Policies

 

PUBLIC COMPUTER USAGE POLICY

 

Patrons may use the public computers on a first come first served basis for an hour at a time.  If no other patron is waiting to use the computer, the first patron may continue until such time a patron is waiting, at which time he/she may be asked to relinquish the computer. 

 

Users of the computers are expected to have a basic working knowledge of personal computers and the software.  Library staff will assist patrons in startup and provide paper for the printer.  Library staff is under no obligation to assist patrons in the use of computers beyond these duties.

 

Patrons may print from the computers at fifteen (15) cents per page, except for the color printer at the cost of twenty-five (25) cents a page.  Patrons may use their own paper, but the same charges apply.  Patrons wishing to save their files to a portable drive must provide their own drive.  No materials or files will be saved on the hard drives.

 

INTERNET USAGE POLICY

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. The Union City Public Library provides the Internet for educational and informational purposes and users are asked to use the Internet for these purposes only.

1. Use of the Internet is free of charge to patrons of the library.

2. Internet time will not be reserved. It will be available on a first come, first serve basis. A maximum of one (1) hour may be used at any one time, including print time.

3. All printing or downloading must be completed 15 mintues before closing time.

4. Printing from the Internet is fifteen (15) cents a page at the black and white printers and twenty-five (25) cents a page at the color printer.

5. There will be NO use of personal software or programs on the Internet computers.

6. Patrons wishing to save files to a portable drive must provide their own.

7. The Library Internet stations cannot be used as an e-mail address for individuals or businesses (i.e. may not obtain an e-mail address connected to the library's website.)

 

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY POLICY

The Union City Public Library makes access to the Internet available through dedicated workstations at no charge to provide a means for the general public to obtain information via the Internet; to enhance personal searches for information by including the resources available on the Internet; and to provide access to the INCOLSA INSPIRE databases through the internet.

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.

The Union City Public Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, in respect to any equipment, programs or other materials, their performance, or fitness for any particular purpose.  Materials, equipment, and connections are provided "as is".  The entire risk as to the quality and performance of computer equipment, programs, and documentation is with the user.  In no event shall the Library be liable for actual, financial, incidental, or consequential damages in connection with or arising from the use or inability to use the Internet at the Libary.  Parents assume all liability arising from their minor children's use of the Internet at the Library.

The Library Board and employees of the Library are NOT responsible for the information that is accessed and obtained while using the Library's equipment or connections.  Library users are responsible for the access points they reach on the internet.  Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet through the Library's connection.

Internet providers strive to provide the widest possible freedom of expression for their users.  However, because this is an online community, basic standards of conduct have been set to guide an environment that encourages communication.

Communication that harms others is not allowed.  Complaints received of threats or harassment of others will be grounds for denial of access to the Internet through the Library.

Illegal activities are not allowed.  These include:

     Violating copywrite restrictions

     Conspiring to commit crimes

     Maliciously slandering or libeling an individual

     Conducting illicit transactions

     Using Library computing resources to break into other computer systems

Suspicion of illegal activities will result in the suspension of a user's privileges - proof of wrongdoing will result in the termination of the user's privileges.

In addition, abuse of the Library's computing resources - including using another's password or account, breaking into restricted areas of the system, accessing other user's private files or using the Library's computing resources to distribute malevolent software like computer viruses - is grounds for immediate suspension or termination of a user's access privilege.

 

SANCTIONS

Violators of computing resources use policy may lose Library privileges.  Violations of the policies described above for legal and ethical use of computing resources will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.  Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

 

DISCLAIMER

All Union City Public Library computer systems are filtered to protect against access to obscenity, child pornography, and sexually explicit graphical materials as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2001.  Filtering software is not 100 percent effective; parents and individuals must assume responsibility for Internet use.  The Library does not act "in loco parentis"; therefore a parent or a legal guardian is responsible for their child's use of the Internet.  Parents and children are encouraged to read MY RULES FOR ONLINE SAFETY, reprinted and distributed with permission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The Internet filters may be bypassed by staff to access a legitimate site if the situation warrants. 

 

CIRCULATION POICY

To  apply for an Evergreen Indiana library card, the applicant must present proper identification that establishes that the individual resides in or pays real property taxes on property owned in Union City's service area to be eligible to receive their card.

Proper identification is one of the following, provided the item is a photo identification. 

        1.  Valid Indiana Driver's License

        2.  Valid Indiana State Identification

        3.  Valid current United States government issue identification (i.e. military ID, passport)

        4.  Property tax receipt issued in the applicant's name.

 

Upon receipt of their card, Patrons should be reminded that:

 

         1.  An Evergreen Indiana library card is not transferable to another user.

         2.  Signing an Evergreen Indiana library card denotes acceptance of responsibility for all fines and fees and for payment for lost or damaged materials.

         3.  Registering a minor child for an Evergreen Indiana library card denotes acceptance of responsibility for all fees, fines and payment for lost or damaged materials charged on such minor's library card.

         4.  Registering a minor child with the profile "limited access" does not ensure that the minor will not access "r-rated" materials.

         5.  It is advisable to contact the library to report a lost or stolen library card.

 

 

MY ACCOUNT

Library patrons will be given a PIN upon registering for an Evergreen Indiana library card.  PINs may only be given in person at an Evergreen Indiana Library upon presentation of appropriate identification.  PINs may not be obtained via telephone or email. 

 

At their first use of the My Account feature of the OPAC, patrons will be prompted to change the PIN to a minimum 7-character password.  Patrons may also choose to select a user name to use in place of the library card barcode when accessing My Account.  User names must be unique within the Evergreen Indiana system.  Patrons may change user name, password, and email address with My Account at any time.

 

 

REPLACEMENT CARD

 

The procedures for issuing a replacement library card are the same as the issuance of the original library card.  There is a $2 fee for a replacement card.

 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

 

A partron must present a card in good standing to borrow materials.  A patron's card will be blocked, and no services may be obtained with it if the patron has 15 or more overdue items, or owes $10 or more in unpaid fines and/or fees.  The number of overdue materials and/or amount of fines/fees that will result in a patron being "blocked" is caculated at the consortium level and not at the library level.

 

 

FINES/FEES

 

The Evergreen Indiana libraries have established a schedule of fines and fees as an encouragement for the timely return of materials by the date due.  Overdue materials incur fines of .25 per day per item.  Patrons may pay all or a portion of the outstanding fees and fines on the library account.  Evergreen Indiana grants a one-day grace period, so that materials returned one day after the due date will not accrue a fine.  Once the one-day grace period has passed, fines will include the charge for the grace day.  There is a $10.00 fine cap per item.

 

OVERDUE NOTICES

 

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy from the Evergreen Indiana Libraries.  Failure to receive notices does not exempt patrons from the responsilbility for payment for library materials or overdue fines and fees.

 

Patrons who provide an email address will receive an email notice three days before their materials are due and an email notice on the day their materials are due.

 

A first overdue notice will be generated and can be sent via email or U.S. First Class mail 14 days after the due date.  A second overdue notice will be generated and can be sent  via U.S. First Class mail 28 days after the due date.

 

The final notice, which declares the items "Lost" and assesses the replacement cost of the overdue materials and related costs, including processing and collection costs, will be generated and can be sent via U.S. First Class mail 45 days after the due date.

 

 

RENEWALS

 

Renewal requests may be made in person, online or by phone.  Patrons may also renew their items via the OPAC "My Account" feature.  If a "Hold" has been placed on an item, it may not be renewed.

 

 

LOST ITEMS

 

A patron may inform library staff that an item is "Lost".  The price of the item and any outstanding fines and fees, plus a processing fee of $10.00 per item, will be assessed to the patron's card.  No refund will be given to a patron for "Lost" item for which a patron has paid.

 

 

HOLDS

 

Holds may be placed on most items in any Evergreen Indiana library.  Patrons will have one week after the hold is filled to pick up the held item. 

 

Patrons may have 20 unfilled holds in the system.  Evergreen deletes unfilled holds older than nine (9) months old.

 

Patrons whose Evergreen Indiana cards are "blocked" or "barred" will not be allowed to place holds until their card privileges are restored.

 

Patrons may place their own holds via the OPAC, amd may select their pickup location and notification method.  Patrons may choose any pickup location for holds.

 

 

 

 

 Last updated 5/9/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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