Library Public Policies
POLICY REGARDING THE USE OF THE LIBRARY
Library Card Registration
Application for a card must be made in person at the library.
A parent or guardian must accompany any child under 16 years of age when applying for a library card.
It is recommended, but not required, that a child be five years of age before applying for a personal card. Parents should be aware that by signing for their children, they become responsible for lost or damaged items.
Application for a library card is a contract between the patron and the library.
The patron agrees to:
1. Observe the rules of the library
2. Give immediate notice of change of address
3. Return all library materials in good condition within the prescribed loan period or pay promptly any charge for damage, loss or delay
Each library patron wishing to remove items from the library must be a registered borrower, possessing a valid library card. Staff members will be issued a free library card.
Fees for library cards (as of 1-1-9) are:
$2.00 for a replacement card
$55.00 for an individual person residing outside the library taxing district
$75.00 for couples or families residing outside the library taxing district
$5.00 for students residing outside the taxing district who are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade (most every township trustee pays for his/her resident student library cards)
Individual and family cards may be purchased in half-year or quarter-year increments. Some townships have special deals with the library for reduced-priced cards.
A patron is held responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card and is advised neither to lend his/her card, nor to take items for the use by another person.
When a patron applies for a new card, he/she may check out two items. The new library card will be mailed to the patron (to verify address) who may then use the card for any library circulating material.
PUBLIC USE OF EQUIPMENT POLICY
The Rushville Public Library provides a copier, FAX, and laminator among its equipment for in-library public use.
Any holder of a Rushville Public Library card may take the following library equipment from the library. Cardholder must be in good standing:
Slide Projector - Film Projector - Screen - Tape Recorder - Polaroid Camera - Filmstrip Projector
The following library equipment must be used in-library only, but may be used by anyone:
VCR/DVD & TV - Video Camera - Opaque Projector - Computers - Boom Box - Overhead Projector - Copier - FAX machine - Laminator - Microfilm Reader/Printer - Wii Game System
In some cases, a staff member may be required to supervise or work the equipment for the public.
Current Photocopy Fees:
15 cents per 8 ½ X 11 and 8 ½ X 14
25 cents per 11X17
10 cents per copy if patron brings own paper
$.50 for color copies (all sizes)
Current Laminator Fees:
50 cents for small pocket-size
75 cents for items smaller than 15X18
$1.50 for 15X18
$3.00 for 24X36 or poster size
Current FAX Transaction Fees:
$1.00 first page/25 cents each additional – local sending & toll-free numbers
$2.00 first page/25 cents each additional – long distance & all receiving
Current Microfilm Reader/Printer and Computer Printout Fees:
25 cents per page
In addition, patrons must supply their own blank computer CD or flash drive for saving information, cassettes, CDs, or VHS tapes for recording and filming, and paper for typing.
Equipment which is loaned by the library may be taken by a patron for an agreed upon amount of time. The patron must sign that he/she has agreed to return the equipment by a certain date. If the equipment is not returned by the set date, the overdue fine is $1.00 per day up to the price of the equipment.
VHS VIDEOCASSETTE AND DVD LOAN POLICY
Patrons must be at least 18 years old with an adult library card to check out all non-juvenile videocassettes and DVDs. Juvenile videocassettes and DVDs (marked with a yellow label or dot) may be checked out by adults or juveniles with a Rushville Public Library card.
Non-juvenile videocassettes and DVDs must be checked out on an adult library card.
Patrons may check out up to three videocassettes and up to three DVDs per card per visit. Movies and other films which are in two parts count as one video/DVD.
Videos and DVDs loan for one week with NO RENEWAL.
Overdue videocassettes and DVDs cost $1.00 per day per overdue item, up to the price of the item.
Patrons who lose or permanently damage videocassette tapes or DVDs must pay the replacement cost of the item plus $1.00 processing fee.
The library is not responsible for damage to the equipment of patrons. The patron is responsible for any damage to the videocassette or DVD which may occur while in his/her possession.
VCR tapes must be rewound by patrons before returning them to the library. Patrons will be fined $1.00 per tape which is returned and not rewound.
OVERDUE CHARGES POLICY
The overdue charges are an attempt by the library to insure the prompt return of materials for the use of other borrowers. Overdue fine money is added to the operating fund of the library, and, in turn, contributes eventually to the operation of the library.
The following charges will be made:
10 cents per day per library item (excluding videocassettes, DVDs, and equipment), up to the price of the item
10 cents per day per rental book
$1.00 per day per videocassette or DVD, up to the price of the item
$1.00 per day per piece of equipment, up to the price of equipment
*Note: Multi cassette sets of books on cassette or videocassette count as one tape, as they would count as one book
$1.00 per VCR tape returned, but not rewound
The fines assessed by INCOLSA will be charged to patrons for interlibrary loan materials
Sundays, holidays and any day the library is closed or only partially open do not count as overdue days.
MEETING ROOM POLICY
The purpose of the meeting room is to provide a place for members of the community and Rush County to meet to carry on such business as their club or association may deem necessary.
The library director has the authority to enter into agreements as to who may or may not use the room.
The library board reserves the right to make final decisions pertaining to any group requesting use of the meeting room.
The meeting room shall be available between the hours of 8 AM and 11 PM Monday through Saturday, and 11 AM and 6 PM Sunday. Library functions shall have precedence with ample notification when use of the meeting room is canceled.
Requests to reserve the room should be submitted in writing or in person at least one week before the date to be used.
Library related groups shall have priority in scheduling.
No buying or selling of products or services nor solicitation of services, except in support of the library, shall be allowed.
There shall be custodial fee of $25 charged to all groups, except not-for-profit groups. This fee shall be paid when the application for use is made.
No alcoholic beverages. No smoking.
Groups will be responsible for setting up and restoring the room to its original condition and ascertaining that all lights are turned off before locking the building. The group will assume any damage. A written statement (application) will be signed by the group, or its representative, assuming responsibility.
Except with prior approval from the director, no animals, with the exception of animals for the handicapped, shall be brought into the library.
PUBLIC BEHAVIOR POLICY
The library board and the library director reserve the right to eject from the library and to refuse further admission to those individuals who may violate the rights of the staff or library users, or who create disorder in the library in any of the following situations:
1. Any situation in which the actions of a person present an imminent danger to the life or safety of others in the library.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:
d. Public intoxication
f. Public indecency
g. Voyeurism (peeping Tom)
h. Using obscene language
i. Solicitation for unlawful purposes
j. Bringing animals into the library
k. Entering without shirt or shoes
Those persons who violate these rules will be asked to leave the library immediately, or when appropriate, be subject to arrest.
The following inappropriate behavior is subject to one verbal warning by a library staff member before ejection from the library environs:
b. Disruptive conduct
c. Eating and drinking
d. Leaving preschool children unattended
e. Playing on the steps or ramps
f. Running or playing
g. Placing feet on tables or chairs
An individual who is ejected from the library environs due to inappropriate behavior may be asked not to return to the library for a time period which will be determined by the ejecting staff member.
In extreme cases of an individual being ejected from the library for more than a week, a registered letter stating the ejection from the library will be sent to the person (or parent or guardian) and to the police department. A copy of the letter will be kept on file at the library.
Unattended children who remain within the library environs at closing time may be handed over to police until which time they are picked up by a parent or guardian. Staff members will notify police in the event of an abandoned child.
INTERNET USE POLICY
The internet is a global network of computers operated by a variety of educational institutions, commercial, governmental, and nonprofit organizations. The library cannot guarantee the accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, or usefulness of information obtained on the Internet. The library assumes no responsibility for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages relating to the use of its Internet connection.
Access to the Internet
The Rushville Public Library is committed to making available a variety of electronic resources, including Internet access. The goal of the library in providing this service is to enhance the existing collection in size, depth, and scope, and to provide access for those people who do not otherwise have access to the Internet.
Internet access is available at the computer workstations in the reference area and the children room. The library allows one person per Internet station at any one time unless the librarian on duty grants permission otherwise. Library staff is available to provide assistance and help identify appropriate sites. The library provides only web-based email (Yahoo, Gmail, etc). Use of non-web-based email on the library equipment is prohibited.
Use of the Internet by Minors
The library expects parents and/or guardians to assume responsibility for their children’s use of online services and encourages parents to explore the Internet with their children. A parent or guardian must accompany children 8 years of age and under while on the Internet. The library will not function in loco parentis. Parents should explain the following rules to their children:
1. Children should not give out personal information such as their address, telephone number, parent’s work address/telephone number, or the name and location of their school without parental permission.
2. Children will not damage the keyboard, computer, printer, or software.
3. Children will not use bad language, scare, or try to harm anyone through their actions online.
4. Children will tell their parents or a library staff member right away if they find something that worries or scares them.
5. Children will not try to enter files, sites or systems that are restricted.
6. Children will follow the rules for reserving a computer station and they will leave promptly when their reserved time is completed.
7. Children will understand that breaking these rules means they may not be allowed to use the computer stations at the library in the future. (Parents: Pursuant to the conditions & terms below)
Conditions and Terms of Internet Use in the Library
In an effort to ensure that the use of this medium is consistent with the Mission of the Rushville Public Library, the following regulations shall apply to every user:
1. Designated Internet stations will be located where staff can monitor them for assistance and security.
2. Prospective users will sign an Internet Use Contract. Youth under 18 years of age will be required to have parental or guardian permission to access the Internet. While the library will make every effort to ensure that the use of the Internet is consistent with the mission statement, parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting sites that are consistent with personal and family values and boundaries.
3. The library will establish procedures that will make Internet stations available on a first come, first served basis. Stations can be reserved as well.
4. Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the library’s Public Behavior Policy, which has been adopted and is posted in the library.
5. The library reserves the right to review Internet history after each use.
6. The library reserves the right to suspend Internet users for non-compliance of the Internet Policy/Agreement. First offense results in a verbal warning. Second offense results in 30 days suspension of Internet privileges. Third offense results in 60 days suspension of Internet privileges. Fourth offense results in a year’s suspension of Internet privileges.
In addition, in order to give every patron (resident and non-resident) fair access to the Internet, the following regulations shall apply:
A. In order to access the Internet, all users must check in at the front desk before using an Internet workstation.
B. All users must check in at the front desk before switching to a different Internet workstation.
C. The computer stations may be used in 60-minute increments. If there is no patron waiting for a computer station, the user may exceed the 60-minute increment until a need for the station arises.
D. School work, online tests, employment searches, and scholarly or job researching by users take precedence over other online activities.
E. Users who need to leave a computer station but intend to return within a few minutes must indicate their intentions at the front desk or risk losing the station to another user.
F. Those wishing to download information or store information must bring their own storage device (flash drive, CD, etc).
G. Printing costs are 25 cents per page (20 cents per page if patron brings his/her own paper).
Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Resources
The following are unacceptable uses of the computers and Internet:
1. Use for any purpose that violates applicable federal, state, or local laws.
2. Interference with or disruption of other computer users, computer services, or equipment.
3. Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to other computing information or downloading.
4. Malicious, threatening, harassing, or obscene behavior. (Obscene behavior includes public display of obscene materials on computer screen or in hard copy).