Computer Use Policies
The Cranford Public Library is pleased to offer computer resources to the public. Currently, the library offers two computers for use as word processors, computers with Internet access, including Wi-Fi access, a children’s computer equipped with educational programs, and an online public access catalog.
The word processing computers are available for use by Cranford Library card holders. Patrons wishing to use them must register at the reference desk. A patron may register for no more than two non-consecutive one hour sessions per day. A reservation for a word processing computer will be held for fifteen minutes. A patron who has used the computer for one hour may continue if there is no one else waiting to use it. If another patron is waiting, a time limit of 20 minutes for the first patron will commence after the second patron has notified the reference librarian of his or her wish to use the computer. There is a charge of $.10 per page to print from the word processing printers. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of a word processing computer.
Internet computers are available to Cranford Library card holders and to guest users. Children six years or less must have an adult working with them at a computer. The Internet is a world-wide entity with a diverse user population. Internet computers located in the reference area of the library are not filtered and patrons use them at their own risk. The library is not responsible for the content, timeliness or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet sessions, except for the length of time of use. Viewing of certain materials in the library may be considered improper in time, place, or manner. The library reserves the right to end an Internet session. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of an Internet computer or as the result of accessing the library's Wi-Fi network.
Patrons wishing to use an Internet workstation in the reference area of the library can do so by scanning their Cranford library card or by asking for assistance at the reference desk. A patron may use Internet workstations for up to 2 hours per day. A patron may continue to use an Internet workstation for an additional 30 minutes, if no other patron is waiting to use it. If another patron is waiting, a time limit of five minutes will commence after the second patron has notified the reference librarian or, in the children’s room, a children’s room staff member, of his or her wish to use the workstation. There is a charge of $.10 per page to print black and white copies from an Internet computer and $.20 per page to print color copies from an Internet computer. If the pages are for school related use, there is no charge for the first ten pages.
The library is not responsible for the content of material generated and/or transmitted by patrons using any of the library’s public computers or terminals. Library personnel do not provide extensive individual instruction in use of the library’s public computers. The library’s computers are available to the public until fifteen minutes before the library closes. The library’s online public access catalog is available to the public until five minutes before the library closes.
Internet access in the children’s room is limited to Cranford students in the sixth grade and under and their parents or guardians. Children six years or less must have an adult working with them at the computer. The children’s room Internet computers are equipped with filtering software. Because no Internet filter is foolproof, the library cannot be responsible for the content of information found on the children’s room Internet computer. A parent or guardian may request that the filtering software be deactivated for the duration of his or her Internet session. Parents or guardians of minor children using the Internet, not library staff, are responsible for providing guidance to children under their care. Parental supervision of children searching the Internet is advised.
The library offers to children with Cranford Library cards a computer equipped with educational programs. Access to this computer is limited to students in the sixth grade and under and their parents or guardians. Children six years or less must have an adult working with them at the computer. The computer may be used for 30 minutes at a time. If the computer is in use, the patron waiting to use it next should leave his or her name at the children’s room desk. There is a charge of $.10 per page for printing. If the pages are for school related use, there is no charge for the first ten pages.
By registering to use any of the library’s computers, patrons agree to abide by the library’s computer use policies and procedures. Patrons failing to abide by these policies and procedures may be denied access to the library’s computers and/or online public access catalog.
Cranford Library card holders in good standing are eligible to make interlibrary loan requests. Books, talking books, and non-print media less than six months old may not be requested through interlibrary loan. Books owned by the library that are more than six month old may be requested through interlibrary loan if there are as many reserves as copies owned by the library. The loan period for interlibrary loans is 21 days. An interlibrary loan may not be renewed. An interlibrary loan may be recalled at any time at the discretion of the lending library.
The fine for overdue library loan items is $.10 per day per item. Any expenses incurred as a result of obtaining an interlibrary loan, except shipping costs, are payable by the patron. Patrons will be made aware of such charges before an interlibrary loan request is initiated. Any charges for lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials will be those specified by the lending library. Any delay in resolving these charges will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges with respect to both interlibrary loans and materials from the library's own collection.
A patron may have no more than ten interlibrary loans active at any one time. An interlibrary loan is considered active from the time a request is submitted by the patron until the time it is returned to the lending library.