Interlibrary Loans (ILLs)

  • Persons must have a library card, not have an overdue item, and not owe a fine of more than $3.00.
  • ILLs may only be made for books older than one year.
  • Ill Requests may be made by phone or at your library.
  • The fine for late ILL books is $1.00 per day.
  • Due dates for ILL books vary depending on the date that the lending library request the book be returned.   The ILL Loan Librarian writes the due date on a special book sleeve.
  • Branches may receive ILL requests if the patron is willing to pick up and drop off the book at the main library.

NCPL Computer Use Policy

  1. A Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form must be read and signed in order to use the Library’s computers. Ask for a copy at the circulation desk.
  2. Patrons under the age of 18 must have a Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian prior to using library computers or observing someone else using a library computer.
  3. Computer users need their library card to sign on to a computer or to get a reservation at the circulation desk.
  4. Computers are not to be turned off at any time except by library staff.
  5. Floppy disks may be purchased for 50 cents at the circulation desk.
  6. Violations of the Library’s Internet and Computer Use Policies will result in forfeiture of computer privileges.

Computer Usage Violations

  • When someone is observed, by other patrons or staff, displaying an offensive site, we first give them a verbal warning and tell them that if they are seen viewing an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computers for 3 months. Be sure to put a note on that person’s name stating that they were given a warning, the date and your initials.
  • If the person is observed displaying an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computer for 3 months. Tell them that if it happens again, their computer privileges will be taken away indefinitely. Be sure to update the note on their account stating they will be unable to use the computer for 3 months, the date (of the new entry), and your initials. You also need to put a “Block” on their name.
  • Once they are observed displaying an offensive site the 3rd time, their computer privileges are permanently taken away. Note this on the patron’s account and take Int privileges off their name, i.e. JInt to J or AInt to A.
  • If you are not comfortable approaching a patron who has been looking at an offensive site, feel free to ask the director of his/her designee to speak to him or her. If there is every another issue or problem with the policy, the director or his/her designee will gladly take care of it.
  • The purpose of the following procedure is not to control the sites patrons select but to protect the rights of other patrons and staff utilizing this public facility.

Revised Scheduling Policy Due to the volume of computer usage requests, scheduling of public access computers will be regulated as follows: *Patrons may use public access computers for a maximum of 2 hours per day. Patrons may access a computer for two sessions if needed. *Sessions are scheduled in one-hour increments.

Wi-Fi – Computer & Internet Access

In support of its public service mission, the library provides free access to computers and to internet resources.

The internet offers access to many valuable information sources. However, some information found on the internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some. Customers must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found on the internet. The library does not monitor or control the accuracy of information accessed through the internet and assumes responsibility only for the information it creates and provides on its home pages.

Parents/guardians are responsible for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Consequently, parents must guide their children in use of the internet and inform them about sources they should not use. The library will not monitor a child’s internet use on behalf of the parent. Computers designated for public use in the children’s area of the library are not internet access computers and are therefore safe for use by children.

Users should be aware that the internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, the library does not keep information on the use of specific internet resources by the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the library.

The library staff is unable to assist library customers with solving technological problems relating to their personal computer or specific computer programs or services they may wish to purchase.

Public Computers
The library uses a public computer reservation system to manage reservations and printing from public computers. Cardholders in food standing may use their library card to log on to any available computer. Computer use is limited to one hour during peak times. During slow periods, customers may request that staff extend their session if other reservations have not been made. Customers are limited to two (2) sessions per day.

Customers may print letter-size pages from the internet or their own documents at a cost of $.15 per page.

The Library’s public computers and internet access may not be used to:
• Violate the law
• Send, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as inappropriate or obscene
• Harm or compromise the safety, security, privacy, or property of others
• Seek unauthorized access to any computer system
• Alter or damage software components of any network, host server, or database
• Install software of any kind or download plug-ins
As part of the computer usage agreement customers must abide by these policies and are advised that failure to do so will result in the loss of computer and internet privileges at the library. This includes use of another customer’s library card number to log on to a computer.

Laptop Check out Policy
Library laptops are available for check out in two- hour increments. The primary purpose of library laptop access is for computer projects that may take longer than the usual one- hour limit. This includes research, typing papers, resumes, etc. Laptops may be used for short-term use if all of the desktop computers are occupied with a waiting time more than 30 minutes. Library customers must be 18 or older AND have a library account in good standing (no fines or overdue materials) in order to check out a laptop.

Patrons must present their library card AND a valid photo ID in order to check out laptops. The equipment may NOT be removed from the building.

Customers using their personal computer equipment with library wireless service are required to observe the above listed guidelines.

Computer Usage Violations will be dealt with as follows:
• An individual observed, by staff or other library users, displaying an offensive site, a verbal warning is given.
• A second violation may result in the suspension of library computer use for three months
• The third and final violation will result in permanent suspension of library computer use.

Online public access catalog (PAC) computers. Library customers may use the PAC computers to search the catalog or make public computer reservations. Only library staff may the PAC computers to search databases in response to reference questions.

Wireless access
Customers must supply wireless network card devise. Most wireless equipment is compatible. However, the library makes no guarantees as to the compatibility of a customer’s hardware with the library’s network. Printers are not part of wireless accessibility in the library. To print, customers must save their work to a USB drive, then log into a public computer and send the job(s) to the public printer. You may also ask at the information desk about use of the wireless printer.

The library’s wireless network is an open network, and therefore not secure. Information sent to or from a wireless device can be intercepted by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software, within the range of the library’s wireless access point. The library also cannot guarantee the safety of computer communication across its wireless network. The library also assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security or files on a customer’s laptop or wireless device resulting from connecting to the library’s network.

The Nelson County Public Library’s website provides information about the library system’s collections, services, events and ongoing activities, directories, and a variety of databases and resource materials. It also contains useful links to other websites.

In choosing sources to link to our home pages, the library staff follows its materials selection guidelines. However, the library is not responsible for content or changes in content of the sources to which its home pages link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. The library strives to make its website, current, informative, and easy to use.

Adult Events

Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. – Red Hat Readers and Sippers meet in Community Room 1 for a book discussion on “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak. German cuisine pot-luck to accompany the conversation.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 10:30- Life Story Writing group meets in the Conference Room with the assigned piece “a fictionalized account of a summer evening”.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m – Film Movement Series screens “The Violin” a film from Mexico in Community Room 1.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 – Life Story Writing Group meets in the Conference Room. Subject to be determined at the Sept. 3rd. meeting.

Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 – The Evening Reading Group meets in the Conference Room to discuss “Apologizing to Dogs” by Joe Coomer.

Young Adult Programming

October 12-18th is Teen Read Week!  To celebrate, the library will be holding a teen book swap, on Tuesday, October 14th at 6 PM.  Teens can bring unwanted new and gently used books and trade them for something else!  Also, we will be screening Read or Die: The TV show.

Anime Night resumes as scheduled next month, November 11th.

Hollywood Mondays are every Monday from 3:30 – 5:00 for ages 10 thru 18 in Community Room #1.  A different G or PG-13 movie is shown every week.

Tween Game night is every Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 for ages 9 thru 12 in Community Room #2.

Teen Game night is every Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 for ages 13 thru 18 in Community Room #2.

Game Night consists of video games in the following platforms: Playstation 2, Playstation 3, X-BOX 360, Wii, and Nintendo Game Cube.  Some of the popular games being played now are Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Super Smash Brothers: Brawl.  Teens and Tweens can bring in games to play for these systems.

Children’s Events

The Nelson County Public Library would like to welcome you and your children to our story time programs.

  • Story time for 2 year olds (Toddlers) is Friday from 10:00-10:30 a.m.

(What parents/caregivers should know about 2 year old storytime)

  • Story Times for 3-5 year olds (Preschool) are Wednesday 10:30-11:15 a.m.and Thursday 1:30-2:15 p.m.

(What parents/caregivers should know about 3,4,5 year old storytime)

Rules for 2 Year old Storytime:

  1. Sessions are limited. You must sign up.
  2. Please be on time.
  3. Do not bring food or toys into the story time area. Food and drinks are not permitted in the library except on special occasions.
  4. You should not sit in the story time area and chat with other parents once the program starts. We enjoy seeing parents become friends and make new acquaintances, but please do this before and after story time. Turn all cell phones and pagers to vibrate, and please, if you feel you must answer your cell phone, take it outside.
  5. Story time will be shorter in length for this age: approximately 25-30 minutes.
  6. Parent/caregivers must attend story time with the child. If you feel comfortable with this, we prefer you sit on the floor with the child.
  7. Books and activities will be introduced that encourage children to interact with the story time leader. Parents/Caregivers are strongly encouraged to interact as well!
  8. If your child has difficulty settling down, becomes restless or begins to cry, you should remove your children from the area so he/she will not distract others.

Rules for Preschool storytime (3-5 year olds):

  1. Sessions are limited. You must sign up.
  2. Parents or caregivers do not need to attend story time with the children if your child shows he/she can handle story time alone We leave that decision up to the parent/caregiver’s discretion. The librarians may ask you to attend if extra help is needed. If you do choose to attend, we want you to actively participate!
  3. Adults should not sit in the story time area and chat with other adults once the program starts. By talking during the program you are demonstrating to your child that the program is not really important or worthy of his or her attention. Turn all cell phones and pagers to vibrate, and please, if you feel you must answer your cell phone, take it outside.
  4. Please discuss story time with your child before you come. Explain that there will be stories, finger plays, singing and such. Young children need to know what to expect and what is expected of them. They need to understand that they are going to the library where they will not be allowed to run or yell. However, it is okay to respond to the storyteller during the program.
  5. Please be on time. Story time starts promptly. Young children are easily distracted and late arrivals become the focus of interest.
  6. If your child has difficulty settling down, becomes restless or begins to cry, you should remove your child from the area so he/she will not distract others.
  7. Do not bring food or toys into the story time area. Food and drinks are not permitted in the library, except on special occasions.
  8. Parents of preschoolers, please observe whether your child is ready to attend a structured program. Although we welcome all young children, some toddlers are not developmentally ready for sitting still for 45 minutes or more. If a child begins to talk or play, it distracts the other children and the program.

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