Policies

Activities, Meetings, Business

No activity, meeting, or business may be conducted in Bedford Public Library or on its grounds that is affiliated with a nongovernmental business, agency, or person that generates a fee for that agency, business, or person.

Adopted by the Bedford Public Library Board March 19, 2014.

Collection Development and Access Policy


The Bedford Public Library will provide our community with Endless Possibilities through access to our collection and services. These materials and services will inform, entertain, and enhance the lives of our taxpayers.

The Bedford Public Library is not merely a building holding physical materials. New formats in materials and delivery of materials are constantly emerging and will continue to do so. Our community benefits when the Library provides access to these new formats. The Library strives to be a local leader in providing access to technological applications to the community by actively investigating and embracing new applications that can enhance our community. 

The Library provides a system-wide collection in a variety of environments: the library building, through our web site, and via Outreach Services programming. All collections and applications are developed and maintained to support the Bedford Public Library Strategic Plan.

The Library seeks to provide access to additional resources for our community by actively partnering with a variety of nonprofit organizations. The Library participates in interlibrary loan networks and local agreements to make materials not in the collection available for customers. 

Collection development is the ongoing process of assessing materials available for purchase or licensing and deciding on their inclusion and/or retention. The Library organizes, and makes available materials of contemporary significance and long-term value. The collection is reviewed and revised on an ongoing basis to meet current needs. Collections are contemporary and popular, and not archival. Collections provide general coverage of subjects and reflect the characteristics of the community. Materials are withdrawn from the collection to maintain the collection's usefulness, currency, and relevance. 

The Library will provide access to materials and services in a wide variety of traditional as well as innovative formats. New formats may be made available without individual selection by Library staff. To ensure equitable and efficient access, materials may be subject to use limitations. Parents and legal guardians have the responsibility for supervising their children's use of library materials in any format.  The Library administration will review the selection of a specific item upon receipt of a completed Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form from a Bedford Public Library cardholder.

Suggestions and requests from Library cardholders for specific materials and formats are actively encouraged. Materials are evaluated using criteria including, but not limited to: public demand and/or interest; timeliness and/or significance of the subject; quality of writing, design, illustration or production; support of the Library’s Strategic Plan; suitability of format for Library use; attention from professional critics and reviews; cost; space considerations; and contribution to a balanced collection.Donated materials are accepted according to the Donations Guidelines. 

Approved March 2013

Computer and Internet Use Policy

Staff will assist Library customers in using their own or library computers/ mobile devices as time permits. We are happy to help with simple questions as needed.

Use of Library computers is limited to one hour of time that may be extended to a maximum of two hours if no one is waiting. Computers for adults doing coursework or job searches in Adult Services are available for two hours and may be extended if no one is waiting. The Computer Commons in the Circulation area may be used by any adult who is 18 or older using our or their own computers or mobile devices.

Children under 12 must use computers located in Child/Teen Services. Teens should use computers on the Child/Teen floor. Computers in Child/Teen Services are also available to parents and caregivers who have children under 12 with them. Children will be given priority on all computers located on this floor.

Computer equipment/mobile devices may be checked out to customers for use only while in the Library. Law enforcement may be called to retrieve any device removed from the Library.

Parents are responsible for supervising and approving their child’s use of the Internet at the Bedford Public Library. The Safe Child Policy for the Library requires all children less than 12 to be supervised by a parent or caregiver 14 years of age or older. Written parental permission on a child’s library card application is required for a child 0-11 to access the Internet at the Library.

All Bedford Public Library computer systems are filtered to protect against access to obscenity, child pornography, and sexually explicit graphical materials as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2001. Filtering software is not 100 percent effective; parents and individuals must assume responsibility for Internet use. The Library does not act “in loco parentis”; therefore a parent or a legal guardian is responsible for their child’s use of the Internet. Some programs or applications may be blocked by our computer equipment and are not available.

UNACCEPTABLE USE:
• Illegal use that violates state or federal law.
• Harassment or violation of the privacy of others.
• Violation of federal, state, or local obscenity laws, including the viewing or printing of sexually explicit materials.
• Attempts to abuse, modify, or harm computer equipment.
• Minors, less than 18, may not use Library computers for any type of interactive communication.

The Bedford Public Library requires computer users to respect the rights and sensibilities of all Library customers. Viewing of inappropriate images or content will result in loss of computer privileges. Failure to comply with Library policy or staff direction may result in immediate restriction or termination of computer privileges.

The Library reserves the right to inspect or observe the use made of its equipment and resources for the purposes of enforcement of these policies. Persons accessing the Library’s wireless network are subject to all aspects of this policy.

The Library will be the sole arbitrator of what constitutes a violation of this policy.

Approved October 2014

Conduct

The Library administration will maintain a pleasant and safe place for all persons using and working in the Library.  Any person who disrupts Library operations may be asked to leave the Library.  Persons who commit illegal acts will be evicted and may be subject to arrest and prosecution under Indiana Code 35-43-2-2.

Approved by the Bedford Public Library Board April 23, 2003

Reaffirmed March 22, 2006 and April 24, 2013.

Equity of Access

Public libraries are important sources of information for society. They serve as the public access portal to information in each community. The digital world has revolutionized how the public obtains information and how libraries provide access to it. The Bedford Public Library helps to ensure that our citizens can access the information they want and need regardless of age, education, ethnicity, religion, sex or sexual orientation, income, or physical limitation. Consistent with our vision to provide knowledge, hope, and endless possibilities to our citizens the Bedford Public Library provides information to customers in a variety of formats.

Approved by the Bedford Public Library Board January 21, 2016

Program Room

The program room is available to local registered nonprofit groups and governmental agencies for informational, educational, or cultural meetings.  Use of the room does not imply endorsement of any viewpoint by the Library Board or staff.   The code of conduct for Library use applies to all persons/groups using the program room.

Contact the Library Director or Assistant Director to schedule a room.  812.275.4471

Room bookings may be cancelled by the Library up to two weeks in advance if the room is needed for Library purposes. Reservations are accepted up to two months in advance. No more than two bookings per group per month. Room capacity set by the State Fire Marshall is 35. Projection equipment is available and must be requested when room is reserved. The room is available only during regular Library hours. The program room must be vacated 15 minutes before the Library closes. No activity shall be scheduled that:

  • may endanger the safety and security of Library customers
  • sells or endorses products or services
  • solicits money, fees, donations, or memberships

All activities must be free and open to the general public. Meetings scheduled by agencies or groups outside of the Library district must have a local sponsor or be a government organization. The Library must not be identified as a sponsor or listed as a contact for information. Refreshments should be limited to drinks and simple snacks only. 

PRIORITY OF USE

Library programs
Governmental agencies
Non-profit educational/cultural events

Approved by the Bedford Public Library Board July 28, 2010.

Safe Child Policy

We want children to be safe and secure while visiting the Library. To assure the well-being of all children on our premises, we require that children under twelve be in the presence of a parent or caregiver 14 years of age or older. The local police department or Child Protective Services may be called any time the safety or security of an unattended child is threatened in the Library or on Library property.

Approved by the Bedford Public Library Board April 24, 2013