Library Standards of Conduct
The Carmel Clay Public Library is a dynamic civic resource that enhances the quality of life of the Carmel Clay community by providing for the educational, informational, and recreational needs of all its citizens.
To effectively serve all library patrons, the Library Board of Trustees has established the following standards of conduct to maintain a safe and pleasant environment conducive to fulfilling our mission.
- Food and beverage consumption is allowed in the library. Consult current guidelines for limits.
- All children must be supervised while on library property and in the library building. Children under (10) must have a responsible caregiver 16 or older on the premises, and children 5 or under must be accompanied at all times. (See also Section 6.4 Unattended Children Guidelines.)
- Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, which endangers patrons or staff, or
could result in damage to library property or materials, is unacceptable. Inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to:
- abuse or vandalism of library property
- abusive, offensive or obscene language
- bringing in animals other than guide dogs and other assistive animals
- carrying weapons of any kind, except by law enforcement officers or as authorized by law (i.e., a permit is required to carry a gun)
- fighting, running or horseplay
- harassment of any kind
- illegal activity of any kind
- loud conversation which is disturbing to others
- obstruction of aisles or doorways
- possession of alcohol or illegal drugs
- sexual misconduct
- solicitation of patrons or staff
- unauthorized distribution or posting of flyers or leaflets
- violation of the library's Internet Policy
- Shirt, shoes and appropriate clothing are required for all patrons, including children, while in the library building.
- The use of cellular or portable telephones is not permitted in the quiet study room, the technology room, or other designated quiet areas, or during any library program.
- The use of radios, CD players, or other listening devices without personal earphones is restricted to designated areas such as listening rooms in the Audiovisual Department.
- All motorized vehicles, including motorcycles, must be parked in designated parking areas.
- The recreational use of bicycles, roller skates/blades, skateboards or scooters on library property is prohibited. They may be used as transportation to the library only and are not permitted inside the building.
The library reserves the right to expel and/or restrict the library privileges of anyone who violates these standards of conduct. Unlawful activities will be reported to the police.
Internet Use Policy
It is the policy of the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) to make Internet resources available to its patrons, along with collections of print, non-print, and electronic resources. The addition of Internet resources provides access to information beyond that contained in the Library's collections.
Youth through 8th grade are to use Internet workstations in the Children's & Youth Technology Room or near the Children's & Youth Reference Desk. High school students must present a photo ID (e.g., school ID, driver's learning permit, driver's license) to use 2nd floor Internet workstations in the Adult Technology Room, in Reference Services, or in Young Adult Services. Youth of any age may use the 2nd floor Internet workstations if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
By accessing the Library's Internet, the user agrees to the following acceptable use policy:
I agree to use library computers for lawful purposes in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational, informational, and recreational purposes for which they are provided, and to follow all rules concerning limited computer time.
I will not use the Internet for any purpose prohibited by Indiana or federal law; misrepresent myself by access code, password, or signature; alter hardware or software, nor make copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data unless such use is authorized.
I understand that the Library does not monitor and has no control over materials obtained on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for Internet content. CCPL cannot control access to online content or protect patrons from online content they may find offensive.
I understand that the Library is compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and has technology protection measures (TPM or "filters") on its computers, designed to protect against access to visual depictions that may reasonably be construed as 1) obscene 2) child pornography or 3) harmful to minors.
I will not send, receive, or display sexually explicit materials or materials deemed harmful to minors. I also agree to use appropriate discretion when viewing materials and will refrain from displaying material on a terminal when so requested by library staff.
I understand and accept the restrictions placed on youth described above in the Internet Use Policy. I also understand that parents and guardians of minors have both the right and the responsibility for their children's use of the Internet workstations at the Library to:
- Assure their children's safety and security when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications;
- Protect against unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by their children;
- Protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors; and
- Restrict their children's access to Internet sites that are harmful to minors.
I understand that failure to comply with this agreement may result in loss of computer privileges or banishment from CCPL.
The Library reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
The policy was adopted October, 2011.