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Library Policies

GENERAL LIBRARY POLICIES

Policy Manual

This is a cursory view of Coeur d'Alene Public Library's general policies, it is not intended to be exhaustive:

  • Patrons (library card holders) may have up to 25 items on account at one time.
  • Normal borrowing period is 28 days (4 weeks).
  • Most materials - including audio books - can be checked out for up to 4 weeks with one 4 week renewal (if items have not been reserved by another patron).
  • New fiction, videos, CDs, cassettes, HELP Hub packs and LEAP totes are available for up to 2 weeks with one 2 week renewal (unless reserved) (HELP Hub packs and LEAP totes are not renewable).
  • Holiday books (during the holiday season), sound recordings and high demand materials may be borrowed for 14 days (2 weeks).
  • A late fee of $0.10 per day per item will be charged for Coeur d'Alene Public Library materials returned after the due date; a fine of $1.00 per day per item is charged for overdue items which have been interlibrary loaned for patrons.
  • Lost or damaged materials must be paid for.
  • Materials may not be borrowed if you owe a fine exceeding $3.00 or have overdue items.
  • Replacement of a lost or stolen library card is $1.00.
  • Materials may be renewed once, as long as fines are below $3.00. Renewal may take place via telephone or through the CIN online catalog; have your library card available.
  • Photocopy machines are available at $.10 per copy (except for 11" x 17" copies, which are $.15).

GALLERY EXHIBITION POLICY

Although the Library may be providing space for a display or exhibit, this does not necessarily indicate that the Library endorses the position promoted by the exhibit or display.

  1. Purpose – To provide exhibition space for non-profit organizations, clubs, schools, community and youth groups, and artists’ organizations, in order to allow them to publicize their activities, history and current projects.
  2. Selection and Scheduling – Exhibits may be scheduled by contacting the Library. Display cases may be reserved up to three months in advance.
  3. Sales – Exhibition items may not be priced for sale.
  4. Installation – Exhibits will be installed and dismantled by members of the exhibiting organization. Exhibits can be installed on the 1st day of the month the Library is open, and must be removed by the last open day of the month.
  5. Publicity – All publicity will be the responsibility of the organization.
  6. Security – Display facilities are designed to be reasonably secure. Exhibitors wishing to staff their displays may do so. The Library cannot provide personnel to guard displays. The Library is not financially responsible for loss of or damage to displays. Responsibility for damage to Coeur d’Alene Public Library display areas caused by exhibition resides with the exhibitors.
  7. Insurance – The city’s insurance does not cover property not owned by the Library. Exhibitors wanting insurance must arrange for it themselves.
  8. Hours – The display area will be open to the public the same hours as the Library building is open to the public. ix. Restrictions
    1. Use of the gallery space and bulletin boards will be granted to non-profit community groups and organizations whose aims are educational, cultural, informational, and lawful.
    2. The space may not be used for exhibits which are commercial, promote a specific religious concept, or espouse partisan politics.
    3. Users may not exhibit information about political candidates or issues that are currently on the ballot or being heard in the Legislature.
    4. The exhibit shall include a clearly visible sign identifying the individual or group responsible for the exhibit, and exhibits will not be publicized in a manner that suggests Library sponsorship or affiliation.
    5. The Library reserves the right to remove time-dated material or materials which do not comply with guidelines established by the Library Director.
    6. Librarians may establish criteria regarding the size of material to be displayed or distributed, the length of time materials may remain, and/or the frequency with which material may be posted or distributed by the same individual or group.

COMPUTER USE AND INTERNET ACCESS

  1. Availability of electronic resources is seen as integral to the Coeur d'Alene Public Library’s goal of developing a strong and diverse collection of materials in various formats. Access to electronic resources complements the Library’s goal of free and open access to ideas and information.
  2. Computer workstations are available on a first come, first served basis, with limited time slots.
  3. Parents or legal guardians accept responsibility for monitoring their children’s access to print, media, and electronic formats, including the internet.
  4. Internet stations located in the Children’s Department are filtered* and are available to children ages 12 and younger. Adults must supervise children younger than 7 or children who need assistance. Training is not provided.
  5. Computer workstations are available on a first come, first served basis, with limited time slots.
  6. Internet access presents special issues of information reliability, accuracy and currency, access to objectionable material, and user responsibilities. By using any computer workstation at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, users agree to comply with the policies outlined in this document. Parents and guardians accept responsibility for monitoring their children’s access to print, media, and electronic formats, including the internet.
  7. Examples of unacceptable purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Installation of any software
    • Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or others
    • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material
    • Violation of computer system security
    • Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others
    • Use of computer communication facilities in ways that unnecessarily impede the computing activities of others
    • Violation of software license agreements
    • Violation of another user’s privacy
    • Accessing pornographic materials
    • Conducting illegal activities of any kind
    • Violators of electronic use policies may lose library privileges. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
  8. The Library assumes no liability for loss or damage to the user’s data or for any damage or injury arising from exposure to objectionable material or invasion of the user’s privacy.

* The Library provides both filtered and unfiltered internet access. Users should be aware, however, that all currently available filtering software results in a degree of both "underblocking" (i.e., permitting access to certain material that falls within the foregoing categories) and "overblocking" (i.e., denying access to certain constitutionally protected material that does not fall within the foregoing categories). 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.

WIRELESS INTERNET

Free wireless Internet access is provided to the public at Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Utilizing this "Hot Spot," the public may connect to the internet with a wireless laptop, PDA or other portable device from within the Library. The wireless connection is provided as-is. Library staff cannot offer technical support for establishing or maintaining a connection and the Library is not responsible for hardware or software damage, or for loss or theft of unattended equipment. The wireless connection is not secure. Since the radio signals can potentially be intercepted, activity requiring transmission of credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information should be avoided. The wireless network is open and simultaneously connected computers are visible to each other, and therefore vulnerable to other users' viruses, malware, and hacks.

Users are responsible for maintaining up-to-date antivirus software and firewalls. Printing from the wireless network will not be supported. The wireless Internet access is unfiltered, but all Library policies concerning legal and acceptable use of computers and the Internet apply.

MEETING ROOM POLICIES

The Coeur d’Alene Public makes available meeting rooms and study rooms to groups and organizations complying with prescribed regulations. Meeting rooms are designed to meet general informational, educational, cultural, and civic needs including activities such as discussion groups, panels, lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibits, displays, films, etc. No fee will be charged for use of the meeting rooms.

  1. All meetings and programs must be free, open and accessible to any member of the public.
    1. The Library may deny the use of a meeting room to an applicant if in the Library’s opinion:
      1. the purpose of the meeting or activity is illegal or potentially hazardous,
      2. the meeting presents health or security risks
      3. the conduct of the meeting interferes with the functioning of the Library
      4. the applicant has not provided satisfactory adult sponsorship and supervision for the meeting, or
      5. the applicant has failed to comply with these or other library regulations.
    2. Library meeting rooms shall not be used for religious services.
    3. Library meeting rooms shall not be used for the purpose of assisting the campaign for election of any persons to any office, or for the promotion or opposition of any ballot issue. Library meeting rooms may be used for general political purposes, such as information sharing, organizational meetings, election issues, or candidate forums, and will be available on a non-discriminatory, equal-access basis.
  2. Reservations
    1. Priority for use of the meeting will be given to Library and city sponsored meetings and programs, including City of Coeur d’Alene departments, boards, commissions and elected bodies as well as meetings and programs sponsored by groups and organizations affiliated with the library
    2. With the exception of the Library and the City of Coeur d’Alene, groups may not reserve the meeting rooms any further in advance than three months.
    3. No private parties such as wedding showers, birthday parties, etc. will be allowed.
    4. When making a reservation, please provide: Name of organization and name, address, and telephone number of the responsible person.
    5. Individuals or groups using the meeting rooms must sign the meeting room agreement.
  3. The meeting rooms are available for meetings during the hours the Library is open to the public. Exceptions include meetings authorized by library/city staff.
  4. Organizations holding meetings assume responsibility for any damage to the rooms or contents.
  5. Smoking is not permitted.
  6. Cooking or food preparations are limited to the adjacent kitchen and coffee service area. Areas must be cleaned following use.
  7. Organizations or groups using the rooms are required to set up the chairs and tables needed for their meeting and store them in the closets after they are finished. The rooms must be left in as neat and orderly a condition as they are found.
  8. Group activities involving more than normal wear and tear will not be permitted.
  9. Use of the Library's meeting rooms does not constitute Library or City of Coeur d’Alene’s endorsement of viewpoints expressed by participants in the program. Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsement are not permitted.
  10. An admission or registration fee may not be charged at any meeting. Sales of goods or services are prohibited, but donations may be accepted to recover meeting materials costs.
  11. Equipment, supplies, materials, or other items owned by a community group or used by them in the Library are not the responsibility of the Library, nor can they be stored in the Library.
  12. A pay telephone is available in the lobby on the main level. The Library telephones are not available to meeting room users, nor can the Library staff page people who are in the meeting Rooms, except in an emergency.
  13. Library meeting rooms are handicapped accessible. It is the responsibility of the group holding meetings to provide ADA compliance for their programs.
  14. Groups must vacate the Library ten (10) minutes prior to the Library's regular closing time unless arrangements have been made in advance.
  15. Failure to abide by the library’s meeting room policy and rules of conduct may result in the cancellation of or refusal of future reservations.
  16. The Library Director is authorized to deny permission to use the Meeting Room or terminate any meeting in progress to any group which is disorderly in any way, or which violates these regulations.
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