Library Policies

 

HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S POLICY REGARDING

PATRONS’ RULES OF CONDUCT AND USE

The Hillside Public Library believes all customers have the right to use library services and materials safely and freely, in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. With these rights come responsibility for actions and conduct that respects the rights of other library patrons.

  1. All persons are welcome in the library. Children under the age of ten must be under the direct supervision of a person over the age of thirteen at all times. This caregiver should monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the building.
  2. Please respect the rights of others to quietly study, read or work without interference. Any listening devices should not be audible to anyone but the user.
  3. Please turn all cell phones to silent alarm when inside the Library building. If you wish to make or take a call, we ask that you step outside the building. Library telephones are for staff use only.
  4. While welcoming the use of the Library and its property, we request that all furniture be used as intended, rather than as a lounging area.
  5. Study tables are reserved for students and restricted to 4 to a table in the after-school hours.
  6. For safety and health reasons, shoes must be worn by all, and patrons are requested to wear appropriate street clothing.
  7. Public restrooms are not appropriate locations for shaving, bathing, laundry or gathering spots.
  8. Only assistive animals are permitted within the building.
  9. Bicycling, skateboarding and roller-skating on Library property is a safety hazard to other patrons. Please carry skateboards and roller blades while on Library property.
  10. Patrons are not allowed to solicit, petition, canvass or sell anywhere on library property.
  11. The Library is not responsible for personal property left unattended. Personal items left by patrons who are not present on Library property are subject to disposal.

The Library further reserves the right to cause to be ejected from the library premises and to refuse further admission to individuals who violate the rights of the staff or library users, or who create disorder on library premises in any of the following situations:

  • Any situation in which the actions of a person present an imminent danger to the life or safety of others on library premises.
  • Any situation in which a person is observed in an attempt to steal library property or that of another library user, or to maliciously destroy library property or that of another library user.
  • Any situation in which a person’s behavior is inappropriate to the use of the library building for the purposes for which it is legally constituted.
  • Any situation in which a person willfully and purposefully disturbs the staff or other library users or whose behavior is in any way disruptive to the legitimate use of the library facilities by others.
  • Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to: loitering, gambling, voyeurism, smoking, public intoxication, sleeping, molestation, possession of a controlled substance, use of obscene language, solicitation.

In addition, no beverages or food are allowed in the library, with the following exception: Food and/or non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms during meetings which have been registered with the library staff. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the library.

Violators

Persons who violate these rules will be asked to leave the library premises, or, when appropriate, will be subject to arrest.

Approved by the Hillside Public Library Board of Trustees February 17, 2005

HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S POLICY REGARDING

INTERNET USE

The Hillside Library makes the Internet accessible in accordance with its mission of fulfilling the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community. The Internet is a worldwide computer network that provides access to a body of electronic information. Resources available on the Internet may enhance the Library’s information and data sources beyond traditional collections and electronic databases.

The Hillside Library does not monitor information accessed over the Internet and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of electronic information which may be inaccurate or outdated. Library customers are advised to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of materials. Because the Library has no control over the information posted on the Internet, it cannot be responsible for content, timeliness and accuracy.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of its connection to Internet services. Patrons use the Internet at their own risk.

Inappropriate use of computers and Internet access may result in cancellation of the individual’s use of this service. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to:

  • Display of visual images containing graphic violence.
  • Use of library computers to access material that may be defined as child pornography, harmful to minors, obscenity or offensive to other users.
  • Use of any library workstation for illegal or criminal purpose.
  • Use of any library workstation to gain access to the library’s networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
  • Obtaining passwords in a fraudulent manner.
  • Making any attempt to damage, install or alter computer equipment or software.
  • Violation of copyright or software licensing agreements.
  • Engaging in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, threatening, harassing, slanderous, contains abusive language and/or images.
  • Interference with the privacy of other users.
  • Misrepresenting oneself as another user.

The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.

Internet Use by Children

The Children’s Room computers are equipped with filtering software. However because no filtering software is effective in all cases, the Hillside Public Library cannot guarantee that all objectionable materials will be filtered. Parents or guardians of minor children using the Internet; not library staff, are responsible for supervising their children’s use of the Internet.

Computer users under age 18 may use the adult Internet workstations (Unfiltered) only with signed permission from parent or guardian.

Time limits: Sessions will end 15 minutes before closing.

Sessions at Internet workstations are limited to one 60-minute sessions with additional 30-minute sessions permitted depending upon computer availability.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, 1/26/00, revised, 5/23/02; revised 3/321/07

 

HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S POLICY REGARDING

UNATTENDED CHILDREN’S POLICY

Children under the age of 10 may not be left on library premises without the supervision of an adult. If a parent/guardian cannot be located, staff will call the Hillside Police Department to report an abandoned child. If there are any unattended minors (under 18) in the Library at closing, the Police Department will be contacted.

The complete Unattended Children’s Policy is available at the Circulation Desk.