Computer and Internet Use Policy

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This policy is to inform patrons of the rules and regulations for the public use of computers, Wi-Fi, and Internet at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library (“Library”).

Computer and Internet Use Policy Statement

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library makes the Internet accessible to all users.  Library Staff members are available to help users navigate, identify and access resources on the Internet.  The Library does not monitor nor control the content of the material accessed through the Internet and therefore cannot be held responsible for its contents. The Library does not monitor an individual’s use of the Internet, nor does the Library employ filtering software. Each individual is responsible for his or her own appropriate use of the Internet in a public place. The Library reserves the right to inform law enforcement about illegal activities taking place in the Library.

Computer and Internet Use Policy

 The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library makes the Internet accessible to all users. Library Staff helps users navigate, identify, and access resources on the Internet. The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library does not monitor or control the content of the material accessed through the Internet and therefore cannot be held responsible for its contents. Consistent with the Library’s mission, the Library affirms the principles delineated in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights; Free Access to Libraries for Minors; and Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks: an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, of which the following are of particular importance:

  • Every individual is entitled to access material on the Internet unless material is determined to be inappropriate or illegal. This extends to minors as well as adults.
  • Electronic information, services, and networks provided directly or indirectly by the Library should be equitably accessible to all library users.
  • Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to electronic information because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation.
  • Providing connections to global information, services, and networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing materials for a library collection.
  • The provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement.
  • The Library is not liable for damage, loss of property, or theft of user’s equipment or devices.
  • Wireless Internet access within the Library is not secure. Use of the Internet is at the user’s own risk.

Confidentiality and Privacy

The Library recognizes the protection of personal privacy. The Library will keep confidential all such information that it purposefully or inadvertently collects or maintains to the fullest extent permitted by federal state and local law. It is the Library’s usual practice to erase all customer use records, except those essential for library business operations. The Library will release records, including those relating to Internet usage, as required by law or as deemed necessary by the Director of the Library or Board of Trustees.

User Responsibility

Users accessing the Internet acknowledge that the Library’s computer terminals are located in public areas which are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images. It is up to the discretion of Library personnel, using this policy as a guideline, to determine if the information or images are offensive to other patrons.

In order to insure a positive library experience for everyone the Library requires that:

  • Computers are used only for lawful purposes.
  • Users observe the established computer time limits.
  • Only software installed by the library is used.
  • Users may not use library cards belonging to others to log on to, or to reserve Internet computers.
  • Users should refrain from accessing visuals that might be disruptive to others.
  • Wireless users have the responsibility to provide anti-virus protection on their personal equipment. Wireless users assume all risks in this regard. Violations may result in loss of access.

Guidelines for Guardians of Minors

 As with other library materials, a child’s use of the Internet is the right and responsibility of that child’s legal guardian. Guardians concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines. The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library does not intrude on that relationship, except when mandated by law.

Created: 11/25/2021

Adopted by the Library Trustees: 1/6/2022

Code of Conduct Policy

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This policy is to inform patrons of the rules and regulations for patron behavior in the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library (“Library”), and on Library grounds.

Code of Conduct Policy Statement:

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library strives to provide a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe environment for reading, studying, working, socializing, and enjoying Library-sponsored programs and events. The Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of all Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. The Library’s Board of Trustees has
established a Code of Conduct Policy to ensure that all patrons enjoy their Library experience.

Code of Conduct Policy:

Any behavior that interferes with acceptable Library activities is prohibited. Individuals or groups who fail to observe the policy may be asked to leave the Library and its grounds. The Library staff reserves the right to address behavioral issues. Library Staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors and seek police assistance if a conduct violation warrants such action.

Behaviors Prohibited in the Library and on its Grounds:

• Violating any local, state, or federal laws.
• Panhandling, soliciting, or loitering.
• Carrying illegal weapons or other materials that are a threat to public safety.
• Threatening behavior, including, but not limited to, violence, threats of violence, and possession of weapons.
• Leaving personal possessions unattended. Personal possessions should not be left at public service points for safekeeping, nor should they be left unattended in public areas. The Library is unable to guarantee the security of such items.
• Abusing, deliberately destroying, improperly using, or stealing Library furniture, equipment, materials, or the personal property of patrons or Staff members.
• Deliberately disrupting Library services through harassment or inappropriate conduct that endangers public safety or health, intrudes upon other patron’s or staff’s Library experience, or disrupts Staff duties. Inappropriate conduct includes abusive or obscene language, shouting, pushing, fighting, running, stalking, engaging in sexual behaviors, sexual harassment toward patrons or staff, or photographing patrons or staff without permission.
• Trespassing in non-public areas of the Library.
• Creating a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly, or engaging in other disruptive conduct is not allowed (MGL, Ch. 272, Sec. 41).
• Violating the Library’s Cell Phone and Noise, Food and Beverage, or Computer and Internet Use policies.
• Interfering with other patrons’ use and/or enjoyment of the Library.
• Removing Library materials from the building without properly checking them out.
• Using the public restrooms for inappropriate activities.
• Wearing clothing inappropriate for a public environment. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
• Sleeping or sprawling on furniture or the floor in a manner that is disturbing to Staff and other patrons. The Library Staff reserves the right to awaken sleeping patrons and require them to leave the Library if sleeping continues.
• Using alcoholic beverages or drugs, exhibiting alcohol or drug intoxication, or selling alcoholic beverages or drugs.
• Smoking, using tobacco products, or using e-cigarettes. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited in the Library and on Library grounds. (MGL Ch. 270, Sec. 21-22).
• Using bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, scooters, or similar recreational equipment in the Library, or using them for recreation in parking areas or sidewalks. Bicycles may not be brought into the Library building. Bicycles must be secured in the racks outside the building and must not be left outside the entrance. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.
• Bringing animals into the Library without the approval of the Library Director, with the exception of service dogs.
• Failing to cooperate with Library staff when closing time is announced.

Any person, who, in the opinion of the library staff, is engaging in conduct inconsistent with the orderly operation of the Library will be asked to leave. Police may be called if needed. The Library Director or, if the Library Director is unavailable, the Assistant Director, is permitted by the Board of Trustees to issue no trespass orders to any person whose behavior is threatening or violent, or who has repeatedly violated Library policy. The Library Director or Assistant Director must notify the Board of Trustees of no trespass orders as soon as possible. The Board of Trustees may also vote to issue no trespass orders directly. Individuals who receive no trespass orders may appeal these orders in writing to the Board of Trustees.

Adopted by the Library Trustees: 2/3/22


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