ADULT COMPUTER USE AND INTERNET ACCESS POLICY
The Decatur Public Library provides access to a broad range of electronic resources including those available through the Internet. The Library makes this service available as part of its mission of connecting people to the power of knowledge.
Rulings Governing Use of Computer Resources
Use of the library’s computers requires a library card in good standing (less than $25.00 in fines) from Decatur Public Library. Visitors from outside of Decatur may be granted access to the library’s computer resources upon presentation of acceptable identification. Access is limited to adults and minors ages 13-17 with written parental permission. Children 12 and under may access the library’s adult computers only when accompanied at all times by an adult with acceptable identification.
Computer users may not:
–Make any attempt to modify or damage library computer equipment or software. Only software owned and installed by the Decatur Public Library may be used on its computers. Downloading or installing anything from the Internet or other software is not permissible.
–Use the library’s computers for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties. Users will be responsible for knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local laws for which they may be held in violation.
–Use library computers to view or disseminate material considered inappropriate for a public environment or likely to cause a disturbance, or sexually explicit or suggestive (obscene/pornographic) images.
Violation and Enforcement
Unacceptable or inappropriate use of the library’s computer resources may result in suspension or revocation of library privileges and expulsion from the library. Includes but is not limited to not staying in the time management system and/or not following the library computer rules.
Users will be held financially responsible for any damage to library computer equipment and software.
Using computer access obtained at Decatur Public Library to perpetrate illegal acts will be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
The Library assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any Internet resource. Patrons should recognize that, in addition to valuable and reliable information, the Internet does contain inaccurate, dated, incomplete and controversial material. Users should exercise good judgment and discretion in the use of Internet information sources.
It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to restrict and monitor a minor’s access to information on the Internet.
The Library disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the Internet. Users are responsible for any commercial transactions made while using the Library’s Internet connection.
Patrons should have no expectation of privacy, as all Internet workstations are in view of other patrons and staff.
Every effort will be made to maintain a secure environment; however Internet transactions, communications and activities are potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access. Decatur Public Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation for the Library.
It is the policy of the Library to provide an atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of Library services and facilities. The rules of conduct outlined in the Library Use Guidelines apply to all computer users. Patrons shall not use Library computer resources in a way that disturbs or interferes with other patrons, employees or operations of the Library.
The Decatur Public Library staff will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to insure the fair and reasonable use of Internet resources. The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.
The Library reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees
April 19, 2007
REVISED Feb 2013
The Decatur Public Library provides interlibrary loan service in order to enhance and extend the resources available to its patrons. Because the library cannot purchase or subscribe to every useful resource, interlibrary loan is an essential part of the library’s effort to meet the informational needs of the community. The Decatur Public Library Board of Trustees supports participation in and use of regional state and nation-wide interlibrary loan networks. The library is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and a partner in the Illinois Library and Information Network and a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
Decatur Public Library accepts requests from patrons for material that the library does not own. Material that cannot be found in the Online Public Access Catalog can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.
The patron assumes full responsibility for any fees associated with the obtaining of materials and for all fees for late, damaged, or lost materials charged by the lending library.
Patrons must be in good standing and have a valid Decatur Public Library card to order materials through interlibrary loan.
Borrowing will be in accordance with US Copyright law as indicated below.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the Law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law.
Under this policy, it is permissible for our patrons to place a request on interlibrary loan for any format of material.
The library will not attempt to borrow the following type of material:
1. Material that is less than 1 year old.
2. Rare or valuable material.
3. Material that we own or that is owned in IHLS.
4. Unique material that would be difficult or impossible to replace.
Requests for material must be described as completely and accurately as possible following accepted bibliographic practice. If an item cannot be verified, the statement “cannot verify” should be included along with information about the original source of the citation.
Patron requests will be made by filling out an interlibrary loan request form available at the reference desk. The librarian taking the request will determine the validity of the request and in the case of high-demand, reference, or new materials will forward it to the Head of Adult Division.
Patrons are limited to no more than 5 requests per day and no more than 15 requests per month.
If the same item has been ordered 2 or more times within 6 months by different patrons, ; it will be referred to the selectors in Adult Division or Children’s for ordering.
If the same patron has ordered the same item 2 or more times within 1 year at the 3rd placing of the order the reference department and the patron will be notified that the item is not available.
Patrons should be prepared to assume the following fees:
- Any cost charged by the lending library.
- $5.00 per item for all materials requested outside of the State of Illinois.
- $3.00 per item for all audiovisual materials (DVDs, CDs, VHS, books-on-tape, books-on-CD, CD-ROMs, etc.)
These charges will be placed on their account prior to pickup of the item.
The patron will sign the form indicating their acceptance of the charges.
The safety of the borrowed material is the responsibility of Decatur Public Library until it is picked up by the patron. At that time, the patron is responsible for any damage to the original item. The patron agrees to a minimum charge of $50.00 or the actual charges from the lending institution if it is more than $50.00 for all material that is damaged or lost.
Patrons will be charged fines at the same rate as other material in the library collection for overdue items.
Patron will be charged $1.00 if paperwork checked out with the book is not returned with the item borrowed. This charge is the responsibility of the ILL clerk.
May be requested in person or by telephone to the Interlibrary Loan Clerk. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Patrons will be notified by phone or email of the new due date.
Only 1 renewal is allowed per item.
Items not returned to DPL can result in the patron being charged for a lost or missing item. (see Expenses)
As part of the interlibrary loan code the Decatur Public Library will lend to other libraries all the types of material we attempt to borrow.
There is a $5.00 charge for all material loaned outside Illinois to help cover the cost of postage and processing. (Effective January 1, 2010)
All material lost or damaged will result in the borrowing library being charged the full cost of the item plus a $5.00 handling and processing fee.
OCLC lending restrictions are as follows:
$5.00 for all items outside the State of Illinois.
$.50 per page for all copies.
Restrictions: New material less than 1 year old will not be loaned.
Not available for lending:
Approved by the Board of Directors, Feb. 28, 2013
The Decatur Public Library welcomes the use of its meeting rooms by organizations engaged in religious, charitable, scientific, literary, political, or educational activities.
Meetings must be free and open to the public. Meeting rooms are not available for private parties. There shall be no solicitation for donations or selling of products or services at the meetings.
Requests for use of a meeting room must be made no later than the Friday before the meeting, but no earlier than 6 months prior to the meeting date. Requests for use of the meeting rooms on Sundays (October through April only) must be made two weeks prior to the meeting date and a 72-hour notice is required for set-up changes. Requests should be submitted on the library meeting room application form provided by the Library. Meeting rooms can be booked tentatively by phone, email or fax, but the completed application with payment must be returned within 5 business days of the initial booking request, or the booking may be cancelled. Payment may also be made by purchase order with prior approval. After payment is received, a 50% fee will be applied to all cancellations.
With the exception of the Library Board room, meeting rooms are available from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (October through April only). Special arrangements must be made for using the rooms earlier or later than the times listed. The Library Board room is available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
Room rentals are in four hour increments only (a minimum of 4 hours).
Elizabeth Madden Auditorium (seats 150) Rental charges are: $50 for a minimum of 4 hours and $100 for 8 hours.
A. E. Staley Jr. Manufacturing Company Conference Room (seats 25) Rental charges are: $30 for 4 hours and $60 for 8 hours.
The Board Room (seats 15) Rental charges are: $20 for 4 hours and $40 for 8 hours.
Children’s Auditorium (seats 75) Rental charges are: $30 for 4 hours and $60 for 8 hours.
Organizations may rent Library meeting rooms as many as twelve times per calendar year.
If food or beverages are served, the organization using the room is responsible for cleanup. A $25 cleaning fee will be charged if the room is not left clean. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited in the Library.
The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in the meeting rooms.
Free on-site parking for meeting attendees is available in the east parking area (corner of Martin Luther King Street and Prairie Street).
An organization not abiding by the regulations and policies governing the use of the meeting rooms may lose their privilege of use in the future.
Approved by the
Decatur Public Library
Board of Trustees