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Introduction

In keeping with its mission, The Northern Onondaga Public Library is dedicated to making a full range of information resources and services available. The library offers access to computers and the Internet as an electronic means of reaching ideas and information. The Northern Onondaga Public Library will strive to offer our patrons fair and equitable access to computer resources. The library also provides wireless access to our patrons with mobile/portable devices.

Computer Rules

To achieve a place of safe and friendly research, the library has established the following rules regarding the use of public computers.

  1. Protect the library’s equipment and network.
    1. All users of electronic information resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner; activities that disrupt the library or its network are prohibited.
    2. Only library-provided software may be used on the library’s computers. Software owned or supplied by users may not be installed or used.
    3. Users may not alter or attempt to alter the setup of library computers.
    4. Users may not save their data on the hard drives of library computers. Users must supply their own devices for saving data. (USB flash drives may be purchased at the Service Desk.)
  2. Obey the law.
    1. Users may not use any library computer for illegal or criminal purposes, including but not limited to: coercion, fraud, theft, copyright infringement or violation of software agreements.
    2. Libraries are open and public spaces. Images prohibited by NYS Penal Laws, §245.10, §245.11, §263.11 and §263.16 may not be displayed in the library.
  3. Be a good neighbor.
    1. Users are asked to respect the privacy of other computer users. This includes not representing oneself as another user, not modifying passwords, not trying to gain access to someone else’s data or search history, and not hovering over others using computers.
    2. Text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed as obscene, may not be sent, received or displayed over Northern Onondaga Public Library connections, including wireless.
    3. The library’s computers are set up for use by a single individual. However, in some cases, such as a parent/guardian with a child, it may be important for two persons to work/sit together at a single computer. In all cases, because of limited space, a maximum of two persons may sit and/or work together at any one computer.
  4. Protect all personal information.
    1. Users are responsible for logging out of any sites they log into, including, but not limited to, banking sites, email accounts and online shopping accounts.
    2. Library users using public access computers to search the Internet should quit the web browser before moving away from the computer.

Filtering

The library reserves the right to use filtering software on selected computer connections (e.g. the Children’s Room and Teen area). It should be noted that filtering cannot be relied upon to be wholly effective.

All computers in the library are filtered for:

Spyware
Phishing and Fraud
Peer-to-Peer
Downloads of executable files
Hacking

In addition to the above, Children’s and Teens’ computers are filtered for:

Illegal Drugs
Adult/Sexually Explicit
Intolerance & Hate
Violence
Gambling
Spam URLs
Weapons

In addition to the above, Children’s computers are filtered for:

Personals and Dating

Internet Use by Children

Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s use of the Internet as they deem appropriate.

Signing-Up for Computer Use & Time Limits

  • The number of computers available for public use is limited. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to use library computers, a one hour time limit may be enforced. Note: All printing and/or downloading must be completed within this time limit.
  • Library computers designated for public access may be used without charge, but there will be charges for printouts.
  • Each NOPL library has its own procedures for signing onto a public access computer. Users can find out about these procedures at their library’s Service Desk.

Disclaimers

  • The library is not responsible for any damage done to computer users’ equipment or data by any virus or malware which may have been contracted on or through library equipment. Although the library has installed virus protection on its computers, it is always possible for a new virus to appear and therefore protection cannot be guaranteed.
  • The library is not responsible for any damage done to computer users’ disks, data, hardware or software as a result of the malfunctioning of library hardware or software.
  • NOPL staff members will make every effort to assist you or to direct you to helpful resources, but they cannot be familiar with every program and personal device, and other duties may limit time available for extended one-on-one assistance. Patrons needing computer help are welcome to take advantage of the regular training offered by the library in basic use of the Internet, email, and common software applications (e.g. word processing).
  • Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, legal or philosophically acceptable to all citizens. The Northern Onondaga Public Library is unable to monitor or control the content of the materials on the Internet.
  • NOPL will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law, pursuant to a subpoena or as necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

Compliance with Library Policy and Rules

Violation of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library’s computer and Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Illegal activity involving these resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

Approved March 28, 2016

Download a copy of the Patron Code of Conduct

The Northern Onondaga Public Library has adopted the following policy to protect the rights and safety of library users and staff and to protect library materials, equipment and property. The Board of Trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library is committed to providing a positive environment that enables staff to provide excellent customer service to all patrons.

Library users are expected to:

      • Treat our staff and other patrons with respect
      • Wear proper attire, including shirts and shoes while in the library.
      • Turn down volume on cell phones and play other audio equipment so others are not disturbed.

The following behavior or activities are prohibited:

      • Violating local ordinances, state, and/or federal law
      • Violating library policies and/or guidelines
      • Using abusive, obscene or threatening language or behavior
      • Harassing others
      • Misusing library furnishings, materials, equipment, or computers
      • Bathing in public restrooms
      • Sleeping in the library
      • Disruptive behavior such as staring or spitting
      • Fighting and physical abuse
      • Running in the building
      • Noise or loud talking that is disturbing to others

Please remember:

      • Children under the age of eight should be in the company of a parent or caregiver while in the library. The safety and behavior of children in the library is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver.
      • The library is a tobacco product and alcohol/drug free environment. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is not allowed in library buildings or on library property.
      • Library materials may not be taken into the restrooms.
      • Persons with offensive body odor or poor hygiene that create a nuisance to others and/or disrupt Library service may be asked to leave.
      • Rollerblades and skateboards may not be used on library property or brought into the library
      • Bicycles may not be brought into the building
      • Because the library cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles, do not leave valuable or personal belongings unattended.
      • Assistance animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act are the only animals permitted in the library with the exception of those being used in a library program.
      • Commercial Solicitation, panhandling, and the sale of merchandise, unless related to a library program or authorized by the library, are prohibited.
      • Any use of cameras and recording devices in library buildings must be authorized.
      • Flyers, petitions or non-library related literature may not be posted or distributed without permission

FOOD AND BEVERAGE GUIDELINES:

NOPL is committed to maintaining facilities that are clean, comfortable and welcoming. To support this goal we have adopted the following guidelines for public areas of our libraries:

      • As authorized by the Library, food and beverages may be consumed in Library meeting rooms and at special events.
      • Consuming beverages from lidded containers is permitted in the Library except in the vicinity of library computers. Violation of the above polices may result in a warning, a request to leave the premises, or barring from NOPL libraries.

Approved September 28, 2015

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The Northern Onondaga Public Library meeting rooms are available to the community for use by groups for educational, cultural, civic and community service meetings. The room is available for use by community groups and non-profit organizations only, regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their individual members. Use of the room by groups and individuals shall be at the discretion of the Library Director and the Board of Trustees of the Library.

Meetings may not be used for:

      • Sale or promotion of products or services, except in conjunction with a library sponsored program. Names of participants cannot be collected by program presenters for later financial gain.
      • Partisan political activities, except for events such as candidates’ night when all candidates representing different views or parties are invited by the library or independent civic organization.
      • Purely social, commercial or fundraising functions unless sponsored by the library.
      • Personal events, such as birthday parties, showers or family reunions, or for the benefit of a private individual.
      • The rooms may not be used for profit making activities. Any use of a meeting room for classes or programs which entail a fee, tuition, or other charge or donation must have prior approval from the Director. Membership dues and/or registration fees covering the cost of materials are acceptable. Tickets may not be sold nor donations or free will offerings taken.

Library sponsored and co-sponsored programs shall have first priority in all cases. Rooms can be booked up to two months in advance, and reservations will be honored on a first come first served basis. Community groups are limited to one meeting room use a month (exceptions may be granted by the Library Director).

Reservation requests must be made by phone or in person. Requests must be confirmed within 5 business days by receipt of the completed reservation form. Reservation requests are tentative until confirmed by the library.

On rare occasions the library may cancel a reservation in the event of a conflict with a library program. Notice of such cancellation will be given as soon as possible. Organizations must notify the library of any cancellation on their part as soon as possible. In the event of the library’s closing due to inclement weather or other emergency reasons, all activities will be cancelled.

Meetings can only be held during the library’s normal hours of operation and for security reasons; meeting rooms must be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library’s closing time. Occupancy limits are set by local fire departments and must be observed.

The room and equipment must be returned to the condition in which they were found, including returning tables and chairs to their original positions. Organizations are responsible for any damage to the room, equipment or its contents. If damage occurs or special cleaning is needed, an appropriate charge will be levied.

Adult supervision (18 years or older) is required for any group of minors. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Director.
Users should note that the library is a public building and all uses shall be non-exclusive, open to the general public (except lawful executive sessions of governmental bodies).

No smoking is permitted on library property. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be served by community groups in the meeting room.

The right of a group to meet in the public library does not constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the Northern Onondaga Public Library. Events or meetings of community groups may not be publicized in a manner that might suggest NOPL sponsorship or affiliation.

The library reserves the right to revoke permission to any user whose planned use of the meeting rooms does not comply with this policy. Violation of policies and procedures may result in denial of future access to the space.

Approved 2/24/14

SMILE! NOPL staff may take photos, videos, and record audio of people enjoying the library’s many services and events. These images may be used for publicity purposes in print and electronic media, or ultimately published on the Internet. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify a staff member. The library does not tag photos or include children’s names on social media.