Easton Area Public Library
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Easton, PA 18042
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Easton Area Public Library Use Policies
 
Behavior Policy:
Unacceptable Behavior in the Easton Area Public Library
  • ABANDONMENT/LEAVING young children unattended
  • ABUSE/VANDALISM of library facilities or equipment
  • ACCEPTABLE attire must be worn (no bare feet; must wear shirt)
  • CELL PHONES are permitted for QUIET, BRIEF conversation – ringer must be SILENCED
  • CHILD ABUSE
  • FIGHTING/DISORDERLYCONDUCT
  • DRINKING/EATING
  • EXHIBITIONISM/FLASHING
  • GAMBLING
  • IMPROPER USE OF RESTROOMS no bathing, shaving, washing of clothes, use of wrong restroom
  • HARRASSMENT physical, sexual, or verbal abuse of other library users or staff
  • INTOXICATION resulting from the use of alcohol or drugs
  • LOITERING including refusal to leave at closing time
  • OBSCENE, LOUD, OR DISRUPTIVE LANGUAGE
  • POSSESSION OF A WEAPON defined as an instrument used to inflict bodily harm
  • SERVICE ANIMIALS only in the building
  • SLEEPING
  • SMOKING including on library grounds
  • SOLICITING, CANVASSING, OR SURVEYING
  • UNRULY/OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR
  • USE OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR ILLEGAL DRUGS
  • USE OF RADIOS OR TELEVISIONS, OR OTHER AUDIO DEVICES W/O HEADPHONES
  • VANDALISM/THEFT of property on library premises
  • VOYEURISM/PEEPING
THE FOLLOWING WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE LIBRARY:
  • FIGHTING real or mock
  • BARE FEET
  • WEARING ROLLER SKATES/USING SNEAKERS WITH ROLLERS IN THE LIBRARY
 
Computer Policy Use:
Acceptable use of the computer resources at the Easton Area Public Library will be in accordance with:
Access to different types of information for the primary purposes of education, research and lifelong learning.
Resources made available to all citizens within the library’s service area and secondarily to those outside the library’s service area.
Requirements:
Current (Valid) library card if residing within library’s service area. Those outside the library’s service area must have valid Driver’s license or other form of a Photo ID to purchase a computer use only card at a cost of $2.00 for three (3) months.
In compliance with the CIPA Act Internet stations are filtered as per 47 U.S.C. 254(h) and (l).
If you need unfiltered access for research purposes, please see a librarian.Members of the library community who use networks or facilities not owned by the library will adhere to the policies and procedures established by the administrators of these networks and facilities. Use of library computer resources must follow the guidelines of all the networks traversed. Computer resources MAY NOT be used to access explicit sexual content, as defined in 19 Pa. C.S. 5903.
Illegal activities, such as gambling, fraud and copyright violations will be subject to prosecution by local, state and federal authorities.
Sanctions:
Violators of this policy will lose library privileges for two weeks on the first violation, one month on the second, and three months on the third.
Usage:
Wi-Fi is available and is bound by this policy.
Web-based Email is available.Office applications, research applications, educational software and tutorials are available.
Interactive Chat and instant messaging ARE NOT permitted. This includes chat in game sites.
Patrons MAY NOT download or run software not installed by the library.
Computers MAY NOT be turned off at the end of a session.
Bit Torrent and peer to peer sites ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Disclaimers:
Terms of Use: All Site software, design, text, images, photographs, illustrations, audio-clips, video- clips, artwork, graphic material, or other copyrightable elements, and the selection and arrangements thereof, and trademarks, service marks, and trade names (the "Material") are the property of its proprietors and/or its subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, licensors, or other respective owners and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S. and foreign copyright and trademark laws, and can not be reproduced for commercial use of any kind.
Content:
The Internet is a global network with links that often change rapidly, with no state/county control of its users or content. The Internet and its resources may contain material which is controversial, incomplete, or inaccurate. The Easton Area Public Library cannot censor access to nor protect patrons from offensive content. Parents of minors must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Easton Area Public Library’s connection.
Operation:
Computers in the Easton Area Public Library are maintained daily to insure reliable operation. However, connections may fail or computers may "freeze." Such occurrences are unfortunate, but the library is not responsible for any losses due to computer operation, viruses or other equipment failure. Also note that Internet sites may be unavailable at times due to technical difficulties.
Privacy:
While every attempt is made to keep all information passing to and from our systems private, you must assume that any information that you transmit or receive may not be private. The Easton Area Public Library does not monitor normal usage of our systems. However, the Easton Area Public Library will fully cooperate with any authority in investigation of illegal activity and may turn over logs and records upon receipt of proper orders or subpoenas. The Electronic Communications Act of 1986, the Telecommunications Act of 1998 and the U.S.A. Patriot Act (PL 107-56) contains important privacy and confidentiality information.
Procedures:
Please see Youth Services Computer Policy for children’s access and additional information for that department.
Please Sign-Up at the Reservation Station.
Patrons must use their own valid, Easton Area Public Library card.
A maximum time of two hours per day is enforced depending on computer availability.
The Computer Lab will be unavailable when needed for training or workshops.
The library reserves the right to ask patrons to change to another Web site or to terminate their session as per this Policy of Acceptable Use.
Please do not abuse library equipment.
Printing & Saving - Network printing is available by using a cash card. (20¢ per page) Saving and downloading files is permitted on selected computers using a Flash Drive. A Flash Drive may be purchased at the Circulation desk. Please save your work often!
The library assumes no responsibility for loss due to computer viruses. Please protect your home computer from viruses and other threats. Please see the librarian for assistance.
Training:
Training is not offered by the Reference staff; however, the library does offer a variety of workshops to improve basic skills. Please ask a librarian about scheduled workshops.
 
Youth Services Computer Policy:

In order to comply with the CIPA Act ,in addition to the Easton Area Public Library Policy of Acceptable Computer Resources, parents and their children must agree to the following:

To meet the informational and educational needs of our young patrons, Easton Area Public Library offers computer use for word processing, research, educational games and activities, and e-mail. The computers are equipped with filtering software to guard against access to objectionable sites. It is important, however, for parents to understand that no blocking software is foolproof. Chat rooms and instant messaging are not permitted. A time limit of sixty minutes is in effect if other patrons are waiting to use a computer.

The Youth Services Department has computers and computer software programs that are appropriate for pre-school through sixth grade level. Please sign-up at the Reservation Station. Patrons must use their own valid, fine free Easton Area Public Library card.

(Pre-schoolers may use a parent’s card.) Although we do not offer instruction, staff is available for assistance. Parents of pre-school children must supervise their child’s use of the pre-school computer. Parents must also assume responsibility for their child’s use of the Internet through the library connection.

  • Black and white printing only is available on the circulation desk printer at a cost of $.20 per page. (Cash Card Services are not available in the Youth Services Department, cash only will be accepted.)
  • Computer users are to adhere to the following:
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature is required for children to use the Easton Area Public Library computers.
  • At CD Rom stations, please do not remove CDs or insert your own discs. Library staff will load and remove CDs.
  • Please do not open any programs, files, or folders that exist on the computer.
  • Please do not turn off the computer when you are finished.
  • Please keep the volume at a minimal level. When headphones are used, please make sure you speak in a low voice if speaking becomes necessary.
  • If you experience any problems with the computer, notify library staff.