Policies

FINES AND CHARGES

Retrieval of library materials is important to the security of the Naples Public Library’s collection and to insure that library materials are available to all interested library users.

Overdue books and materials are subject to the following fine schedule for days in which the library is open.

All circulating books, compact discs, and magazines……….. $.10/per day
DVDs……………………….. $1.00 per day
Books Plus……………………….. $1.00 per day
Interlibrary loan………………… $.10 per day

Books lost or damaged while on interlibrary loan will be charged for in accordance with the library from which the materials were sent.

The maximum fine for overdue items is $5.00 per item.

The Naples Library sends overdue notices to request the return of past due items.

Borrowers who damage materials will be charged for the repair of the damage, not to exceed the replacement cost of the item. Staff time and materials will be taken in consideration in determining the charge for repair.

Borrowers who lose or damage materials beyond repair will be charged for the replacement of the lost or damaged item. The charge will be the price listed in the current BOOKS IN PRINT or comparable source. If the item is no longer in print, the charge will be what a replacement of the same type will cost. Damaged items which are paid for by borrowers remain the property of the library.

Photocopies are made by the library staff for  $.10 per side.

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

Borrowers are considered delinquent and will be denied borrowing privileges if they have overdue items, unpaid fines totaling $5.00, have returned damaged materials for which payment has not been made, or have been billed for overdue items.

Parents are responsible for the payment of charges and fines incurred by their children (under 18).

The library director may place a limit on the number of items borrowed by an individual based on demand by others for the type of material. Videos are limited to three per family.

LOAN PERIODS

Books, magazines (except current issue), and CDs ………… 21 days
Audiobooks …………………………….. 21 days
DVDs…………………………….. 7 days

Video Games…………………7 days

New DVDs …………………….3 days
New Fiction ……………………………. 7 days

The latest weekly or monthly issues of magazines and Newspapers (current week) do not circulate. Reference books do not circulate.

PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTER USE POLICY

I. MISSION & GOALS

The Naples Library offers computer technology and internet access in order to fill the informational, educational and cultural needs of the Naples community.

II. ELIGIBILITY

Any registered Naples Library patron in good standing (no outstanding fines or overdue materials) is eligible for Computer Use

Those under 17 must also have written parental permission to use the computer and the Internet before a pass is issued.

The adult who has signed the agreement for a child under 11 years of age must be with the child at the computer at all times.

III. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM/PARENT’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Naples Library supports the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights which deals with intellectual freedom, as well as the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The library also affirms that it is the right and responsibility of parents to monitor their minor children’s use of library materials, including Internet access.

IV. DISCLAIMER

The Naples Library is not responsible for any damage to or loss of data resulting from the use of our computer. We have no control over our network access, the ability to connect to any particular internet site, or the availability of information links. Users and parents of users under 18 will be held responsible for any damage done to library equipment or software during the time of their computer use. The Library is not responsible for the quality of the information received over the Internet. Users are responsible for evaluating the data which is received.  

V. LEGAL ISSUES & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 – SEC.502

The Naples Library does not condone nor tolerate the use of library computer resources to break any law, including, but not limited to, the Telecommunications Decency Act. Computer resources may be used only for legal purposes.

“Whoever in interstate or foreign communications by means of a telecommunications device knowingly makes, creates, or solicits, and initiates transmission of, any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent, with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass another person;…shall be fined under Title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for more than two years, or both.” 

COMPUTER USER’S GUIDE

GENERAL

  1. Getting On a Computer

1. When you arrive for a session, please have your card scanned at the circulation desk.

  1. Availability

1. You may use a library computer for 60 minutes a day during regularly scheduled library hours.   If you are using your own computer you will have access to our wireless for 3 hours per login.

2. The computers may be unavailable during special programs.

3. Patrons who are doing research take precedence over those who are using the computer for recreational purposes.

Acceptable Use

  1. Sign-ups are for 60 minutes. If no one else is waiting or signed up, at the end of your session, you may request an additional session.
  2. Please do not leave your work on our hard drive. We reserve the right to remove any files left behind. Downloads from the Internet and other information should be saved to a flash drive or similar device and taken with the patron.
  3. Only PC-formatted disks may be used to save your information.
  4. Use Windows. DO NOT operate from DOS. Do not leave bookmarks, shortcuts or change the properties of the Windows environment of the computers.
  5. Only two people are allowed at a computer at a time.
  6. The only programs that may be used on the library computer are those which belong to the library.
  7. Notify a staff member immediately if there is a problem.
  8. You may print out your work or searches at the rate of $ .10 per page for black and white, and $.50 per page for color.
  9. These rules are subject to change at any time. Changes will be posted at the computer workstation.

II. INTERNET

A. Overview

The Internet is a network of computer networks that support the exchange of information on a world-wide basis. Each site you visit may contain links to many others, allowing you to jump all over the globe in a matter of minutes. Originally intended as a sharing and research tool for scientists and researchers, it has expanded and continues to grow at an incredible rate. The Internet is an unregulated medium, and some of the information you will encounter may be erroneous, out of date, or offensive. The User must evaluate this information carefully. Information comes as text, pictures, or graphics, sound, and/or computer programs. You can print and/or save much of what you find. Because of the vast array of resources available, the Internet is an exciting research tool, enabling us access to information far beyond what we can afford and have space for in our library.  

Unacceptable uses of the Internet

The User is held responsible for his/her actions and activities on the Internet. Unacceptable uses of this privilege will result in the suspension or revocation of the privilege.

Unacceptable uses of the Naples Library computers include:

  • Using our computer resources for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts. Illegal activities shall be defined as a violation of the intended use of the resources.
  • Using Library computer resources for financial or commercial gain.
  • Degrading or disrupting equipment, software, or system performance.
  • Vandalizing the data of another.
  • Gaining unauthorized access to resources.
  • Using an account owned by another.
  • Downloading, storing, printing files or messages that are illegal, obscene, or inappropriate. Obscene shall be defined as violation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • Plagiarism or taking ideas or writings and offering them as your own. Credit should always be given to the author.
  • The saving of any information to the hard drive of the Library computer. This includes leaving bookmarks, shortcuts, or changing the properties of the Windows environment.

MEETING ROOMS POLICY

The Naples Library makes its meeting rooms available to the public as a service to the Naples community under the conditions set forth here by the Naples Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board cites the following statement from the Library Bill of Rights:

“As an institution of education for democratic living, the library should welcome the use of its meeting rooms for socially useful and cultural activities and discussion of current public questions. Such meeting places should be available on equal terms to all groups in the community regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their members, provided that the meetings are open to the public.”

Available Rooms

  1. Small Meeting Room – capacity for 15 persons, kitchen facilities.
  2. Large Meeting Room – capacity for 30 persons, kitchen facilities.

TERMS OF ROOM USE:

Rooms may be used by groups, committees, organizations and boards which are non-profit in nature. First priority is given to library activities or library related use. Other groups may use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are available during library hours. Special arrangements may be made for meetings at other times by contacting the Library Director.

The library will not charge a fee for the use of its meeting rooms. Meetings will be free and open to the public. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Library Director.

Reservations for use of the rooms may be made in person or by calling the library. The library should be notified promptly of any cancellations.

Keys will be issued on a temporary basis, as needed, by the Library Director or Assistant Director. The borrower must sign the Key Logbook before the key is issued. It is recommended that a representative of the group who will use the meeting rooms arrive before the library closes so that a key need not be issued at all. Any person who loses a key will pay for re-keying the lock to the meeting rooms.

Use of the rooms on a regular, long-term basis shall be at the discretion of the Library Director and/or the Library Board of Trustees.

Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Children’s groups may use the meeting rooms provided they are supervised by an adult.

Rooms must be left in proper order when meetings are over. Chairs should be returned to proper place and tables and floors must be clean and litter free.

The Library Director is authorized to deny permission to use the library rooms to any group which is disorderly or violates these regulations.

The fact that a group uses the meeting rooms does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the library.

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