Brighton Memorial Library Policies
Patron Behavior Policy
These guidelines are designed to promote the comfort and security of library patrons and library staff, and to protect and preserve the physical collection and plant of the library. The following activities or conduct are inconsistent with the operation of Brighton Memorial Library and are prohibited on Library premises:
Behaviors disruptive to other patrons or staff, including, but not limited to, loud or distracting sounds, loud conversations, obscene language, or making gestures or motions (including staring)
Wet clothing or bare feet
Shirts or clothing imprinted with obscene language
Running or jumping
Defacing, mutilating, or otherwise inappropriate use of Library materials, furniture or equipment
Verbal and/or physical harassment of patrons or staff
Possession of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance
Disruptive or unsafe presence/behavior due to intoxication or impairment
Bringing in animals other than service dogs
Use of Brighton Memorial Library property inconsistent with its intended purposes, e.g. use of Young Adult computers by an adult
Refusal to abide by Brighton Memorial Library policies and procedures
Approved by the Brighton Memorial Library Board of Trustees:
January 26, 1988
Revised: February, 25, 1988
Revised: March 19, 2007
Revised: September 19, 2016
Revised: November 21, 2016
BML's Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Brighton Memorial Library (BML) endeavors to develop collections, resources, programs, and services that serve the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of Brighton's diverse community. The Internet, as provided by the Monroe County Library System (MCLS), enables BML to provide electronic information beyond the confines of its collection and allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe.
BML upholds and affirms the right of each individual to access constitutionally protected material. This policy is guided by the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements, and by the laws and principles of intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality.
The Internet is an unregulated, constantly changing medium. Patrons are advised that BML cannot be held responsible for accuracy, authenticity, or suitability of content. Some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, out of date, or incomplete. In addition, some Internet material may be offensive to some people. Patrons must personally evaluate the quality and/or legitimacy of information found online. BML expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access or use of information obtained through its electronic resources.
BML has instituted specific measures to assist with the safety and security of minors and others while accessing the Internet. As required by the 2004 Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, BML has implemented software filtering on all of its Internet accessible computer terminals. The software filter installed on Internet accessible computers at BML protects against access to visual depictions of obscenity and child pornography. Users should be aware, however, that currently available filtering software may result in a degree of both “under blocking” (permitting access to certain material that falls within the above blocked categories) or “over blocking” (denial of access to certain constitutionally protected material that does not fall within the blocked categories). MCLS has attempted to select filtering software that best complies with CIPA while providing BML patrons with the broadest possible access to constitutionally protected speech and information.
BML cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that are harmful to minors, nor can BML guarantee that the filtering software will not restrict access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value. In order to help address the over blocking problems and to enhance patron access to constitutionally protected speech and information, BML requests all patrons, both adults and minors, see a librarian to request unblocking an incorrectly blocked site.
Effective July 1, 2004, the CIPA and the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) require public libraries that receive federal funds to filter public Internet access terminals. Since BML receives federal funds in conjunction with services provided through MCLS, it has installed blocking software on its Internet terminals to meet the minimum compliance parameters. In accordance with BML guidelines regarding unblocking websites, including the use of privacy screens by those requesting a site be unblocked in order to obtain unfiltered Internet access, any patron who is 17 years of age or older may request disabling the filtering software. In addition, BML will request MCLS unblock individual websites that it has verified have been erroneously blocked by the filter.
BML affirms that it is the right and responsibility of parents/legal guardians who are concerned about their children's use of electronic resources to provide guidance. As with other BML materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Parents/legal guardians should inform their children of material they do not want them to use and may wish to supervise their children’s Internet usage. BML encourages parents/legal guardians to speak to their children about using email, online messaging, social media and sharing personal information over the Internet.
BML trustees may periodically review the need and/or the propriety of controlling access to certain sites on the Internet. In exercising such judgment, however, the BML trustees shall be mindful of technological limitations, employee and material costs, and legal implications of exercising such control.
The use of the Internet or BML computer equipment by any individual to engage in illegal activity or criminal behavior, including, but not limited to, using the BML network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational, or communication services or resources, distributing unsolicited advertising, invading the privacy of others, and/or damaging or altering BML computers, equipment, or software is expressly prohibited. Engaging in harassment or defamation, and/or using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties, or in a manner inconsistent with BML’s policies and procedures, is also prohibited. Violations may result in the loss of library privileges and possible criminal charges.
Consistent with its Patron Behavior Policy, BML reserves the right to end an Internet session if it is disruptive to patrons or staff. It also reserves the right to take legal action, if warranted, in order to ensure the safety and security of BML patrons and staff and/or if access is achieved fraudulently.
Revised by the BML Board of Trustees on June, 2004
Revised by the BML Board of Trustees on February 19, 2018
BML's Unattended Child Policy
Brighton Memorial Library (BML) welcomes and encourages children to visit the library, use its resources and services, and attend library programs. BML wants a child’s library visit to be a rewarding one that encourages a love of reading. Staff members are available to help and support our young patrons.
BML is not, however, able to provide short or long-term child care, or be responsible for unattended children. Unattended children are children under the age of 18 who are unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver.
Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the library and on library property. Children are expected to respect library property and adhere to the rules outlined in the BML Patron Behavior Policy.
Ages 7 & below
Parent/guardian/caregiver must be in the library and in sight of the child
Parent/guardian/caregiver must be in the library
May use library unattended, but parent/guardian/caregiver still responsible
Children of any age may not be left at the library for childcare or babysitting purposes.
Library staff will attempt to contact a parent or guardian in circumstances such as the following:
An unattended child is engaging in behavior that is disruptive to other library users, staff, or the normal operations of library business
An unattended child is involved in a situation that is potentially harmful to the health or safety of the child and/or others
An unattended child is left alone at the library at closing time
Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If parents or guardians cannot be reached, or are unresponsive, the Library will work with other agencies as needed.
BML assumes no responsibility for unattended children. In the interest of child safety, if an unattended child is in the Library at closing time and attempts to contact a parent or guardian are unsuccessful, BML will call 911 to report an abandoned child.
Library staff will wait with unattended children until the Police arrive. Library staff may not offer transportation home. BML is not responsible if children leave library property unattended.
BML recognizes parents’/guardians’/caretakers’ responsibility for the behavior and well-being of their children. We respect the privacy of all our library patrons and will intervene only when a child is deemed at risk.
Adopted by the Brighton Memorial Library Board of Trustees: February 20, 2017
Quiet Study Room Policy
Brighton Memorial Library (BML) provides a Quiet Study Room so that patrons may work individually on quiet activities, such as studying, writing, doing homework, conducting research, or reading without distractions.
The purpose of the BML Quiet Study Room is to provide dedicated space for patrons seeking a quiet environment.
The Quiet Study Room is equipped with workspace areas, seating, computers, and several electrical outlets. BML does not provide other equipment or furniture for use by the occupants.
The room must be left in its original order.
Users are responsible for any damage incurred.
The Quiet Study Room is available on a walk-in basis only. Reservations are not required, nor is there a time limit associated with the room.
With no exceptions, the Quiet Study Room is available for individual patrons only and may not be used by two or more people working together.
Patrons using the Quiet Study Room may not conduct any activity that hinders others from using the room for the intended purpose of quiet study. To that end,
Mobile devices must be silenced.
Use of electronic equipment, such as laptops or handheld devices, is allowed, but audio is prohibited.
Conversations are not allowed except when library staff needs to communicate with patrons using the room.
Failure to abide by the policies governing the use of the Quiet Study Room may result in denial of future use. Along with all other Library policies, the BML Patron Behavior Policy applies to Quiet Study Room users.
Library policies are established by the BML Board of Trustees and administered by the BML Executive Director.
Approved by the Brighton Memorial Library Board of Trustees: September 19, 2016