LIBRARY POLICIES

  1. Acceptable Use Policy
  2. Computer Use Policy
  3. Borrowing Policy
  4. Library Patron Policy
  5. Library Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

The Acceptable Use Policy of the Wyoming Free Library is a part of the overall policy structure of the Library.

Users should be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. The Library denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained. The library urges patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet.

The Internet is a global electronic network, its resources contain a variety of materials, and opinions that may be considered controversial or offensive to some Library patrons. The Wyoming Free Library has no control over the information patrons access via the Internet. It is not possible or within the role of the Library staff to monitor users. Internet users should be aware that viewing certain materials in the public Library might be considered improper in time, place or manner. They must respect the rights of other Library patrons not to be inadvertently exposed to materials and images, which could be considered offensive. The Library reserves the right to end an internet session at any time if it is creating a disturbance.

Material is available on the Internet, which parents may feel is inappropriate for their children. Parents of minor children must assume the responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet. Parents or guardian, not the Library or its staff is responsible for the information accessed by children. Parents are required to sign a permission waiver for those under the age of sixteen (16) who wish to use the Internet connection of the Library and are encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

The Internet connection of the Library may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material. Internet users agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Wyoming Free Library from any claims resulting from their use of the service, which damaged the user or another party.

Users will be held financially responsible for any damage or alteration to equipment, or failure to follow any of these guidelines including failure to abide by the time limits, will result in loss of Internet privileges.

All Internet users are expected to follow the rules set forth by the Wyoming Free Library regarding use of public access computer stations within the Library. These rules are subject to change without notice. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk and will be clearly posted.

Borrowing Policy

Patrons must have a valid Library Id. number in order to borrow material from the Wyoming Free Library. Applications are available at the Circulation Desk. Library cards issued from another OWWL Library are acceptable.

Any person who borrows materials from the Wyoming Free Library is responsible for returning them in a timely manner and in good condition.

Borrowers agree to abide by the Wyoming Public Library lending rules and regualtions.

If you need more time, call the Library and ask to renew the item. If the item has been reserved for another patron, it is not able to be renewed and should be returned promptly.

LOAN PERIOD

Book/Magazine – 3 weeks | Audio – 3 weeks | Video/DVD – 3 weeks | Videogames – 1 week

FINES

       Books / Audiobooks  –  $ .10  a day for each item overdue per day

       Video / Video game  –  $ 1.00  a day for each item overdue per day

       Max. overdue fine  –  $ 5.00  per item excluding lost or damanged articles  (see below for lost or damaged item fine)

       Lost or Damaged Item fine  –  replacement cost of item  +  replacement handling fees  –  Cost is set by the owning library.

       These fines are ONLY  for items owned by Wyoming Free Library.  Items borrowed from  OTHER  libraries (even through interlibrary loan checked out from Wyoming Free Library) may have different fines.  Please visit that libraries website to see their loan policies and fines.

 

Computer Use Policy

To maximize computer availability, and to ensure fair accessibility for all, the following rules shall apply:

  1. Users are required to be a current Wyoming Free Library patron.
  2. A signed Parental Consent Form is required before the Wyoming Free Library will provide Internet access to any youth under the age of sixteen (16).
  3. Children under the age of ten (10) must have a parent at the computer with them at all times.
  4. Only two (2) people are allowed at the computer at a time. Both users will be held accountable for damages. No one is permitted to stand behind the users and converse or watch.
  5. Library users are expected to comply with all local, state, and federal laws while using the Internet. Patrons found to have violated any laws (including, but not limited to those concerning copyright, fraud, privacy, “hacking”, or obscenity) while using Library facitlities or equipment may have their Internet privileges revoked.
  6. The Library staff will assist in the initial start-up of the system and will provide additional assistance as time allows.
  7. Users may print materials on the Library printers for a fee. Users may download information onto their own cd’s or jump drives but may NOT download information onto the computers hard drive.
  8. The Wyoming Free Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assumes responsibility for the content, timeliness, accuracy or usefulness of any information accessed via the Internet.
  9. The Library does not provide individual e-mail accounts; however, Internet-based e-mail is available. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors are prohibited. To the extent practical, staff will monitor e-mail, chat, and instant messaging used by minors to assure safe and secure use.
  10. Users may not make any changes to the computers’ system files or programs. No files or programs may be downloaded to the computers and stored or installed on their hard drives. No files or programs may be brought in on a disk or jump drive  and installed on the computers’ hard drives. Users must operate in the Windows environment, and may not exit to, or operate in the DOS environment.
  11. All copyright laws must be obeyed, including, but not limited to, the downloading and use of copyrighted materials. We do not condone, nor will we tolerate, using our computer resources to break any law.
  12. Deliberate damage to any of the computers’ hardware or software will not be tolerated. Any problems with the hardware or software should be reported immediately to Library staff.

Library Patron Policy

To allow all patrons of the Wyoming Free Library to use its facilities to the fullest extent during regularly scheduled hours, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted the following rules and regulations:

Patrons shall:

  • abide by the “Library Rules” and rules for “Computer Use”
  • engage in activities associated with the use of a public library
  • respect the rights of other patrons
  • each patron shall be responsible for any fines, fees, or other charges due in accordance with the Library’s standard schedules
  • any materials removed from the Library must be checked out on a valid Library card Id. number
  • any patron who violates these rules and regulations may be required to leave the premises and may be denied privileges on the recommendation of the Library Director
  • a patron whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees

Library Use Policy

In order to provide a safe and appropriate environment, The following rules governing use of the Library have been established by the Wyoming Free Library Board of Trustees and will be enforced:

  • no abusive, obscene or threatening, or annoying language and/or behavior
  • no alcohol or illegal drugs
  • no animals, except those assisting disabled persons
  • no uncovered upper torso or bare feet
  • no activity unrelated to use of a public library while in the building
  • no exhibitionism, voyeurism or lewd behavior
  • no feet on furniture or walls
  • no gambling
  • no noise disturbing to others
  • no sexual harassment
  • no smoking
  • no soliciting
  • no damage or theft of Library/Patron property
  • no weapons
  • no children under the age of ten (10) shall be left unattended in the library for more than one (1) hour without a parent or guardian
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