Baylor County Free Library

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Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.

Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers

 The Internet provides a means to access information far beyond the Library's own collections. The Internet is a gateway to information of great diversity in many countries and cultures around the world. Because of its international character, however, there is no external monistoring of the Internet. While most of the information accessed can be valuable and enlightening, the user may also find materials that are unreliable, personally offensive, or illegal under U.S. law. The Library cannot police a global network and each individual user must take responsibility for his or her own activities on the Internet and for the activities of his or her children. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions and familiarize themselves with the Internet.

Internet Use Agreement

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the library's Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement (available at the circulation desk in the library). All users must sign the log-in chart priot to beginning their session.

Internet use is offered in thirty (30) minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis; each user is allowed one session - if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once having had the service for 30 minutes the user must abandon use of the Internet if another patron requests use of the service.

Behavior in the Library

It is a patron's responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law. Unacceptable behavior is not permitted. Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to:

  1. Loud talking or other noise.
  2. Physical threats or abuse.
  3. Running and roaming.
  4. Abusive or foul language.
  5. Abuse or misuse of Library furnishings, equipment or materials.
  6. Congregating in or around entrances, inside or out.
  7. Commission of an illegal or unauthorized act on Library property against the patrons, personnel or property of the LIbrary, i.e., theft, trespass, assault, arson, etc.
  8. Failure to pay fines or proper Library costs when due.
  9. Use of alcohol or mood-altering drugs on library property.
  10. Sexual misconduct, as per current Texas, Baylor County and City of Seymour laws.

Children Alone in the Library: Guidelines for Parents and Staff

The Baylor County Free Library encourages visits by young children and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library.

Therefore, it is library policy that all children under the age of eight (8) must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library. Also, if the young child is attending a library program, we require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program.

Parents are asked to be aware of the library's operational hours and pick up their children accordingly. If unattended children are not picked up by parents within thirty minutes of the library's closing time, the Seymour Police Department or Baylor County Sheriff's Department will be contacted to report the presence of an unattended minor in the library. The acting law enforcement will be asked to pick up the minor for transport to the police department until the parent/guardian can be located.

Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Records

As specified in: Texas Statutes Title 5. Open Government; Ethics Subtitle A. Open Government Chapter 552. Public Information Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 552-124. Exception: Records of Library or Library System.

(a) A record of a library or library system, supported in whole or in part by public funds, that identifies or serves to identify a person who requested, obtained, or used a lbirary material or service is excepted from the requirements of Section 552-021 unless the record is disclosed:

     (1) because the lbirary or library system determines that disclosure is reasonably necessary for the operation of the library or library system adn the record is not confidential under other state or federal law;

     (2) under Section 552-023; or

     (3) to a law enforcement agency or a prosecutor under a court order or subpoena obtained after showing to a district court that:

          (A) disclosure of the record is necessary to protect the public safety; or

          (B) the record is evidence of an offense or constitutes evidence that a particular person committed an offense.

(b) A record of a library or library system that is excepted from required disclosure under this seciont is confidential.

The Baylor County Free Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users.

USA PATRIOT ACT WARNING - Under Section 215 of the federal USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56), records of books and other materials you borrow from this library may be obtained by federal agents. Federal agents may also track your personal Internet usage on library computers. This federal law prohibits librarians from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you.

Baylor County Ordinance #12.12.05.1

DetainingLibrary Property Unlawful:

It shall be unlawful for any person to detain any library material or materials belonging to the BAYLOR COUNTY FREE LIBRARY for fifteen (15) days after notice in writing from the Library staff, mailed with proper postage affixed in the United States mailed to thelast known address provided to said Library as the permanent residence of the holder of the Library card; said notice to be given only after the expiration of time by which policy of such Library regulates the period of time said materials may be kept. Any person violating this section shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00).

Ordinance Number: 12.12.05.1

Effective the 1st day of February, 2006

Approved by Baylor County Commissioner's Court, December 12, 2005