Policies

Public Service Policy

Confidentiality of Patrons


Confidentiality of Patrons

The Library User Records of the Nevada Public Library are confidential regardless of source of inquiry.

  1. Library User Records shall not be made available to anyone except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized by law, or in response to a written request of the person identified in that record.

  2. Upon receipt of such process, order or subpoena, consultation shall be made with the Library’s attorney to determine if such process, order, or subpoena is in good form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance.

  3. If the process, order, or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, insistence shall be made that such defects be cured before any records are released. (The legal process requiring the production of Library User Records shall ordinarily be in the form of subpoena duces tecum (bring your records), requiring the librarian to attend court or the taking of his or her deposition and may require him to bring along certain designated Library User Records.)

  4. Any threats or unauthorized demands, (i.e., those not supported by a process, order or subpoena) concerning Library User Records shall be reported to the Director of the Library and to the Board of Directors.

  5. Any problems relating to the privacy of Library User Records which are not provided for in the above five paragraphs are to be referred to the Director of the Library District.

For purposes of this Policy, “Library User Records” is defined as any document, record, or other method of storing information retained, received or generated by a library that identifies a person or persons as having requested, used, or borrowed library material, and all other records identifying the names of library users. The term "Library User Records" does not include non-identifying material that may be retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library material in general.




Library Service Program


Library Service Program

Nevada Public Library provides materials and resources for information, entertainment, intellectual development, and enrichment of the people of the community. The library should endeavor to:

1. Select, organize, and make available necessary books and materials.

2. Provide guidance and assistance to patrons.

3. Sponsor and implement programs, exhibits, displays, book lists, etc., which would appeal to children and adults.

4. Cooperate with other community agencies and organizations.

5. Secure information beyond its own resources when requested. (Using interlibrary loan and other resource sharing methods provided through the system and state.)

6. Lend to other libraries upon request.

7. Develop and provide services to patrons with special needs.

8. Maintain a balance in its services to various age groups.

9. Cooperate with, but not perform the functions of, school or other institutional libraries.

10. Provide service during hours which best meet the needs of the community, including evening and weekend hours.

11. Regularly review library services being offered.

12. Use media and other public relations mechanisms to promote the full range of available library services.




Library Hours, Holidays & Closures


Library Hours

Mon, Wed, Fri 9a – 5p

Tu & Th 9a – 7p

Sat 9a – 1p

Holidays

The Library shall be CLOSED on the following holidays:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day (Staff Training)

  • New Year’s Day

  • President’s Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Columbus Day (Staff Training)

  • Veteran’s Day

  • Thanksgiving (Thursday-Saturday)

  • Christmas Eve

  • Christmas Day


Although the Library observes Martin Luther King Day and Columbus Day,

the Library will be OPEN for staff training but closed to the public.

Observance of some holidays will vary according to the day of the week on which they fall. Holiday which falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday. Holiday which falls on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday.

Closings will be posted 2 weeks prior to date of closing for holidays

Temporary Closures

The Director shall have the authority to close the Nevada Public Library when necessary, including, but not limited to construction, power outages, and weather.




Filming in the Library


Filming in the Library

It is the policy of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Nevada Public Library to permit filming and photography under the conditions described herein only to the extent that it does not interfere with the operations, programs and activities of the Library, and is consistent with the Library's Bylaws.

The Board hereby authorizes filming and photography in Library facilities as follows:

1. Classes or events sponsored by the Nevada Public Library may be photographed or video-recorded by the Library’s staff or its representatives. The Library reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any such event in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by the Library, including newspapers, books, television, its website, brochures, invitations, brochures, magazines and other library publications. Attendance at an NPL-sponsored class or event constitutes the consent of all attendees, and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, or other use of photographs or videos at the sole discretion of the Nevada

Public Library. However, if a person does not want their image recorded for later distribution, he or she should immediately make their wishes known to the photographer or a member of the Library staff at the time of any such recording. Additionally, to ensure the privacy of all individuals, including children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian.

2. Casual amateur photography, filming, and videotaping is permitted in the lobby, study and program areas of Library facilities for patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit, provided that the photography does not interfere in any way with Library operations or capture any identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission. Any such photographers are responsible for arranging all necessary releases and permissions from persons who are filmed or photographed. Except as otherwise permitted in paragraph 3 by the Library itself, in no circumstances may anyone take a photo or film a Library patron without the consent of the patron, or their parent/guardian, if a minor.

3. No commercial or media photography or filming may occur in Library facilities without the prior written permission and approval of the Library Director. Such approval shall contain the conditions under which the commercial/media photography or filming will take place, and address the rights to ownership of the photos/films. For commercial/media requests, please call 417-448-2770 or email director@nplmo.org.

4. Any consent granted by the Library pursuant to paragraphs 2 or 3 of this Policy to permit photography or filming may be revoked at any time by the Library upon failure to comply with terms of the Policy or other rules and regulations of the Library.




Library Cards


Library Cards

Possession of a valid library card in good standing is required to borrow materials from the Nevada Public Library, access its electronic resources as well use the Library’s public PCs unless other policies and/or agreements provide exceptions.

The Library shall issue various types of cards to accommodate the needs of the public.

RESIDENT Full-Access CARD

An individual card shall be issued without charge to:

  • Any resident of Nevada, MO, living within city limits, upon request with appropriate identification and proof of address.

  • A non-resident who pays city property taxes in Nevada, MO upon request with appropriate identification and proof of tax payment.


NON-RESIDENT Full-Access CARD

A person, who does not reside in Nevada city limits, does not pay property taxes in the city of Nevada may obtain a non-resident card.

  • An annual fee of $25 per household membership per 12 month period will be assessed.

  • Applicant may designate family members living at the owner's primary residence as associated users for which the cardholder will be responsible.

Full Access Loan Limits:

Each Full-access card shall be limited to a maximum of ten (10) items, two of which can be DVD or BluRay movies, checked out at any one time. Full-Access cards also allow access to the digital collection and online resources available online.

TEMPORARY CARD

A temporary card may be issued to an individual residing temporarily in Nevada, MO. A photo ID is required for a temporary card.

A temporary card may also be issued to individuals who do not have the necessary documents to prove residency at registration, as a courtesy, then the account can be changed to a permanent/full access card when patron returns with required documents.

Examples of temporary residents may be Moss House, New Life Shelter, and local college/trade school students.

A Temporary Card shall be issued for a period of up to 90 days. Temporary cards will not be renewed. After 90 days, patron will provide documentation of residency (as outlined in section “Individual cards”) or must pay non-resident membership fee of $25.00.

Temporary Card Loan Limits:

Each temporary card is limited to one item checked out at a time. Temp cards may be used to access public PCs, but can not be used for Interlibrary Loan nor online resources.

SCHOOL (K-12) CARD

A card shall be issued without charge to any public, private, or parochial K-12 school located in Vernon County upon request with appropriate documentation and identification.

Responsibility: A card application must be signed by a responsible person with the school such as the Superintendent, Director, or building Principal. The school shall assume responsibility for any fines, fees, damages, or loss of materials which may result from the use of the card.

Limitations: Each (K-12) card shall be limited to a maximum of 30 items at any one time. These values may be lowered at the applicant’s request in order to reduce potential liability.

There is a limit of one library card per school building.

A school card may be used to demonstrate the Library’s electronic resources. However, the card may not be used to logon multiple computers to access the Library District’s electronic resources at the same time. The card number may not be distributed to students or anyone outside of the school’s faculty or staff.


TEACHER/HOME EDUCATOR CARD

An individual may apply for a “Teacher” account. Approval of this account type is made by the library director and may be revoked at any time. A full-access card that has been in good standing for at least one full year (prior to request) is required before advancing to this type of account.

Limitations: Teachers may check out up to 30 books at a time for a loan period of 30 days. Items are limited to materials pertinent to curriculum.

Other items may be borrowed on the card, for example new adult fiction or DVDs, but will have a regular loan period.




Registration for Library Card


Registration for Library Card

A. Residents of the city of Nevada and surrounding areas may apply for a library card.

B. Library cards are valid for one year, and may be renewed upon patron request at expiration.

C. Library cards are issued to individuals. Family cards are not available.

D. Adult patrons, ages 16 and up, are asked to provide a current, government issued photo ID and proof of residence (see list below) at time of registration. If proof of residence is not available, card will be issued as temporary & proof of address may be provided on the next visit. A library postcard may also be mailed to a new residence to confirm address, as needed.

E. Children, ages birth-16 15, may be registered for a library card by a parent or guardian who will be sign as the responsible party on the account.

F. The staff will collect contact information for library use only and patrons will be contacted by their preferred means (phone or e-mail).

G. A patron may be limited in the number of items he/she may check out at a time at the discretion of library administration if he/she consistently has overdue materials or due to large fees on the card-holder account.

H. A photo will be taken of each new patron to accompany their record for identification purposes.

I. A $1.00 replacement fee is assessed for lost cards.

Examples of Proof of Residence:

items must include the name & address of the applicant (or responsible party, if child card application) on the documentation and must be dated within past 30 days of application.

-a postmarked piece of mail

-a utility bill (paper or e-bill)

-a mortgage statement

-a lease agreement with address, landlord’s signature and tenant’s signature

-a medical document with applicant’s name & address

-a paystub

-for students ages 16-18, a grade card or letter from their school dated within last 30 days

Documents with PO Box will not satisfy proof of residence requirement.




Use of Library Materials


Use of Library Materials

A. Check out loan periods:

a. Books, DVD/BluRay movies, & CD audiobooks have a two (2) week loan period.

b. Miscellaneous collection items such as board games, maker kits, earbuds and fishing gear (from MDoC) are also available for checkout. See staff for loan information.

B. Loan periods are based on open business days and exclude holidays.

C. All material types may be renewed if the title(s) is not on reserve for another patron.

D. Magazines and newspapers are not available for checkout.

E. Patrons may request Director’s consideration for purchase of a title or through interlibrary loan that are not owned by NPL.

For interlibrary loan, patrons are responsible for replacement cost for lost or damaged materials and any additional fees charged by the lending library.

F. Full-Access library card members have access to a variety of electronic resources including subscription databases, e-books, digital audiobooks, streaming video and online magazines.

G. NPL’s MakerSpace has a large collection of tools and electronics that are for in-house use only, however a collection of Maker Kits are available for check-out. See staff for loan information.

H. NPL has a large selection of reference materials that are for use in-house only. These items can not be checked out, and includes the Genealogy collection, Microfilm and Case Reference collections.




Reserve Materials


Reserve Materials

A. Library materials may be reserved in-person, by phone, by email, or on the library’s website.

B. Patrons will be notified by preferred contact method when a reserved item is available.

C. Items are held for three days for pick up unless other arrangements are made.

After three days, items are passed on to the next patron with a reserve or re-shelved.




Interlibrary Loan Services


Interlibrary Loan Services

Nevada Public Library participates in the interlibrary loan network which allows libraries to supplement their collections by borrowing materials from and/or loaning materials to other library systems.

BORROWING

Requests for ILL will be made by NPL staff through OCLC First Search upon request from NPL member by email, phone or in-person.

Interlibrary loan due dates are specific for each transaction and restrictions are determined by the lending library.

Patrons may request up to two title requests per individual at one time.

Patrons will be responsible for any charges made by the lending library for ILL items.

ILL privileges may be suspended if the patron repeatedly fails to pick up their ILL items, returns an item more than 30 days late/damaged, or loses an ILL item.

ILL is only available to Full-Access card members.




Download & Streaming Services


Download & Streaming Services

Nevada Public Library participates in Missouri Libraries to Go, molib2go.org, in order to provide the largest, diverse digital collection in Missouri. Members with Full-Access cards will be issued a PIN to access this collection. Policies for item limits and loan periods are set through the consortium, ask a staff member for more details.

Nevada Public Library also participates as a MoreNet Basic Member in order to provide access to educational and informational databases such as Explora, EbscoHost, HeritageQuest, and Learning Library Express. Members with Full-Access cards can obtain log-in credentials. Ask a staff member for more details.




Overdue Materials & Fee structure


this policy is under review by the NPL Board of Trustees (06/2020)




Reconciliation & Suspension of Library Accounts


Reconciliation & Suspension of Library Accounts

A. Library services, including material check out and use of library equipment and services, are suspended for account balances exceeding $5.00. A guest pass may be requested once per month for public PC use.

B. Lost material/replacement charges are the responsibility of the card-holder whose account bears the overdue items or the parent or legal guardian for minor children.

Under review (“read/food for fines”)

D. Replacement costs for unreturned or long overdue library materials (past 8 weeks) and damaged equipment require cash payment or a replacement copy of the same title/material type unless other arrangements are made with library administration.

In addition, a $5 processing fee applies for each unreturned item.




Suspension of Privileges for Health and Safety Reasons


Suspension of Privileges for Health and Safety Reasons

It is the responsibility of the Nevada Public Library (NPL) to maintain a healthy and clean environment for all library users and to protect taxpayers’ investment in library collections, equipment, and property. In order to fulfill this responsibility NPL may restrict a patron’s ability to borrow physical materials and/or visit library facilities when such use may jeopardize the health and safety of library facilities, collections, and patrons.

An example of a situation where borrowing of physical materials may be suspended includes, but is not limited to, evidence that items on loan to a patron may have been returned with insects that are known to be damaging to library materials, or that can result in pest infestations in library facilities, e.g. roaches, silverfish, bed bugs, etc.

Examples of situations where access to library facilities may be suspended include, but are not limited to, patron or patron possessions show signs of flea, lice or bed bug infestation.

The first time evidence of an insect issue is noted:

  • Library Director will notify the patron of what was found and put a note on the patron record. Staff will follow the Pest Identification & Quarantine procedure for the returned materials.

  • Patrons will be shown the evidence whenever possible.

  • The library materials will be discarded at the discretion of the Director.

  • Patrons will be limited to checking out two items at a time and given a large Ziploc bag. They must return items in the Ziploc bag.

  • The Director or designee will provide a handout to the patron about ways to protect borrowed items while on loan in their home (keep library materials in closed containers or Ziploc bag when not being used, inspect them before returning to the library, talk with landlord or pest control company.)

  • The patron is not billed for damaged items the first time evidence is noted.

The second time evidence of an insect issue is noted:

  • The Director or designee will notify patron of what was found and put a note on the patron record. Staff will follow the Pest Identification and Quarantine procedures for returned materials.

  • Borrowing privileges of physical materials will be suspended for six months. Director will notify patron by letter sent USPS. If the patron can provide evidence that the pest issue is resolved, the suspension will be lifted prior to the six month period.

  • Patron will be shown evidence whenever possible.

  • The library materials will be discarded at the discretion of the Director.

  • The patron will be billed for damaged items on the second and subsequent occurrence of pest damaged items.

Any patron who has privileges suspended under the terms of this policy may request to have privileges reinstated when evidence showing the address in question has been inspected with no sign of infestation or that the residence has been treated. Confirming information may include copies of receipts for treatment or a letter from a licensed pest control company. In some instances, proof of a change of residential address may also be accepted.




Equipment Use


Equipment Use

A. Patrons have access to desktop computers in the library at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Public sessions are logged in for one-hour, extensions may be granted by request if no one is waiting for a PC station.

B. Laptops with wireless Internet and printing may be available for adult patrons free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult patrons must have a library card or a current photo ID to check out a laptop and a mouse. Laptops are for in-library use only and may not be used in the public restrooms.

C. Guest passes to access library computer stations are available at the Information Desk for visitors.

D. Copying and printing charges are $.20 per page for single or $.30 per double-sided black/white copies. Color copies are $.50 per page for single or $.75 per double-sided color.

There is no fee for scanning a document to email.

E. Faxing service is available for free to toll-free numbers, up to 10 pages. Faxes with more pages or to other numbers are charged $3/per batch of up to 10 pages.

F. An overhead projector is available to patrons at no charge, but may only to be used in-house. White boards are also available for use in meeting rooms.

G. Card-holders are responsible for repair or replacement costs due to negligent damage to library equipment.

H. The Copyright Law of the U.S. (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified by law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy is not “used for any purpose other than private study, scholaship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Responsibility for possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user and the Nevada Public Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting there from. The person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.




Notices & Displays


Notices & Displays

A. Display space and notice posting is available to educational, cultural, and nonprofit groups as long as they are not using obscenity or profanity, advocating violence, or in violation of the law. All notices and posters in designated public display areas will be reviewed and posted by staff.

B. Objections to notices or displays may be brought before the Nevada Public Library Board of Trustees through a written explanation of the objection and/or written request to discuss the objection with the Library Board at their monthly meeting.

C. All notices posted in the library become property of the library and may be removed and discarded at any time.





Proctoring Policy

Proctoring Policy


PROCTORING POLICY

I. Purpose

To meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning, the Nevada Public Library agrees to cooperate with patrons and institutions to support their lifelong learning goals by offering proctoring services.

This service is based on the availability of personnel, facilities, and technology to do so. As such, the following responsibilities are set out.

II. Responsibilities of Student

A. The student will initiate contact with library staff to proctor the exam.

B. The student is responsible for making arrangements to take the exam including confirming with library staff that the test has arrived (electronically or via mail) and scheduling a time to take the test. The student will schedule the exam time to end no less than 30 minutes before the closing of the library.

C. The student is responsible for ensuring that the computer resources at the library are adequate and available for test taking.

D. The student will provide a valid driver’s license or photo ID (if required) for verification of identity before the test will be proctored.

E. The student will arrive prepared with the necessary or required supplies to take the exam. These supplies will be made available for approval by the proctor if required.

F. The student is responsible for the return postage and envelope for any exam that needs to be mailed.

G. The finished exam will be mailed with other library mail or may be submitted electronically through scanning if that option is available, but multi-page exams will not be faxed.

III. Responsibilities of the Library and staff

A. The library staff will provide the student and institution with copies of this policy upon request.

B. A library staff person on duty during the time the exam is taken will be considered the proctor of the exam. Specific librarians will not be assigned to proctor specific exams.

C. The proctor may observe the student while performing other tasks and assisting other patrons. Proctoring at the library will include issuing the exam, being aware of the student taking the exam, periodically observing the student, signing the proctor form and mailing the completed exam, in self-addressed stamped envelope provided by the student. If an institution requires the student to receive constant, uninterrupted observation the library will be unable to proctor the exam.

D. The staff person who begins proctoring the exam may not be at the Information Desk when the exam is finished, therefore the student may be returning the exam to a different librarian than the one who issued the exam to the student.

E. The librarian will not sign the name of another librarian on the proctoring form or the exam. Unless prior arrangements have been made and it is possible with scheduling, the NPL will not proctor an exam for which the signature of only one designated person is required.

F. Library staff will not sign any statement required by the educational institution that is inconsistent with our policy or with how the test is administered.

G. Library staff may refuse to proctor an exam that is too burdensome or exacting in its demands.

H. The library is not responsible for technical problems with website, internet connection or e-mail.

I. The library is not responsible for exams that are lost by the postal system or electronically.

J. The library does not keep copies of completed exams.





Meeting Room Policy

Meeting Room Policy


MEETING ROOM POLICY

I. Purpose Statement:

Community rooms of the Nevada Public Library are designed to meet general informational, educational, cultural, and civic purposes.

Use of the library’s meeting rooms does not constitute library or City of Nevada endorsement or approval of viewpoints expressed by participants in the program.

II. Meeting room use guidelines

A. Meeting rooms are available for the public on a first-come, first-served basis for use at times that do not conflict with daily operations of the library or library programming.

B. Meeting rooms are primarily for nonprofit use, non-commercial, non-political, and non- religious organizations. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Library Director.

C. All meetings shall be open to the public and not limited to membership of the group or organization sponsoring the meeting.

D. Programs and promotion of library services or by the City of Nevada for City-sponsored events will have priority for meeting room use. Meeting/study rooms may not be reserved exclusively for exhibition or display purposes

E. No money or goods may be exchanged in the course of meeting room use and no fees may be charged for attending the meeting

F. No solicitation for future sales is permitted without prior approval by library administration

G. Bookings must end no less than 15 minutes before the library’s closing time.

H. Community rooms may be reserved for a maximum of three (3) hours unless approved by the Library Director.

I. An individual or group may have up to three reservations scheduled at a time. An organization may choose to make a donation of $100 to NPL to schedule up to twelve consecutive meeting reservations.

J. Refreshments are welcome. Cleaning equipment is provided for user(s) in storage room located in the Annex

K. Smaller groups may be asked to move into smaller rooms to accommodate a larger group

L. The library staff is not able to serve as a point of information for patrons with questions regarding meetings other than providing directions to a meeting

M. Cleaning of the community room (trash removal, tables wiped down, furniture returned to the way it was found, vacuuming of debris) must be completed by the responsible group or the deposit of $25 will be forfeited.

III. User Responsibility:

A. Library property stored in the meeting rooms, including chairs, shall not be removed or transferred to other areas without prior approval from staff.

B. Reservations will be held for fifteen minutes after the beginning of the session reservation and will be cancelled if the individual or group does not check in for the reservation in that time frame.

C. After a meeting, the user should leave the room in its standard arrangement (see posted photos) and check out with library staff to secure the space.

D. Groups may request a large trash receptacle from library staff if needed.

E. Any trash containing food or beverage products should be bagged properly and placed in the outdoor trash receptacles at the NW exterior corner of the building before leaving.

F. Music or other audio should be limited in volume as to not disturb other library users.

G. Clean tables and floor as needed.

H. Meetings will not generally be scheduled before or after library hours. Group representatives may not enter library building or other meeting rooms, nor will deliveries be accepted, before or after regular library hours.

I. For larger meetings, presenters should direct attendees to park away from the main library doors (west entrance)

J. Applicant placing the reservation request is responsible for all reasonable repair or replacement cost for damage to the facility space, fixtures, or equipment utilized during the reservation.

Non-qualifying meeting room uses:

• Political campaign purposes (political forums and listening posts are permitted)

• Weddings, showers, reunions or individual/private parties

• Banquets

• Commercial use where personal or business profits are the chief aim of the meeting.

• Selling or fund-raising is prohibited in the library’s meeting rooms and lobby except for events that benefit the library

Weather or other emergency events may result in closures, in compliance with regular library policy, and may occur with little or no notice. Nevada Public Library assumes no responsibility for hardships that arise from an unexpected cancellation or room closure.

The library reserves the right to refuse use of the rooms to individuals or groups who do not adhere to library policies or meeting room terms of use or are disruptive to normal library operations. The library director shall have final authority regarding use of library meeting rooms.





Mission Statement

Mission Statement


MISSION STATEMENT

“Transforming lives and building community through information, education, and recreation.”





Library Conduct Policy

Library Conduct Policy


LIBRARY CONDUCT POLICY

In order to provide an atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of Nevada Public Library (NPL) services and facilities, patrons and visitors are required to comply with this policy while on NPL property. NPL property includes building, entryways, sidewalks, parking lots, and surrounding grounds, unless otherwise noted.

Nevada Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to:

  • Use the library without discrimination

  • Receive friendly, courteous and respectful service

  • Have free and equal access to information and facility

  • Have a clean, comfortable and pleasant environment

  • Use the library undisturbed without threat of harm, invasion of privacy, or interference.

Any person who violates any federal or state statutes, or local ordinances, or who engages in any conduct which is reasonably found to be disruptive of, or dangerous to, library users or staff, while on library premises, will be regarded as being in violation of the NPL conduct policy and may be excluded from any or all use of the Library on the orders of the Director or his/her designee.

Libraries are for everyone’s enjoyment. The following guidelines for patron and visitor conduct shall be observed and are essential to ensure respect for individuals who use the Library:

Audio Equipment should be used, i.e. earphones or headsets, in a manner that people cannot hear the noise or sound from two or more feet away.

Cell Phones should be kept on vibrate or silent mode and answered promptly. Calls should be taken outside or in the lobby area.

Children, under age 10, shall be under the direct observation of their accompanying adult at all times. Young children and babies may become fussy or loud (a normal part of childhood) and you may be asked to leave the main area of the library until your child is calm and less disruptive to others using the library. See Child Safety Policy

Clothing: Appropriate clothing must be worn in the Library. Shirt, pants and shoes must be worn.

Disturbances that disrupt or interfere with the normal operation of the Library, or disrupt Library customers and staff, including the use of abusive or threatening language or gestures, or conduct that creates unreasonable noise is not allowed.

Food and Drink, when done responsibly, is allowed throughout the building when seated at tables. Beverages are not allowed near the computer area.

Loitering is not allowed. Patrons & visitors of the library are required to be engaged in activities associated with the use of the Library while in the building. Anyone not engaged in reading, studying, computer use or using library materials may be asked to leave the Library. In general, the determining factor will be whether the offending party prevents others from enjoying the Library.

Tobacco: Smoking or vaping of any kind is prohibited in the Library and entryways.

The following actions are PROHIBITED. Failure to comply with NPL’s established rules and regulations may result in permanent expulsion from the property and/or in arrest and prosecution.

On Library premises, no person shall engage in:

  1. Any activity or conduct that violates Federal, State or Local law or ordinance;

  2. The commission of any offense of stealing or larceny, or of stealing or taking, without permission, any item that is not the person’s own property;

  3. Possessing on the Library premises a firearm, knife, or any other weapon of any kind, unless authorized by law;

  4. Destroying, damaging or defacing any property of the library or property of any other person;

  5. Remaining in or refusing to vacate a Library facility at business closing;

  6. The harassing of any person, verbally or non-verbally, or by conduct, contact or gesture;

  7. Being a person or being included in a group of persons who engage in activities, gestures, conduct or communications which is threatening or otherwise menacing to persons on or within a Library facility;

  8. Consuming and/or possessing alcoholic beverages or controlled substance or being impaired by intoxicants on Library premises;

  9. Exhibiting on Library premises, poor personal hygiene, which is offensive to others or to which would reasonably be offensive to others;

  10. Smoking tobacco or e-cigarettes, vaping on Library premises;

  11. Bringing an animal into any Library building except for an animal designated as a service animal which is assisting a person with disabilities; (support animals are not allowed)

  12. Campaigning on Library premises for any candidate for public office or for any public issue with the exception of authorized meetings of groups which adhere to meeting room policies;

  13. Selling, or soliciting for sale, any goods or services on Library premises;

  14. Gambling on the premises of any Library facility;

  15. Creating an unreasonable disturbance that interferes with the activities of any Library patron or staff member, including making of any such disturbance through the use of photography, film or television equipment or conducting media interviews upon Library premises without the permission of the Director or the Director’s designee;

  16. Being present in Library offices or other non-public areas, without Director or staff permission;

  17. Persisting in disturbing the public peace by loud or aggressive conduct, or by talking, singing, or making any loud or boisterous sound with a volume that is louder than the general noise level of the surrounding area at that time, provided that this policy shall not prohibit quiet conversation between patrons and/or staff members or those conversations which are reasonably required to carry out Library programs or business;

  18. Using foul or abusive language;

  19. Using Library furniture or other property in any reasonably inappropriate fashion;

  20. Using any Library workstation, or any part of the Library premises or any part of the premises of any Library facility for illegal or criminal purposes.

Approved by the NPL Board of Trustees – 2014, rev. 2016, 2020





Child & Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy

Library Child Safety / Vulnerable Adult Policy


LIBRARY CHILD SAFETY / VULNERABLE ADULT POLICY

I. Purpose Statement

The Nevada Public Library welcomes all ages and strives to provide an environment/place for all to enjoy. The safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults at the library is of utmost importance, however, the library is a public building open to all.

Vulnerable adults and young children, ages 9 and under, should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of persons in their care while they are in the library.

The Library Board and staff respect the rights and privacy of all library patrons. Library staff will intervene only when juveniles or vulnerable adults are left unattended or issues relating to safety, disruptive behavior, or well-being occur. Library staff will follow established library procedure for the protection of the involved party and to maintain an environment free from disruption in accordance with the Library Conduct Policy.

II. Unattended Children/Vulnerable Adults in the Library

A. An unattended child is a minor of any age whose behavior requires them to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. A vulnerable adult is a person over the age of 18-years-old who is unable or unwilling to care for themselves.

B. The library does not have staff, staff training or State Certification to act as a child care facility or in lieu of trained staff or family for vulnerable adults.

C. The library staff is not responsible for the care of unattended children and vulnerable adults and does not assume responsibility from the parents or caregivers for providing for the welfare of persons in their care.

D. Library staff is not responsible for children or vulnerable adults interacting with or leaving the library with persons who are not appropriate caregivers.

E. Library staff is not responsible for any consequences of parents or caregivers forfeiting their responsibilities.

F. Library staff may refer to the police those children or vulnerable adults who are left unattended in the library when a parent/guardian cannot be reached or if the behavior of the minor child or vulnerable adult falls outside that of acceptable behavior in the library.

G. Please refer to the Library Conduct Policy for more information and procedures for addressing issues with unattended children and vulnerable adults.

III. Parent/Caregiver Responsibilities

A. Parents/caregivers should remain with persons in their care and be responsible for the care of those persons inside & on the premises.

B. Parents/caregivers should encourage positive behavior by persons under their care while in the library.

C. Parents/caregivers should cooperate with the library staff if persons in their care are disruptive or if they interfere or endanger others or cause damage to property.

D. Parents or guardians with children who are mature enough to be left alone at the library are expected to set reasonable time limits for their children’s visits to the library and provide a means of transportation home from the library by the time the library closes.

IV. Staff Guidelines

A. Staff will attempt to contact the parent, guardian, or caregiver to address concerns of lost, unattended, or scared children or vulnerable adults, or those with behavior/conduct issues.

B. If the parent or responsible guardian cannot be found in the building or by phone, the proper authorities will be notified after a period of 15 minutes.

C. An incident report will be filled out and kept on record.

D. Library staff may not take children or vulnerable adults out of the building, unless caregivers are located within sight of the facility, nor is staff permitted to transport children or vulnerable adults away from Library facilities.

E. For the safety of a child or vulnerable adult left unattended in the library at closing, appropriate law enforcement authorities will be contacted to take custody after a time period of 15 minutes following closing if attempts to contact the parent, legal guardian, or custodian are unsuccessful.





Internet & Technology Policy

Internet & Technology Policy


INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY POLICY

I. Purpose Statement

The Nevada Public Library (NPL) provides public access to computers and to the Internet in order to augment the community’s educational and informational resources for library visitors of all ages.

II. Responsibilities of Patrons

A. Library cardholders have access to technology and electronic devices for use in the library. Internet resources and computer access through the library are provided equally to all. Children have access to the same resources as adults. It is the right and responsibility of parents to guide their children in the selection of resources compatible with the values and beliefs of their family. The library cannot act in loco parentis and urges parents to work with their own children in their use of Internet resources.

B. Patrons should be aware that the Internet is an unregulated global network and is neither a secure nor a private environment. The library is not responsible for security of personal information shared on or with non-library sites, and users are encouraged to use caution before sharing personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, school or work, credit card number, etc.) online. This includes but is not limited to email, instant messaging, online purchasing, social media sites, and commercial sites.

Customers handling financial transactions or other confidential activities do so at their own risk and should know that the internet may be subject to outside intervention. It should be noted that library staff may monitor Internet use in the usual performance of job duties.

C. The library cannot guarantee the accuracy and/or authenticity of information discovered online and staff assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy or currency of Internet resources. Patrons who find information or subject matter that is erroneous, out of date, illegal, offensive, and/or controversial should contact the original producer or distributor of that work directly.

D. Users may not incur any costs to the NPL through access to fee-for-service information providers, shopping online or any other Internet use.

E. The NPL is not responsible for damage incurred to a patron’s personal storage devices or personal laptops or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from patron use of the library’s Internet services.

F. The library’s technology equipment is for public use and patrons should log off any personal online accounts after using library technology and save any work created during the session to a personal device or account. Once library computers are restarted, any data saved on the computers is deleted and the computers revert to the default library settings.

III. Time Limits

A. Computers and other devices are available for one-hour sessions, up to 120 minutes daily.

B. Patrons may request an extension of computer time based on availability.

C. Arrangements for extended use for proctored exams or job searching/resume work may also

be made.

IV. Staff Assistance

A. Library staff may be able to answer basic computer questions. Patrons may also request individual training or attend free technology-related computer assistance offered by NPL staff.

B. Due to liability, the staff does not repair personal computers or devices. Staff can not enter personal financial/sensitive data (social security number, credit card number, etc) and staff will not check personal systems for viruses, malware or other damages to the computer or device.

V. Ethical use

A. Staff reserves the right to end a session if there is suggestion of misconduct, misuse, or illegal use of library computers and personal devices accessing the library’s wireless service.

B. Violations of the Internet/Computer Policy will result in the suspension or loss of Internet/Computer privileges and may lead to financial responsibility.

C. Illegal acts involving library computers or personal devices accessing the library’s wireless service may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities. It is against Missouri law to download or provide child pornography, or display pornography where it may be seen by children (RSMo 573).

VI. Wireless Access at the Library

A. Wireless Internet access is provided free of charge to anyone using their personal laptop computer or device equipped with functioning wireless or wired network connection.

B. The Library assumes no responsibility for wireless users' equipment or software and cannot guarantee the security of your files or transmissions.





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