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Code of Conduct

The Lane Libraries are committed to providing a secure, clean and supportive environment for use of their resources and services.  Therefore the Library has established the following Standards of Conduct to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and to preserve library materials, equipment, and facilities.  The Library Board authorizes staff to enforce the standards, which include the possibility of temporary or permanent removal of library users who are disruptive or dangerous.  The following behaviors and actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property.

Conduct which violates local, state, and federal statutes

Conduct which disturbs others or interferes with any person’s comfort and safety

  • Being disruptive, disorderly, using profanity or abusive language, stalking, verbally or physically threatening or harassing patrons, staff or volunteers.
  • Loitering, sleeping or otherwise remaining on Library property for purposes other than the use of its resources and services.
  • Monopolizing space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others.
  • Using cell phones or other devices in a loud or disturbing manner.
  • Non-compliance of the Library’s Internet Use Policy.
  • Soliciting, panhandling, or distributing materials or political campaigning.
  • Unapproved photography or recording of library patrons.
  • Use of e-cigarettes, tobacco products, alcohol or illegal substances on Library property.

Conduct towards library property and facilities

  • Stealing, destroying, defacing or abusing Library facilities or property.
  • Interfering with the access or use of the Library facilities by others.
  • Skateboarding or any wheeled activity; bicycles must be parked in provided outdoor racks.

Conduct relating to health and hygiene

  • Having offensive body odor; visible presence of pests on person, belongings or library materials.
  • Using the library as a place to bathe or wash personal items.
  • Entering the premises without wearing shirt or shoes.
  • Bringing animals other than certified service animals into the library.

Conduct relating to children

  • Leaving children eight years and younger unattended.  Refer to the Lane Libraries’ Unattended Children Policy.
  • Use of areas designated for youth by adults without legitimate need to use resources in those areas.
  • Attempting to solicit inappropriate interaction with any minors by adults.

The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not leave valuable or personal items unattended.

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Confidentiality Policy

The Lane Public Library specifically recognizes that its circulation records and other records identifying the name of library users with specific materials are confidential in nature. To ensure this protection, we do not allow access to your library record without proper identification and/or your library card. This is to protect you from unauthorized use of your library card and/or access to personal information on file with us.

 

Information Rack / Bulletin Board Policy

The Lane Public Library strives to provide information of public interest to the residents of the communities it serves. In keeping with this concept, community groups are encouraged to present fliers, brochures, and informational materials to the libraries for placement on information racks and bulletin boards. The following will not be accepted:

  • Campaign literature for a political candidate or ballot issue
  • Materials promoting commercial products or services or personal notices of any kind
  • Posters larger than 18 × 24 inches

Items for distribution and/or posting should be taken to the Public Relations office or left at the Information Desk or drive-thru window at any location. The library does not guarantee the availability of space and may have to restrict the number of copies approved for display. Information rack and display space will be used for Lane Public Library information on a priority basis. Public use will be subject to availability of space. Acceptance of materials for display does not indicate Lane Public Library endorsement of a group or organization, its policies, or beliefs. All materials presented will be subject to review by the Branch Head at each location.

The library reserves the right to refuse acceptance of display and information materials at any time.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 894-6557.

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Internet Use Policy

Policy:
The library provides access to the internet and other approved software at no charge, including web-based email, chat, and social media services. The library cannot control and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information accessed over the internet, including information contained in email and other forms of electronic communication. The library uses filtering software to block access to some internet sites in compliance with Ohio law. Since no filtering system is completely effective or efficient, restriction of a minor’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Patrons are encouraged to ask for assistance; however, staff may be limited in the assistance that they can provide.

Guidelines:
Patrons agree to abide by the following guidelines when using the library’s internet service on both Lane computers and when connecting to the internet via wireless connections provided by the library:

  • Use of internet computers is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Patrons are allotted two sessions per day.
  • Internet sessions may be of limited time if others are waiting or if computers are needed for library programming and/or maintenance.
  • Users will respect the privacy of others and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by them. Misrepresenting themselves as another patron, including using another patron’s library card to log on, is not allowed.
  • There is a charge for printing. Patrons are responsible for the prints they initiate.
  • The display of sexually-explicit imagery or other graphic content which may be disturbing, offensive, or hostile to others is prohibited.
  • Users should be aware that public computers are not a private or secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding their activities.
  • Staff are unable to recover data once a computer session ends. To save data, patrons must copy it to their own personal media or online storage during the computer session. The library is not responsible for time or data lost during a computer session and it cannot be held liable for damages to personal data and removable media.
  • Installing software on library computers is prohibited.
  • The use of the library’s computers or wifi connection for any illegal purposes, including software piracy and copyright violations, is NOT permitted.
  • Library staff may monitor usage of the computers for the purpose of ensuring compliance with this policy.

Compliance:
Failure to comply with this policy may result in the loss of internet and library privileges per the Lane Libraries’ Code of Conduct.

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Meeting Room Policy

The Lane Public Library strives to provide the residents of the library district with access to a broad scope and variety of materials, resources, information, services and programs. In keeping with this concept, the citizens of the community are encouraged to use the various library meeting rooms for group meetings and programs.

  1. Activities under the direction of the library shall have first priority for the use of the meeting room.
  2. There is no charge for using a library meeting room
  3. Community groups may schedule meetings provided that:
    1. All meetings must be free and open to the public.
    2. Community groups whose purposes are non-profit, civic, cultural or educational are encouraged to use the various library meeting rooms for group meetings when the rooms are not being used for their primary purpose-library related activities. Meeting rooms may not be used for social activities, private parties, commercial endeavors or gatherings which advertise a product or service.
  4. Because of the frequent use of the meeting rooms, the library is unable to guarantee their availability for regularly scheduled meetings. All scheduling will be done on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations for the meeting room will be accepted up to 3 months in advance. Requests to reserve the meeting room may be made by phone, but an application form must be completed and returned to the library before the scheduled meeting.
  5. The meeting rooms are available daily beginning one-half hour after the library opens. Groups using the meeting room must leave 15 minutes before the library closes.
  6. A request for use of space by minors must be made by an adult who will agree to be present and responsible for the meeting.
  7. The organization using the room is responsible for any damage or breakage to the premises or its contents by members or guests of the group. The room is to be left in the condition in which it was found, and all trash disposed of in the container provided.
  8. The library will not be responsible for loss or damage to any property belonging to the organization or its members and guests.
  9. No smoking permitted.
  10. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Cooking is not permitted in the meeting rooms.
  11. The organization is responsible for providing supervision of children accompanying adults attending the organization’s meeting.
  12. The fact that a group is permitted to meet at the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the library.
  13. The library reserves the right to revoke permission to use the facilities at any time.
  14. Meeting room capacities as listed on the application form must not be exceeded.
  15. A/V equipment may be requested for use, subject to availability.

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Study Room Policy

The Lane Libraries Study Room Policy

Study rooms may not be used for social activities, private parties, commercial endeavors or gatherings which advertise a product or service. By reserving a study room, you are agreeing to the following policies:

  • Rooms are booked in half hour increments up to 2 hours.
  • Patron may have a maximum of 2 reservations daily.
  • Patron may have a maximum of 4 total reservations at any given time.
  • Patron cannot have multiple rooms reserved for the same reservation time.
  • Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.
  • A valid email address is required (only 1 email address per person) to reserve a study room.
  • Study rooms will close 15 minutes prior to library closing.
  • If you do not plan to fulfill your reservation, please cancel your reservation. Failure to do so limits study room availability. Recurring abuse may result in banning from the study rooms.
  • Reservations may be cancelled by library staff if not occupied 15 minutes after the beginning of the reservation period.
  • The room is to be left in the condition in which it was found. All trash should be disposed of in the containers provided so that the room is ready for the next user.
  • The library will not be responsible for loss of or damage to any personal property.
  • Patron is responsible for any damage to the study room or its contents.
  • Study rooms are not soundproof. Conversations must be kept at an appropriate level. Groups that are excessively noisy and disturb others may be asked to vacate the study room.
  • Behavior in the study rooms should be consistent with the Code of Conduct Policy.
  • Patrons may use study room equipment to stream or cast materials from personal computers, however content use must adhere to the Lane Libraries’ Internet Use Policy.
  • Study room capacities, as listed, must not be exceeded.
  • The library reserves the right to revoke permission to use the facilities at any time.

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Unattended Children Policy

The Lane Libraries welcome and encourage children to visit, use the library’s resources and services and attend library programs.  Staff members are available to assist children with library services. While we always strive to make the library a safe place, the responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent or caregiver (aged 14 or older) and not with the library personnel.   Library staff cannot supervise children or function as a substitute for daycare for unattended children.

Children 8 and under may not be left unattended in the library.  They must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.  Children shall be considered “attended” as long as they are in sight of the parent or caregiver.   An exception would be children attending a story time or other library programs without a parent/responsible caregiver in the room.  However, the parent or caregiver must remain in the library building and immediately join the child at the end of the program.

If children 8 and under are found in the library unattended by a parent or responsible caregiver, library staff will attempt to locate the parent or responsible caregiver in the building.  If no parent or responsible caregiver is located in the building, library staff will attempt to contact the parent. If the parent is unavailable, the local police department will be called.

Parents will be called if a juvenile under the age of 14 is left at the library at closing time.  If the parent is unavailable, the local police department will be called.

The library is not responsible if children leave the library unattended.

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Miscellaneous Information

Please check with a librarian for current borrowing limits.

Lane Public Library does not assume responsibility for the damage of equipment through the use of library materials.