Patrons of the Pima Public Library expect to have:
- A library environment free of disruptive activity
- Access to library materials or an ability to
put them on hold as regulations allow
- Books, magazines, and newspapers that are complete
- Surroundings free from food, beverages, and
their resulting problems
Ensuring a pleasant and productive environment
for study, research, and pleasure reading for all users requires
that each user of the library refrain from the following activities
- Removal, or attempted removal, of library materials
or property without checking them out or without authorization.
- Consumption of food or beverages within the
- Smoking in the library or on the library grounds.
- Mutilation of library materials by marking,
underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding,
removing circulation barcodes, removing spine labels, or in any
other way injuring or defacing library materials.
- Concealing library materials in the library
for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
- Failure to return materials following the expiration
of the loan period.
- Failure to pay the library the value of lost
or damaged materials.
- Any disturbance or behavior that interferes
with normal use of the library (rowdiness, noise, skates, skateboards,
scooters, offensive sexual behavior, and so forth.)
- Harassment of library staff or users.
- Being in an unauthorized area of the library,
remaining in the library after closing, or remaining when requested
to leave during emergency situations.
Misuse of the library, whether by theft, mutilation
or vandalism of library materials or property, or by interference
with the activities of other library users, shows disrespect for
the institution and disregard of the right of the members of the
community. The library will actively seek legal action and/or prosecution
for the offenses listed above.
|Public access to
the Internet is available to all users of the Pima Public Library
on selected computers. The Library is making the Internet available
to the public as an information and educational resource in support
of our role as the community's information and lifelong learning center.
Consistent with our mission and the professional
principles of public librarianship, the Internet Use Policy affirms
the safeguarding of First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom,
equity of access, confidentiality of information about users and
their use of all library resources including electronic, and individual
responsibility. The Library affirms the principles and user rights
as delineated in the American Library Association's "Access
to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: and Interpretation
of the Library Bill of Rights"
The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages,
direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet.
Not all the information available via the Internet is accurate,
current, or complete. Users are encouraged to be good information
consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via
Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view,
and images can be found on the Internet that are controversial,
divergent, and/or inflammatory. The provision of access does not
mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content
or point of view of any of the information or commentary that may
be found on the Internet.
The Internet offers access to a wealth of information
that can be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching.
Library staff have attempted to identify on the Library's home page
specific starting points for searches and links to sources on the
Internet that are consistent with the Library's mission and roles.
However, because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information
network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images, and
commentary beyond the confines of the Library's collection, mission,
selection criteria, and collection development policies. Because
of this and the fact that access points on the Internet can and
do change often, rapidly, and unpredictably, the Library's cannot
protect individuals from information and images which they might
find offensive or disturbing.
Since the Library computers on which the public
can access the Internet are located in public areas, which must
be shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities,
individuals are asked to consider this when accessing potentially
controversial information and images. Library staff cannot consistently
and effectively monitor the public's use of the Internet. The Library,
however, reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the
display of information and images which cause a disruption or are
not appropriate for viewing in a public area.
Users are cautioned that, because security in an
electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed,
all transactions, files, and communication are vulnerable to unauthorized
access and use and therefore should be considered public.
Parental Responsibility and Child Safety on
Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information
selected and/or accessed by their children. Children who use the
Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing
information and images. Written parental permission is required
for minors (17 and under). Parental supervision is required for
minors 11 and under, but may be waived for students in grades 4-6
doing school-related work, provided the supervision waiver form
is signed by the students parent or guardian and is on file
in the library. The supervision waiver form must be renewed each
school year until the minor reaches 12 years of age.
The following are recommended guidelines for parents
and guardians to
ensure that children have positive online experiences, whether at
or in the library.
- Use the Internet as a family. Join your children
in Internet exploration.
- Explore the wide range of available information
and tell your children about sites you consider inappropriate
- Encourage children to use sites recommended
in the Library's website and counsel them to avoid sites you consider
- Provide guidelines for your children on the
amount of time they spend online, just as for television viewing.
- Instruct children NEVER to give out personal
information (name, address, password, telephone number, credit
card number) online.
- Teach children to be good online consumers.
As with print information, consider the source, date, and accuracy
of online information.
To assist parents, the Library has available on-line
the pamphlet "Child Safety on the Information Highway",
published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,
which includes "Guidelines for Parents". Parents are encouraged
to review this information with their children. See our Links to
Parental Guides to the Internet
User Responsibilities and Guidelines
All users of the Internet are expected to use this library resource
in a responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the purposes
for which it is provided, and to follow all Internet-related rules,
regulations, and procedures established for its use including, but
not limited to, those of the Library.
Responsible, courteous use of the Internet includes:
- Recognizing that the Internet, like all of the
Library's information resources, must be shared and used in a
manner that respects the rights of others and refrains from activity
that prevents others from using it.
- Using the Library's Internet resources for educational
and informational purposes only.
- Refraining from using the Library's Internet
resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage
in a commercial activity such as distribution of advertising.
- Refraining from illegal or unethical use of
- Respecting intellectual property rights by making
only authorized copies of copyrighted, licensed, or otherwise
controlled software or data residing on the Internet.
- Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting
oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access
to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; and by not seeking
disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet.
- Refraining from damaging or altering the set-up
of the equipment used to access the Internet at the Library.
- Refraining from damaging or altering software
or data residing on the Internet.
- Refraining from the deliberate propagation of
computer worms and viruses.
- Refraining from the transmission of threatening,
harassing, or abusive language and images.
- Refraining from sending, accessing, or displaying
offensive messages or pictures.
- Refraining from any interaction involving any
chat or talk room.
- Time limit of one hour, if other patrons are
waiting, must be observed.
- Internet access computers will be turned off
15 minutes before the close of the library.
Work done on library computers is not to be saved
to the hard drive. Any work so saved will be erased within 24 hours.
Virus detecting software is provided on each public assess machine.
Patrons may use their own floppy disks or purchase one for $1.00
at the desk.
Compliance with Library Policy and Guidelines
Violation of the policies and regulations, which govern the use
of the Librarys Internet resources, may result in suspension
or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Illegal activity
involving the Library's Internet resources will be subject to prosecution
by the appropriate authorities.
Staff will assist library users in getting started on the Internet.
Internet instruction classes are offered in the Reference Department--please
ask at the reference desk for more details. Time permitting, the
staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and
offer suggestions for effective searching. Library staff can also
provide information about Internet training opportunities and Internet
books and manuals.
The Library is not able to offer e-mail accounts to Library users.
Patrons may receive free email from online companies.
Adapted from the Internet Policy of the Sparta
Public Library and the Ames Public Library
Adopted by the Pima Public Library Board March 27, 2001. Revised
June 25, 2002.