Rules for Library Users

 

In general, the violation of any federal or state law, or local ordinance is regarded as a violation of library rules. Persons in apparent violation of such laws or ordinances are to be reported to the police by the highest ranking staff member present and legal action may be taken.
In general, Livonia City Ordinances forbid in all public places:

1. All sexual acts or sexually deviant behavior. (9.22.010 and 9.22.030)
2. Use of loud, obscene or abusive language. (9.24.010)
3. Use of controlled substances or their paraphernalia. (9.30.050)
4. Use of alcohol. (9.32.100)
5. Gambling, loitering, soliciting. (9.28.010)
6. Mutilation or damage of library materials, equipment or property. (2.76.080 and 9.56.060)
7. Leaving children unattended. (9.83.010)
8. Carrying weapons or other dangerous objects. (9.94.070)
9. Smoking (8.30.035)
10. Disorderly conduct (running, fighting, horseplay). (9.40.020)
Specifically, Article 2.76.070 of the Livonia City Ordinances permits the Library Commission to enforce specific rules of conduct:
1. No eating or drinking in public areas.
2. No placing feet on the furniture.
3. Shirts, shoes, and appropriate attire must be worn at all times.
4. No sleeping on library premises.
5. The use of private phones and pagers may not interfere with library use by patrons.
6. Headphones and earbuds are mandatory when listening to audio on the public library computers.

(This is to be posted at all library locations in a prominent spot visible to those who use the library and its services.)

Unattended Children in the Library

 

The Livonia Public Library takes pride in introducing young readers to the joys of reading. Library staff members are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for patrons of all ages, however they cannot monitor every area or act as babysitters to young children.

Therefore:

Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible caregiver over the age of 17 at all times.

Children under the age of five cannot be left in the library while a parent or caregiver attends a meeting, program, or uses the Internet computers.

Children ages five through ten may use the library and attend library programs independently while a parent or caregiver over the age of 17 remains in the library.

Children ages 11 and older may attend library programs and use the library independently.

It is against the law for a parent or guardian to leave children unattended. “Unattended” means that the caregiver is not in the same library service area as the child. If library staff determines that a child under the age of 10 – or an older child who is obviously upset or concerned – has been left alone in the library, the building will be searched for the adult’s location. If the adult is located, library staff will explain that the staff is not responsible for children’s safety and they must always be accompanied by an adult.

Staff retains the option to contact police if they determine that the child has been left alone for an extended period of time. Parents of all minors, present or not, are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library; damage to materials; and for injury to themselves and others.

If a child is left at the library after it has closed for the day and conditions are present which makes it unsafe for the child (age, darkness, cold weather, uncertainty about arrangements), the staff will notify the police who will keep the child in their custody until a parent can be reached.

Please note: Unless specifically stated, all library programs will end BEFORE the library closes. In the event of an “after hours” program, please be at the library promptly at the end time of the program.

Your cooperation helps make the library a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

Computer Use

 

The Livonia Public Library, in an effort to harmonize the rights and interests of its patrons with the rights and interests of City of Livonia employees who service those patrons, sets forth the following policy:

I. Filtered, wired access to the internet is provided throughout the buildings; parents/guardians should be aware that the filtering software has inherent limitations which prohibit total and complete blocking of sites which may contain obscene, sexually explicit and/or other possibly objectionable materials. Parents/guardians, not Library staff members, are responsible for providing appropriate guidance to their children/wards relative to the use of both filtered and non-filtered (wireless) internet access.

It is the responsibility of a parent or legal guardian to decide what library resources are appropriate for their child.

II. Users with a Livonia or other “local” (TLN) library card will be able to use the internet by signing on with their own card. Individuals may NOT utilize library cards that do not belong to them. Doing so may result in suspension of internet privileges.

Users will be required to limit their sessions to the time determined by the library (1 hour) when all the other workstations are in use and other patrons are waiting. Users may continue their sessions beyond the time limit if there are available workstations for other patrons up to a maximum determined by the library. (4 hours per day, not necessarily consecutive, with library card).

Non-library card holders may obtain a “visitor pass” entitling them to 2 hours of internet use daily (not necessarily in consecutive sessions.).

III. Workstations may be reserved in advance through reference desk staff. If a user does not have their library card with them, a staff person will look up their account number if they supply proper ID (driver’s license, state id, etc.)

IV. Users will be able to print documents from their workstations. Users must pay at the reference desk for their documents at a cost of 15 cents per page printed for black and white copies, 25 cents per page for color copies.

V. The Livonia Public Library Internet services are intended for information gathering. Users are responsible for any personal data transmitted over the public internet. Users put themselves at risk of criminal or civil liability when they use the Internet illegally, in violation of local, state and/or federal law. Use of our network and computers contrary to this policy may subject a patron to loss of computer privileges, and/or ejection from the Livonia Public Library. These activities include, but are not restricted to:

Transmitting/accessing obscene materials.
Interfering with, disrupting, or destroying network, users, services or equipment.
Engaging in disruptive behaviors; such as playing computer audio without using headphones or earbuds, talking on cell phones and speaking loudly.
Computer fraud.
Distribution of unsolicited advertising or propaganda, or propagation of computer worms or viruses.
Hacking or spamming.
Infringement of copyright laws.

VII. The staff of the Livonia Public Library cannot provide in-depth computer training or enter personal information for patrons, but will attempt to answer basic questions or help patrons locate resources on the Internet. Library staff can also provide information on where to get appropriate training.

IX. Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy may result in a loss of computer privileges.

Wireless Network Policy

 

The Livonia Public Library, in an effort to harmonize the rights and interests of its patrons with the rights and interests of City of Livonia employees who service those patrons, sets forth the following policy:

The Livonia Public Library Wireless Internet services are intended for information gathering. Users are responsible for any personal data transmitted over the unsecure wireless internet. Users put themselves at risk of criminal or civil liability when they use the Internet illegally in violation of local, state and/or federal law. Use of the Wireless Network contrary to this policy may subject a patron to loss of Wireless Network privileges, and/or ejection from the Livonia Public Library. These activities include, but are not restricted to:

Transmitting/accessing obscene materials.
Interfering with, disrupting, or destroying network users, services or equipment.
Computer fraud.
Distribution of unsolicited advertising or propaganda, or propagation of computer worms or viruses.
Hacking or spamming.
Infringement of copyright laws.

Wireless Network access is intended for use with Laptop computers, tablets and other handheld devices. It is against this policy to use a non-library desktop/personal computer on library premises without the specific consent of the Librarian-in-Charge at the time of use.

Failure to comply with the provisions of this statement may result in a loss of computer privileges.

Display Case Use Policy

 

As an educational and cultural institution and as part of its public service, the Livonia Public Library provides exhibit space for non-commercial displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community.

The Library retains priority rights for use of display cases for library purposes but encourages non-profit organizations, community groups, individual or government agencies to provide displays whenever space is available.

Display cases provide a public forum in which to exhibit educational, cultural or charitable materials. Provision of space for a display does not indicate endorsement by the library.

The Library reserves the right to determine the acceptability of a display. Approval rests with a designated staff member or the Library Director.

The Library reserves the right to schedule displays and determine the frequency an individual or group may provide a display.

The Library assumes no liability in the event of damage, destruction or theft of a display.

Unless other arrangements are made, a display will be exhibited for one month.

Failure to dismantle a display by the agreed upon date may result in its removal by library staff.

Keeping Up with the Library Via Email

 

If you provide the Library with your email address* we’ll send you:

  1. due date receipts
  2. reminders when your items are coming due or your library card is about to expire
  3. notifications when your holds are available

Call the library at 734-466-2491 to have your email address added to your account by a staff member.

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*we will never share your email with anyone else

Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library


32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2491


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Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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