Library Policies

Internet Use Policy

Patron Rights

Users should not be restricted or denied access for expressing or receiving constitutionally protected speech.

The library must provide access to information on all subjects that serve the needs or interests of each user, regardless of the user’s age or the content of the material.

The provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement.  Some information accessed electronically may not meet the library’s selection or collection development policy.

It is, therefore, left to each user to determine what is appropriate.  Parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources should provide guidance to their own children.  Parents, and only parents, have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children, and only their children, to library resources.  Libraries and governing bodies have a public and professional obligation to provide access to all library resources for all library users.

Prohibited Uses of the Internet

  • Using the Internet for illegal purposes.
  • Using the Internet in violation of the Massachusetts General Law 272 Section 31, the Harmful to Minors statute.
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format.
  • Transmission of chain mail, broadcast letters, or junk mail of any type.
  • Transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory, or obscene materials.
  • Unauthorized access to remote computer systems.
  • Accessing the Internet at a terminal designated for some other stated purpose, such as the library catalog.

Library Code of Conduct

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is open and available to all, regardless of age, residence, race, education, socioeconomic status, or religion. Everyone using this facility or seeking assistance in finding materials and information should receive impartial, helpful, and friendly customer service.

The establishment of a set of guidelines for behavior in the library building is necessary to ensure the existence of an environment that promotes the use and enjoyment of the library’s resources and at the same time protects the public, the staff, the materials, and equipment. In order to protect all library users’ right of access to library facilities, to ensure the safety of users and staff, and to protect library resources and facilities from damage, the library governing authority, in this case the Board of Trustees, may impose reasonable restrictions on the time, place, or manner of library access.

The following code of behavior governing the use of the library by the public shall be enforced in order to provide a standard of acceptable behavior:

  1. Respect for other library users shall be maintained at all times.
  2. Disruptive behavior, that is, destructive or continuing activity by any individual or group of individuals that infringes on other patrons’ rights to use the library, shall not be permitted. Examples of such disruptive behavior are listed below. The library staff reserves the right to determine whether other conduct not listed below constitutes disruptive behavior.
    1. Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco in the library building or on library grounds.
    2. Use of alcohol or narcotics in the library building or on library grounds.
    3. Consuming food, except during library-scheduled events (covered beverages are permitted).
    4. Using personal electronic equipment (examples include, but are not limited to, radios, CD players, iPods, laptop computers, cellular phones, pagers, or personal medical equipment) in such a way that it disturbs other library patrons or interferes with other patrons’ use of the library.  Headphones must be worn for listening to these devices.
    5. Shouting, running, pushing, or other rowdy, rambunctious or disruptive behavior.
    6. Using abusive, obscene, or profane language in such a manner as to threaten the rights or safety of another person, or infringe on the sensibilities of others.
    7. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
    8. Destroying or defacing the library building, property, or library materials.
  3. No person shall take library materials without properly signing them out. Removal of library materials without checking them out is larceny. The library staff reserves the right to inspect the bags or parcels of any patron. In certain cases, the Police Department may be called to do this.
  4. The Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended in or on the grounds of the library.
  5. Canvassing, selling, soliciting or distributing materials is prohibited except during library-scheduled events when written permission to do so has been obtained in advance from the library director.
  6. Appropriate attire including shirts and shoes must be worn. Examples of inappropriate footwear include but are not limited to skates, cleats, or rollerblades.
  7. A person may be required to leave the library if their personal hygiene interferes with the orderly operation of the library or with the ability of other patrons to use and/or enjoy the facility.
  8. Animals, other than guide dogs and service dogs, shall not be brought into the library.
  9. Patrons are expected to cooperate with staff when closing time is announced.

Any person who, in the opinion of the library staff, engages in conduct described here as inconsistent with the orderly operation of the library will be asked to leave and will be expected to do so in an orderly manner. Police may be called if needed.