Unattended Children Policy

The Matheson Memorial Library welcomes children of all ages to use its facilities and services.  In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of the children and maintain an atmosphere of constructive library use, the following policy has been adopted.

  1. Young children should be attended and adequately supervised by a parent, guardian, or caregiver who is a responsible person. “Unattended” means that the parent or caregiver is not in close proximity to the child. Because of the concern for the safety of unattended children, any child age 8 or younger must be directly supervised at all times.
  2. Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library, including noise level, disruptive behavior, bathroom needs and the supervision of library materials and computer use. Though staff will always respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when children are unattended.
  3. If it is determined that a child is lost or left unattended, a staff member will attempt to identify and locate the parent or caregiver. Staff may need to contact the police to ensure the safety of an unattended child.
  4. Whether parents are in attendance or not, children who are disruptive may be warned by staff to correct their behavior. Disruptive behavior includes running, screaming, unsupervised use of library equipment, pulling books from the shelves, entering staff work areas, and any behavior that interferes with other people’s use of the library or that may damage library property. If a child continues to be disruptive after a warning, they will be asked to leave the library. If the child needs to contact a parent for a ride, s/he may do so and then wait in the lobby until the parent arrives.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Matheson Memorial Library provides Internet access to enhance information, communication, and learning opportunities for our patrons. Patrons in good standing have access to computer workstations in our labs with Internet and Word Processing software. Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the building to those who bring their own laptop, PDA, iPhone, PSP or other such device.

I. Disclaimer

The Internet is a global electronic network that enables the library to greatly expand its information services beyond the traditional collections and resources. However, not all information on the Internet is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Matheson Memorial Library has no control over Internet content and is not responsible for the accuracy or type of information found there. Some Internet websites may contain controversial, offensive or disturbing material. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s personal equipment, or viruses or data that may be downloaded from the library’s Internet service. The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private.

II. Acceptable and Unacceptable Use

Patrons are encouraged to use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information for educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.

Unacceptable Use includes, but is not limited to:

  • Transmitting threatening or harassing materials
  • Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users
  • Violating other users’ privacy
  • Violating copyright laws or software licensing agreements
  • Viewing pornography or other offensive or harmful materials
  • Hacking or attempting to crash, degrade performance of or gain unauthorized access to the library’s computer systems and network security
  • Gaining access to files, passwords and data belonging to others
  • Modifying or damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the library or other users
  • Distributing viruses or unsolicited advertising
  • Misrepresenting oneself as another user
  • Using another person’s library card to log on to a library workstation
  • Downloading files, streaming videos, utilizing chat features and other actions which can cause a slow down in our network response time

III. Sanctions

The library reserves the right to end the user’s session if Internet use results in disruption of library services, illegal or unacceptable use, or if patron behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting. Misuse or abuse of the computer or Internet access will result in suspension of Internet access privileges. Depending on the offense, the patron may be asked to log off for the day, or may have their privileges suspended for one week or longer. Patrons who are caught viewing pornographic images will be given one warning and upon a second offense will be barred from using the internet for six months. If the patron is a minor, the parents will be notified. Illegal acts involving library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

IV. Supervising Children’s Use

The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). MML supports the right for each family to decide what appropriate Internet use is for their children.  Children (under age 16) are allowed Internet access unless a parent requests otherwise. Once restricted, the parent must notify staff when they want to change it. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians. Children under the age of 8 may use a computer only when directly supervised by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

V. Library Assistance

Library staff is available to help educate users about Internet use only as time permits. Library staff provides training on electronic resources through scheduled classes on a regular basis.

VI. Access Procedures

  1. Computers are available during regular library hours. Logging on the workstations and time limits are set by the library’s Envisionware software. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If all stations are occupied, a computer can be reserved at the Reservation Station.

Users must have a current library card and be in good standing, with fines not exceeding $10.00. Visitors, or others who do not have a library card, may ask for a guest pass at the Information Desk.

The computer software allows one hour of access per day. Users may be prompted to extend their time in 15 minute increments up to two hours, if there are no reservations. Users with a guest pass have a 90 minute maximum time. Users may not use another family member’s library card.

Printing is available for a fee. A charge of $0.10 (ten cents) per page will be charged or $0.50 for color copies. Users must pay for printing before it will be released.

Users may use their own flashdrive or other peripherals to save documents, but may not download or save files to the hard drive or desktop.

VII. Copyright

U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Users will respect and uphold copyright laws. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.