Speer Memorial Library Policies
Computer Usage Policy
Internet Access - Acceptable Use Policy
Fines, Fees, and Loan Periods
Rules for Borrowing Library Materials
Computer Usage Policy
We have more than 265 computers available for the public. All of these computers
provide access to the Internet. Other programs that are available on
some of the computers include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, and a
variety of children's educational games. Please note that library staff
can introduce you to these programs, but are not able to "train" you in
their use. Manuals and help files are available for most of our
computer programs to assist you with using these programs. A donation
from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brought eight computers to
our Children's Department. These
computers have a wide variety of games for children of all ages, and a
number of tutorials for word processing, spreadsheets, and the
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All of our programs are set up to be easy to use by all patrons.
Altering any of our programs, or attempting to subvert our security
systems, may result in your computer access privileges being suspended.
You may not install or download your own programs to our computers.
If you are going to use the Internet, you should be aware that no
"business usage" is permitted. As well, the viewing, posting or showing
others images or text that could be described as "pornographic" is not
permitted. If you need to view something that others may find
offensive, please ask the staff for assistance - as there are specific
computers set aside for this purpose. Please be warned that we monitor
all Internet usage to ensure that it complies with the law, with
library rules, and with our Acceptable Use Policy.
Misuse of the computers will result in your access privileges being
suspended. Parents and guardians are reminded that they are responsible
for the behavior and Internet usage of their children.
The use of the Internet and the CD-ROM programs on our computers
requires you to have your own library card from the Speer Memorial
Library. You may not use someone else's card or number. Staff members
may ask to see your library card or other acceptable identification at
any time. If you cannot show them your I.D., you will be asked to exit
the programs and leave the computer. If you do not have a library card,
please go to the Circulation desk for assistance. You do not need to have a card to use any of the
other programs on our computers.
If you have forgotten your library card, you may go to the
Circulation desk and purchase a One-Time Access Slip for $2.00. This
slip will give you access to your password for one day only. If you
have lost your card, you may ask at the Circulation desk to purchase a
replacement card. The fee for this service is $2.00, plus any fines
that are on the old card.
We have four Stand-Alone computers to access the Internet. If you are
unable or unwilling to get a library card at this time, and are over 18
years old, you may use these computers. Please note that these computers are
primarily for those patrons who do not currently have and have not, in
the past, had a library card with us. Before you use these computers, you
must sufficiently identify yourself and sign in at the Circulation
desk. These computers are not available to patrons who have lost or
forgotten their library cards.
Chat rooms are not permitted to be used on any of the computers out
on the floor. We have four computers available for patrons who would
like to chat. Please ask for staff assistance to use these computers.
Please note that patrons who are under 18 will need to provide a letter
from their parents or guardians granting them permission to use these
You must sign in with your name on the tablet located next to
the computer. You may sign up in 30 minute increments only! Failure to
sign in may result in your computer privileges being suspended. DO NOT USE YOUR PATRON NUMBER TO SIGN IN! YOUR PATRON
NUMBER IS YOUR PASSWORD AND SHOULD BE KEPT PRIVATE. If you feel that
the security of your patron number has been compromised, please ask at
the Circulation desk for assistance.
Anti-virus software will scan the contents of any floppy inserted
into our computers. You should be aware that if an infected file cannot
be cleaned, you will not be able to open that file. The Speer Memorial
Library cannot be responsible for your disks or their contents. You may
purchase a formatted disk at the Circulation desk for 50 cents.
Please do not turn the computers off or reset them. If you are
having difficulty with one of our computers, please ask a staff member
for assistance. All computers turn
off automatically at closing time. Library staff cannot stop this
The library's computers are set up to print out in black and white. If
you print from these computers, the printouts are 10 cents per page.
However, we can print out on our color laser printer; ask at the Circulation desk for this service. Every page that prints out in color costs $1.00 each - regardless of the amount of color on the page!
Due to warranty
restrictions, we cannot use paper that you provide in our printers or
Internet Access Acceptable Use Policy
- The Internet is an appropriate and useful information tool
for children, young adults, and adults. The Internet and
its available resources contain a wide variety of material
and opinions from varied points of view, not all of which
are equally suitable for the informational and recreational
needs of each age group.
- The Speer Memorial Library will develop and promote positive
examples of internet resources for each of the above groups.
However, library staff cannot control information links which
often change rapidly and unpredictably. The Speer Memorial
Library assumes responsibility only for the information
contained on its own home page, but not for the informational
- This policy was developed by the Speer Memorial Library with
input from and the concurrence and support of the library's
advisory board and city government.
- The Speer Memorial Library Director, Librarians and staff
will maintain information on current internet use policies
and concerns of state and national library and governmental
organizations, and other groups committed to freedom of
- Patrons using the Speer Memorial Library facilities to
access the Internet must agree to and abide by this
acceptable use policy established by the library. Patrons
shall agree to hold harmless and unconditionally reimburse
the Speer Memorial Library for any liability or damage
claim arising from any use or misuse of Internet access
by the patron.
- Library staff will not censor what a patron wishes to
access on the Internet. As with all informational
resources in the library, a library staff member may
review what is being accessed and offer assistance in
locating additional information. If the information being
accessed is sensitive, or inappropriate for viewing, the
patron's viewing area may be positioned to provide the
viewer privacy, and so that others might not
inadvertently become exposed to material which they may
- Parents or guardians of minor children must assume
responsibility for their children's use of the Internet
through the library's facilities. Minor children who
access the Internet will be asked to verify that they
do so with their parent's permission and knowledge of
their joint responsibility as users and are hereby
notified that they are responsible for the access points
they reach. The library will make available to parents
and other interested individuals information related to
safety and censorship issues, freedom of information,
family values, and other topics related to internet
access. Much of this information is available on the
Internet from organizations such as the American
Library Association, the "Internet Advocate" (a web-based
resource guide for Librarians and Educators interested in
providing youth access to the net.), the U.S. Government,
educational institutions, public libraries, and others.
- Patrons may not use the library's facilities for any
activity prohibited by federal, state law or local
ordinance. In addition, patrons may not:
- Use the library's facilities to gain unauthorized
access to the library's networks or computer systems
or to any other network or computer system in any
- Obstruct other people's work by using the system
unreasonably or by deliberately crashing or disrupting
the computer system.
- Make any attempt to deliberately damage the computer
hardware or software or to deliberately and knowingly
introduce a computer virus.
- Make any attempt to alter, change or modify software
- Make any attempt to cause degradation of the system's
- Use any workstation for illegal or criminal purposes.
- Use any workstation for business or commercial
activity of any kind.
- Violate copyright laws or software licensing
agreements by the unauthorized reproduction or
distribution of copyrighted or licensed materials.
- Engage in any activity which is deliberately and
maliciously offensive, libelous or slanderous, or
which invades another's privacy.
- The library expressly disclaims any liability or
responsibility arising from access to or use of
information from the Internet through its facilities
or any consequences thereof.
- The library reserves the right to update and change
this policy at any time without notice. It is the
responsibility of the patron to read and accept the
current version of the policy. Any violation of
the acceptable use policy may result in the individual
being denied access to the library's facilities.
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Fines, Fees, and Loan Periods
Any authorized additions, deletions, or
changes to the loan period, fine, and fee schedule will be posted in
the circulation section of the library.
||Fine or Fee
|Circulating books, cassettes, CDs and filmstrips
||$0.05/day up to $10.00
|Unprocessed Paperback Books
||$0.05/day up to $2.00
|Video cassettes, DVDs and films
||$0.50/day up to $10.00
||3 per adult
|Lost or missing material; or material damaged beyond repair for reuse in the library
||Replacement cost plus $2.50 nonrefundable handling fee
|Damaged material which can be repaired for reuse in library
||Actual repair cost in time and up to half the cost of materials
|Replacement library cards
|Paper and printouts
|Printouts from the microfilm machine
|Fee to rewind video cassettes
|Fine for A/V items placed in the outside bookdrop
|Fee to purchase a disk
Note: Total fines accrued per
individual will be limited to a maximum fine of $15 through the "same
day" (or the last day if there is no "same day") of the next month from
the date of their "first" overdue notice. Patrons will need to bring
their "first" overdue notice in for our staff to verify the date and
calculate the fines due from items on the notice. Fines not cleared
within this time period will be calculated according to our regular
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Rules for Borrowing Library Materials
- A driver's license, Texas I.D. card,
utility bill, checkbook with your current mailing address, or other
acceptable form of identification is needed to verify your address
before a library card will be issued.
- Patrons under the age of 18 applying for a card must be
accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who must bring acceptable
- Your first library card is free.
- Do not lend the card to anyone; you are responsible for items checked out on your card.
- Notify the library immediately if you lose your library card, or if you change your address.
- A charge will be made to replace your card due to loss or damage.
- Patrons must present their library card each time any library materials or equipment are checked out from the library.
- Every patron's record is checked before issuing a library
card, or before any materials or equipment are checked out from the
- All library material and equipment charged out must be
returned on or before the specificed due date, or overdue fines will be
- Fines for overdues, charges for lost, missing, or damaged
library material, and fees for other library services are expected to
be paid promptly. When the total due the library is in excess of $5.00,
library circulation privileges will be suspended until all fines,
charges, and fess are cleared.
- Parents or legal guardians of minor patrons are responsible for seeing that any fines, charges, or fees incurred are cleared.
- For lost or damaged items, patrons will be required to pay the replacement cost, plus a non-refundable handling charge.
- The library has an outside book-drop for the return of books
only. All audiovisual equipment and materials checked out of the
library must be returned inside the library. Audiovisual materials
returned in the bookdrop will result in a fee charged to the patron
responsible for the item.
- Failure ("neglect") to return library materials is a potential
violation of the City of Mission Ordinance Number 1274, paragraph 1,
The Speer Memorial Library has an
agreement with the Biblioteca Municipal de Reynosa No. 342, "Prof.
Agapito Zepeda Uriegas," in Reynosa. On special occasions, members of
our library may obtain a letter of authorization for library services
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