Rules of Conduct for Patrons of Yates Community Library
The Yates Community Library Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the rules of conduct for patrons.
If any of the rules of conduct are violated, patrons may be subject to one or more of the following actions at the discretion of the Board of Trustees or the Library Staff:
- Be given a warning
- Be asked to leave the library
- Be prohibited from being a library patron
- Be subject to law enforcement proceedings
The following behaviors are prohibited on Yates Community Library property:
- Illegal activities
- Fighting on library property
- Harassing others verbally or other disruptive actions or behavior
- Abusing, damaging, or destroying library facilities, furniture, or equipment
- Carrying a weapon except authorized by law enforcement. Any person carrying a weapon must notify the staff of its presence.
- Talking loudly
- Playing personal communications or audio equipment at a level audible to others
- Violating the established Computer, Internet, and Wireless Network Use Policy
- Using or parking bicycles, roller skates, or skateboards inside the building
- Running in the library
- Smoking in the library
- Eating or drinking in the library unless in conjunction with an approved event
- Buying, selling, or soliciting for personal or commercial gain
- Distributing leaflets on library property
- Animals, other than service animals or those involved in library programs, may not be inside the library or left outside the library unattended
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times in the library
- An acceptable standard of personal hygiene is expected
- Children under the age of 10 must be directly supervised by an adult at all times. Parents and guardians are responsible for the welfare of children using the library
- There is a limit of one person per chair
- The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, packs, etc.
(adopted by Library Board of Trustees, 02/20/2019)
Computer, Internet, and Wireless Network Use Policy
Use of computers, the Internet, and the wireless network is a privilege Yates Community Library is pleased to provide our patrons. With this privilege, patrons should be aware of certain rules and policies regarding use of these resources. These rules and policies are subject to change at any time by the Trustees of the Library.
All users of the Library’s computers, Internet and wireless network are expected to use these resources only for legal and ethical purposes.
Users of the Library’s Internet-connected computers must be at least 18 years old and must first sign in at the front desk.
- Use of Internet-connected computers by those ages 13 through 17 is permitted only by in-person parent or guardian signature on the young adult’s borrower registration form.
- Use of Internet-connected computers by those under age 13 is only permitted when directly accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 and over. Parent or guardian must sign in at the circulation desk.
- Use of the Children’s computer (not Internet-connected) is limited to those age 12 and under, or by a parent, sibling, or guardian assisting the child.
Patrons are reminded that the Library’s computers, Internet, and wireless networks are accessed in a public space shared by patrons and staff of all ages, backgrounds and cultural sensibilities. Patrons are expected to respect the diversity of sensibilities of others so as not to expose others to offensive information, images or sounds.
Patrons are not allowed to switch computers, shut them down, or re-start them at any time.
Computer use is limited to 30-minute periods. Additional periods may be authorized if no other patrons are waiting to use the computers, at the discretion of the staff. Subsequent sessions are subject to termination at any time if another patron is waiting.
Due to space limitations and noise-level considerations, patrons should generally be using their computers individually. This applies to desktop computers, laptops, and other wireless devices.
Charges associated with printing, copying, or saving to disks are posted at the Library front desk.
Free wireless Internet access is available at the Library. No registration or sign up is required to use the wireless network; however, certain rules for use apply:
The patron is solely responsible for ensuring his/her wireless device is configured to access the Library’s network.
Library staff members are not able to provide technical assistance to wireless users, and the staff cannot guarantee that you will be able to connect successfully to the wireless network.
The library is not liable for any patron transactions, files, communication or downloads that may cause viruses or other damage to patron wireless devices.
Any misuse of the Library’s computer, Internet, and wireless Internet resources may result in a loss of privileges. Misuse includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Violation of any applicable federal, state, or local laws. This includes activities such as viewing obscene material or child pornography, committing fraud, hacking, harassing others, spreading libel or slander, or misrepresenting oneself when using the Library’s computer, Internet, or wireless network. Federal and state statutes and the U. S. Supreme Court define and proscribe obscene material (U. S. C. Section 1460-1470, et al; Miller v. California, 413 U. S. 15 (1973) and N. Y. Penal Law Section 23).
- Destruction or damage to equipment, software, Internet access programs, or data belonging to the Library
- Changing settings of the Library computers or Internet access
- Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computing devices or Internet resources
Patrons who do not abide by these rules may be barred from using the Library computers, Internet, and wireless network; may be barred from the Library; or may be reported to law enforcement
While the privacy of computer, Internet, and wireless network users is to be respected, the Yates Community Library is guided by statements of the American Library Association regarding access to information. For further information, patrons may request to read a copy of these statements: The Library Bill of Rights; Freedom to Read Statement; Freedom to View Statement.
Yates Community Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its computer, Internet, and wireless network or any consequences thereof.
(adopted by Library Board of Trustees, 02/20/2019)