days.
  • Cushions and basket for cushions: Place in Young Friends room stacked with adequate space from the closet door (floor is marked).

Carpet: Vacuum if food is spilled on carpet.

Meeting room check: Collect any cups/plates or personal items left by Friends.

Temperature control

  • Heat/AC to settings: Adjust appropriately for seasonal use. Winter months set at 68-72Summer months at 74-75.
  • Fans: Turn off.


KITCHEN

  • Tea, coffee and snacks: Return to kitchen shelves/cabinets. We do not leave these items on counter tops.
  • Donated baked goods and treats: Take home by donor or Friends cleaning up. Or added to compost bin or trash. We leave table and counter tops clean during the week.
  • Refrigerated items: Return to fridge.
  • Cups, utensils, plates, etc.: Wash, dry and return to their appropriate drawers or cabinets. All drawer fronts and cabinet doors are labeled.
  • Counters & stove: Wipe well to remove all food/drink spills.

GARDEN ROOM

  • Counter tops and tables: Wipe well to remove crumbs and sugar that attract ants and roaches. (We’re Friendly yet not this Friendly!!)
  • Garden room floor and rug: Sweep up crumbs.
  • Shades: Window shades help control heat loss in the winter and control heat build up in the summer.  In the winter shades should cover the windows during late afternoon and at night to help insulate the room.  In the summer window shades should cover the windows from mid day until sunset to help shade/cool the back rooms.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL/NURSERY

  • Floors: Sweep up crumbs.
  • Toys and books: Put away all toys and books.
  • Shades: Window shades help control heat loss in the winter and control heat build up in the summer.  In the winter, shades should cover the windows during late afternoon and at night to help insulate the room.  In the summer, window shades should cover the windows from mid day until sunset to help shade/cool the back rooms.

Laundry

  • Dish-towels & table cloths: Take home to wash.
  • Washed linens: Return & put in labeled kitchen drawer.

Trash & Recycling

  • Collect trash in 1) Bathrooms, 2) Garden Room, 3) Young Friends Room, and 4) Kitchen.
  • Collect & take to outside trash canisters. Put clean plastic bags in inside containers.
  • Recyclable plastic containers, cardboard, glass, etc.: Put in recycle container outside.

Refills

Location of supplies: Linens—Labeled kitchen drawers; Soap, paper products, etc—Cupboard in Young Friends Room

  • Kitchen: Paper towels, soap and fresh linens Refills Location of supplies: Linens—Labeled kitchen drawers;
  • Restrooms: Replenish soap, toilet paper containers and paper towel dispensers. 

Lights

  • Turn off all interior lights

Locking-up

  • All exterior doors are locked: 1) Front main door; 2) side door (next to stairs to 2nd floor) AND 3) Garden room door.
  • Last person in building can flip MAIN FRONT door lock & exit side door.
  • Be sure to lock this side door, too!!

2ND FLOOR

Clean-up

  • Be sure that any food or beverages are taken out in trash.
  • Clean up any spills or crumbs
  • Vacuum as needed
  • Arrange chairs and pillows neatly in both rooms

Crafts, Games, Puzzles, Books, Projects & ‘more’

  • Return to appropriate place.

Soap, Paper Towels, & Tissue

  • Refill all bathroom supplies, as needed

Trash

  • Empty all trashcans
  • Replace with clean plastic bag

Windows

  • Close & lock all windows

Lights

  • Turn off all lights

Exterior door in stairwell

  • Be SURE that it is locked!
Parking

Weekdays

Daytime parking:

  • Raleigh Friends Meeting has one handicapped space, directly in front of the meetinghouse. It is very wide to accommodate wheelchair lifts.
  • Street parking on Bedford Street.
  • Reserved parking down Tower Street. A dashboard placard must be displayed to avoid being towed at the owner’s expense.  See photos and files for location.
  • Cars parked in parking lot across from meetinghouse may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Evening parking:

  • Raleigh Friends Meeting has one handicapped space, directly in front of the meetinghouse. It is very wide to accommodate wheelchair lifts.
  • Street parking on Tower Street.
  • Reserved parking down Tower Street. A dashboard placard must be displayed to avoid being towed at the owner’s expense.  See photos and files for location.
  • Cars parked in parking lot across from meetinghouse may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Weekends

  • Raleigh Friends Meeting has one handicapped space, directly in front of the meetinghouse. It is very wide to accommodate wheelchair lifts.
  • Street parking on Tower Street.
  • Reserved parking down Tower Street. A dashboard placard must be displayed to avoid being towed at the owner’s expense.  See photos and files for location.
  • Parking lot across from Meetinghouse.