General Policies

Library Operation Policy
Member Code of Conduct
Unattended Children Policy
Computer Use Policy
User Created Content Policy
Copyright Policy

 

Library Operation Policy

A. Who may use the library:

1. The library will serve all residents of Anderson County. Service will not be denied or abridged because of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, social, economic or political status. Persons residing outside Anderson County but owning property or attending an educational institution in Anderson County, or employed in Anderson County, shall be considered eligible for service. Citizens residing in other counties may also receive the services of the library if deemed appropriate.
2. The use of the library or its services shall be limited when excessive demands of groups or individuals tend to curtail service to the general public. Such demands may include those made by students and others whose demands for staff time, available materials, or space would prohibit attention and service to other individuals or groups.
3. The use of the library or its services may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return books, destruction of library property, disturbance of other members, or any other objectionable conduct on library premises.

B. Registration of borrowers:

1. Borrowers are required to fill out a registration form with accurate information of name, home address and telephone number, driver’s license number and proof of local address. Borrowers under eighteen (18) years of age must have a parent or guardian present to sign the application form on their behalf. Borrowers are asked to notify the library of any change in name, address, or telephone number.
2. The library will not assume any responsibility for the selection of materials by a member, regardless of age.

C. Charges:

1. The borrower is responsible for the care and prompt return of all books and other library materials borrowed on his/her card.
2. In the interest of retrieval of library materials and books, no fines are charged by the library or outreach, save on DVD’s and other items as deemed appropriate.
3. Notice of overdue books or other library materials shall be given to the member when possible.

D. Loans:

1. Most Library materials are loaned for 21 days. The time may be extended for limited at the discretion of the librarian. DVD’s are loaned for seven days.
2. The loan period for inter-library loan items is determined by the lending library
3. Reference materials may be loaned, overnight or for an extended period, at the discretion of the librarian.

LOAN LIMITS:

ADULTS: 50 TOTAL ITEMS

50 Books
10 Audiobooks
10 DVDs
10 Magazines
5 Music CD’s
5 Playaways

JUVENILE: 25 TOTAL ITEMS

25 Books
10 Audiobooks
10 Magazines
5 Music CD’s
5 Playaways

 

Member Code of Conduct

The Anderson Public Library believes that library visitors and staff have the right to work and enjoy the use of library facilities that are clean, safe, and free from undue interference by others. In order to maintain such an environment, all visitors of the library are required to follow this code of conduct. Failure to follow this code or general directives from staff members may result in visitors being asked to leave library property and/or suspension of library privileges.

Respect Others
• Be courteous and respect other library visitors and staff.
• Conduct yourself in a safe and orderly way, including being fully clothed.
• Avoid disruptive or offensive behaviors.

Take Care of Your Library
• Abide by posted food and drink restrictions.
• Avoid bringing animals, insects, or other living organisms into the library. Service animals are exempt.
• Use library furniture and property as intended.

Attend Your Children and Items
• Children 10 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult, with children 5 years old and younger in close proximity of an adult.
• Safeguard and attend your personal items on library property.
• Unattended food or drinks will be thrown away.

Follow Library Policies and Laws
• APL campus is tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.
• Read and follow the Computer Use and Unattended Children Policies.
• Your photograph may be taken on library property for promotional purposes. If you would prefer not to have your image used, let a staff member know.
• Follow all federal, state, and local laws.

Unattended Children Policy

Approved 11/20/18

The Anderson Public Library (APL) welcomes children (under 18 years old), and staff strive to provide a safe and appropriate environment for all library users. Libraries are public places; however, and may become unsafe for a child who is left unattended. Library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide childcare and should not be used for this purpose. A child left alone at the library may become bored or frightened, which may lead to behavior that disrupts library services. It is not the library’s purpose to seek out unattended children, but rather to have guidelines in place when a problem occurs. APL encourages parents to consider the safety and well-being of their children, as well as the needs of other library users.

Children age ten and younger must be supervised by a responsible adult caregiver in the same service area, unless they are participating in a library program. Children age five and younger must be in close proximity and within sight of the responsible adult caregiver accompanying them. Responsible adult caregivers must be able to effectively supervise young children. Caregivers using computers are still responsible for the behavior of the child accompanying them and should remain aware of where their children are and what they are doing at all times. If a child is left unattended, staff will call the police to pick up the child.

Children age eleven to eighteen years old are free to use the library’s resources unattended, provided that their behavior is not disruptive and they are mature enough to follow library rules; otherwise they should be supervised by a responsible adult caregiver. Parents/caregivers are still responsible for the actions and the well-being of their children. Children using inappropriate behavior may be asked to leave the library. If a child in this age group is not able to leave the library unaccompanied by an adult, he/she should not be in the library alone.

Children of any age with mental, physical or emotional disabilities which affect decision-making skills or render supervision necessary must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult caregiver at all times.

If a situation arises that jeopardizes the safety or welfare of an unattended child, library staff may take action they deem appropriate and necessary to provide for the welfare and safety of that child. This action may include any or all of the following:

• Locate the parent or caregiver in the Library
• Attempt to contact a caregiver who is not in the Library to come and pick up the child.
• Call the local police to pick up the child if the caregiver cannot be located.
• Encourage an unattended child to contact the caregiver if it is within 20 minutes of closing time.
• Library staff may not transport any child from the Library to another location.

Ultimately, library staff will use their own discretion and judgement in each individual circumstance as to how to best apply the aforementioned policy.

 

Computer and Internet Use Policy

Approved 9/18/13
Revised 7/14/15

The Anderson Public Library provides access to a broad range of information sources and services for the public, including access to computers and the Internet.  The Internet is a global electronic network of ideas, images, information, and commentary that enables the library to provide enhanced resources beyond the physical collection of materials owned by the Library.

Filtering

The Library uses technology protection measures, in accordance with federal law, to protect against access to visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) contain child pornography, or  (3) are harmful to minors.  The Library does not provide access to sexually explicit sites. Other web sites that have been determined by Library staff as sites that overburden or disrupt the Library’s computer network may also be inaccessible. Technology measures are imperfect and it is possible that legitimate sites may be erroneously blocked.  Adults may request access to websites that are erroneously blocked.

Rules of Access

All library visitors are able to access the Library’s public computers under the following rules:

  1. Library cardholders must have their library card with them to use the computers. If a cardholder does not have their card present, they may be issued a guest pass one time only with the presentation of a valid photo ID.  Cardholders whose card has been blocked due to lost items, late fines, or other reasons will not be issued a guest pass.  Additional use after a one time guest pass has been issued will require the cardholder to have their current card present or to purchase a replacement card.
  2. Non-residents, visitors, and others ineligible for a regular library card must obtain a temporary guest pass by presenting a valid ID to library staff.
  3. Computers are available on a first-come, first served basis. Requests for access may only be made in person at the time access is desired.  No advance reservations will be accepted.
  4. Persons accessing a library computer must enter their guest pass code or library card number along with their personal identification number (PIN).  This PIN is initially set by the Library but may be changed by the user at any time by accessing their library account online or by speaking to a library staff member.
  5. Users may not use someone else’s card to gain access to the computers.  Using someone else’s card may result in the denial of computer access for the violator and the cardholder.

Time Limitations

In order to provide equitable access, the Library uses an automated time-keeping and sign-up system. The library has established standard time sessions for all users.  The library monitors usage patterns and may alter the length of standard sessions as needed to maintain equitable access for all users.   The Library also reserves the right to shorten individual sessions or to deny a second session if other members are waiting for computers or if a substantial number of the Library’s computers are currently in use.

Rules of Use and Restrictions

  1. Users must utilize headphones or earbuds so that sound is not audible to others.
  2. Users shall refrain from the use of visuals which disrupt the ability of other Library members or the staff to use the Library and its resources.
  3. Users may not attempt, in any way, to alter, damage, abuse, or sabotage computer equipment or software, alter configurations, or install additional software or hardware.
  4. Users may not use library computers in any way that violates the Library Member Rules of Conduct, or pertinent state, federal, and local laws.  Any illegal actions will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
  5. Users may not take any action that will cause disruption to the normal operations of the Library or result in the invasion of privacy or harassment of others.
  6. Users are not allowed to directly connect a personal computer or other personal hardware device to any library computer or the Library network.
  7. A maximum of two users may use a single computer at one time.
  8. Food and drink are not allowed in the Library or at Library computers.
  9. Misuse of the Library’s computers and/or the Internet will result in loss of access to Library computers.

Printing

Printing from the Library’s computers is available for a charge.  Payment must be made in advance before print jobs are released to the print station. It is the user’s responsibility to verify that they are requesting the correct item for printing before releasing a print job.  The Library will not refund charges for items printed in error by users.  The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 US Code) governs the printing of copyrighted material. The user of any Library computer is liable for any infringement.

Downloading/Uploading

Downloading is permitted only to portable storage devices. Users must provide their own storage devices. Downloaded materials will not be retained on the Library’s computers. Information and files downloaded from the Internet may contain malicious elements (like computer viruses) that could result in loss of data or damage to other computer equipment. The Library is not responsible for damage to a person’s storage media or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the use of the Library’s computers. Users are prohibited from downloading any software or applications from the Internet to a Library computer and from uploading software or applications from a personal device to a Library computer.  No physical devices, other than portable storage devices (flash drives, USB drives) may be attached to any library computer.

User Risks and Responsibilities

The Internet offers unlimited global access to information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, current, legal, or philosophically acceptable to all citizens. The Library is unable to control the content of the materials on the Internet. Users of the Internet are responsible for their own choices.

Use by Juveniles

As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibilities of parents and guardians NOT the Library staff, to determine and monitor their children’s use of the Internet.  The Library staff is trained and employed to provide library services, not to provide child-care or supervision.  The staff cannot and will not act to monitor a juvenile’s access to the Internet except within the parameters of this policy.  Parents and/or guardians are responsible for the use of these resources by their own minor children.

Privacy

The Library does not provide privacy for individual users. The sending or receipt of any information through the Internet is at the sole risk of the user.

Disclaimer

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its computers or from its connection to Internet services.

Wireless Access

The Library provides access to the Internet for users who bring their own computer or other mobile device.  Users are responsible for configuring their own equipment. The library does not provide technical support for establishing or maintaining a connection or equipment configurations. The library is not responsible for any changes made to an individual device’s settings and does not guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the library’s wireless connection.

Wireless users agree to abide by all Rules of Use for this policy while using the Library’s wireless network.

The Library is not responsible for any damage caused to hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users are individually responsible for maintaining up-to-date virus protection on personal computers or other mobile devices.

Printing to library printers is not available from wireless connections.

The wireless network is configured separately from the Library’s wired public-access computer network and is offered without any guarantee of service. While every effort will be made to render the wireless network functional and useful, the Library reserves the right to make any restrictions necessary to make maintenance and support of the wireless network manageable and practical, including but not limited to the use of passwords, filtering, limits on the number of simultaneous users, and the prohibition of certain technologies and Internet features and functions.

 

User Created Content Policy

Approved 8/21/2018

Removal of Content:

The Library operates a number of online presences, including social media and websites, where users can post comments and create their own content. While the Library recognizes that these online sites are limited public forums, the Library has the sole discretion to remove or delete any user generated content that is inappropriate as listed below (but are not limited to):

• Obscene or racist content
• Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
• Defamatory speech
• Potentially libelous statements
• Plagiarized or copyrighted material
• Private, personal information published without consent
• Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum
• Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion or the Library
• Commercial promotions or spam
• Organized political activity
• Any material disruptive to the general purposes and services of the Library

The Library does not discriminate against any views, but reserves the right to remove posted comments that do not adhere to these standards.

Statement of Responsibility:

The Library takes no responsibility for comments or data that may be uploaded by a member of the public to a social media site (or any website) that is maintained by the Library. Comments, postings, and links that appear on Library sites do not necessarily reflect endorsement or agreement by the Library with specific viewpoints, policies, practices, or products. Any views expressed on any Library sites are those of the individual post author only.

The Library accepts no liability for the content of any such postings. The accessibility and vulnerability of this medium is, in many ways, beyond the control of the Library. Reasonable measures will be taken by Library staff to monitor any site that is maintained by the Library; however, given the need to manage staff resources, comments and postings will generally be monitored only during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

The Library will not act in the place of a parent or caregiver for a juvenile in relation to social media. The decision on whether to allow a child to participate in online social media lies solely with the parent. The Library will not deny access to a juvenile. Responsibility for preventing or limiting access lies solely with the parent or caregiver.

Users of any online presence maintained by the Library agree to hold the Library, its staff, and its Board harmless against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred which arise out of or are related to the posted content.

Open Records:

All of the Library’s online presences are subject to the Open Records Act. Appropriate user generated content will be kept a minimum of two years, subject to the limitations of the online provider. The Library will not seek to archive information on a social media account using its own equipment. In some cases, a person making an Open Records Request may have to seek his/her information directly from the online provider.

 

Copyright Policy

Approved 7/16/2019

The Library provides access to print and electronic resources (subscription-based electronic resources, streaming services, etc). These resources are provided for educational, instructional, and personal entertainment use. By using these resources, all Anderson Public Library members agree to abide to the copyright and terms and conditions of each resource. Unauthorized use or access to the Library’s resources may result in suspension of library privileges.

Guidelines & Resources

Fair Use:

Members and staff may, on occasion, have the need to reproduce copyrighted works in print or digital form. Section 107 of the U.S. Code on copyright (17USC107, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107 ) addresses the fair use of materials and provides for limited copying and reproduction of copyrighted resources for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. Four factors help determine fair use:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
  4. and the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Unacceptable Use:

It is unacceptable to use the Library’s computers, the Internet, and electronic and print resources in a manner which violates copyright law. Violations will result in suspension of library privileges. Unacceptable use includes but is not limited to:

  • Unauthorized downloading, uploading or file sharing of copyrighted material, such as music, video files, or other copyrighted works
  • Purposes that are illegal or fraudulent
  • Purposes that violate fair use
  • Resources directly used for commercial gain (e.g. selling copies)

If copies are used for purposes other than education, instruction or research, the use may exceed fair use and the user may be liable for copyright infringement. Works in public domain can be copied freely, without penalty.

Inquires on acceptable use of copyrighted material should be directed to the Library Director or Director of Community Relations.