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Brownsville Community Library

Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.

Internet Computer Policy

Internet computers provide information beyond the confines of the library's collection. Internet computers offer a full range of the most popular Internet browser plug-ins for searching the Internet, displaying files, and viewing multimedia content. Internet computers also provide access to word processing. No station provides support for all file types, browser plug-ins, or Internet technologies.

  1. You may call ahead of time to reserve a slot
  2. One hour daily per person, on the hour only
  3. If you are fifteen minutes late, patrons who are waiting may be given your time slot
  4. Copies are ten cents ($0.10) per page, including mistakes
  5. The library's computers are in a public area. Others may be involuntarily exposed to what you are viewing. The library asks that you remain sensitive to the fact that you are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages.

  6. Brownsville Community Library Staff are not responsible for internet content. 

    You are responsible for complying with copyright law, licensing agreements and the policies of individual websites that you view.

  7. Two patrons per terminal only, please

    1. Guidelines for Parents and Staff

      The Brownsville Community Library welcomes children. Library staff members are trained to help children with library materials and services. We want to provide a safe and appropriate environment for all library users. However, our library is a public building. The library does not have facilities or staffing to provide childcare and childcare is not the library's role.

      Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety, comfort and behavior of their children while in the library. Please make sure your child comes to the library with a responsible person.

      Technical Quality in selection of non-book material.
  • Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Records

  • Policy summary

    This privacy policy explains your privacy and confidentiality rights and responsibilities, the steps Brownsville Community Library takes to respect and protect your privacy when you use library resources, and how we handle personally identifiable information we collect from our patrons. Brownsville Community Library has measures in place to protect patron privacy and confidentiality. In setting these policies, the library tries to strike a balance between your privacy and your convenience.

    Please ask a staff member if you have questions about this policy. We’re here to help.

    Introduction

    Brownsville Community Library takes steps to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all library patrons, no matter their age. Our commitment to your privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in the law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association's Code of Ethics: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted." Brownsville Community Library's privacy and confidentiality policies are in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

    State law protects your library records from disclosure if a member of the public or the media requests them. Library records include your circulation records, your name together with your address or telephone number, and your email address. Library records may be subject to disclosure to law enforcement officials under provisions of state law, the USA PATRIOT Act or in a civil lawsuit. Librarians may be forbidden from reporting to you that your records have been requested or obtained under provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.

    Privacy and confidentiality policy

    We post publicly the library's privacy and information-gathering policies. We avoid creating unnecessary records, we avoid retaining records not needed for library business purposes, and we do not engage in practices that might place personally identifiable information on public view without your consent.

    Information the library may gather and retain about library patrons includes the following:

    • Information required to register for a library card (e.g. name, address, telephone number, email address)
    • Records of material checked out, charges owed, payments made
    • Requests for interlibrary loan or reference service
    • Sign-up information for library classes or programs
    • Information about topics searched for (does not contain any personally identifiable information)

    The library will not collect or retain your private and personally identifiable information without your consent. Individuals may choose to submit their names, email addresses, postal addresses or telephone numbers in order to receive library services, such as registering for library cards, ordering materials, receiving personal responses to questions or being added to specific mailing lists. If you consent to give us your personally identifiable information, we will keep it confidential and will not sell, license or disclose it to any third party, except those working under contract to the library, or except as required by law.

    We never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to prohibit such unrelated uses, unless we are required by law to do so.

    Access to accounts and patron responsibility

    Protecting Your Library Card

    It is your responsibility to notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen or if you believe someone is using your card or card number without your permission.

    Keeping Account Information Up-To-Date

    You may access your personally identifiable information held by us and are responsible for keeping your information accurate and up-to-date. You may choose to use a preferred name in addition to your legal name. If you choose to use a preferred name, library correspondence will be addressed to your preferred name. Please ask a staff member if you have questions about the process for accessing or updating your information.