All CPL locations will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov 26 and be closed on Thursday, Nov 27 for Thanksgiving.
COMPUTER USE POLICY
A library card is required to access most public computers. Guest passes are reserved for out-of-state visitors. Library cards are not transferable for computer login. Computer users agree to take proper care of all equipment that is the property of the Cranston Public Library. Users and/or their parent or guardian agree to pay replacement cost of any equipment or materials lost or damaged by the user.
VIOLATIONS OF ANY LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL STATUTES ARE PROHIBITED.
Web filtering software is used to block access to adult sexual content web sites in accordance with federal law. Computer users are encouraged to seek staff assistance to unblock any site that has been erroneously disabled. All decisions as to the use of the computer and other library materials are at the sole discretion of the library. Failure to observe any part of the above agreement may result in suspension of the user's right to use library computers.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s use of the internet in the library. All parents are encouraged to discuss the use of this resource with their children.
The availability of library staff to assist users who lack basic computer skills or internet experience is limited. Library staff are not authorized to participate in any commercial enterprise on behalf of a library user including but not limited to the use of credit cards or other financial information. The Cranston Public Library makes no guarantees, either expressed or implied, with respect to any equipment, software, or other library materials.
No files may be saved or software installed on the library’s hard drive. Printing costs 20¢ per page for black & white and 50¢ per page for color. Files may be saved to a user’s personal storage device as applicable.
A maximum of two people may use the workstation at one time. Computer time is limited to one hour if someone is waiting. Computer services end 15 minutes prior to library closing.
Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees May 2007
The Distribution of Free Publications Policy sets forth criteria for distribution of free publications by area organizations and publishers within the confines of Cranston Public Library buildings.
II. POLICY STATEMENT
In its role as a center of community information, the Cranston Public Library supports the free flow of information and exchange of ideas. The Library, therefore, serves as a point of distribution for certain free publications, within the limitations of space and according to the following criteria. Publications accepted for distribution will:
a) be of general interest, contain significant editorial content, and provide information of wide appeal.
b) focus on local interest/events in Cranston and Providence County
Publications that meet these criteria will be added as space permits on a first-come, first-serve basis.
a) deliver publications regularly
b) place publications in approved locations
c) discard out-of-date issues by removing them from library premise. Out-of-date issues must be removed by delivery operative. They cannot be discarded in interior or outdoor library trash cans.
d) Receive written permission for each publication to be delivered and complete library free publications application
e) Deliver publications during library business hours
f) Placement of unapproved publications will result in the rescinding of ALL publications previously approved for the offending publisher or distributor.
Failure to meet the criteria will result in loss of privilege of distribution at Cranston Public Library
This policy applies to distribution of publications throughout the library system.
The Library Director is the final authority concerning the acceptance or rejection of publications.
Publications and distributors that disagree with the Director’s decision may appeal that decision to the
Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees.
Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees September 10, 2014
GUIDELINES FOR BORROWING AND USE
FINES AND LIABILITY
PROPER CARE AND USE
EREADER LENDING AGREEMENT
Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees August 2012.
3D PRINTER POLICY
The library maintains a Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D printer for use by the public in the library’s classroom or lab setting only. Use of the 3D printer is at the discretion of library staff. The library reserves the right to deny use of the equipment.
Use of the 3D printer and associated equipment shall follow all copyright guidelines. U.S. Copyright law governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED USE:
Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees February 12, 2014
In an effort to meet the reading and information needs of the public and to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff, the Cranston Public Library has adopted the following list of behavior guidelines. To maintain an atmosphere conducive to library use, we ask that library patrons abide by these guidelines.
This list of guidelines is by no means exhaustive or all-inclusive and may be amended from time to time. Patrons violating any one or more of these guidelines will be asked to cease and desist from engaging in such violations and may be asked to leave the premises and/or be barred from all branches of the Cranston Public Library.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Revised by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees on October 8, 2014
SAFE CHILD POLICY
Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees on 4/10/14
The Cranston Public Library has an obligation to both protect the safety of library users and to ensure that all users can freely access and quietly enjoy the library’s services. Free and unimpeded access to the library building is a necessary precondition for meeting this obligation.
Active solicitation within the library building and the areas of egress to the library and the library parking lot is not permitted unless it is a library function or an activity related to fund raising for the library and under the general supervision of the library staff. Active solicitation refers to any person-to-person communication for the purposes of (1) obtaining contributions and donations, (2) selling merchandise, coupons, or tickets, (3) collecting signatures, (4) distributing educational or promotional materials, and (5) recruiting members or clients.
The passive solicitation and collection of donations by community-based, non-profit organizations is permitted. Notices may be posted to a public bulletin board and bins placed in approved areas to collect items for this purpose. Use of these resources is subject to the approval of the library director or branch manager. The library assumes no responsibility for contents collected or donated. The library does not permit any exchange of monies or funds for this purpose.
Candidates with nomination papers may solicit signatures outside of the library building as long as it is done in a reasonable and unobtrusive manner.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed as preventing the sale of publications, artwork, or recordings by writers, artists or performers who have been engaged by the library for a presentation or performance.
The library director shall make the final determination as to whether a solicitation is active or passive, and if the activity is permitted under this policy.
Approved by Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees June 11, 2014