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Computer and Internet Use

  • Nature of the Internet--The Shelbina Carnegie Public Library provides access to the Internet as one information resource among others.  As a result of the open nature of the Internet, users should understand that the library has no control over content, and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any internet source.
  • Internet access policy--Computer terminals are available during regular library hours to any patron who has signed a use agreement.  All patrons under the age of 18 must also have a parent or legal guardian sign the agreement.  Patrons are advised that all public access computers are equipped with filtering software compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act.  The library reserves the right to deny computer access to any patron with overdue materials or outstanding fines.
  • Staff assistance--The library staff is able to provide limited assistance for internet use.  Assistance can only be given as staff time and expertise allow, and may be limited to start-up.
  • Time Limits--Terminals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Users are allowed half-hour slots and must sign their starting and ending times on the log sheet provided.  In the event that no one is waiting to use the terminal, usage may continue past the allotted time.  Reservations may be made by phone if terminals are available.
  • Printing--Color and laser printers are networked with all computers.  All color copies are 25 cents a page.  Patrons are allowed three free black and white copies.  Each additional page is 10 cents.  This includes homework and pages printed by mistake.
  • Downloading--Patrons may download to their own disks or flash drives.  Downloading to the hard drive is not permitted, nor is installation of unauthorized programs, shortcuts, screen savers, or wallpaper.
  • E-mail and chat--The library does not provide e-mail accounts, but patrons may use outside e-mail services such as Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail.  Chat is NOT allowed at any time.  Patrons discovered engaging in chat may lose computer privileges temporarily or permanently.
  • Ethical use--Internet computers may not be used for illegal or unethical purposes.  This includes, but is not limited to:  harassment of others, libeling or slandering other users, damage to equipment or software, disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications, unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material, or any action prohibited by local, state, or federal law.  Patrons may not conduct a business based on the library's computers.
  • Inappropriate images--The library assumes the responsibility for maintaining an environment conducive to use by patrons of all ages and sensibilities.  We therefore ask that patrons not display offensive graphics at any time.  Deliberate accessing of pornography will result in immediate termination of computer use for a month.  A second offense will result in permanent loss of computer use in any capacity.  Histories may be checked from time to time to assure compliance.

Meeting Room Policy

When not in use for library functions, the meeting room may be used by qualified organizations, groups, or citizens in accordance with rules established by the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Public Library.  For the present, these rules are as follows:

  • A charge of $15.00 will be assessed for each use of the meeting room for an adult function, with a refundable damage deposit of $25.00.  $25.00 will be charged for a meeting where  minors are the majority of attendees, with a refundable damage deposit of $50.00.
  • Reservations for use may be made with the library staff, preferably a week or more in advance of use.  The meeting room will be assigned to groups in order of receipt of application.
  • No admission fee may be charged by any group using the library meeting room.
  • It is the responsibility of the group using the meeting room to leave it clean and in the condition they found it.
  • Organizations or individuals holding meetings assume responsibility for any damage to the room and contents and must pay for repairs or replacement of damaged items.  Use of the meeting room includes use of the kitchen facilities and restrooms.  All rooms must be left neat and clean or further use of the facilities will be denied.
  • Neither the name of the address of the Shelbina Carnegie Library may be used as the official address or headquarters of any group.
  • Smoking and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.
  • Functions being held by or for the benefit of minors must be fully chaperoned and a parent or legal guardian must be present at all times.
  • The meeting room must be vacated by 9:30 PM unless prior arrangement is made with library staff.
  • If the meeting is to be held during hours when the library is not open, it is the responsibility of the applicant to pick up the key during regular library hours, secure the building after the meeting, and return the key to the book deposit slot when the meeting is over.  Keys will not be given to minors.  There will be a $10.00 penalty charge for the loss of a key.


Borrower Registration

 Patrons must present proof of address upon application for registration.  There are no library district residence requirements, and registration and borrowing privileges are free.  Library cards are not issued; patron information is kept on file at the library.  Our patrons enjoy reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Little Dixie Library System.

Gift Policy

 Gifts of materials are gladly accepted, but the library reserves the right to determine if the material is suitable for placing in the permanent collection.  Items not retained will be placed in the ongoing book sale or recycled.

Loan Period

Videotapes must be returned in two working days.  All other circulating materials may be checked out for two weeks.  Renewals are allowed on all materials, by phone, e-mail or in person.





A fine of 5 cents per day per item will be assessed for all overdue materials.  Fines will continue to accrue on Sundays and holidays.  Maximum fine per patron is $5.00.  Patrons with a $5.00 fine will not be allowed to check out any more materials until the fine is paid and all materials are returned.

 Lost and Damaged Materials

Patrons who lose, severely damage, or fail to return materials will be assessed the replacement cost of the item(s).

Fax and Print Charges

 Incoming and outgoing faxes cost 25 cents for each page, unless staff determines that long distance charges will not be covered by that amount.  Each copier page costs 25 cents.  Each microform reader/printer copy costs 25 cents. The first three black and white pages printed from a computer are free, each subsequent page costs 10 cents.  All color prints are 25 cents.

Book Sale

 A shelf of duplicate, discarded and surplus books will be permanently maintained in the meeting room.  Any hardback may be purchased for 25 cents, any paperback for 10 cents.

 Patron Behavior and Unattended Children Policy

Patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb others.  Food, drinks without lids, running, loud talking, and horseplay are not allowed.  Those whose behavior is disruptive or whose language is offensive will be asked to leave the library.

Parents are asked not to leave preschool or early elementary children alone at the library, except to attend appropriate library programs.   Children not picked up at closing time will be remanded to the city police for their own safety.


last updated: 11/11/2010