Rumford Public Library

RPL Policies

Policies Policies
Acceptable Behavior Policy
Internet Use Policy
Interlibrary Loan Policy

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Acceptable Patron Behavior Policy – 06/26/2012
*The Board of Library Trustees is responsible for determining the rules for public behavior in the library.
1. Patrons and staff have the right to enjoy an environment free from harassment and disruptive behaviors.

2. Unacceptable behavior includes:
* Profanity or abusive language
* Threatening language or behavior
* Paying unwelcome attention to staff or patrons
* Solicitation
* Bringing pets into the library
* Eating or drinking in the library
* Inappropriate dress - shirts and shoes must be worn
* Loud or boisterous activity
* Any violations of Federal, State or Local Ordinances
* Speaking on cell phones in the library
* NO smoking on Rumford Public Library property, grounds, parking lots or in the library building.
3. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated and patrons may be asked to leave the premises.

4. Theft or vandalism of library property will be prosecuted.

5. If you have a concern, please speak to library staff.

6. If you have a complaint, it must be submitted, in writing, to the Rumford Library Board of Trustees:
      Attention: Library Board of Trustees
      Rumford Public Library
      56 Rumford Avenue
      Rumford, ME 04276

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Rumford Public Library Internet Use Policy
* Approved May 2, 2016 *
Viewing inappropriate or offensive materials on Library computers or personal devices is not allowed in the Rumford Public Library or on Library property. Personal devices that are visible to the public and all Library computers will be periodically monitored by Library staff for inappropriate or offensive materials. Users may not access or use the Librarys Internet for inappropriate or offensive materials. Users must be cautious when using e-mail, chat-rooms, instant messaging, discussion groups, newsgroups, game rooms, and all other forms of communication. Users may not make unauthorized disclosures of, use of, or dissemination of a minors personal information by means of the Internet, e-mail, or any other electronic technology. A minor must have the authorization of their parent or guardian to disclose their own personal information.
Users may not use the Internet for any commercial activity. Computer time is limited to one hour per day.
Users need to speak with Rumford Public Library staff in order to use a Library computer.

    Access to Inappropriate Materials

In compliance with the Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Rumford Public Library shall use Internet filters, also referred to as technology protection measures, on public Internet access computers. These filters, with settings as applied by the Library Director, are deemed to appropriately meet CIPA requirements. Filters shall be used to protect users against access to visual depictions that: 1) are obscene, 2) contain child pornography, or 3) are harmful to minors.
In compliance with CIPA, filters shall be conveniently and easily disabled for users at any computer who are 18 years and older and request to access constitutionally protected information. Children under 18 years of age may have filters disabled with parental consent. Staff may refuse to disable a filter if it is judged that doing so may place the Rumford Public Library at risk of legal action.
No filtering software is 100 percent effective. The Rumford Public Library and its staff do not act in place of parents or guardians and are not responsible for monitoring their childrens safety and security using the Internet and digital communication.

    Disabling of Filtering Software

The Rumford Public Library Director and Library staff will manage the filtering software daily. This includes the ability to easily and quickly disable filters upon request. Regarding Internet filters, it is the Rumford Public Librarys policy that:
Individuals 18 years and older can request filters to be disabled.
Authorized library personnel will be trained and able to quickly disable filters upon request so as not to inconvenience users.
In accordance with Maine State Statutes and LPLs privacy and confidentiality practices, no records are kept of patron Internet sessions.

    CIPA Definitions of Terms

Technology Protection Measures are specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:
Obscene, defined in section 1460 of title 18, United State Code;
Child pornography, defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code;
Harmful to minors, any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that
Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an act or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated, or a lewd exhibition of genitals; and
Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
(Sexual Act; Sexual Contact defined in section 2245 of title 18, United States Code)

Rumford Public Library Interlibrary Loan Policy
Approved 10/01/2001 - this is not for online requests
The Rumford Public Library searches for all items for library patrons through interlibrary loans (ILL). Patrons requesting an ILL must have a valid Rumford Public Library card, one month card is excepted.

All ILL transaction will be processed as quickly as possible, recognizing that we have no control over the time once the request is placed. Requests received from other libraries will be processed within the next working day. All ILL processing will be routed through the ILL contact at the library, currently the Reference Librarian.

Any patron who is not a Rumford Public Library patron will direct their request to their ILL contact at their own library.
All returns of RPL materials will come from the ILL contact or library staff.

The patron requesting ILL loans will fill out a request form with their name and phone number. A phone number must be available for contact. Only three requests at a time will be processed for a patron.

Any requests for renewal must be received on or before the due date. Renewals are decided by the lending library, but will not be considered if the materials are overdue.

Materials from our library to a requesting library are loaned for a period of four weeks. One renewal is possible, if there is no hold placed on the item.

We do not loan periodicals, but can provide copies. If the page count is greater than 10 pages, we will request a nominal fee. For Interlibrary Loans, new books may or may not be, loaned out as decided by the Circulation Librarian.

If we have overdue books through the Maine State Library (MSL), our account with them is locked and we are unable to request titles for any patron. If the book is overdue enough for the MSL to bill us, we are initially charged a standard $40 fee which is adjusted to the amount the lending library bills us. The cost will be the responsibility of the patron and will be placed on their library account.

Abuse of the ILL privilege by either individual borrowers or libraries may result in suspension of library privileges. The issue will be submitted to an will be decided by the Board of Trustees.

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