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Technology Lending Policy

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PURPOSE

The Person County Public Library offers access to laptops equipped with Internet and office applications to provide users with informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources.  The purpose of the Laptop Lending Policy is to establish regulations regarding Internet access at Person County Public Library.

EQUIPMENT

Laptops are equipped with operating software, Microsoft Office, anti-virus software and WI-FI. No additional software may be installed or downloaded. Patrons wishing to access audio or video files must use headphones.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Patrons must be 16 years of age or older to check out
  • Patrons must hold a valid library card and be in good standing
  • Patrons must leave photo ID or Student ID at the Circulation desk while using laptop

GUIDELINES

  • The laptop is checked out on a patron’s library card for in house use only, for a two hour time limit, after which time fines will be assessed.
  • Patrons may check out only one laptop per day.
  • Laptops are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis; staff will not take reservations or keep waiting lists.
  • Power cords, headphones and accessories are not supplied by library. Patrons are welcome to bring their own accessories. The library is not responsible for the loss of any accessories.
  • Under no circumstance should a patron leave a laptop unattended.
  • No food or drink is allowed when working on the library’s laptops.
  • The library is not responsible for lost or stolen laptops once in a borrower’s possession.
  • A patron’s privilege to check out a laptop may be suspended if the patron fails to return it on time.
  • All laptops must be returned to the Circulation desk 15 minutes prior to closing for inspection purposes.
  • Laptops not returned by library closing time will be considered stolen and the police will be notified.
  • Laptops are equipped with software that restore the computer to its initial state when restarted. Documents saved to the hard drive will automatically delete.
  • Patrons wishing to save files should bring a data storage device.

STAFF ASSISTANCE

Patrons are expected to have working knowledge of computers and programs. Library staff will assist with basic computer usage questions but are not available for extensive technical support.

USAGE

The library’s Computer Use policy applies to laptop use.  The borrower is responsible for verifying the condition of the laptop when it is checked out.

The laptop batteries hold a charge for a least (2) hours, but the library cannot guarantee that the laptop loaned out will be usable for the full amount of time. It is the user’s responsibility to save data on a USB storage device in the case of battery failure.

The library is not responsible for any loss or damage to patron’s data or media due to hardware, software, or electrical surge failure, or any other cause while the patron is using the laptop.

The library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to or from user storage devices.

Laptops may not be used to engage in illegal activities or disturb other library users.

Tampering with library equipment, operating systems, software or programming or bypassing security is prohibited and will result in suspension of use.

The library reserves the right to restrict or terminate computer use privileges or any patron abusing library equipment or not adhering to library policies.

FINES

Borrower assumes full responsibility for laptop. In the event that the laptop is lost, stolen, damaged or returned late; the following fines will be accrued.

Late Fee

$5.00 per hour

Battery

$75

RAM

$100

Hard Drive

$300

CD/DVD Drive

$200

Damage Laptop

Replacement Cost

Lost/Stolen Laptop

Replacement Cost

 

Approved by Library Advisory Board on 4/9/18