Nocona Public Library

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Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.

Rules of the Library:

Behavior Rules Governing the Use of Nocona

Public Library

Definitions and scope

These behavior rules shall apply to all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the Nocona Public Library (such buildings and grounds are hereafter referred to as the "premises") and to all persons entering in or on the premises.

Listed below are the library's behavior rules. Persons who violate these rules may be ejected from the premises and excluded from all library premises for the period of time listed below.

Any person who violates rules 1-5 while in or on library premises will be immediately ejected and excluded from Nocona Public Library premises without first being given a warning. Any person so excluded shall lose all library privileges for a period of up to three years, and the incident will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

·      1. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance.

·      2. Directing a specific threat of physical harm against an individual, group of individuals or property. Violation of this rule will result in a minimum exclusion of one year.

·      3. Engaging in sexual conduct, including, but not limited to, the physical manipulation or touching of a person's sex organs through a person's clothing in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification.

·      4. Being under the influence of any controlled substance or intoxicating liquor.

·      5. Possessing, selling, distributing or consuming any alcoholic beverage, except as allowed at a library-approved event.

Any person who violates rules 6-19 while in or on library premises will be given up to one warning at the discretion of library staff; then the person will be asked to leave the premises for the day. Subsequent offenses by that person will result in that person's immediate ejection and exclusion from Nocona Public Library premises. Any person so excluded shall lose all library privileges for a period of up to one year.

·      6. Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the library, or disturbs library staff or patrons, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves the use of abusive or threatening language or gestures, conduct that creates unreasonable noise, or conduct that consists of loud or boisterous physical behavior or talking.

·      7. Using library materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof; or in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause personal injury to the actor or others.

·      8. Disobeying the reasonable direction of a library staff member or volunteer.

·      9. Soliciting, petitioning, or distributing written materials or canvassing for political, charitable or religious purposes inside a library building, including the doorway or vestibule of any such library building or in a manner on the library premises that unreasonably interferes with or impedes access to the library.

·      10. Interfering with the free passage of library staff or patrons in or on the library premises, including, but not limited to, placing objects such as bicycles, skateboards, backpacks or other items in a manner that interferes with free passage.

·      11. Placing personal belongings on or against buildings, furniture, equipment or fixtures in a manner that interferes with library staff or patron use of the library facility, or leaving personal belongings unattended.

·      12. Bringing bicycles or other similar devices inside library buildings, including, but not limited to, vestibules or covered doorways.

·      13. Operating roller skates, skateboards or other similar devices in or on library premises.

·      14. Parking vehicles on library premises for purposes other than library use. Vehicles parked in violation of this rule may be towed at the owner's expense.

·      15. Smoking or other use of tobacco.

·      16. Consuming food or drink that creates a nuisance because of odor, garbage or spills.  No food or drink of any kind are allowed inside the Nocona Public Library.

·      17. Bringing animals inside library buildings (with the exception of service animals), except as allowed at a library-approved event, or leaving an animal tethered and unattended on library premises is not allowed.

·      18. Violating the library's rules for Public use of computers which are posted at every computer tation table.

·      19. Taking library materials into restrooms if the materials have not been checked out.

Repeat Offenses

Individuals who repeatedly violate these Behavior Rules after having been previously excluded for library rule violations may face a longer exclusion than indicated in these guidelines. Repeat offenders need not violate the same rule to be subject to stricter enforcement and may not be warned that their behavior is inappropriate before being excluded.

Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers

The library's public computers allow users to search a variety of electronic resources.

Library resource computers are exclusively for searching the library's holdings and selected electronic databases.

Internet computers provide information beyond the confines of the library's collection. Internet computers offer a full range of the most popular Internet browser plug-ins for searching the Internet, displaying files, and viewing multimedia content. Internet computers also provide access to word processing. No station provides support for all file types, browser plug-ins, or Internet technologies.

Use all library computers in accordance with this policy and the Nocona Public Library Behavior in the Library policy.

Access to Internet resources

Nocona Public Library is committed to providing access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout its history, the Nocona Public Library has made information available in a variety of formats, from print materials to audiovisual materials. The library's computer system provides the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the library's other resources. The library strives to balance the rights of users to access information resources with the rights of users to work in a public environment free from sounds and images intended to harass other library users or library staff.

The library's goal in providing Internet access is to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and, as a public access agency, to give anyone who wishes to use the Internet the chance to do so.

Library staff continuously identifies and posts on the library's website specific starting points for searches that are appropriate to the library's mission and service roles.

Library staff will help you use the computers to find the information you need. Library staff and volunteers also will help you learn to use search tools on the Internet computers, although they cannot provide extensive one-on-one instruction.

Internet filtering

The Internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. However, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, illegal, inaccurate or incomplete.

Our computer internet service is furnished and filtered by Region 9, which also provides the internet service for the Nocona School System.  They govern the access to websites and they control what is allowed to be viewed or accessed by all the computers under their service.

Websites containing PORNOGRAPHIC material are not permitted.

Nocona Public Library Computer Usage Rules:

Time and other limits

Computers are open to the public on a daily basis, unless otherwise reserved for special classes or groups that visit the library and have requested to use the computers while they are visiting.  These reserved times will be posted as they arise.

To access the Internet on a library computer a customer must sign in and note the time they begin to use a computer.  They will also be responsible for noting the time they finish using the computer when they are done.  Patrons are limited to 1 hour on a computer at a time.  Visitors that are are 12 and under may not use a computer without parental supervision. 

Rules governing use of library computers

Failure to comply with the following rules may result in loss of computer privileges, loss of library privileges and prosecution.

At each log-in, library computer users must complete a click-through agreement acknowledging these rules and must agree to follow the rules.

1.   Sign up for an Internet computer before using it; note the time you start using the computer and the time you finish.

2.   Promptly give up the computer when requested by staff.

3.   Do not attempt to run or execute programs or applications from personal storage media.

4.   There is a charge for printing from public computers.  Printed pages and copies are 10 cents each.  Be careful to print only the information you want, as you will be charged for ALL pages printed.

5.   Use headphones when listening to audio content, and keep volume low so you do not disturb others.

6.   As a courtesy to others, log off of e-mails or any other such program when you have finished using the computer.  This will protect your privacy.

7.  Do not misuse computer equipment or software.

Misuse includes but is not limited to:

·      Viewing material that violates federal, state or local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing and distributing obscenity or child pornography

·      Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system

·      Mishandling, damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer settings

·      Interfering with system operations, integrity or security

·      Attempting to gain or gaining access to another person's files or authorization code

·      Displaying or printing materials that violate Nocona Public Library's policy on sexual harassment.

·      Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment

·      Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements or the policies of the individual websites that you view

·      Failing to pay for printing

·      Refusing or ignoring a staff person's request to give up a computer

·      Failing to sign up for an Internet computer.  Failing to comply with time limits

·      Any other violation of the Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers statement