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Welwood Murray Memorial Library Policies

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Welwood Murray Memorial Library Policies

Public Code of Conduct

Welcome to the Welwood Murray Memorial Library! This Library is a branch of the Palm Spring Public Library and the code of conduct for this location was created by staff and adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Palm Springs Public Library in January 2015. By adopting the following code, we seek to ensure that our Library provides an atmosphere conducive to appropriate use of its services and facilities.

WE EXPECT OUR CUSTOMERS TO:

1. Attend to personal belongings. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in or on Library property. The Library reserves the right to confiscate any unattended items and hold them for 24 hours before disposing of them.
2. Use the public restrooms, located in the Plaza Las Flores building, south of the Library only for their intended purpose. Bathing or washing of clothes is prohibited.
3. Wear shoes and shirts. Wearing clothing that willfully or lewdly exposes private body parts is prohibited.
4. Maintain bodily hygiene in a manner that does not constitute a nuisance to other persons.
5. Share Library resources with others. Allow others to use computers, charging stations, and periodicals and not monopolize Library resources if others are waiting.
6. Use covered containers on all beverages.
7. Use Library furniture, equipment and materials for their intended function.
8. Accompany any child under age 12 by an adult over the age of 18. A parent or caregiver is responsible for the safety and well-being of their children on Library property.
9. Cooperate with staff and allow belongings to be searched if asked by staff.
10. Use all Library areas, including sidewalks and patio, safely and lawfully.
11. Stay out of non-public areas.
12. Leave the Library at the designated closing time.
13. Refrain from petitioning, soliciting, gambling, advertising or selling merchandise of any kind for any purpose in the building (except as part of a Library sanctioned event).
14. Use the meeting room in accordance with the Welwood Murray Memorial Library Meeting Room policy.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS AND FORMS OF CONDUCT ARE NOT PERMITTED:

1. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
2. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or in possession of any intoxicating drug or alcoholic substance in the Library or on Library grounds.
3. Sleeping.
4. Smoking or using e-cigarettes anywhere in the building or within 20 feet of any entrance to the Library.
5. Spitting.
6. Entering the Library with animals, birds or vehicles, except as required by persons with disabilities.
7. Bringing into the Library more than two personal items described as bags/purses/backpacks, or any oversized item too large to fit under one study chair.
8. Urinating or defecating anywhere on Library property, other than in the public restroom facilities.
9. Parking bicycles, wagons or carts anywhere other than the designated bike rack area.
10. Utilizing any Library space, seating, tables or equipment for more than one hour without actively using Library resources and services.
11. Disruptive or unsafe behavior which interferes with the use of the Library by others or with the staff’s ability to function.
12. Using loud, threatening, sexual or any harassing language toward staff or other users.
13. Any sexual misconduct such as exposure or inappropriate touching.
14. Playing any audio equipment or device at a level which interferes with other customers’ ability to use the Library.
15. Cell phones must have the ringers turned off and conversations must be held outside.
16. Verbal or physical fighting.
17. Stalking, following, staring or invading another person’s physical space causing annoyance or harm.
18. Entering the Library with any firearm, knife or other weapon prohibited by any local, state, or federal law or regulation.
19. Use of skates or skateboards on Library property.
20. Damaging, destroying or stealing any customer’s or employee’s property.

VIOLATION OF THE LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT RESULTS IN:

Violation 1: Verbal warning given by staff and/or security.
Violation 2: Seven (7) day suspension of Library use and privileges.
Violation 3: Three (3) month suspension of Library use and privileges.
Violation 4+: Library use and privileges may be permanently revoked.

To appeal this process, submit a written request to the Director of Library Services, Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

In case of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior that violates the Public Code of Conduct, the Library reserves the right to expel the offending person(s) from the building immediately by security and/or police.

The Library also reserves the right to revoke use of the Library and its grounds for repeated failure to comply with this Code of Conduct.

We appreciate your cooperation with this code of conduct.

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Children Left Unattended In the Library Policy

NOTICE: PARENTS, GUARDIANS & CAREGIVERS

The Library welcomes and encourages use by children of all ages. However, our Library policy requires that all children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

The Library staff cannot accept responsibility or liability for the safety, care, supervision or entertainment of children unaccompanied by adults.

For safety and security reasons children dropped at the Library, and not attended by an adult over the age of 18, the parent or guardian will be contacted to pick up the minor child. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached then the Police Department will be contacted. The Police Department will contact parents, guardians or caregivers who may then pick-up the children there.

The Library reserves the right to revoke use of the Library and its grounds for repeated disregard for this policy and/or offenses, for the safety of the minor child. Suspension of Library privileges may also be initiated.

Anyone wishing to appeal this action may submit a written request to the Director of Library Services, Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

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Internet / WiFi Acceptable Use Policy / Code of Conduct

Welwood Murray Memorial Library, a branch of the Palm Springs Public Library, is committed to providing free and open access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds.

The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. Currently, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium of information. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of excellent information, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, illegal, inaccurate, misleading and/or incomplete.

Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet. Library staff, and the library selected Internet sites on the Library’s homepage, palmspringslibrary.org can be good starting points for Internet searches that are consistent with the Library’s mission and service roles.

ACCESS BY MINORS

The Library affirms, and honors, the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their own children’s use of all library materials and resources, including the Internet. The Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by minors.

The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Library users use the Internet at their own risk. Parents are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway, at www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway.

Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the child and the parent or guardian. Any child 8 years old or younger must use the Internet with an adult over 18 years of age. The Library does not act in loco parentis, and cannot substitute its judgment for that of parents or enforce parents’ decisions about their children’s Internet use.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • All users are asked to respect the privacy of other users and not attempt to censor or comment upon what others are viewing.
  • Internet access is provided in the library through a limited number of public computers. Use of the public computers is on a first-come basis for up to 30 min. session. We ask that you share Library resources with others and allow others to use computers and charging stations and not monopolize Library resources if others are waiting.
  • Unacceptable use of the Internet will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:
    • Using the Internet for illegal activities, including, but not limited to, using the Internet in violation of 47 USC 223 (a) to make, create, solicit, or initiate transmissions of obscene material or displaying harmful, offensive text or graphics when minors are present;
    • Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system;
    • Damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software;
    • Interfering with systems operations, integrity or security;
    • Gaining unauthorized access to another person’s files;
    • Sending harassing messages to other computer users;
    • Altering or attempting to alter the library computer’s configuration;
    • Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

The library’s computer workstations are set up for optimal usage by a single individual. In some cases, such as a parent/guardian with children, it may be important for two or more people to work together at a computer workstation. However, if a group creates a disturbance to the effective use of the library by others, they will be asked to correct the behavior, or leave the computer area.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Free WiFi access is also available throughout the Library for those users who have their own computer laptop or internet enabled device.

  • Users are responsible for knowing how to configure their own equipment.
  • Library staff cannot provide technical assistance in configuring our users’ wireless devices or in troubleshooting access problems.
  • The library’s wireless Internet access is not encrypted. Wireless users are urged not to send personal, financial or any confidential information over the library wireless network.
  • The Welwood Murray Memorial Library is not responsible for damage or loss due to security breaches, electrical surges or disruptions of wireless service.

Copies of this policy shall be made available to any person upon request, shall be provided to persons desiring to obtain a library card, and shall be posted on the library’s website and at other appropriate locations to inform the public of the library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

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Photography and Filming in the Library

The Welwood Murray Memorial Library prides itself on providing a safe and enjoyable experience to all its users, offering an atmosphere conducive to everyone’s right to unimpeded and enjoyable library use. The Library also recognizes that there are times when the desire or need to capture a permanent image of an event or the building is important.

To retain the privacy of Library users as well as the aforementioned safe and enjoyable space, the following is the stated policy for photography, filming and recording in the Library.

  • AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY
    Casual noncommercial photography intended to record a visit to the public areas of the Library is permitted provided that such photography:
    • does not interfere in any way with Library operations
    • does not capture identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission (see photo release form)
    • does not feature minors without permission of their parent or legal guardian (see photo release form)
    • no supplemental lighting is used
    • Individuals wishing to take photographs or film of the Library building and/or inanimate objects for personal use may do so without special permission
    • nonprofit filming projects that require special equipment, staff involvement, or after-hours access should be registered and cleared with the Library Services & Public Relations Manager or Director of Library Services. 
  • COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
    Individuals or organizations seeking to do photography or filming for commercial purposes will be referred to the City of Palm Springs Public Information Officer. 
  • MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY
    News media are asked to contact the Library Services & Public Relations Manager or the Director of Library Services to request use of the Library facilities for photography or filming activity, prior to arriving at the facility and be asked to complete a photo release form [available from library administration] if individual likenesses are to be captured. 
  • PHOTOGRAPHY OR RECORDING BY LIBRARY STAFF WITHIN THE BUILDING AND/OR AT EVENTS
    It should be noted that the Welwood Murray Memorial Library is a public building and your entrance constitutes permission for your photograph, voice or image to be recorded. Furthermore, your attendance at any Welwood Murray Memorial Library sponsored event or program constitutes permission for your photograph, recorded voice or image to be used for promotional purposes; holding harmless the library and its agents and employees from and against any claims or liability arising from or related to the use, publication or distribution of the photographs, videos, and audio recordings and without further compensation.

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Welwood Murray Memorial Library Services

Library Materials Use and Library Cards

Library materials at this location are for IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY. Materials cannot be borrowed or checked-out.

Any material requests, inter-library loans or Reference Assistance are available only at the main library, the Palm Springs Public Library, located at 300 S. Sunrise Way.

Library materials from the main Library CANNOT be returned to the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. If materials are left they will continue to accumulate fines and we cannot guarantee when/if the materials will be returned to the main library location.

Library Cards will not be issued at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. To get a library card and access all the materials and services, please visit the Palm Springs Public Library. We cannot access any library card user’s account information, renew materials, pay fines or fees or replace a lost or stolen library card at the Welwood location; all transactions need to be done at the main Library on Sunrise Way.

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Public Computer Usage and Printing

There are eight public computers available for use. Each session is 30 minutes and can be used without a library card. There is a code/name on each computer to identify it and must be used to log in as well as retrieve and identify any print jobs.

Computers should not be monopolized. If others are waiting to use the computers, once the original 30 minute session ends, the user should allow the next person waiting to use the computer. If there is no one waiting another session may be started.

Printing

Black and white printing is available from the public computers. We recommend that before sending any job to print that it is viewed in print preview to determine that all pages will be printed correctly. It is the responsibility of the user to do this in advance, because once the print job is sent to print, each page must be paid for at a cost of $0.25 per page to print.

WiFi and WiFi Printing FAQs

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Community Room Rental

Community Room 1 Community Room 2

All reservations for the Welwood Murray Memorial Library Community room rental/use must be scheduled in advance.  All inquiries should be made to the main Palm Springs Public Library.  They should ask to speak to the Library Services & Public Relations Manager (760-416-6731) for availability and reservations.

The room is available to rent in 4 hour increments during the hours of operation. Right now there are no after hour rentals available. The cost for the room is $210.00 per/rental (min. 4 hr.)—or—$630.00 per day + processing/set-up fee of $26.00 per reservation. Total fee is due at time of reservation (in advance) to hold the reservation.

A 50% discount is available to valid non-profit organizations with proof of 501(c)3 status.

The room capacity is 38 people.  We have seating for 38 people lecture-style. We have 4 tables to arrange in classroom style for 8 or in a board meeting style for 12.

If the room is available at the date/time requested then the Facility Use Application & Agreement form must be completed along with payment in full (cash/check/Visa or MasterCard). Payment in full must be received to secure the reservation. Library policies, outlined in the application form, must be adhered to by the party renting the room. The room rental is subject to availability; all Library functions take precedence. The Library does not discriminate; the room is available to all interested parties that are able to pay the rental fee and adhere to the Library policies.

CANCELLATION: Must cancel within 72 hours of the event (business days) for a full refund, otherwise payment received is nonrefundable. In the event of a valid cancellation, any refund (less the $26 processing fee) will be made via check to the responsible party and will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process. It will be sent to the name and address listed on the Facility Use Application & Agreement form.

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