Policies

TECHNOLOGY POLICY

The following procedures and guidelines are used to help ensure appropriate use of the Internet at Wellsville Public Library.  Only members who have signed the Internet User Policy and have a valid card may use the computers, except in the case of adults visiting the area from other counties or states who are allowed a 20 minute guest pass for the computers.  Children under 10 years of age are not eligible.

Minor Use of the Internet

  1. Minors shall not access material that is considered obscene, pornographic, child pornography, "harmful to minors", or illegal
  2. Minors shall not use library resources to engage in "hacking" or attempts to otherwise compromise system security or engage in any illegal activities on the Internet.
  3. Minors should use caution in their use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications, as these forms of communication can expose minors to dangerous situations.
  4. Minors must be at least 10 years old for Internet/computer card.

Any violation of library policy and rules may result in loss of library-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Adult Use of the Internet

  1. Adults shall not access material that is obscene or is child pornography.

Any violation of library policy may result in loss of library-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined.

Enforcement of policy 

a.      Wellsville Public Library uses a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to block access to some Internet sites that are not in accordance with the policy of Wellsville Public Library.

  1. The technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access may be disabled by a Wellsville Public Library staff member for bona fide research purposes by an adult.
  2. A Wellsville Public Library staff member may override the technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access for a minor to access a site with legitimate educational value that is wrongly blocked by the technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access.

Computer Printing Charges –

20 cents per page black and white / $1.00 per page color

The following activities are not permitted-

  1. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
  2. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others; using abusive language.
  3. Damaging or attempting to damage computers and their components. 
  4. Violating copyright laws.
  5. Accessing pornographic or obscene materials or chat rooms
  6. Loading software on computers or changing any computer settings without permission from the Library Director.

The following activities are permitted but please notify the Library Director.

  1. Using CD’s, or flash drives to save information.
  2. Using camera cards.
  3. Using CD’s with music or information on

Wellsville Public Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy, Approved by Wellsville Public Library Board to begin on May 2013

 

WIRELESS ACCESS POLICY

The Wellsville Public Library provides free wireless Internet access during normal library business hours for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals. 

As with most public wireless service, the library’s wireless connection is not secure. Any information being sent or received could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords and any other sensitive personal information while using our wireless access point.

 Users assume all associated risks and agree to hold harmless the Wellsville Public Library and its employees for any personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to users’ hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their personal laptop computers or wireless devices.

 Library staff will provide passwords to members who present their current library card to access the wireless network, but are not responsible for any changes users make to their computer settings and cannot guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the library’s wireless connection. If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff cannot assist in making changes to the user’s network settings or perform any troubleshooting on the user’s own computer. Users should refer to their owner's manuals or other support services offered by their device manufacturer.

 Use of the wireless network is governed by the Wellsville Public Library Use Policy. All users are expected to use the library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users should not violate federal, Missouri or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.

Any restriction or monitoring of a minor’s access to the library’s wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. 

Printers are not available via the wireless connection. If users need to print, they should save their work to a portable storage device (e.g. flash drive) or wait to print a document on a home printer.




Meeting Room Policy

The Wellsville Public Library is a public facility opened for use by local organizations with prior consent of the Library Board.  There will be no charge for use of the premises, unless otherwise deemed necessary by the Library Board.


Library Borrowing Policy

 

The Wellsville Library holds that adults, young adults, and children will have free access to all library materials and services. The Wellsville Library holds that it is the parent or guardian who may restrict his/her child from access to library services and materials. The parent or guardian who wishes to place any restriction on library usage must advise the child to that affect.

 

No staff member shall divulge any patron information without a valid court order. (U.S. Privacy Act of 1974)
 
Anyone violating circulation policy may be asked to forfeit his/her library card.
           
All patrons, whether adults or children, are responsible for the materials they check out or use in the library and are responsible for their prompt return. If materials are lost or damaged fines, fees for repair, or replacement costs will be assessed. Parents or guardians will ultimately be responsible for their children. Failure to pay any assessed charges may result in prosecution under RSMo 570.200 to 570.215.
 
Anyone is welcome to use materials in the library. A library card is needed to check out materials from the library. A resident or owner of property in the city of Wellsville may obtain a library card free of charge.
 
Non-residents may check out materials by purchasing a library card. The fee is $7.50 for an individual or $10.00 for a family per year.
 
To receive a card (free or purchased) the following must be supplied-
            Adults (18 and over) –
                        Name
                        Address
                        Phone or message phone number
                        Social security number
                        Date of birth
                        Picture identification/address verification
                        Printed and written signature
Parents are responsible for library materials checked out by their children. Cards will not be issued to children under 5 years of age.
 
            Non resident students and teachers in the Wellsville-Middletown R-1 School district may obtain a free card, valid for one year, which entitles them to full borrower privileges.
 
            All library cards are valid for one year. Lost library cards will be replaced for $1.00.
 
            A patron must clear all assessments against his name and parents or guardians must clear all assessments against his/her child’s name before a card can be renewed. Patrons are required to give and verify address changes and any other change to the application card.
 
            The librarian may deny service to any person for failure to return borrowed items, for refusal to pay fines, for destruction of library property, or for objectionable conduct in the library.
 
            Books and magazines may be check out for 2 weeks. Videos may be checked out for 4 days.
 
            Renewals on the materials will be allowed if there are no reserves on them. Materials may be renewed over the telephone or by email.
 
You must be 16 years of age or older to check out videos or DVD’s.
 
Any circulating material may be placed on hold or reserved in person or by telephone. A total of three items per person may be placed on reserve.
 
Materials become overdue at the opening of the library the day following the due date on the book. A fine of 5 cents per item will be charged for each day that the library is open with a maximum of $1.00 per item. 
 
If our library does not have the item you require we may be able to interlibrary loan it from another Missouri library. Interlibrary . Failure to return materials borrowed from another library shall result in the forfeiture of Ill privileges by the patron and the patron will be required to pay in full the cost of replacing the materials. ILL privileges will be forfeited by the patron at that time.

 


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