Board Meeting Minutes
The Library Board of trustees is responsible for determining the rules of behavior necessary to protect the rights of individuals to use library materials and services; to protect the rights of library employees to conduct library business without interference; and to preserve library materials and services without being disturbed or impeded by other library users, library patrons and employees have the right to a safe, secure, and comfortable environment and, library patrons and employees have a right to materials that are in good condition. Illinois Library Law (75 ILCS 5/4-7) gives the board the right “to exclude from the use of the library any person who willfully violates the rules prescribed by the board.” “Library” is defined as the building, grounds and sidewalks immediately surrounding the building itself.
The following behaviors are prohibited on Library property:
1. Interfering with another person’s ability to use the Library’s facilities or services or with library employees’ performance of their duties. Interference includes behavior that is deliberately intrusive, intimidating, hostile, or offensive, or that demands the attention or monopolizes the time of a staff member. Examples of such behavior include but are not limited to: following, interrupting, staring at, or spying on any patron or staff member.
2. Altering any computer system hardware or software configurations or inappropriate use of computers. (See Internet Policy)
3. Using abusive or threatening language.
4. Using matches, lighters, or other means of ignition. Smoking is not permitted in the building or within 25 feet of the building entrance.
5. Illegal substances or alcoholic beverages.
6. Using the building’s restrooms inappropriately. Examples include, but are not limited to, use as laundry facilities, bathing facilities, or gathering places.
7. Lack of personal hygiene that disrupt others from using library facilities, collections, or services.
8. Panhandling on Library premises, including but not limited to approaching library users or staff members to request money, food, or other donations.
9. Theft, damage, defacement, or misuse of library materials, equipment, furniture or facilities. The theft, vandalism or mutilation of library property is a violation of Illinois Law – a class A misdemeanor or a Class 3 felony.
10. Bringing onto the premises any dangerous weapon. Dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to, the weapons set forth and defined in Illinois “Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, section 5/24.1 et. seq.
14. Leaving personal belongings unattended.
15. Solicitation, including distribution of leaflets, surveys, petitions, or similar activity; except as authorized by the Library Director.
16. Vehicles (excluding wheelchairs and strollers) of any kind including but not limited to bicycles, skateboards, skates and roller blades.
17. Animals, except service animals, or as approved for participation in Library sanctioned activities.
18. Being present in Library offices, lounges, storage areas, or other non-public areas while unaccompanied by a Library staff member or without prior agreement with Library management.
19. Eating, except in those areas of the library where food is allowed. Covered beverages are permitted.
20. Leaving children in need of supervision unattended on the premises. Specifically:
a. Children 9 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.
b. Children between the ages of 10 and 12 must be picked up prior to the Library closing time. Any child age 12 or younger left unattended after the Library closes may be placed in police custody for his or her safety.
c. See the Unattended Children Policy for more information.
21. Not wearing shoes or shirts.
22. Any and all other behavior that is contrary to the intended purposes of the Library.
Library staff may address any of these behaviors in the following ways:
1. Verbal warning to cease the behavior or actions.
2. Written warning to cease and /or not to repeat behavior or actions.
3. Directing the patron to leave the premises.
4. Involving the police.
Adults: Adult patrons who have caused repeated disruptions in the library will be warned that their library privileges will be revoked and that they will not be allowed to enter the building if the behavior continues. If these patrons continue to cause disturbances they will be barred from the Library for one month. If, when their Library privileges are reinstated, the disturbances continue, the Library will bar the individual from Library property for at least one year. The Library may call the police and/or take legal action if necessary.
2. Minors: children who have caused repeated disruption in the Library will be warned that their library privileges will be restricted if the behavior continues. Whenever possible an attempt will be made to contact the parents or guardians describing the problems and warning them of the consequences. At this time the child’s library privileges will be restricted for a period of one month; if the disruptive behavior continues the second restriction will be for up to one year.
Extreme Disruptions: In the case of any misconduct that is extreme, the offender will be ordered to leave the building immediately, and may be banned for a period of time based on the severity of the action.
The Library reserves the right to begin intervention at any step, including immediate involvement of the police, depending upon the severity of the incident or behavior.
Approved June 13, 2011
The Bridgeview Public Library is pleased to provide information resources through the Internet. We make this service available as part of our mission to satisfy the information needs of our patrons. While the Internet offers access to many valuable sources of information, the library also recognizes that not all sites are accurate, complete, current, or legal. As the library does not monitor Internet content, parents should supervise their children’s Internet sessions. The Bridgeview Public Library is not responsible for damages or loss of any type, direct or indirect, resulting from a library patron’s use of Internet information resources.The library asks you to use good judgment and discretion while using the Internet. Violations of the library’s Internet policy and computer resources (including hardware, software, system integrity, performance, computer security, copyright laws, and both state and federal laws) will result in termination of a patron’s Internet privileges. The patron may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
- Adult Registrations: Users will be asked to acknowledge on-screen before logging on the Internet that they will abide the library’s Internet policy. Use of the Internet access computers is available to both residents and non-residents of Bridgeview on a first come, first served basis. All Internet users need to present a library card before use. This card can be from any library. Library patrons who have a blocked status and / or owe fines at any library will need to resolve the problem at the circulation desk before using the Internet access computers.
- Child Registrations: Parents must register their children who are under the age of 18 and this registration must be done at the library. The Bridgeview Public Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children. It is the responsibility of the user (or the parent, guardian, or care giver) to determine what appropriate use of the Internet is. Children under the age of seven (7) years of age and using the Internet, a parent must be present in the children’s services area.
- Availability: The Internet access computers are available during hours when the library is open and are subject to periodic maintenance. The Internet access computers in the Children’s Services area available during hours when the library is open. If there is a waiting line to use the Internet access computer, patrons will be asked to limit their use to one (1) HOUR. During peak times, patrons will be asked to limit their use to 30 minutes if there is a waiting line.
- Patron Responsibility: Patrons are responsible for payment of all pages printed on their Internet access computer. If uncertain, please ask a staff member for assistance.
- Courtesy Card: A courtesy temporary Internet card is available for residents and non residents who do not have their library card at the time of service. For a $2.00 fee, this card is good for only one (1) day. All Internet restrictions apply. Peak periods and people waiting also apply.
- Email, Chatrooms, and Newsgroups: Email can be checked, written sent, and received at the Bridgeview Public Library. Patrons will be able to access chatrooms and newsgroups at the library. (The library will not provide email accounts to patrons.) The Bridgeview Public Library will not be held responsible for any communication received or sent through email, chatrooms, or newsgroups, or actions, damages or any loss of any type resulting from such communication.
- Personal Programs: Personal software programs whether a floppy disk, CD-Rom, flash drive, or from online download, may not be used on the Internet access computers.
- Downloading: If a patron wishes to save files from the Internet, they may either bring an IBM-compatible formatted disk from home or purchase one from the Bridgeview Public Library for $1.00. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk, hard drive, or computer or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the patron’s use of the library’s computers.
- Internet Instruction: The Bridgeview Public Library’s staff may provide assistance to patrons in the use of the Internet as time and staff knowledge permits. Patrons must have keyboard knowledge. A staff member is not allowed to access personal account information.
Use of Equipment and Networks:
The Bridgeview Public Library requires that library patrons using the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. The following activities are unacceptable:
- Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alternation of the library’s computer equipment, software, or network security procedures
- Use of the Internet or email I any way that violates a federal, state, or local law
- Use of electronic information networks accessed via the Internet in any way that violates licensing and payment agreements between the Bridgeview Public Library and network/database provides
- Violation of system security
- Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including by not limited to display of offensive visual materialViolations of this policy shall result in loss of the patron’s Internet and email privileges.
In order to use the Internet, a current library card in good standing is required OR you may purchase a $2.00 "guest pass" at the Circulation Desk. We have 10 flat screen computers where you may access the Internet or Microsoft Office Suite.