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Cazenovia Public Library strengthens community by:
      -engaging our history
-connecting people
     -inspiring lifelong learning  
     -transforming lives
    

Code of Behavior Policy

Adherence to these guidelines for behavior will allow the Library to accomplish its mission more effectively.

Respect the rights of others and act in a courteous manner.

  • No running, playing, or being disruptive in the Library building or on the grounds.
  • No unnecessary conversation allowed in the original building, which is a designated quiet area.
  • Maintain moderate conversational levels in the rest of the Library building.
  • No children under age 6 left unattended.
  • Loud use of audio equipment is not allowed.
  • Harassment or threatening behavior is not allowed.

Respect the Library facility and do not misuse the Library property in any way.

  • Malicious destruction of or damage to the Library property or its contents will result in prosecution.
  • No misuse of the restrooms.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking.
  • Comply with the “Meeting Room Policy.”
  • Please use the bicycle rack.
  • Pets are prohibited, with the exception of guide dogs.
  • Keep personal belongings (book bags, etc.) out of the aisles.
  • The Library phone is for staff (business) use only.

Respect our library materials.

  • Keep all materials (books, DVDs, etc.) clean and in good condition.
  • Protect materials from bad weather, pets, babies, and other potential hazards.
  • Return all materials on the correct due date and pay overdue fines or lost book charges in a timely fashion.

Rule enforcement.

  • All persons who fail to obey the rules will be asked to leave the building and grounds.
  • The parent/guardian of any child left unattended will be contacted for immediate pick up.
  • Repeat offenders may be banned from the Library for a specified duration.
  • The parent/guardian of a minor who does not obey the rules will be notified of that child’s behavior in writing.

Cazenovia Public Library Rules of Computer Use

Cazenovia Public Library’s Information Technologies are readily available to the public, with certain restrictions. Misuse of Library hardware or software may result in loss of privileges, legal action, or both. The Cazenovia Public Library will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes abusive conduct or violation of the Library’s Rules of Use.

Prior to obtaining access to the Internet, Library users are required to read and agree to the Internet Policy and Rules of Use.
No food or drink is allowed.

Please keep the sound off while using the computers. Feel free to bring headphones if you would like audio.

Children under the age of 12 should be monitored by their parents or legal guardians while using the computers.

Do not change the computer settings.

Do not abuse the computer equipment.
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Cazenovia Public Library Internet Policy and Rules of Use

I. Introduction

In keeping with our role as a source of information, intellectual development, and enrichment for the community, the Cazenovia Public Library provides access to the Internet. Internet sites can change content rapidly and unpredictably. Consequently, in offering Internet access, it is impractical, if not impossible, for the Library Staff to control access to appropriate sites. Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the sites they visit. As is the case with all other Library materials, any restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the child’s parent/guardian.

II. Acceptable Use

The Library’s computers may be used for reference, research, and information retrieval. They may also be used to play games and access social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of these tools. The Library also reserves the right to limit computer use to one hour while others are waiting. It is prohibited to engage in illegal activities or to access illegal materials while using the Library’s computers. Prospective users of the Library’s computer system are asked to read the Library’s Internet Policy and Rules of Computer Use. Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for determining which Library resources are appropriate for their children. Parents of children under age 12 are requested to accompany their child and to supervise his/her use of the Library’s computers.

III. Prohibited Activities

Prohibited Internet-related activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Copyright violations
  • Harassment and/or stalking
  • Libel
  • Attempting to damage equipment or other property
  • Illegal commerce
  • Illegal or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
  • “Hacking” or tampering with the host or remote computer systems
  • Licensing violations
  • Creating, transmitting, printing, or otherwise distributing: pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials; or racist or sexist materials
  • Downloading/uploading illegal music or illegal file sharing
  • The Cazenovia Public Library computer systems are not available for the operation of business (for-profit) activities.

IV. Results of Misuse

Access to the Internet is provided through expensive and often vulnerable equipment. The cost of repairing or replacing misused hardware or software is the responsibility of the user. Use of the Cazenovia Public Library computers or terminals can be denied by the Librarian for due cause. Such cause may include failure to comply with any of the Cazenovia Public Library Policies (including those stated herein and in the Library Rules of Computer Use), abusing Library computer property, and/or tampering with operating systems.

V. Privacy Issues

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain private information displayed on computers and/or printers. Nonetheless, to the extent permitted by law, the Library reserves the right to monitor access and disclose information stored or transmitted via Library computers.

VI. Wireless Access

The Cazenovia Public Library offers free wireless access to the Internet throughout the building. Internet can be accessed through the user’s personal laptop computer. The Library Staff is available to help with connection issues to the best of their abilities. When accessing the Library’s wireless Internet, the Internet Policy and Rules of Computer Use still apply.

VII. Printing

Printing is available from the Library computers. While printing, please keep in mind:
The first two pages are free. Additional pages are 15 cents each.
The user is responsible for any and all printouts generated, including those with typographical or other user errors.
The user may use his/her own paper, but the price of a print-out remains the same.
All printing must be completed 15 minutes prior to Library closing time.

VIII. Library Staff Assistance

The Library Staff are trained to provide limited start-up support only. The Staff is happy to help by offering tips for searching the Internet, recommending websites, and assisting with technological troubleshooting.

Cazenovia Public Library Late Fees and Loan Period

Book
Book on CD or Tape
Music CD
Magazines

Late Fine: 10 cents per day, with a maximum of $5.00

NonFiction DVD, TV Series & 5+ Hour Miniseries
Loan Period: 3 weeks

DVD
Late Fine: 50 cents per day, with a maximum of $5.00
Loan Period: 1 week

Renewals: Renewing Library material may be done in person, over the phone (655.9322), through the online catalogue, or through email (cazenovia@midyork.org).  Users can renew materials up to three times.  However, renewal is possible only for items that are not new and are not on hold for other patrons.

Art Exhibits/Gallery Policy

Gallery space is available for art exhibits of particular local and regional interest. Cazenovia Public Library (CPL) provides this space as part of its cultural mission.  The Library is a central community gathering place; its easy public accessibility and numerous hours of operation make CPL an advantageous public venue.  Artwork serves to enhance the Library’s physical environment and to promote both art and artists.  While all artwork will be considered, space is not available for commercial, religious or political purposes.  Cazenovia Public Library reserves the right to make the final decision on the content and arrangement of all Gallery exhibits.

Once an artist has been selected to display artwork at CPL, exhibitors must comply with the dates/times established for setting up and taking down artwork.  Assistance will be provided, but the artist or artist’s representative must be present to assist with both hanging up and taking down the exhibit.

Other exhibiting logistics & policies:

  • Library sponsored or co-sponsored exhibits take precedence over other exhibits at all times. The Library reserves the right to, without notice, cancel outsider use of the display areas if the Library Director or Library Board of Trustees determines that the space is needed for Library purposes.
  • Artwork must be ready for exhibition, with two-dimensional work having proper matting and/or framing.
    CPL provides supplies for hanging. No additional hooks, nails, or other fasteners may be used to attach art to the Library walls.
  • Artists are invited to host/sponsor an opening reception; all costs associated with a reception (including invitations, food and beverages) will be borne by the artists.
  • Artists are encouraged to participate in a lecture or demonstration during their show. This will be arranged between the artists and the Library staff.
  • The Library cannot be held responsible for artwork that is not picked up by the designated date after exhibition.
  • Exhibits must remain throughout the duration of the dates scheduled.
  • In return for the opportunity to exhibit at the Library, CPL requests a commission of 15% for any artwork sold.  The commission on any artwork sold will be placed into the Library’s museum fund.
  • No prices may be listed on wall labels. Separate price lists may be printed and displayed on the wall or on the information table in the gallery.
  • CPL cannot be responsible for the reimbursement or replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged items, and it does not insure exhibits. The Library encourages the artist/lender to obtain a rider on his or her insurance policy for the duration of the exhibit. Artists/lenders are required to complete and sign a waiver/release of Library liability before any artwork is exhibited.
  • The Library coordinates display for all exhibits. As a courtesy to exhibitors, the Library will facilitate publicity and may include some promotions, such as press releases to local and regional newspapers, calendars, and brochures.  If an artist contacts any local media on his/her own, the Library must be informed.