Granby Public Library System,
Granby, CT 06035
Consider the Mission
A public library is here to serve the public. We do not
have a ‘hidden agenda’ to sell or make a profit. Our
mission is to serve the public and to meet their needs for
free access to materials and information.
As a public library, we do not discriminate against age,
race, gender, religion or socio-economic status.
Essentially, we work for our patrons, the taxpayers.
Basic Meet & Greet Behavior:
A simple Good morning or Good Day is often
sufficient, especially if busy with other patrons.
If busy, try to make eye contact as a patron comes
near the Desk and acknowledge by a simple I’ll be
with you in a moment. Thanks for waiting.
Some patrons don’t want to appear clueless
(especially Teens), so you need to be the first to
offer help. A friendly “Can I help you?” often
breaks the ice. If they decline help, then leave
them be – but keep an eye out, just in case!
Welcome * Listen * Refer * Closing
Answer as quickly as you can.
Salutation and identification--“Good morning,
Granby Public Library. May I help you?”
Speak with a smile in your voice - a smile can be
heard over the phone.
Always ask if you can put the call on hold, if it’s
necessary; and let the caller know if you’ll be
transferring the call and to who, if possible.
Offer a time frame for a return call or follow-up
If you don’t know the answer – “Let me find out
for you” or “I’ll have xxx call you back.”
When ending the call, remember to thank them.
Customer Service: Children’s Department
Children are the reason we’re here. Ask them if they need help,
offer them a sticker, make them feel special! Remember that a
child who enjoys reading will grow up to be an adult who enjoys
reading – and uses the Library.
The customer comes first – even kids and teens! It means we
stop whatever we are doing – shelving, inventory, chatting with a
co-worker, checking our email – and help our younger patrons.
That child deserves your complete attention. If possible, be at
the child’s physical level to establish rapport.
More customer service for kids
It’s not polite to point! Take the time to bring the child to
the item they are looking for. Don’t just point them in the
If you are absolutely swamped at the Desk and cannot do
so, check back with that child when you are free to make
sure they found what they needed.
Don’t ignore a child at the Desk in favor of an adult who
is waiting their turn. If the adult becomes impatient,
acknowledge them with a smile and tell them you will be
happy to help them in just a moment. You can also direct
them to the Adult Desk if they cannot wait.
Customer Service: the Extras
When you’re on duty, you’re working.
Keep conversations brief. If there’s enough time to chat extensively,
then a patron is not being helped, a fellow staff member is being
over-burdened, or a project is not being completed.
Come up with a simple explanation that would help end the
conversation without offending the patron but that allows you to
extricate yourself gracefully.
Customer Service: Extras
The Voice of Discretion
Be mindful of discussing patrons or
anything personal while working at the
Desks – sound carries throughout the
various Library spaces.
If something pertaining to a patron’s
history needs to be discussed with
another staff member, do so quietly or
in the Staff Room or Kitchen.
Do not gossip about patrons – adult,
teen or child.
Problem-Solving: The Good . . .
If the patron appears to have a problem (fines, lost
items), try to resolve the problem as quickly as possible
in a manner that allows the patron to retain their
Do not be condescending nor punitive in your manner.
If we lose that $2 fine, so be it. Good will travels far!
We think this is Good Will
Problem-solving: the Bad . . .
Don’t take it personally
Keep your tone modulated; remain calm
Body Language - maintain eye contact and nod to show that
you are listening
Write notes or paraphrase to assure that you are listening to
Ask them how they want the situation resolved, then suggest
options for resolution – use your best judgement!
Confirm the agreement and thank the patron for their time
“Here’s what I can do for you . . .”
. . . and the UGLY!
You’ve tried your best but the patron is still frustrated, perhaps
even rude. Don’t continue on your own.
Explain that you will get a supervisor to assist
Don’t show your frustration
Thank them for their patience
And into the sunset you ride
knowing you did your best . . .
Communication is not give and take
-- it is give and seek
Don’t get angry -- get interested
Stay relaxed and good-humored
If you don’t know what to do -- do
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