MORRILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closed Saturdays July 1 through Labor Day
Closed Sundays from Memorial Day - Columbus Day Weekend

Policies

Acceptable Use

Reasoning and Rationale

The Morrill Memorial Library (“Library”) provides computer services, including free access to the Internet, in accordance with the Library’s mission to provide access to an extensive collection of informational resources and materials through up-to-date technology, programs and workshops. The Internet does not fall under the control or governance of any single agency, government, or organization, including but not limited to the Library and the Town of Norwood. The Library cannot control access points, which often change rapidly and unpredictably.

Who is Covered?

This Policy gives a general outline of the terms of use and expectations for all patrons, staff and visitors using the Morrill Memorial Library’s computer equipment and its voice/data/video networks. All eligible persons who use such computers, equipment and network facilities are bound by this Policy as a condition for using these resources and are expected to follow the guidelines contained herein for acceptable use as described below. By using the Library’s computers, equipment and/or voice/data/video networks, patrons, staff and visitors are agreeing to abide by the Morrill Memorial Library Acceptable Use Policy as a condition of continued use.

What is included?

The technology covered by this Policy consists of the Library’s voice, data and video networks and all computer equipment, software, printers, copiers and other peripherals provided for use. Computers owned by individuals are not subject to these use restrictions, except in regards to their connection to or access of the Morrill Memorial Library network or use of library licensed software or resources and to the extent use of such computers constitutes a prohibited use as discussed below.

Acceptable Uses

The Morrill Memorial Library’s technology (computer and network) resources are intended for educational, recreational, scholarly, and personal uses. The Library provides guidance in the use of the Internet through instruction and through the norwoodlibrary.org website, which identifies specific websites that are authoritative, helpful to users, and appropriate to the library’s mission and goals. The Library is not responsible for the content or validity of any third party website or link identified through the norwoodlibrary.org website or accessible from the Library’s computer and network resources. While any child with a library card may use a computer, parents/caregivers are responsible for the information selected and
accessed by their children. Computers in the Children’s Department are reserved for use by children and their parents/caregivers.

With regard to equipment that is borrowed, the patrons have a responsibility to return the equipment on time and in good condition.

Borrowers may be responsible for the full replacement cost of equipment and related peripherals, including but not limited to software, not timely returned or returned in poor condition and may be subject to fines if items are returned late.

Prohibited Uses

Prohibited uses of the Morrill Memorial Library's network and computer facilities include those uses which: infringe on another individual's right to privacy; adversely affect the user community inside or outside of the Library; violate federal and/or state laws (including but not limited to laws governing copyright, privacy and harassment); violate Library policy; or are not allowed under the terms of our software licenses.

Additional examples of prohibited uses include, but are not limited to:
● Unauthorized reading, copying, or modification of files, network traffic or electronic mail other than your own.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees March 10, 2015
● Unauthorized use of someone else's password, or sharing of passwords.
● Intentional damage or disruption to hardware, software, services, security devices or codes, or the intentional creation or distribution of viruses, worms, malware or other forms of electronic mayhem.
● Unauthorized access via the voice/data/video networks to computers or network traffic at other locations or tampering with the Library networks or hardware services.
● Abuse of printing privileges, including violation of copyright.
● Distributing obscene or abusive messages or engaging in other forms of harassment.
● Unlawful disclosure, use, and/or dissemination of personal identification regarding minors.
● Engaging in harassing activities via social networks using Library networks or computers.
● Placing excessive demands on the Library network or server capacity.
● Obtaining, storing, using, or sharing copyrighted material (e.g., software, text, images, sounds or video in electronic form, etc.) without proper credit to and permission from the copyright owner.
● Unauthorized use of file-sharing software or other applications or equipment that creates excessive network traffic or attempts to circumvent network security or management systems.
● Allowing unauthorized access to the Morrill Memorial Library network through any computer, modem, or network device (including wireless access points).
● Failure to return borrowed equipment within the loan period.
● Losing or damaging equipment, software, or data belonging to the library or other users.
● Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications.
● Illegal activity.
● Changing software configurations or settings on Library computers.

Installation of Software

You are prohibited from disabling Library-installed virus protection or time management software. No copy of software may be used on the Library's computer or network resources unless a valid license to use that copy has been obtained and provided to Library staff in advance, including shareware, software, applications and programs downloaded from the Internet.
It is illegal to make unauthorized copies of software, shareware, applications and programs. Copyright laws protect software authors and publishers, just as they protect authors of printed material.  Any software, shareware, applications and programs installed by individual users must be consistent in intent and practice with the Acceptable Uses outlined above.

Privacy Concerns

The Morrill Memorial Library computing and network resources are the property of the Library and under its administration and management. While technical staff and administrators will not casually or routinely monitor traffic content, the Library reserves
the right to monitor activities performed on library owned computers or networks. These systems should not be considered secure, and discretion should be used when sending and storing highly sensitive or confidential information. By using the Library’s computing and network resources, users consent to such monitoring and that they have no expectation of privacy in the use thereof. Users are advised to log out of any programs and websites after terminating use. The Library assumes no liability for any damage to user data or lose of user privacy sustained while using its networks and/or resources.

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with this Policy or other relevant Library policies may result in loss of privileges. Serious or multiple infractions may cause the user to be denied access to Library equipment, services and resources, such as but not limited to computers, workstations, printers, databases and network access.  Moreover, failure to comply with these policies, particularly where non-compliance results in the violation of federal or state law, may expose the user to criminal and civil liability. Certain kinds of computer hacking, computer abuse, and computerrelated fraud are not only against this policy, they are illegal. The Library may report suspected criminal conduct to the appropriate authorities.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees March 10, 2015

Borrowing

  • Library users must have a Minuteman Network library card to borrow materials. Free borrowing privileges are extended to all Massachusetts residents.
  • Cardholders may choose a "PIN" number (personal identification number) to access their library record from a home or library computer.
  • Cardholders may also receive email and text message notification of due date, reserves, and overdues.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 3 weeks
  • CD Books, Playaways, CDs: 3 weeks
  • Summer Reading List Books: 3 weeks (no renewals)
  • Speed Reads: 2 weeks (no renewals)
  • DVDs, feature films: 7 days (no renewals)
  • DVDs, non-fiction: 7 days
  • DVD TV series: 3 weeks (no renewals)

Other limitations may apply
Any materials checked out in Norwood are subject to our loan periods and fines.

Renewals
Most library materials checked out in Norwood can be renewed 3 times. Exceptions include items on reserve or on a reading list, items obtained from outside the Minuteman Network, Speed Reads, TV series, DVDs, and feature DVDs. Renewals are 3 weeks (non-fiction DVDs for one) from the day of renewal and may be made in person, online, or by phone, using your library card number.

Reserves and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Items available for loan in this library or any other Minuteman Library may be requested through the Minuteman Catalog. They will be delivered to this library for your convenience. Items not owned by a Minutemen library may be requested using the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat).

Fines and other charges

  • Adult Materials: $.05 per day up to $2.00 per item
  • Speed Reads: $ .25 per day up to $10.00 per item
  • Children's print materials: $.05 per day up to $.50 per item
  • Museum Passes: $5.00 per day up to $20.00 per item
  • Lost museum pass: $30.00
  • DVDs: $.25 per day up to $5.00 per item
  • Items from outside the Minuteman Library Network (i.e., ILL): $2.00 per day up to $20.00
  • Summer Reading List (print): $.05 per day up to $2.00 per item
  • Museum pass not picked up: $5.00
  • Replacement of Morrill Memorial Library card: Free

Ages 60 and over can be exempt from overdue fines on most Norwood materials. Ask about senior exemptions at the Circulation Desk.

Museum Passes (free or reduced price admission)
Passes may be reserved by Norwood residents and those employed full time in Norwood (proof of emplyment required). A valid Minuteman library card is required to borrow passes. Any fines must be paid before checking out a pass.

Please, visit our Museum Pass page for me information.

Children's

Parents, legal guardians and caregivers are responsible for the safety and behavior of children.

All children must follow the Library Rules of Conduct and use the Library appropriately.

Children under the age of 10 must be supervised by a responsible parent, legal guardian or caregiver.

The Library cannot assume responsibility for children while a parent, legal guardian or caregiver is participating in a Library program or other activity in the Library.

The length of time that any child over the age of 10 is left unattended in the Library should not exceed the child’s comfort level with the situation.

Adults unaccompanied by a child in the children’s area may be asked to move to another area of the Library.

Computers are for children and adult accompanying them, but children have priority over adult users.

Copies of the full “Children in the Library” rules are available at the Children’s Desk.

Meeting Rooms

1. The Meeting rooms at the Morrill Memorial Library are available without charge to local, non-profit groups for educational, informational or cultural meetings or programs. No meeting is allowed that promotes any business or commercial activity. No marketing of any kind is allowed. All meetings and programs must be open to the public without charge regardless of whether an individual is a member of the organization.

2. All groups requesting use of the Simoni or Trustees Room must fill out an application form provided by the library and must indicate a person of legal age (18) who will be responsible for the room.

3. Use of the Meeting Rooms for library purposes will take precedence over all other reservations. Reservations are accepted during the summer for the following fall, winter and spring. To allow flexibility for library sponsored events, the library administration reserves the right to reschedule or cancel room reservations. Every effort will be made to avoid such cancellations. As much advance notice as possible will be given.

4. The Simoni Meeting Room is located adjacent to the reference Department. For that reason we request that all groups using the Simoni Room show consideration for people using the Reference area of the library. Please enter and leave the room quietly. Doors to the Simoni room must be closed during meetings.

5. An amplification system with assisted listening devices is available. Other amplification systems may be used with prior approval.

6. Attendance must be limited to the capacity of the Meeting Rooms. Groups or organizations using the meeting rooms must follow the instructions of the library or custodial stall at all times in regard to the safe and orderly operation of the library. Groups must leave the building fifteen minutes before the library’s normally scheduled closing time. Groups may stay up to 30 minutes past closing but must arrange to do so in advance and will pay a $20 custodial fee.

7. Library parking is limited. If the spaces identified as library parking are filled, people attending meetings must park on the street or in the large parking lot behind the Congregational Church across Winter Street. Do not use spaces reserved for the office building next door. Do not park in the driveway in front of the Congregational Church.

8. Nothing may be bought or sold nor may any fee be charged.

9. Use of tobacco products or alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the library.

10. A kitchen is available for serving light refreshments. It should be left clean and all food should be removed.  Spills or other accidents requiring custodial attention must be reported immediately.

11. The library is not responsible for the loss or damage of an organization’s property (or the property of an individual in attendance), nor it is responsible for any bodily harm that comes to an individual in attendance.

12. If the library closes because of weather conditions, an attempt will be made to notify people who have reserved rooms. If there is any doubt, call the library. Storm closing announcements will be on the library’s telephone recording.

13. The library may not be used as the mailing address for any group or organization.

14. The fact that a group or organization is permitted to meet at the library in no way constitutes an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the library.

15. The library’s telephones may not be used for incoming or outgoing calls except in an emergency. A public phone is located on the first floor.

16. Reservations may be made in person or by telephone, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Director’s office. The reservation is not confirmed until the written application is completed and returned to the library. The individual making the reservation will be responsible for the conduct of the group and the protection of library property. If a meeting is cancelled the library must be notified promptly.

17. A television, VCR, and projection table are available for use. This equipment must be reserved separately from the room you will be using. The individual making the reservation will be responsible for the equipment.

18. Only videocassettes of DVDs for which public performance rights have been purchased may be shown in the library.

19. The Board of Library Trustees and the Director of the library have final authority concerning the use of the meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. They reserve the right to refuse use of the facilities to meetings and programs that might disrupt library service or not be in the best interests of the library.

20. Room Use Regulations & Room Use Application

Museum Passes


For information regarding privacy at the Morrill Memorial Library, please visit the Minuteman Library Network privacy policy page.

Social Media

Social Networking Policy
Social networking software is defined as any website or application which allows Library staff and community members to interact via virtual communication and may allow users to associate a ‘profile’ or presence with the Library’s. The Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any library-sponsored social
networking service, and does not endorse or review content outside the pages created by Library staff.
Social networking sites may be hosted by the Library. These may be used for program promotion, reference assistance, general library information, or other similar activities. The role and usefulness of a Library site will be evaluated periodically by Library professional staff. A Library site may be terminated at any time without notice to the subscribers.
Public and staff comments, posts, and messages are welcome on Library social networking sites. All such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy by the Library. The Library reserves the right to edit or modify any postings or comments for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post. All postings deemed unacceptable* or non-relevant will be removed.
The Library has the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages in other public venues.  By using such sites and posting comments, posts, and/or messages, the user consents to the reproduction thereof in accordance with this Policy. Identifying information, other than first name, will be removed unless prior approval is granted by the user.
*Includes obscene or racist content, personal attacks or threatening language, potentially libelous statements, plagiarized or material under copyright, private or personal information published without consent, comments or hyperlinks unrelated to the content of the forum, commercial promotions or spam, organized political activity, images that fall in any of the above categories

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