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Effective January 2003
It is the policy of the Burke County Public Library to offer the full range of library services to all customers, regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion, economic status, etc. It is the intent of the Library to provide its collections and services with a minimum of regulations, adopting only those which are essential to the successful operation of the Burke County Public Library.
BCPL recognizes that Library customers are in fact the owners of the Library. As user-owners, the public has certain expectations of its Public Library. These include an outstanding collection of materials in all relevant formats; pleasant, attractive surroundings; and courteous, efficient and effective staff members.
Customers have a right to assume that visits to the Library will be free from harassment; free from physical discomfort and danger; free from psychological and emotional stress.
The rights of both the public and the staff are sometimes violated by the attitudes and behavior of a very small number of persons.
It shall therefore be the Policy of the Burke County Public Library Board of Trustees to maintain in the Library, a quiet, pleasant environment conducive to serious study as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this Policy statement, the Board of Trustees considers the following descriptions to be representative of behavior patterns unacceptable for the BCPL:
G.S. 14-33 Misdemeanor assaults, batteries, and affrays.
G.S. 14-76 Larceny, mutilation, or destruction of public records and papers.
G.S. 14-127 Willful and wanton injury to real property.
G.S. 14-132 Disorderly conduct in and injuries to public buildings and facilities.
G.S. 14-134 Trespass on land after being forbidden.
G.S. 14-190.9 Indecent exposure
G.S. 14-204.1 Loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution offense.
G.S. 14-277.1 Communicating threats.
G.S. 14-398 Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.
G.S. 153A-266 Powers and duties of trustees.
BCPL staff responses to disruptive behavior patterns will be governed by the "Disruptive Behavior Procedural Manual" issued by the Library Director.
Immediate Banning from BCPL Buildings or BCPL Grounds
(Effective January 1, 2005)
The use of cell phones in the library can often prove disruptive to customers and staff. In order to preserve the library’s mission and goals, the following restrictions apply to the use of cell phones at all locations of the Burke County Public Library:
The Burke County Public Library is providing access to the Internet and other electronic resources. Library customers are encouraged to use electronic resources for educational, informational and recreational purposes. The Burke County Public Library expects that all use of electronic resources will be in a responsible and ethical manner.
Since the Internet is an unregulated medium, the Burke County Public Library has no control over and is not responsible for information available through the Internet. Provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement. Questions or comments concerning the content of Internet resources should be directed to the originator of the information and not the Burke County Public Library.
While the Internet allows access to a wealth of materials that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Furthermore, users should recognize that information accessed on the Internet may not be accurate, complete or current.
The Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for viewing by children. The library staff is not in a position to monitor or supervise children’s use of the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Parental consent for unsupervised use of Internet resources is required for children 12-15 years old. Onsite parental supervision is required for children under 12 years old.
Customers using the public access microcomputers are responsible for the correct operation of the equipment. Staff cannot provide in-depth Internet training, NC LIVE training or microcomputer training/instruction for individual customers. Staff will provide limited assistance with the Internet and simple word processing as time permits.
Use of public access microcomputers will be monitored in accordance with the Burke County Public Library Disruptive Behavior Policy adopted in January 2002.
Access to microcomputers designated as available for public access by BCPL will be provided readily and equitably to customers regardless of race, sex or socioeconomic status.
In order to use electronic resources, users must:
Transmission of any material or communications in violations of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited, including but not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected as trade secrets.
Violations of the Burke County Public Library Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources will result in loss of microcomputer and NC LIVE privileges.
The first documented violation will result in loss of microcomputer and NC LIVE privileges for a six-month period to begin on the date of the documented violation.
The second documented violation will result in permanent loss of microcomputer and NC LIVE privileges at the Burke County Public Library.
The Burke County Public Library includes microcomputers at the Morganton Public Library, Valdese Public Library and C.B. Hildebrand Public Library.
The Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources is subject to revision by the Burke County Public Library Board of Trustees.
Acceptable Use Policy last revised September 2003
All microcomputer users must follow the BCPL Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources.
All microcomputer users must have a Burke County Public Library card.
A $3.00 annual Technology Fee, (July – June), must be paid in order to have Internet Access (applies to those age 16 and over). Visitors will pay $1.00 per day for computer use.
Sessions on the public access microcomputers are as follows: 1 hour sessions for use of the Internet and applications (i.e. word processing) with a total 2 hour limit per day.
Users may continue to use the microcomputer up to 2 hours per day consecutively if no one else is waiting.
One person is allowed at each microcomputer. Exceptions may be made for special circumstances.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult when they are using public access microcomputers. Parental consent for unsupervised use of Internet resources is required for children 12-15 years old.
Customers are responsible for paying 20 cents per page for all copies printed except for printouts from the OPAC.
Public access microcomputer users must complete their work at least five minutes before the library closes. A staff member may remind the customer of this procedure.
The Burke County Public Library is not responsible for loss of data or damage to microcomputer user’s disks. Microcomputer users may download information to a floppy disk, but not to the hard drive. Disks may be purchased at the circulation desk for $1.00.
Microcomputer users are responsible for the correct operation of the equipment. Staff cannot provide microcomputer training/instruction although they will provide limited assistance with the Internet and with simple word processing tasks as time permits.
If a microcomputer user allows someone else to use his/her library card number to access computer resources, the customer allowing the access will be banned following the procedures for violation of the AUPER policy.
NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education) is the state’s electronic library, created to give access to magazine articles, national and local newspapers, business and professional journals, reference sources and research material - all electronically. NC LIVE is available through a partnership of public, academic and community college libraries and is funded by the North Carolina General Assembly and the state’s independent colleges and universities.
Access to Internet-based resources such as NC LIVE is provided through the Burke County Public Library. The license agreements between NC LIVE and its database vendors authorize public libraries to provide remote access to registered public library customers only.
To obtain the NC LIVE password, the registered public library customer must present a valid ID, be a current North Carolina resident and sign below. Passwords may be issued immediately at the circulation desk or by telephone after the AUP is signed. Passwords are valid for 3-6 months. The user is responsible for obtaining the new password from the Burke County Public Library.
After the customer signs the AUP, the library staff will check the Dynix database to confirm that the individual is a current registered public library customer. The staff of the Burke County Public Library will not instruct patrons in the use or configuration of their personal computer or instruct patrons in the use of NC LIVE over the telephone. On-site assistance with NC LIVE will be provided at the Information Services help desk.
Patrons are not to distribute the password or make it publicly known in any way. Violations will result in the loss of computer and NC LIVE privileges.
(effective January 15, 2005)
Note - Items that are marked with "DO NOT PLACE IN BOOK BOX" will be assessed if found damaged in book box.
If you are:
You can be issued a Burke County Public Library System library card without fee.
Library cards can be issued for an annual fee of $15 to all other individuals.
Individuals with a new library card can only check out 4 items per library card when using the card for the first time.
Individuals 16 years & older will be registered as adult customers.
Individuals 5 - 15 years will be registered as juvenile customers.
To be issued a library card from Burke County Public Library System, a customer must establish a current mailing address.
The current mailing address can be established by either one of the following:
Customer’s photographic identification with current address OR
Customer’s photographic identification AND Customer’s checkbook with current mailing address OR Customer’s mail (with current address listed)
Please note that parents or guardians that sign to establish library borrowing privileges for juveniles must establish a current mailing address.Customers that cannot establish a current mailing address will not be issued library cards by the Burke County Public Library System.
An application form must be completed when applying for a library card. The form includes a request for the name and address or phone number of a reference. This reference should be someone in Burke County who knows you, but cannot be a family member. Applicants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
No new library cards are issued ten minutes before closing.
Patrons must present their library card to check out materials.
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the care, safety and behavior of their children under the age of 18, both within the library building and on library grounds, regardless of whether or not they accompany their child(ren). It is the responsibility of the library staff to determine whether a child’s behavior is problematic and to report suspected abuse or neglect. (Legal Reference G.S. 7B-301: Duty to report abuse, neglect, dependency, or death due to maltreatment.)
For reasons of safety, children under the age of 7 should be under supervision (parent, legal guardian or caregiver over the age of 16) while
in the library.
Children ages 7 to 12 need not be in the immediate presence of a parent, caregiver or legal guardian provided they abide by all aspects of the Disruptive Behavior Policy, but the aforementioned should be somewhere in the library building.
NOTE: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult when they are using the Internet.
It is strongly advised that children requiring transportation be picked up 10 minutes before closing time. If a child under age 16 is left unattended at closing time:
The Library’s Disruptive Behavior Policy applies to all patrons, regardless of age.
This policy and guidelines apply to all children using the library and their parents, legal guardians and caregivers.