Levi E. Coe Library Internet Safety Policy
In order to meet the information needs of its users, the Levi E. Coe Library provides public access to the Internet. The Internet is an electronic information network connecting computer resources throughout the world. The Library is unable to monitor or control the content of material available through this medium and library patrons use it at their own risk. While much of the information on the Internet is of very high quality, some material may not be accurate, authoritative, appropriate, or timely. Parents/guardians of children under 18 are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet.
The Levi E. Coe Library’s Internet Safety Policy is designed to promote access to the Internet while protecting children from exposure to inappropriate material, as well as the public from unlawful access to and use or disclosure of personal information.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
Information consumers must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found on the Internet. The Levi E. Coe Library staff is available to assist its patrons to use the Internet in a safe, effective and efficient manner. Finally, in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library has implemented “technology protection measures” (i.e., software filtering) on all of its Internet-accessible computers.
As required by the CIPA, in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the Library has implemented software filtering on its Internet-accessible computers. The filtering software protects against access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and materials that are deemed “harmful to minors.” Computer users should be aware, however, that the Library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that are harmful to minors. Nor can the Library guarantee that the filtering software will not restrict access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value. Users should be aware that Internet filtering software installed for CIPA compliance should not substitute for individual judgment and/or parental involvement and oversight. As the law requires, the Library will disable filtered Internet access to persons 17 or older who request it for bona fide research or any other lawful purposes. Users may speak with a librarian to request unblocking of a blocked site.
Education and Monitoring
Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. Parents and guardians are encouraged to make themselves familiar with information about Internet safety. The Levi E. Coe librarians are available to provide more information.
Inappropriate Internet Use
As required by CIPA, prevention of inappropriate Internet use includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors; and (c) dissemination and viewing of obscene visual depictions, child pornography, and/or other materials harmful to minors.
Computer users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. The Levi E. Coe Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.
The Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance with this policy
Adopted by the Board of Directors, November 1st, 2016
Library Hall Meeting Room Policy
- The Levi E. Coe Library Meeting Room is available free of charge to nonprofit organizations, service clubs or educational groups. Days and times of use are determined and approved by Library Management.
- If an organization, club, group or private party does not fall within the aforementioned categories, a payment of $25.00 per hour ($100 maximum) for each scheduled event, program or meeting may be collected by the Levi E. Coe Library. Payment is required to be made in full prior to the scheduled event, along with the fully completed forms. A $150 refundable deposit in case of damage will be required by cash or check.
- Private organizations, clubs, groups or parties that rent Library Hall must provide Proof of Insurance and name the Levi E. Coe Library as an additional insured for the event.
- Duration of each event, program or meeting may not exceed six hours, unless prior approval by Library Management has been obtained.
- Due to room capacity, occupancy may not exceed 49 persons at any time during a scheduled event, program, or meeting.
- Refreshments may be served. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- There is no smoking allowed at any time in the building. Organizations that do not conform to this restriction will be immediately removed and denied future use of Library Hall.
- No goods and/or services may be sold in Library Hall other than those that directly benefit the library or are sold at a library related event.
- Audio-visual equipment can be brought in and used by organizations or clubs.
- The Levi E. Coe Library has priority on the use of Library Hall. All other groups will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
- The Library reserves the right to reschedule or cancel an event, program, or meeting if inclement weather, power outages, or other factors would create an unsafe situation for attendees of said events, programs or meetings.
- The library often has a waiting list of groups requesting use of Library Hall. Groups that cancel meetings MUST notify the library at least 24 hours in advance. Groups that reserve Library Hall, but fail to cancel within the proper time, may lose future reserved time slots.
- Parking spaces are limited. Please park vehicles for programs and events in the upper parking lot. If additional parking is required, the lower level parking lot area may be used as well.
- The group or organization using Library Hall will be responsible for any damages to the library premises. The cost of all professional repairs, cleaning or replacement of furniture due to damages, will be borne by the group or organization.
Responsibilities of Groups Using the Levi E. Coe Library Hall and Kitchen
The hours of operation for Library Hall are Monday through Sunday, 10am-9pm
EMERGENCY CONTACT: Christine Rodrigue 860-349-1922 or 860-583-2250
- All groups must leave Library Hall clean and in order after each use. Please clean off all tables and chairs used during the program or event if there are any spills. Organizations that fail to properly clean Library Hall may be prohibited from future use and may lose part or all of the $150 deposit.
Please remove all trash and other items from the Library Hall premises upon the completion of your meeting, program or event.
The library is not responsible for items left in Library Hall, Library Hall bathroom or the Library Hall Kitchen. All unclaimed items will be discarded.
Please leave Library Hall, the bathroom and the Library Hall Kitchen broom swept and in orderly condition.
Standing on the chairs or tables, and improper use of the furniture is prohibited.
- Check to make sure that all doors are locked and all lights are turned off prior to leaving Library Hall. Groups that leave doors unlocked or lights on may be denied future use of Library Hall.
- Please adjust the thermostat as necessitates the time of year and weather conditions.
- Please use ONLY the main library lobby entrance to enter and exit any events, programs or meetings in Library Hall. Entrance or exit by any other door will be considered a violation of the Library Hall Meeting Policy, and may result in the loss of future use of Library Hall.