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The Northern Onondaga Public Library Board of Trustees and staff are dedicated to making available a full range of information resources and services. The library offers access to 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 Internet resources, as well as offering assistance and materials to guide users to interesting and useful Internet destinations and resources.

The Internet offers wide and unfettered access to information and ideas. Those who use our Internet connections should be aware of the following:

  1. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision or restriction of their children’s use of the Internet.
  2. The library reserves the right to use “filtering” software on selected computer connections where it feels appropriate (e.g., Children’s Room and Young Adult Area) It  should be noted that filtering cannot be relied upon to be wholly effective.
  3. Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, legal or philosophically acceptable to all citizens.
  4. The Northern Onondaga Public Library is unable to monitor or control the content of the materials on the Internet.
  5. 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.
  6. Text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed as obscene, may not be sent, received or displayed over Northern Onondaga Public Library connections.
  7. Use of the Internet for activities that violate local, state or federal laws is prohibited
  8. In order to provide equitable access the library may impose time limits and reservations for Internet workstations.
  9. Library users using public access computers to search the Internet should return to the NOPL homepage or quit the web browser before moving away from the computer.
  10. Failure to comply with library policies may result in loss of access for users.

Reviewed 2/7/06

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


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

Download a copy of the Meeting Room Policy

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.