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Conduct Policy | Children | Internet Use | Social Media Policy | Test Proctoring


Conduct Policy

We want your visit to be a pleasant one. Use of the library is intended for reading, studying, learning, and using library services. Any other use is not permitted.

Not allowed:

  • Any behavior / conduct disruptive to library use.
  • Entering the library without shoes and shirts.
  • Moving furniture or equipment.
  • Use of tobacco and unregulated nicotine products (such as electronic cigarettes and similar vapor producing products.)
  • Using restrooms for bathing or washing clothes.
  • Loitering
  • Soliciting, selling, or petitioning
  • Bringing bikes, skateboards, roller skates, or excessive number of bags into building.
  • Leaving children under the age of 9 unattended by a responsible person at least 16 years of age.

Cell phones shall be on silent/vibrate.

Theft or damage of library materials is a serious offense, and will lead to arrest.

The library is a public building. Failure to comply with any of the above may result in suspension of privileges.

By order of the Library Board of Trustees 8/10/15


Children

Children are welcome in the O’Fallon Public Library and we are concerned about their safety and welfare. However, parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children while in the library.

  1. All children aged nine (9) years or younger shall be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person at all times.

  2. Children who exceed five (5) years of age but who are less than ten (10) years of age may be left unattended in the library during scheduled library programs.

  3. Children using the library are subject to rules and regulations of the library concerning behavior, conduct and demeanor. Children should not be left at the library in substitution for proper babysitting or day care.

  4. If at closing time young children are still waiting for pick up, staff may contact the O'Fallon Police Department for assistance. At least two staff members will remain with the child. No staff member shall take the child home.

  5. The library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises.


Internet Use

  1. The computer equipment, purchased and maintained by city taxpayers, is primarily available for O’Fallon Library cardholders in good standing. Limited usage is available for non-cardholders.

  2. Cardholders, age 16 and over, access the internet at their own discretion after reading and accepting this agreement. Parents or guardians of users under 16 years of age can request that the minor’s account be granted/denied internet privileges at the time the library card is created, or anytime thereafter.

  3. Library staff does not have expertise in all software programs. The library does own material related to the internet which the staff can help the user locate.

  4. Computer printed material will be charged at $.10 per side for black and white copies, $.50 per side for color copies.

  5. Patrons may save information to the computers as necessary, but all data is wiped/reset at the end of the user’s session. Because of this, users are encouraged to use external storage, such as a USB drive.

  6. Please be aware that the library has no control over the resources on the internet. The library cannot guarantee the reliability or currency of information found there. Parents or guardians should be aware that some sites can contain objectionable material.

  7. Users should employ common sense in accessing and displaying materials that may be offensive to others in a public setting. Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for restricting a minor’s access to internet materials. Abuses in the accessing of internet materials that disrupt library functions or fellow patrons’ use will result in penalties. Penalties can range from exiting a site, logging off the internet, restriction or elimination of computer access, and/or restriction or elimination of library access and usage.

  8. PCs will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. PCs may not be reserved. O’Fallon cardholders with accounts in good standing have access to 8 hours of computer use per day. This time is granted in 1 hour segments and is renewed automatically unless a waiting list for computer use develops. Non-patrons can receive a free 30-minute pass and can buy additional time at the rate of $1/hour. Such time will not be awarded if a waiting list develops.

  9. Patrons will be monetarily responsible for damages resulting from misuse or violation of these policies. Use of library services and materials can be revoked.


Social Media Policy

The O’Fallon Public Library utilizes various social media applications* to keep the public informed about library events and topics. This also allows O’Fallon Public Library patrons to interact with library staff and other patrons to share information and opinions about library related subjects or issues. The library’s social media sites are maintained and monitored by designated library staff.

Comments and postings from the public are allowed, but will be reviewed by library staff for content. Appropriate comments and postings must be relevant to the topic posted by library staff. Library staff reserves the right to review all comments and postings and delete inappropriate content. Inappropriate content includes (but is not limited to):

  • Obscene, sexist, or racist content.
  • Harassing library staff or other social media users.
  • Libelous and slanderous statements.
  • Plagiarizing or posting copy-righted material without permission or authority.
  • Private, personal information of another person without appropriate consent or authority.
  • Comments, postings, and/or hyperlinks not related to the topic of the posting.
  • Commercial promotion, advertisement, or spam.
  • Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories.

O’Fallon Public Library is not responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber or user of its social media sites.

By choosing to comment and/or utilize O’Fallon Public Library social media sites, users agree to these rules.

*Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and all other interactive online applications that facilitate the sharing of opinions and information about the library.


Test Proctoring

Students needing a test proctored should contact the Adult Services Department, then direct the testing institution to contact the Adult Services Department by phone at 618-632-3783 or via email at reference@ofpl.info. The Adult Services Department will not contact the testing institution. The library reserves the right to deny this service.

Scheduling the Exam
If the library agrees to proctor the exam, the student must contact the Adult Services Department to schedule a date and time. Exams will be administered based on student availability and with concern to staffing needs. All exams must be completed at least 15 minutes before closing.

Online Exams
Online exams can be completed using library computers, but the computer setting will not be modified to accommodate an online test.

Fees
O’Fallon Public Library cards holders | Free
Non-card Holders | $5.00

Students are also responsible for any printing or faxing required by the exam. Students will be allotted extra time on the computers, free of charge, to accommodate the requirements of the exam.

Guidelines

  • The student will be required to present a valid picture I.D. at the time of the exam.
  • Proctors will enforce any time limits that are placed on the exam, as well as other rules set forth in the examination materials.
  • Proctors will not sign a proctoring verification that attests to more than the staff member has been able to do.
  • The student is to call/email prior to testing appointment to ensure the test or login information has arrived. The proctor will not contact the student when the exam arrives.
  • The student is to provide necessary postage for mailing the test to the school and should be prepared to pay for photo copying and/or fax charges before it is mailed.
  • Exams not taken by the date on which they were to be completed will be discarded after 30 days.

Hours


Location

120 Civic Plaza
O'Fallon, IL 62269

Map

Phone Number

618-632-3783

Fax Number

618-632-3759

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We are located behind the post office on Civic Plaza just west of Lincoln Avenue. Stop by and see us sometime.

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