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Jefferson Hills Public Library - Policies and Procedures

Internet Access (ps 029)

The U.S. Federal Courts and the Comminwealth of Pennsylvania State Law have set forth definitions of "obscenity" and what is "harmful to minors".

"Obscenity" is limited to bestiality and child pornography.

"Harmful to Minors" involves materials or performances that involve explicit sexual materials that depict nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse and appeal predominantly to prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community and taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational or scientific value for minors. Pennsylvania Obscenity Statute - 18 Pa. C.S. 5903

Library computers must not be used for fraudulent or unlawful purposes, including any activities proibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of 18 Pa.Cons.Stat. sec.5903.

The Pennsylvania Legislature has expressly exempted public libraries from prosecution for displaying or permitting the display of obscene materials to minors.

While the Library has been exempted from the obscenity statute and prosecution, we will assume practices that fully regard the issue of what is harmful to minors.

Internet Policy

Jefferson Hills Library endeavors to provide informtion and resources to meet the needs of our community. As technology advances, the Internet has the ability to supply educational, recreational, and instructional activities.

The Internet is a global communication and information network. JHL has no control over materials which may be viewed on the Internet. Be aware some material may be offensive, controversial, illegal, or non-factual.

The Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for viewing by children. The library staff cannot monitor and supervise children's use of the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet, including email, is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Adult supervision of children using the Internet is strongly advised.

Displaying material that may be considered obscene or offensive is prohibited. The library staff will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes unacceptable content.

In order to allow access for all patrons, a half-hour time limit may be enforced while others are waiting.

The library cannot issue E-mail accounts.

As a protection against viruses, absolutely NO disks may be brought from outside the library unless scanned by a library staff member before use. Blank disks may be purchased for $1.00 at the library and stored there. If taken home, the disks must be scanned each time they are used in the library.

There is no fee for use of the computers, however printing from the terminals is 10 cents per page.

Chat rooms are not permitted.

Internet privileges will be revoked if a patron:

  • Displays materials that could be construed as obscene or offensive.
  • Uses the connection for purposes that would break any local, state, or federal law.
  • Damages, misuses, reprograms, or tampers with the library's computer equipment or software.
  • Enters a chat room.
  • Prints without paying for copies.
  • Acts in a way that the library staff deems inappropriate.

This policy applies to both network and wirless computer use.

Adopted by the Library Board of Directors
October 20, 1999
Revised August 17, 2005

General Borrowing Information

  • Residents of Jefferson Hills may receive a library card by presenting a current form of identification showing their current address.
  • Non-residents of Jefferson Hills can receive a library card free of charge if their home library is a member of ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA.
  • Children 13 years or younger must have a parent's signature if they wish to have their own library card.
  • Replacement library cards for those lost will cost $1.00.
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended if fines are not paid.
  • Material borrowed from Carnegie Library through an inter-library loan can be renewed once if there are no current reserves on the item.

Circulating Collection

  • Books - Fiction, nonfiction, young adult, juvenile, easy readers, selected reference and large print.
  • Audio & Video Cassettes and DVD's
  • Periodicals (except most current issue)
  • Inter-library loan material

Non-circulating Collection

  • Current Reference
  • Periodicals (current issue)
  • Puzzles

Electronic Resources

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint & Publisher
  • On-line reference
  • Internet access
  • Computerized cataloguing with book reservation capabilities (available both at the library & at home)

Borrowing Periods and Fines

  • Most circulating books can be borrowed for 3 weeks.
  • The following items can be borrowed for 1 week:
    • 7-day books (best sellers and selected new books)
    • Videos & DVDs
    • Periodicals (except current issues)
  • Fines for all circulating materials are 10 cents per day except for videos & DVD's which are $1.00 per day.