The library is committed to providing equal and meaningful access to knowledge and information in a variety of formats including print, audiovisual and electronic.
The Internet has become the primary platform for access to essential electronic information resources and databases. As a recipient of federal E-rate funding for schools and libraries under the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), JSDCL is required to have an Internet safety policy as dictated by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which includes technology protection measures that block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors). JSDCL contracts a commercial provider who implements CIPA protection policies for our public computers and Wi-Fi.
Although we work hard to create a safe environment, we are not a substitute for parental judgment and oversight over what enters the library on a child’s own computer, phone or tablet.
JSDCL staff enforces all rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure fair, safe, reasonable and equitable use of Internet resources.
- Under CIPA, JSDCL blocks access from library computers to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.
- JSDCL requires that minors use library computers for research or homework assignments and prohibits access to games, cartoons and social network sites such as Facebook. Minors are prohibited from using computers or Wi-Fi to view obscene or illegal materials. An authorized person may ask library personnel to disable the blocking or filtering measures to enable access of an adult for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. Authorized games for youngsters may be accessed through Destiny or other approved sites when others are not waiting to use a computer.
- Patrons may not download or copy files to a library computer's hard drive. You may bring your own storage device or purchase a flash drive at the main desk if you wish to save or download files. CAUTION: Files downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. The Library is not responsible for any damage to personal disks or personal hardware as a result of downloading or copying files from any library computer.
- The Library does not offer electronic mail (e-mail) accounts. You may use e-mail only if you can telnet to your Internet account, or if you have an e-mail account accessible via the Web.
- Patrons may use the software already loaded on the computers. Patrons may not load or use personal software, or alter or attach equipment to the Library's hardware.
- Use of the JSDCL electronic resources for illegal or criminal activity is prohibited.
- Library workstations are in public areas. If what you view or print interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others, your computer privileges may be revoked.
- Violation of these policies will result in loss of computer privileges.
The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library supports the rights of all individuals to free and equal access to the use of the library without discrimination, intimidation, threat of harm or invasion of privacy.
A video camera monitors the locked library entry door for security purposes on Saturdays and during evening functions. Video cameras are installed in other areas of the library for the protection of staff and clients and their personal belongings. The camera in the POETA computer lab monitors CompTIA certification exams under the rules of use as a Pearson Vue Authorized Center.
The Library is dedicated to offering friendly, courteous and respectful service and providing a safe, clean, welcoming and comfortable environment for clients, staff, and volunteers. We ask all Library users be respectful of each other and behave in a manner that does not disrupt other Library users or interfere with the normal operation of the library. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
The following are prohibited on library property:
- Intentionally damaging, destroying or stealing materials, equipment or property belonging to the library, a client or staff member
- Sexual, physical, or other harassment
- Using vulgar, abusive, or threatening language
- Running, throwing, fighting, bullying or any other behavior that disrupts the library environment
- Weapons. All persons authorized to carry a weapon must notify library personnel.
- Skateboarding, skating, or use of a similar recreational device inside the library.
- Failure to wear shirts and shoes
- Wearing bathing suits, wet clothing or excessively short shorts inside the library
- Any type of spiked footwear such as bicycle or baseball cleats
- Accessing staff areas, unless accompanied by a library employee
- Eating, drinking or consuming alcohol unless during a library approved event
- Intoxication or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Using audible devices without headphones or using headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using any communication device, including cell phones, in a manner that disturbs others.
- Persons who pose a health or sanitary risk or whose bodily hygiene constitutes a nuisance to other users of the library.
- Using the library as a place to sleep
- Viewing images on the public computers or personal laptops that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library spaces by others
- Bringing animals inside of the library building, with the exception of service animals or those brought for special library-sponsored programs
- Misuse of library restroom facilities, including laundering or bathing
- Smoking, chewing tobacco or other tobacco use
- Solicitation, petitioning, peddling and other interactions in pursuit of selling goods or services, entreating library clients or staff or promoting a political party agenda.
Enforcement of the Library Use Policy
The Library reserves the right to remove any person whose behavior is disruptive, inappropriate for a library environment, or interferes with the use of the library by others.
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