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Jewish Public Library

Library Policies/Rules

Code of Conduct

The Jewish Public Library is a shared resource of the Jewish community and a public lending library. The JPL welcomes you and asks that you respect the other library members and the library staff in the following manner.

All visitors to the Library are required to:

  • Treat other patrons and Library staff with respect and courtesy.
  • Refrain from any disruptive, offensive or inappropriate behaviour or language.
  • Any child age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Attend to personal belongings. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in or on the property. Security personnel may search or remove unattended belongings as a safety measure.
  • Use Library furniture, equipment and materials for their intended function.
  • Follow established loan procedures or authorizations before taking Library property or materials from the buildings.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted inside the Library, with the exception of bottled water.
  • Keep cell phones to silent at all times and use the cell phone quietly outside of the Library or in the lower corridor.
  • Ensure that any device that emits sound is played only through headphones and cannot be heard by anyone else.
  • Respect established registration procedures for Library events and courses.
  • Cooperate with staff in the event that the material detection alarm is activated.
  • Stay out of non-public areas without authorization.
  • Help keep the Library clean by placing all garbage or recycling in the bins provided.
  • Leave the Library promptly at the designated closing time.
  • Refrain from solicitation of any kind for any purpose without prior approval of the Executive Director of the Library.
  • Refrain from recording Library events or taking any pictures in the Library without the approval of the Executive Director.
  • Follow staff directives in the event of an emergency.

Enforcement and Sanctions:

Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in the loss of Library privileges and expulsion from the Library or the building.

Computer Use Policy
  • The computer room closes thirty minutes prior to the closing of the Library.
  • The librarian on duty may refuse or terminate computer access to anyone with suspended computer use privileges, outstanding library fees, or any other restrictions.
  • Valid JPL members may request a passcode for a maximum 2-hours’ access from the librarian. Once finished, they may request another passcode.
  • Lapsed JPL members or non-members cannot use another person’s valid membership card to obtain access.
  • At any given time, an “Individual” category member can access only 1 computer; “Family” members – 2 computers for 2 persons; “Subsidized” members – 1 computer, plus 1 other computer for a relative if available. If demand warrants, the relative may be asked to give up his/her access before the 2 hours are up.
  • Non-members pay a designated fee for computer access
  • By logging in with a passcode, all users are considered to have read and agreed to follow the “Internet Guidelines” displayed on the login screen. Failure to comply with these Guidelines may result in the loss of computer access and other Library privileges.
  • Printing is available at the current rate charged by the Library.
  • Computers are made available on a first come, first served basis. A user can make a reservation for one, but must show up at the reference desk to ensure it is honoured.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damages or losses to users’ hardware, software, printouts, or files from normal computer use or other circumstances like computer viruses, electrical malfunctions, power surges, etc.

While using the computers, we also ask you:

  • To act in a considerate, appropriate manner towards other users and library staff
  • To report all virus infections and operational problems to the librarian
  • Not to download or install any software, including games
  • Not to alter or delete any operating system settings or files
  • Not to alter or delete any other users’ existing files – for example, documents and images
  • Not to use the hard drives to store your files, as the drives are reformatted periodically
  • To understand that even the most computer-knowledgeable librarian on duty may only be able to offer limited computer help, as his/her primary responsibility at all times is to provide reference information service.
Internet Guidelines

This computer room offers access to electronic resources, including those on the Internet.  Access is a privilege, not a right, and requires responsibility on the part of the user.The Internet offers unlimited global access to all types of information.  Not all sources are accurate, complete, current, legal or philosophically acceptable to all people.  Some information may be offensive, controversial, illegal, erroneous, etc.  It is the responsibility of the user to select or reject online information based on good judgment and discretion.

The Jewish Public Library staff cannot fully monitor or control the content of the materials on the Internet, which changes rapidly and unpredictably.  However, please be advised that the reference librarian on duty can view what users are seeing at any given time and terminate computer sessions if the staff person feels that the user is contravening library policy.  Parents and guardians of minor children must assume responsibility of their children’s use of the Internet just as they must with printed materials or visual materials.

Acceptable Use

All electronic traffic originating from the computing center will be in accordance with acceptable use standards.  Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet, computer, or other privileges.

  • Respect for the privacy of others.
  • Compliance with copyright law and licensing for individual data and programs.
  • Consideration for the security and functioning of computers, computer networks and systems.

Unacceptable Use

  • Computers may only be used for legal purposes by the public and staff in accordance with the standards of the Jewish Public Library.  Examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Uses for any purposes that violate applicable federal, provincial, or municipal laws including copyright laws.
  • Interfering with or disrupting other computer users, services, or equipment.
  • Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to other computing, information, or communications sources or devices (hacking).
  • Malicious, threatening, harassing, or obscene behaviour or language.
  • Obscene behaviour including public display of obscene materials on computer screens or in hard copy.
  • Misrepresentation of oneself or the computer room.
  • Activities that could cause congestion and disruption of networks and systems.
  • Unsolicited advertising.
  • To access, upload, download, transmit or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit language or material.


  • Parents are cautioned to monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet.
  • Users are cautioned to guard closely the security of personal information, credit card numbers, computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorizations when using the Internet.
  • Users are cautioned to take steps to protect their systems from computer viruses and other destructive computer programs when downloading programs to disk for use on other computers.
  • Electronic files should not be considered confidential.  When required by law, the Library must disclose all files to the extent required by law.
  • The Library is not liable for any direct or indirect and/or punitive damages (including lost data or information) sustained or incurred in connection with the use or unavailability of the system.

Use of the computer stations is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Time limits are set so all patrons seeking access will have an opportunity to do so.

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