Policies

MISSION STATEMENT

The library’s foremost purpose is to serve the community. In doing so we aim to be a center of reliable information on a wide range of subjects, and a place where readers of all levels and diverse tastes can find the books they desire. Our goal is to continuously foster reading, by working collaboratively with schools and educational organizations, by staying attuned to the public’s interests, and by offering programs that help open the doors to the world of books. Through our programming we seek to introduce and explore not only a broad spectrum of literature, also art, music, film, and other cultures, science, history, and news of our ever-changing world. We will also continuously broaden our horizons and expand our services by building bridges with other cultural, civic, and educational groups. The modern library must be a place of education, entertainment, research, and information. The library also believes in preserving the valuable records of the past, and strives to preserve and conserve the books in the Fogg Collection as well as many titles of local and regional history. This is the model we seek to follow.

 

INTERNET USAGE

In order to protect our computers, and in order to serve patrons’ needs best, we have placed the following restrictions on our Internet machines. Failure to comply with these rules may result in your being barred from further use of the system and to fines for damages.

***IMPORTANT: THE WILLIAM FOGG LIBRARY DOES NOT PUT FILTERS ON ALL ITS INTERNET DEVICES. ACCESS TO THE INTERNET IS UNRESTRICTED ON ALL COMPUTERS, EXCEPT THE KENT CHILDREN’S ROOM PATRON COMPUTER.***

By signing this form in the presence of a library staff member or by using our machines, users of our machines agree that they will:

  • Sign up for a computer at the main circulation desk or at the Kent Room circulation desk.
  • Agree to leave a computer if asked by a member of the library staff.
    Furthermore, users agree that they WILL NOT:
  • Violate any law by actions such as use of an unauthorized password, or the violation of software agreements or another person’s privacy.
  • Load personal software. Disks can be purchased at the circulation desks. No disks from home are allowed on our machines.
  • Tamper with our machines, systems, or settings. This includes downloading programs from the Internet.
  • Participate in Chat Lines or Chat Rooms.
  • Intentionally expose other individuals to material that they or, if they are under 18, their parents might find unsuitable. Disclaimer:
  • The William Fogg Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available through the Internet, and specifically disclaims any warranty as to the information’s accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • The William Fogg Library assumes no responsibility for and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising from the use of its electronic resources, or connections to other Internet resources.
  • If the user is under eighteen years of age: I agree that the child under my care may use the unfiltered Internet at the William Fogg Library. I understand that the Kent Children’s Room patron computer is the only computer in the library that is filtered. The library staff is not responsible for monitoring what my child sees or hears on the computers. My child will leave the computer if asked to do so by a library staff member. As parent or guardian, I alone am responsible for what my child views on the Internet. If I prefer to do so, I will sit with my child at the computer.

 

WILLIAM FOGG LIBRARY INTERNET PROCEDURES

A parent or guardian must sign the Internet Usage Agreement in the presence of a staff member. This person should understand that no filters are used in the Kent Room or elsewhere in the William Fogg Library. All computer users must agree to leave the computer at any time if asked to do so by a library staff member. The signed agreement will be kept on file and the patron’s record will indicate agreement with these policies.

Patrons must sign up at the circulation desks to use the computer for thirty minutes. Patrons may use the computers for more than thirty minutes if no one else is waiting. Children Take precedence in the Kent Children’s Room. The sign-up sheets remind patrons that our Internet access is unfiltered.

Children who do not yet read may use CD’s on the computer and must be accompanied by a parent who ideally stays with them in the Kent Room or at least remains in the library.

Signs will be posted on library computers indicating that access is unfiltered and unrestricted.

 

UNATTENDED CHILDREN IN THE LIBRARY

Purpose
The William Fogg Library welcomes children of all ages to use its facilities and services. We want the library to be a warm and inviting place to develop a love of books, reading, and the library. In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of the children and maintain an atmosphere of constructive library use, the following policy regarding appropriate use of the library by children and their caregivers is adopted.

Policy
Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children using the library rests with the parent/guardian or an assigned chaperone. Young children should never be left unattended in the library. The staff cannot know if children are leaving the building with their parents or with strangers. The library cannot and does not assume responsibility or liability for children while they are at the library. In order to create an environment of safety, and maintain an atmosphere where reading and study can be encouraged, the following policy has been created:

  1. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library, and may not leave children under the age of 10 unattended.
  2. The parents of children under the age of ten should be at the library during the program.
  3. The library cannot and does not assume responsibility or liability for children in the library.
  4. When children are attending library programs, parent(s) must be aware of the times of the programs, so their children (over the age of ten) do not have to wait for unreasonable amounts of time to be picked up. Parent(s) should tell their older children to wait inside the building to avoid the hazards of the street.
  5. Children age 10 and older may be left unattended at the discretion of their parent(s) for a period of time (not to exceed 2 hours) to complete homework assignments or special projects. Children left unattended should know how to reach a parent or guardian, and parents should pick up their children ten minutes before the closing time of the library.
  6. If a problem arises with children of any age and we are unable to locate the parent(s) or if the library is closing and the parent(s) cannot be located, the police will be called at the discretion of the staff.
  7. It is the policy of the Library that staff members will not transport children from the library to any other location.
    If children are left unattended repeatedly and/or for long periods of time, the staff will notify parent(s) of the library’s policies. Parents of children who are being left for long periods of time will be contacted by the staff.

 

NON-RESIDENT PATRONS

A non-resident family card is $25.00. In the Kent Room, a limit of twenty books per card may be borrowed. There will be no limit in the adult section.