CHECK POLICY

CHECK POLICY

Any person who, in any twelve month period, writes 2 (two) or more checks to the library which are returned for “Non-Sufficient Funds” shall thereafter be required to pay their obligations to the library in cash or by money order. Library card privileges are suspended until all such obligations are paid. If a patron desires to reinstate their privilege of using checks to pay their obligations to the library, they must apply to the board one year after their last ad check was cleared or paid and have no outstanding fines.

Adopted September 24, 2008

Amended November 19 , 2008

Missing/Damaged Disks

REPLACEMENT OF MISSING OR DAMAGED CD’S OR TAPES FOR AUDIO BOOKS POLICY

If a patron checks out an audio book on CDs or tapes and loses or damages one of the CDs or tapes for the book, that patron may replace the missing CD or tape with a new CD or tape, but if they are unwilling or unable to do so, they shall be held liable for the cost of the replacement for the entire book.

Adopted November, 2008

REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER COLLECTION USE POLICY

REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER COLLECTION USE POLICY

Any requests to reproduce any of the holdings of the Uintah County Library Regional History
Center (RHC) must be submitted on the RHC Collection–Order and Use Permission Form.
To be valid, the form must be signed by an authorized staff member of the RHC.

Permission for reproduction is granted only for the expressed purpose described in the form.
Any subsequent use or change in the use constitutes reuse and must be applied for in writing to
the RHC. If the size of edition or number of editions exceeds the terms specified in this
application, the applicant/licensee/licensee shall immediately pay the difference in use fees. If
payment is not received within thirty (30) days, the applicant/licensee/licensee agrees to pay a
use fee equal to twice the originally quoted use fee.

This permission is non-exclusive; the Regional History Center reserves the right to reproduce
the image and allow others to reproduce the image. The RHC shall also have the right to use,
utilize, and publish any derivative image produced by the applicant/licensee, including
copyrighted works and copyrighted derivative works of the applicant/licensee.

The RHC represents and warrants that:

  • the photographs and images in its collection were gifted or granted to the RHC,
  • pursuant to the gift or grant, the RHC has a right to act with respect to such
    photograph
    or image, and,
  • as far as the RHC is aware, the rights granted by it hereunder will not infringe on
    the rights of any third party.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the RHC has not investigated the copyright status of its
holdings, and is not responsible for determining the copyright status of the photographs or
images, nor for securing copyright permission or payment for any such permission. The rights
granted by the RHC in its holdings do not include any rights that persons other than the History
Center may have in the photographs or images, including any artist’s rights of attribution or
control under the laws of any country or state, moral rights, or the rights of publicity or privacy.

All use of RHC holdings require the following credit: Used by permission, Uintah County
Library Regional History Center, all rights reserved. The RHC may also require that the
artist/creator, the title of the work, and the object’s catalog number appear in the caption or
credit as well. Credits should appear in close proximity to the image or in a special section
devoted to credits. However, reproductions distributed electronically must contain the credit or
caption as part of the image displayed in letters which are at least 3/8″ high and in a legible
typeface. When permission is granted to disseminate reproductions electronically, the RHC
reserves the right to require an electronic watermark or other identifying code within the
scanned file.

The payment of a commercial use fee does not exempt the user from the credit line
requirement.

Failure to include a credit line or electronic water mark, or inaccurate captions or credits shall
require the applicant/licensee to pay the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100) per image, as
liquidated damages and not as a penalty, in view of the difficulty of assessing actual damages
for this breach.

The RHC also requests (but does not require) the donation of a copy of the product in which the
image is used. All expenses for shipping and handling are to be borne by the
applicant/licensee

.
In the event that the applicant/licensee engages in unauthorized reproduction of photographs or
other materials, the applicant/licensee agrees to pay the RHC a sum equal to three times the
normal commercial fee, not as a penalty but as liquidated damages, due to the difficulty in
assessing actual damages incurred.

The RHC may (by written request), in the event of unauthorized reproduction(s), require
immediate surrender of all materials containing such unauthorized reproduction(s).

The RHC reserves the right to refuse reproduction of its holdings if it is believed that
fulfillment of that order would be violating copyright or other law, or if it deems it advisable.
The RHC further reserves the right to impose such conditions as it may deem advisable.

Unless approved in advance by the RHC, each image MUST be reproduced unaltered and in its
entirety; the image must not be cropped, overprinted, printed on color stock, or bleed off the
page.

If so requested, a proof must be approved by the RHC staff before any reproduction of an image
in color.

The RHC reserves the right to examine proofs and captions for accuracy and sensitivity before
publication with the right to revise if necessary. The RHC reserves the right to refuse any
request and to impose such conditions as it may deem advisable in the best interests of the
RHC.

If permission is granted to distribute an electronic copy of an image, the distributed copy shall
not exceed a resolution of 72 dpi. Images may not be scanned at a resolution greater than 300
dpi. Scanned files must be destroyed once the final product has been produced.

The applicant/licensee covenants, represents, and warrants of the Product will not contain any
feature which would permit users to distort or mutilate the image, nor will the Product be
intentionally designed or prepared so as to be compatible with any computer program which is
designed to manipulate graphic images.

The permission granted does not include the right to include the image in any printed or
electronic materials accompanying the Product, or in any advertisement for the Product other
than as expressly permitted below:
NOTE: Electronic applications–WWW pages, CD-ROM, scanning, etc.–require separate
permission from the RHC

Solely in connection with the marketing and distribution of the Product, applicant/licensee may
use the image on the packaging of the Product and in any advertisement, product catalogs, or
publicity or promotional materials (a “Promotional Use”), provided that if the image is so used,
the RHC shall be given a credit in the same page as the image appears. Applicant/licensee
agrees that any Promotional Use will be made solely in a manner which indicates that the image
is part of the content of the Product, and the RHC’s name will not be used as aesthetic or design
elements in such Promotion Use.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, applicant/licensee shall not use the image or
the RHC’s name in any manner which creates any association between the image and/or the
RHC and applicant/licensee to such an extent that any goodwill towards the Product or
applicant/licensee arises in the image and/or RHC’s name, and applicant/licensee agrees that it
will not have right, under any circumstances whatsoever, to claim, and will not claim, that such
goodwill has arisen or the applicant/licensee is entitled to the benefits, if any, thereof.

In all instances, the applicant/licensee agrees to defend, indemnify, and save and hold harmless
the RHC, the Uintah County Library, and Uintah County and their respective employees or
designates, agencies, employees or designates, from any and all costs, expense, damage and
liability arising because of any claim whatsoever which may be presented by anyone for loss or
damage or other relief occasioned or caused by the release of said photographs and their use in
any manner, including their inspection, publication, reproduction, duplication or printing by
anyone for any purpose whatever.

Fee Schedule for Use

Use of the RHC collection requires a completed Application for Permission to Publish form
be submitted in advance to the RHC before the order can be processed.
These fees are in addition to reproduction fees.
No use fees are charged for use of the holdings by private individuals for personal use, by
students for papers, theses, dissertations, scholarly works addressed to limited audiences, for
official publications by the University of Utah, the State of Utah, or local government agencies
in Utah, or for exhibition in museums.
No use fees are charged for organizations able to provide proof of their not-for-profit status by
providing suitable documentation.

The Library Director (or his authorized representative) may waive any and all fees for any use
if such use would be beneficial to the library and/or the Regional History Center.

Commercial Fee Production Run (Fee is per image)
$10
In television, film, video, or $100
-For commercial decorative $75
display
-Advertising (including TV) $150

Audio, Film, and Video Use Fees

-Audio only $150 up to first five minutes, $15 per minute
thereafter
All prices are subject to change without notice.
Payment of all fees, including use fees, is required before permission is granted. Default in
payment shall immediately revoke permission.

Contract Claims and Controversies: All contract claims and controversies arising under this
contract shall be resolved pursuant to existing Utah laws.

Adopted June 24 , 2009

Library Standard of Conduct

Library Standards of Conduct

The Uintah County Library is supported by the taxes of the residents of Uintah County who expect the Library to be a safe and comfortable place for reading, researching, studying, selecting reading materials, using computers, and attending community events and meetings. To this end, the Uintah County Library is responsible for establishing standards of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, staff and volunteers, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities and grounds.
These behavior policies have been adopted by the Uintah County Library Board of Trustees to assist Library staff in maintaining the peace, comfort, and security and of library users, staff and facilities. Library users are expected to comply with reasonable staff requests. Staff should interpret and enforce these guidelines with professionalism and tact.

  1. The Uintah County Library is a tobacco-free facility. The use of any tobacco product anywhere within the facility, or within twenty-five (25) feet of an entrance, is prohibited. Furthermore, the use of e-cigarettes is also forbidden.
  2. Entering Library property while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs and/or selling, using or possessing alcohol/ illegal drugs is prohibited.
  3. Library users shall not harass, threaten or bother other library users or library employees. The library enforces a zero tolerance harassment policy.
  4. Loud, excessive and boisterous behavior is not permitted within the building. This includes, but is not limited to; running, fighting, quarreling, swearing, shouting, and rude or inappropriate remarks.
  5. Library users should not engage in conversations or introduce other sounds or noise, at a volume level that is significantly above the general noise level of the library at that particular time.
  6. No campaigning; petitioning; interviewing; survey-taking; soliciting; or any other speech or conduct, which results in the disruption of Library activities, will be allowed within the Library or on the library grounds. This does not refer to Library-sponsored activities.
  7. All individuals are required to wear shirts and shoes at all times when inside the library.
  8. Using restrooms for bathing, shaving, shampooing, or doing laundry is not allowed.
  9. All Library users must conform to acceptable standards of hygiene and cleanliness in order to prevent the disturbance of other library users and their use of the facility. Customers exhibiting unsanitary hygiene may be asked to leave the premises.
  10. Blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them will not be permitted.
  11. No animals, except service animals necessary for persons with disabilities, will be allowed within the Library.
  12. The consumption of food or beverages, except for baby bottles, nursing, and at authorized events, is not allowed within the Library. Individuals not conforming to this rule will be asked to discard their food or drink or leave the facility in order to consume it.
  13. Taking photos or making audio or visual recordings without the express permission of the Library Director is not permitted.
  14. Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of Library property building or on Library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, scanners, copiers, phones, furniture, and library materials is not permitted. All suspected vandalism shall be referred to law enforcement.
  15. Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy is not permitted.
  16. The Library parking lot, landscaping, and sidewalks shall not be used as a playground. The parking lot should not be used for bicycling, skate boarding, scooters and so forth. The Library assumes no liability for individuals using the parking lot for such activities, including during hours in which the library is closed.
  17. All children eight (8) or younger must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over), at all times while in the Library. If unaccompanied by an adult, children eight (8) or younger may not remain in the building longer than it takes to locate and to check out materials. A parent/guardian shall be in a position to supervise their child’s activity at all times.
  18. All parents, teachers, guardians, baby-sitters and other adults will be held responsible for the actions of the children in their charge while in the library.
  19. Library personnel may remove personal items left unattended on Library property in order to preserve a safe environment for Library patrons, staff and volunteers. Any unauthorized vehicle left overnight in the parking lot may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Staff Enforcement of Behavior Rules

  1. Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities or behaviors. Violators will be asked to stop such activity/behavior immediately. If the activity/behavior continues, he/she will be instructed to leave the Library. The police will be called for serious offenses or failure to leave the premises when instructed.
  2. When employees ask a customer to vacate the premises, the Director and other appropriate staff members should always be informed.
  3. Library staff should always involve another staff member when a situation requires asking an individual to leave the premises.
  4. If an individual is asked to leave and refuses, the Director and/or other staff should be notified and assembled for further support. If the situation warrants, staff may call the police for support.
  5. Staff shall alert the Director to individuals who continually disrupt Library service.
  6. Any person may, without prior warning or notice, be removed immediately from the library if his or her conduct on the premises poses a potential or implied threat to the security of any person or property on the premises; or, if the individual’s actions present a significant disruption to staff or customers.
  7. Patrons who cause repeated disturbances, violate library policies repeatedly, violate any local, state or federal law or create a significant problem at any one time may have their library privileges revoked or restricted at any time. The Director may bar an individual from the library for up to one year.
  8. Any suspension of library privileges longer than one week may be appealed to the Library Board. Any redress for grievance regarding any actions taken by library staff to enforce library discipline and behavior guidelines must be submitted in writing to the Director. The director may accept or reject in writing this grievance. If the Library patron does not accept the Director’s response to the written grievance, then the Library user may submit a written redress for grievance to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees may accept or reject this grievance with a written response. The Board’s decision shall be final.

Uintah County Code 2.26.050B and D allows the Library Board to “[e]stablish[] and revis[e] policies in cooperation with the library director for the use, operation, maintenance, and care of the library, library facilities, equipment, staff, and other such resources;” and to “[e]stablish[] policies for the enforcement of library rules.” (see also Utah Code 9-7-404.)
Adopted by the Uintah County Library Board 11/26/2012. Effective 12/1/2012.

Movie Restriction Policy

MOVIE RESTRICTION POLICY

Any movie that is unrated or is rated “R” or “NC 17” may not be checked out by any
patron who is under the age of 17 years unless the parent or legal guardian signs a
completed Minor Movie Consent Form. This consent form must be handed into the
circulation desk in person by the parent or guardian.

Policy adopted: February 22, 2006

Service Animal policy

SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY

Animals, other than service animals, are not permitted in the Uintah County Library, unless as a
part of a program authorized by a library director.
Service Animals
Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do
work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not
limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing
to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or
fetching dropped items.
Service animals may be asked to leave the library under circumstances that include the
following:

  • The animal is unruly, disruptive, or exhibits aggressive behavior.
    An animal that behaves disruptively has not been trained successfully to function as a
    service animal in public settings. In such cases, the animal need not be treated as a
    service animal, even if the animal performs assistive functions for a person with a
    disability.
  • The animal is not on a leash. Service animals are expected to be on a leash and
    controlled by the owner at all times.
  • The animal is destructive.
  • The animal is ill.
  • The animal is unclean.
  • The owner does not clean up after his or her animal.
  • The animal’s vaccination record is not up to date. All animals must be immunized
    against diseases common to that type of animal. Dogs must wear a current rabies
    vaccination tag.

Adopted April 22, 2009

Meeting Room Use policy

LIBRARY MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM POLICY

REPLACES: no previous policy exists

  1. The Uintah County Library Multipurpose Room is available for use by the library and the
    community at large in conducting programs, activities and meetings under the conditions of
    use outlined below.
  2.  The Library Director will designate that library staff person(s) who will schedule and
    coordinate use of the multipurpose room.
  3. Library activities shall take precedence in scheduling over nonlibrary programs.
  4. Uintah County Library encourages use of the library multipurpose room for community
    activities, meetings, and programs.
  5. CONDITIONS OF USE
  6. The Uintah County Library Multipurpose Room is available for use by community social,
    educational, governmental and cultural groups in so much as such meetings:

Are scheduled prior to the activity by contacting the designated library staff
person(s) and completing and returning to the staff the Multipurpose Room Use
Request Form.

  • Are scheduled only within the normal operating hours of Uintah County Library.
  • Are open to the public.
  • Are noncommercial or non-revenue generating.
  • Do not entail a cover charge or participation fee.
  • Are held in a manner that does not infringe upon other library activities
  • including patrons browsing library materials or the normal day-to-day operations of
    the library.
  • Meet library standards concerning the free expression of ideas and discussion.
  • Meet accepted community standards with regard to subject matter.
  • Does not infer library sponsorship or agreement with either the sponsoring
  • organization or the ideas expressed at the meeting.

3.   CANCELLATIONS OR REFUSALS

Uintah County Library may refuse to schedule meetings under the circumstances where:

  • Planned meeting content does not meet library criteria.
  • Event sponsors have previously failed to follow proscribed protocol as outlined
  • in library policy.
  • Refusals may be appealed to the library director and further to the library board of trustees.
  • Decisions made by the board of trustees are final.
  • The library may cancel an already scheduled event if there is a scheduling conflict or if information comes to light indicating that an already calendared meeting does not meet multipurpose room use criteria.
  • Every effort will be made to notify the meeting group in a timelymanner of this cancellation. If a cancellation is made because of scheduling difficulties, efforts will be made to reschedule the event in another, non-conflicting time slot.

4. USE OF THE FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT
The individual signing the Multipurpose Room Use Request Form is responsible for
maintaining order at the meeting and insuring that the number of people in the multi-purpose
room does not exceed that allowed by the current fire code.
Organizers are encouraged to discuss their equipment needs with the coordinating staff
person prior to scheduling. Internet access may be available for meeting groups, provided that:

  • The library can make internet services available in a reasonable and timely fashion.
  • Such internet access does not represent a security threat to the existing library network.
  • Groups must supply their own computer equipment.

While library chairs and tables are available for group use, the group assumes responsibility for
setting these up prior to the meeting and putting these away following the meeting. The library
multipurpose room must be left in a preevent condition.
Kitchen facilities are not available. Light refreshments may be served as long as reasonable
efforts are made to clean up the facility following the meeting.
5. LIABILITY
Uintah County Library assumes no responsibility either for the use of the facility or the ideas
expressed within. Individuals and groups using the library multipurpose room do so at their own
risk.
DATE ADOPTED: July 27, 2005

Material Selection Policy

LIBRARY MATERIALS SELECTION RETENTION POLICY

A. Responsibility for Selection
The responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the library director
who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Uintah
County Library Board of Trustees who act under the authority of the Uintah
County Commissioners. The library staff may offer suggestions or
recommendations as to possible materials.

B. The main points considered in the selection of materials are:

a. individual merit of each item
b. popular appeal/demand
c. suitability of material for the clientele—No material
will be allowed that is patently offensive to prevailing standards
in the adult community as a whole.

No materials that are harmful to minors, constitute child
pornography, contain sexually explicit conduct, appeal to a prurient
interest in sex, or are otherwise illegal will be permitted.
(Objectionable materials are those that have no serious literary,
artistic, political or scientific value)

  • existing library holdings
  • budget
  • available space

2. Consideration is given to requests from library patrons and books
discussed on public media. Materials are judged on the basis of the work
as a whole.

C. Weeding
An up-to-date, attractive and useful collection is maintained through a continual
withdrawal and replacement process. Replacement of library materials is
dependent upon current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions, and
availability of newer editions. This ongoing process of weeding is the
responsibility of the library director. Withdrawn materials will be handled in a
similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials.
D. Potential Problems or Challenges
The Uintah County Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and
that any given item may offend some patrons. A patron who objects to any item
in the library’s collection should be given a “Statement of Concern About
Library Resources” form to complete. The form shall be given to the Library
Director for consideration. In the event the patron is dissatisfied with the
Library Director’s decision regarding the matter, the patron may request that the
matter be placed upon the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Uintah
County Library Board of Trustees. In the event that the decision of the board is
unsatisfactory, the patron has the right to state objections to the Uintah County
Commissioners. The decision of the Uintah County Commissioners shall be
final.
No library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.
Adopted May 24, 2006

Uintah County Library Public Internet and Computer Access Policy

As provided in the Uintah County Library’s Mission Statement, the internet is recognized as a valuable information resource. The provision of this  service to the public, however, is subject to Federal, state, and local laws, available funding, physical space, and public need or demand.

The Uintah County Public Library offers a variety of computer services to the community. This Computer Use Policy was developed under the direction of the Library Board of Directors in order to meet the provisions of the applicable Utah Code Sections. This policy includes rules for use and is guided by the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and portions of the Utah Code described in UCA 9-7-213, 9-7-215, and 9-7-216 and Administrative Rule 223-2, and is reviewed at least once every three years. The current version of the policy is posted at the library circulation desk and on the library website (http://www.uintah.lib.ut.us/). A summary of the
library laws regarding internet use is provided on the opening screen of each public Internet computer session in the library.

Providing public internet service entails the commitment of significant Library resources, both in originating computer services and continued maintenance. In initiating service or attempting to meet public demand for such service, the Library enters into contractual relationship with users
of that service. In this contractual relationship, all parties have certain obligations and responsibilities.

Responsibilities of Uintah County Library

  1. The Library will provide internet services to the public at reasonably fast transmission rates though commonly available workstations.
  2. The Library will maintain computer internet services at reasonably fast transmission levels so long as public interest demands it and the service can be financially supported.
  3. The Library will enhance computer services to meet public needs and/or emerging technologies subject to existing funding and  facilities.
  4. The Library will assist the user by providing browsing, downloading, and printing capabilities, as well as answer basic questions regarding computer and software operation and the internet in general. The Library is currently unable to provide exhaustive or formal internet training.
  5. The Library will allow fair and open access to internet resources; however, the Uintah County Library restricts access to Internet or online sites that contain material described in U.C.A. Section 9-7-215. Filters will be maintained on all library computers to  prevent access to such sites through the Utah Education Network (UEN). Adult patrons are entitled to request that a filter be disabled for purposes of research or other lawful purpose.
  6. Regulation and security of internet resources will be maintained for the purpose of preserving the resource as well as providing for the orderly and efficient use of a publicly shared medium.
  7. The Library will solicit and encourage users and other interested parties to comment on the level and quality of service as well as suggest service or product enhancements.

Public Internet Access User Responsibilities

The Internet, a world-wide network of  computer networks, is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium, and information that is inaccurate, illegal, or that some may find offensive or disturbing, is available for access. To initiate a session using the Internet, all users must agree to the library’s use policy, which appears on the browser’s opening screen.

The Library restricts access to the Internet or online sites that contain  material described in Utah Code Annotated §9-7-215, prohibits illegal  activity on Internet computers, and takes no responsibility for content of materials viewed on the Internet. Briefly, illegal activity  under Utah
law includes gambling, fraud, and viewing materials legally defined as child pornography, obscenity, and materials harmful to minors. For the complete text of the Utah code that pertains to Internet use in the Library, please ask the library staff or find it on the World Wide Web: (Utah Code Annotated 9-7-213, 9-7-215, 9-7-216 and Rule 223.2).

  1. Misuse, abuse or modification of software and/or hardware is strictly forbidden.
  2. Searches conducted and materials retrieved must meet community standards and comply with all relevant local, state and national laws.
  3. Accessing sexually explicit, pornographic sites or materials is  expressly forbidden.
  4. Accessing sites inciting violence, racial hatred, or criminal activity is expressly forbidden.
  5. Downloads and printouts must adhere to current copyright law.
  6. Engaging in computer ‘hacking’ or unauthorized network access is forbidden.
  7. Disruptive, combative, or boisterous behavior is not permitted.
  8. Users must comply with all relevant Library and resource use policies.
  9. Confidentiality or privacy is not guaranteed. The internet is not a secure medium and user access may be monitored at any point by either authorized or unauthorized individuals.
  10. The Library reserves the right to deny internet or Library services to individuals violating the law and/or library policies. Illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  11. Children’s Computers: Parents must sign the “Internet Use  Agreement” in order for their children to use the library computers. The Library takes no responsibility for content of materials that children view on the Internet, games they may play on the computers, etc. Staff members oversee computers as much as possible, but parents are responsible for the actions of their children, whether or not they are present. Additionally, children are not allowed to engage in Internet “chat rooms.” There are exceptions for educational and
    therapeutic chat sites; however, visitation to such sites must be arranged in advance, approved in writing by a parent or guardian as well as the children’s library specialist or the Library Director.

The Library, pursuant to Federal laws and Utah code §s 9-7-215 and 9-7-216, imposes a technology protection measure (filtering software) on all library computers with Internet access (including staff and public access computers). This filtering is intended to meet the requirements
of Utah Code §9-7-215, and to: (1) protect against illegal visual depictions that are child pornography or obscene, or (2) protect minors against visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene.

However, the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and Utah state law specify that patrons age 18 and over may request a library staff member to disable the filter during that patron’s Internet session. Users need not give a reason for disabling the filters, but are responsible for their sessions at all times. Administrative procedures and guidelines for staff to follow in
enforcing the policy have been established and are described herein, and procedures to handle complaints about this policy and its enforcement, and about observed patron behavior, are included below and are available at the library for public review.

Access to Specific Internet Components

Uintah County Library does not offer unlimited access to all internet technologies or resources. Materials, access or technologies may be selected for value or relevance.

  1. The World Wide Web — Permitted through the assigned browser
  2. Telnet — Permitted
  3. Email and attachments— Permitted if the user’s account may be accessed directly through the browser—not allowable if requiring separate software (as Eudora)
  4. Gopher — Permitted through the browser
  5. Printing or file downloads — Permitted through Library-engineered channels designed to facilitate such functions.
  6. Software downloads—Legal software downloads are permitted.
  7. Audio Book downloads – Permitted
    (Amended June 22, 2011)

Any area(s) not addressed by this section must be approved in advance in writing by the Library Director or her/his designee.

Consequences for  violating Library policies may include:

  1. Verbal warning from staff or other users (staff may intercede on behalf of others).
  2. Ending a computer session or being required to leave the library.
  3. Suspension of library privileges including access to computers or to the building.
  4. Police intervention, which could include legal citations, arrest, and prosecution for trespass and/or other offenses.

Staff Handling Violations of Policy

When staff members observe a violation of this policy, they are expected to report the violation to their supervisor or the person in charge. Patrons in violation of this policy will be given a verbal warning. When enforcing library policy, staff members are expected to maintain a calm, non-judgmental attitude and to avoid a loud tone of voice.

If the problem behavior persists, or in the case of extreme misuse, the patron will be asked to leave the library for the day. The police will be called if the patron refuses to leave the library after being asked to do so, or when using the library’s computers to engage in illegal acts.

Loss of internet privileges will for a definite time, up to one year, to be determined by the Library Director. Any suspension longer than one week may be appealed to the library Board of Directors.

Procedures for addressing concerns about this Policy and its enforcement:

Questions or concerns about this policy and/or its enforcement may be directed to any Library Director and should be in writing, dated, and signed. If any concern cannot be resolved by the Library Director to the satisfaction of the patron, a written report will be submitted at the next meeting of the Library Board. After full consideration of the specific concern, the Library Board will make a final determination of the matter. The patron will be informed in writing of their response within a week of the meeting.

Library patrons who have questions or concerns about this or any Library policy and enforcement of these policies may contact the Library Director or the Library Board of Directors for more information.

Reviewed: February 11, 1998
Amended: February 22, 2006
Amended: March 28, 2007
Amended: April 25, 2007
Amended: June 22, 2011.
Reviewed: May 1, 2013