Margate City Public Library Internet Policy
As part of the mission of the Margate City Public Library, free access to the Internet is available. Non-card holders can request access at the Circulation Desk.
The Library endorses the American Library Association Bill of Rights and all library users are provided equal access to resources available on the Internet.
Since the Internet is an unregulated medium, not all of its sources provide accurate, complete or current information. Each user must accept responsibility for determining which information is appropriate. Parents or guardians of minors are responsible for the information accessed by their children, and are advised to supervise their children’s Internet use while at the Library.
Internet computers may not be used for fraudulent or unlawful purposes, including inappropriate behavior which violates local, state or federal law. Certain web sites are not suitable to a public library setting. Viewing of these sites is inappropriate.
The staff has the authority to terminate an Internet session at any time due to loud and disruptive behavior, downloading software, invading system security or damaging equipment. Continuing disregard for viewing or usage policies will result in revocation of Internet privileges. Anyone mishandling hardware or software will be charged for repairs.
POLICY FOR USING PUBLIC COMPUTERS
1. Internet sessions must be reserved in person.
2. Sessions are 30 minutes in length. Before the end of a session, you will have the option to extend your time so long as no one is waiting to use the computer.
3. Please speak with Library Staff if you are taking a test or filling in a form online that requires an extended session.
4. If the person holding a reserve on a computer does not show after 5 minutes, the computer becomes available to other users. Users must vacate workstations when session ends.
5. Only software installed by the Library may be used. Recommendations to install software should be made in writing.
6. Save all work. USB Memory Sticks are available for purchase. Work not saved before the end of your session cannot be recovered.
7. Printing costs are ten cents per page for black, color prints are twenty five cents per page.
8. Individual print jobs may not exceed five dollars for black and twenty dollars for color.
9. All Internet workstations are turned off 5 minutes before closing.
10. Owing excessive Fines/Fees to the Library will result in temporary suspension of Internet privileges.
You must provide your own headphones
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The Margate City Public Library is supported by the taxes of the people of Margate who expect our facility to be a clean, comfortable, and safe place for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending Library or community sponsored programs and meetings. To this end, the Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds.
The Children’s Room is reserved for use by children, their parents or guardians, and adults interested in children’s literature.
Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the Library’s established rules, regulations, and policies could result in removal from the premises and expulsion from the Library for a period of one day to one year, or in arrest or prosecution. Violations could also result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including the use of Library computers and other equipment. Expulsion for more than one week may be appealed in writing to the Director of the Margate Library.
For the comfort and safety of patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of Library property, the following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property. This list is not exhaustive.
• Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy.
• Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type (except by law enforcement officers).
• Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs.
• Verbally or physically threatening or harassing other patrons, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts.
• Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of Library property in Library facilities or on Library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, copiers, phones, and other equipment.
• Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library operating hours, or camping on Library grounds.
• Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
• Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Cell phone and pager audible ringers must be turned off.
• Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards.
• Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.
• Soliciting or conducting surveys not authorized by the Library.
• Gambling and group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.
• Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.
• Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use in Library facilities.
• Entering the Library barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment.
• Consuming food or beverages in public areas of the Library, including restrooms (except for water in closed containers as permitted by authorized library employees, drinking fountain use, baby bottles, nursing and locations where use is authorized)
• Bringing in garbage, articles with a foul odor, or articles which, alone or in their aggregate, impede the use of the library by other users.
• Lying down or sleeping in the restrooms or on any floor, couch, table, or seat in the Library, and by blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them.
• Using wheeled devices in Library property or on Library grounds, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (exceptions i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).
• Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by the Director of Public Services.
All bags and other articles are subject to inspection by authorized personnel. The Library reserves the right to limit the size and number of items brought into the Library.
This policy was adopted by the Margate City Library Board of Trustees
on December 18, 2008.
Material Type: Circulation Period: Fine per Item:
All Items (except Videos) 14 Days Ten cents per day.
Videos 7 Days One dollar per day.
Video Rules: There is no charge for videos. All videos must be returned at least five minutes before closing on the due date. The maximum number of DVD's
per library card is 5.
Lost Library Card replacement fee is three dollars.
You may not check out materials without your library card present.
Internet/Computer Access is only available with your Margate Library Card. Black printing is .10 cents per page, color printing is .25 cents per page.
Identification Required for Library Card
To successfully apply for a library card, you must provide one of the following documents displaying an Atlantic County Address:
1) NJ DMV Driver's License or NJ DMV ID Card
2) Atlantic County ID Card
3) Voter Registration Card
4) A one Year Lease or Copy of Tax Bill
5) A computer produced bill from: Atlantic Electric, Comcast, Verizon, or South Jersey Gas
6) New Jersey Casino Control Commission License
The following Items are NOT acceptable proof of residence:
1) A Post Office Box
2) Reference to a number in a telephone book
3) Credit Cards, Checks, Or Bank Statements
4) Social Security Card
6) Letters from Condo Associations or Contractor Receipts
The Identification must be in your name, must be current, and must have the same address that you indicate on your application.
There is an optional non-resident card for anyone who cannot offer proof of Atlantic County as oultined above. The fee is ten dollars per year.
DOWNLOAD the Margate City Public Library Application Form. Present it at the circulation desk along with your proof of residence.
Use of the multipurpose room is primarily for programs conducted or sponsored by the Margate Library, and secondarily, for programs of established and recognized institutions, groups, and associations with educational, cultural, or civic purposes. The fact that a group is permitted to use a room does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the Margate Library. All meetings must be open to the public.
Programs that are planned by the Margate Library take precedence over meetings of outside groups. The Margate Library reserves the right to pre-empt the use of meeting space for library purposes and will attempt to notify the scheduled group of the change as early as possible.
As long as meetings do not conflict with one another, there is no objection to regular meetings of the same group; however, in fairness to the numerous groups of the community, reservations are taken not more than three (3) months in advance.
APPLICATION: Formal application for the use of the multipurpose room is made with the Library Director. An individual responsible for the multipurpose must complete and sign an application form. Reconfirmation of the meeting must be made with the Library Director at least one week prior to the meeting. Cancellations or change of meeting dates also must be cleared with the Library Director.
General Rules of Use
1. The multipurpose room may not be used for religious services or sales promotion. The room may not used for private tutoring services. Sale of merchandise is strictly prohibited.
2. Political meetings are acceptable for the discussion of issues but not for campaign purposes, fundraising, party caucuses or meetings closed to the public.
3. Except as a designation of location, the name of the Margate Library may not be used in any publicity relating to use of the multipurpose room.
4. Individuals or groups using the multipurpose room shall secure any necessary performance licenses and indemnify the Margate Library for any failure on their part to do so.
5. Attendance at authorized meetings may not exceed the maximum room capacity of 30 people.
6. Groups of children or teenagers must be supervised by one adult for every ten children/teens.
7. No cooking may be done or food served without approval. No alcohol may be served at any time. No smoking is not permitted. Burning of any materials, including incense and candles, is prohibited.
8. There is no charge for meeting room use during the library’s regular hours of operation. Programs should be planned so that meeting space will be vacated 15 minutes before closing time.
9. The multipurpose room must be left in acceptable, un-littered condition. Tables and chairs should be returned to the positions in which they were found.
10. No games of chance may be played.
11. Meetings must be conducted in such a way as not to disturb library operations.
12. Use of audio-visual equipment must be arranged at time of reservation.
13. Library personnel will not move or rearrange heavy equipment.
14. The Margate Library will not provide storage space and assumes no responsibility for equipment or personal articles belonging to applicants or their guests.
15. The applicant accepts liability for either damage to library facilities or loss of library property.
16. The Margate Library reserves the right to close due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies and will attempt to contact the applicant.
17. The applicant assumes responsibility for participant accommodations (e.g. assistive listening devices, etc.) and specific articles of compliance as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
18. Individual patrons may have impromptu use of the unscheduled room by seeking permission of staff at the Circulation Desk.
19. Library personnel must have free access to the multipurpose room at all times. The Margate Library retains the right to monitor all meetings conducted on the premises to ensure compliance with the above regulations. Infringement of any of the regulations here stated shall be grounds for denial of future use of meeting space.
The multipurpose room policy is determined by the Margate Library Board of Trustees, and is subject to review and revision at the discretion of the Board. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Margate Library Board of Trustees as it deems in the interests of the Margate Library and the community. Appeals to any of these policies may be submitted to the Board of Trustees in writing.
Completed forms may be hand delivered, mailed, or faxed to:
Margate City Public Library
c/o Multipurpose Room Request
8100 Atlantic Avenue
Margate City, NJ 08402
MULTIPURPOSE ROOM REQUEST FORM
Read the Multipurpose Room Policy before completing this form.
Date of Application: ___________________
Name of Organization __________________________________________________
Name of Contact Person________________________________________________
Position in Organization_________________________________________________
Program Information (please note if attached):
Type of Activity: __________________________________________
Expected Attendance: Adults_______________ Children__________
Will refreshments be served?________________________________
*If refreshments are to be served, you must speak with Library Staff to make arrangements.
Note: Attendance is limited to 30 persons. We have read and agree to abide by the Margate Public Library’s policies and procedures governing the use of the Library’s Multipurpose Room. We also agree to defend and hold harmless and indemnify the City of Margate and any of its employees or agents from any claims, suits, or other actions arising from, caused by, or which are the result of any alleged act or omission of any organization, corporation, guest, invitee, licensee, visitor or other person present on the Library premises for the purpose of participating in, organizing, assisting, enjoying, supervising or in any other way furthering the activity to be held (as described above) on the date(s) listed above. The undersigned is authorized to execute this agreement on behalf of this organization.
Signature of Applicant _______________________________________________
Please return this completed form to the Library, no less than 10 days before your scheduled use of the room.
If you have questions, please call the Library Director at 822-4700.
Approved: __________________________________ Date: _________________
A copy of this application will be mailed to you as confirmation if requested.