Library Policies

Patron Policy

-Arvilla E Diver Library serves all members of the local community, as well as non-member visitors, and seeks to meet each individual’s needs to the best of its ability regardless of a person’s age, physical condition, race, sex, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, social or economic status.

-To protect the rights and safety of our patrons and staff, the Library holds its visitors to reasonable standards regarding personal conduct. No library visitor shall insult, intimidate, injure or otherwise harm (physically or psychologically, deliberately or unintentionally) any other visitor or staff member. Behavior unfit for the library will be determined by senior acting library staff, and consequences will be levied by either the staff or law enforcement as circumstance dictates.

-As members of Arvilla E Diver Library, our patrons agree to treat books, CD’s, DVD’s and other inventory with care and consideration. To protect our inventory and ensure quality goods for all members, each member must be accountable to the library for late, lost or damaged goods. Late fees will be assessed at .10c per day per book, cassette tape and CD, .15c per day per DVD. Anyone deemed to have lost a library item will be accountable for the full cost of replacing the item. Anyone deemed to have damaged a library item to such a degree that it no longer meets circulation standards will also be accountable for the full cost of replacing the item.

-Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult unless a prior arrangement has been made with library staff.

*See Computer and Internet policy for rules governing public computer use.

 

 Building/ Grounds Policy

-The library and library grounds, which include the library’s front yard and front porch, are for public use during library hours only.

-Library visitors are expected to follow regular rules of conduct outlined in Patron Policy when on library grounds.

-Smoking is not permitted on library grounds.

-Littering is not permitted on library grounds.

-Loud music is not permitted on library grounds.

-Those accessing the internet from library grounds (i.e. front porch) agree to the same applicable terms of service outlined in Computer and Internet Policy.

-The library will seek compensation for any damage done to the library or library grounds.

PARKING*

– Unfortunately the library can offer no off street parking, and so visitors park at               their own risk. The library is not responsible for any damages, parking violations, or         fines incurred while visiting the library.

 

Computer and Internet Use Policy

As part of Diver Library’s mission to meet the information needs of its visitors, the library offers free public access to the Internet. However, some websites may contain inaccurate, controversial, and even offensive material. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its accuracy, authenticity or suitability of content.

  • Supervision:

-Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of the computer and Internet. Any restrictions of a child’s access are the responsibility of the parent/guardian, not the library staff.

  • Computer restrictions:

-Patrons are asked not to view pornography, extreme violence, hateful material, or any content typically perceived as offensive on library computers. Though the librarian does not monitor personal internet usage, the librarian reserves the right to respond to a complaint by another patron, or to take initiative to investigate suspicious activity. Any user viewing content unfit for the library is subject to the loss of computer privileges.

-Patrons must wear headphones when listening to music, and they must keep music at a reasonable volume as not to disturb others.

-Patrons may not load software onto library computers.

-Patrons may not save files to library computers—1gb USB drives are available for $10.00 at the Reference Desk.

  • Printer/ scanner/ fax Use:

-Black & white copies are $0.10 each.
-Color copies are $0.25 each.
-Faxes are $0.50 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page.                             -Scanning documents is a free service provided by the library.

  • Reservations/time limits:

-Currently no reservations are needed to use library computers, but patrons are asked to be considerate of the needs of others. If any patron has been at a computer station for more than 30 minutes, they are expected to defer to any patron waiting to use a computer—furthermore any patron using a computer for leisure is expected to be considerate of those using computers for work, school, or personal business.

Misuse of library computers by not complying with these procedures and policies may result in loss of privileges.

 

Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of interest is defined here as a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest (the person or organization on whose behalf one is acting, i.e. Arvilla E Diver Library) will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest (personal gain, professional advancement, etc.).

Because the presence or perceived presence of a conflict of interest may exist apart from any wrongdoing, it is NOT mandatory that any and all situations where a potential conflict of interest exists be unequivocally avoided by Arvilla E Diver Library. It IS required that any potential conflict be transparently offered up to the Library Board for assessment.

Guidelines for assessing and Dealing with a potential conflict of interest:

  • All staff and trustees of Arvilla E Diver Library will consent to disclose any potential conflict of interest.
  • Any such instance where a conflict of interest may be present will be brought before the Library Board for discussion.
  • During this discussion the party with the potential conflict will be allowed to speak on their own behalf.
  • If it is determined by the Board that a conflict of interest does not exist, the concerned party will be allowed normal voting privileges in regards to the item in question.
  • If it is determined by the Board that a conflict of interest does exist, the conflicted party will not be allowed to vote on the item in question, nor will the conflicted party be allowed to be present during a final vote on that item.
  • Meeting minutes will include documentation of all discussions and votes regarding a potential conflict of interest. Meeting minutes are available to the public by request and on our website: http://diverlibrary.org/about/board-of-trustees/

*It is the responsibility of ALL staff and trustees of Arvilla E Diver library to disclose any potential conflict of interest. To NOT do so could be grounds for suspension, and in some instances dismissal from library service.