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Computer Use | AudioVisual | Internet & Wireless | Scanning Services

Library Policies

Computer Use Policy

Patrons ages 18 and under require parental approval for computer use and Internet access.

Due to space limitations and noise-level considerations, computers should generally be used by one person at a time.

Any activity that violates federal, state, or local law is unacceptable and will result in the loss of computer privileges, and possibly further action.

Attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computer devices or resources is strictly forbidden.

Any misuse of Library computers will result in a loss of privileges.  The following actions will occur:
First Instance:  Verbal Warning
Second Instance:  A 2-week suspension of computer privileges.
Third Instance:  A 1-year suspension of computer privileges.

The Library reserves the right to end any patron’s computer session should a blatant violation of the computer use policy occur.  Blatant violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The Library also reserves the right to deny computer access to patrons who have shown they are unable to abide by our library conduct and computer use policies.

The Library wishes to thank its patrons for abiding by these rules, so that all may enjoy the myriad of information found on the Internet.

Audio Visual Policy

Who may borrow audio/visual materials?

Any registered borrower 13 years of age or older and in good standing with the library may borrow these items.

Borrowing . . .

A/V items may be borrowed in the library, or requests may be placed online through the catalog at www.nioga.org.

Care of Items . . .

Please keep items in a cool dry place and avoid storage in cars, in direct sunlight, or near sources of heat.  It is best if the item is at room temperature when using.  Please rewind tape items.

Returns . . .

The borrower is responsible for returning the items in good condition.  DVDs may not be returned in the library’s book drop during closed hours.  Fines will be charged for late returns.

Copyright Restrictions . . .

All A/V items are for home use only & duplication is strictly prohibited under Title 17, U.S. Code, Sections 501 & 506.

Loss or Damage . . .

In case of loss, theft or damage, the patron will be charged the full replacement cost of the item.  Yates Community Library assumes no responsibility for any damage to playing equipment attributed to the Library’s A/V items.  The Library does recognize that items may wear out through repeated use.  The borrower is asked to please report to the Library anywear detected while playing the item.

Internet & Wireless Network Use Policy

Use of computers, the Internet, and the wireless network is a privilege Yates Community Library is pleased to provide our patrons. With this privilege, patrons should be aware of certain rules and policies regarding use of these resources. These rules and policies are subject to change at any time by the Trustees of the Library.

  • All users of the Library’s computers, Internet and wireless network are expected to use these resources only for legal and ethical purposes.
  • Users of the Library’s computers must be 18 years old and must sign in at the front desk.
    • Youth under the age of18 need parents to read and review this policy with their child, and register the child as a Library computer and Internet user at the front desk.
    • The Library does not have the right or authority to act in place of a parent, and encourages parents to supervise their children’s use of Library computers, Internet and wireless network, and to accept responsibility for determining boundaries commensurate with personal and individual family values. Only parents or legal guardians may restrict their child from accessing otherwise legal Internet resources through the Library’s Internet and wireless network.
    • Only patrons age 12 and under are permitted to use the children’s computer.
  • Patrons must sign-in to use the Library computers.
  • Patrons are reminded that the Library’s computers, Internet, and wireless networks are accessed in a public space shared by patrons and staff of all ages, backgrounds and cultural sensibilities. Patrons are expected to respect the diversity of sensibilities of others so as not to expose others to offensive information, images or sounds.
    • Obscenity and child pornography are illegal, and patrons may not use the Library’s Internet access to view, display, print, download, save to removable media, distribute, send or receive images, text or graphics of obscene material or material that violates laws relating to child pornography. Federal and state statues and the U.S. Supreme Court define and proscribe such materials. See: U.S.C. Section 1460-1470, et al; Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973) and N.Y. Penal Law Section 23
  • Patrons are not allowed to switch computers, shut them down, or re-start them at any time.
  • Computer use is limited to 30-minute periods. This includes printing times. Additional periods may be authorized if no other patrons are waiting to use the computers, at the discretion of the staff. Subsequent sessions are subject to termination at any time if another patron is waiting.
  • Due to space limitations and noise-level considerations, patrons should generally be using their computers individually. This applies to desktop computers, laptops, and other wireless devices.
  • Charges associated with printing, copying, or saving to disks are posted at the Library front desk.
  • Free wireless internet access is available at the Library. No registration or sign up is required to use the wireless network; however, certain rules for use apply:
    • Access to the wireless network will only be available when the Library is open.
    • To access the wireless network, you must have your own laptop or other wireless device.
    • The patron is solely responsible for ensuring his/her wireless device is configured to access the Library’s network.
    • Library staff members are not able to provide technical assistance to wireless users, and the staff cannot guarantee that you will be able to connect successfully to the wireless network.
    • There is no printing capability associated with the Library’s wireless network.
    • The library is not liable for any patron transactions, files, communication or downloads that may cause viruses or other damage to patron wireless devices.
  • Any misuse of the Library’s computer, Internet, and wireless Internet resources may result in a loss of privileges. Misuse includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Violation of any applicable federal, state, or local laws
      • This includes activities such as viewing obscene material or child pornography, committing fraud, hacking, harassing others, spreading libel or slander, or misrepresenting oneself when using the Library’s computer, Internet, or wireless network.
    • Destruction or damage to equipment, software, Internet access programs, or data belonging to the Library
    • Changing settings of the Library computers or Internet access
    • Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computing devices or Internet resources
    • Patrons who do not abide by these rules may be barred from sing the Library computers, Internet, and wireless network; may be barred from the Library; or may be reported to law enforcement
  • While the privacy of computer, Internet, and wireless network users is to be respected, the Yates Community Library is guided by statements of the American Library Association regarding access to information. For further information, patrons may request to read a copy of these statements:
  • The Library Bill of Rights
  • Freedom to Read Statement
  • Freedom to View Statement
  • Yates Community Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its computer, Internet, and wireless network or any consequences thereof.

Scanning Services Policy

Black and white scanning sevices are available at the library. Patrons needing scanning services can visit the circulation desk during regular hours and speak with any staff member. Operation is limited to staff.

We will scan your documents or photos in .tif, jpeg, or pdf format and either print them, save them to a USB flash drive that you provide, or email them to you. Resolution is set to 300 DPI.

Scanning is a $1.00 flat rate for 1-10 pages. Additional pages are .10 each. There is an additional cost of .50 to email.

Small items like identification cards or receipts can be combined into a single scan. Scanned materials can be saved either as individual image files or compiled into Adobe PDF files.

USB flash drives are available for purchase at the circulation desk. Cost is $5.00.

The Scanner Service must not be used for illegal purposes or adult themes, and patrons must abide by copyright laws.

No copies or scans will be made of any work which specifically forbids its being copied. This includes professional photographs.

YCL is not responsible for lost or damaged files.


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