Behavior and Conduct on Library Property Policy

Rules for Public Behavior and Conduct: To maintain an atmosphere appropriate for work, study, and enjoyment for all Library patrons and staff, the following policy on behavior in the Portsmouth Public Library and on Library properties has been established. The policy will be courteously, but firmly, enforced by library staff. Rules for public behavior and conduct are necessary to: Protect the rights of individuals to use library materials and services. Protect the rights of library employees to conduct library business without interference. Ensure the use of library buildings, materials, and services by the greatest number of individuals. Preserve library facilities… Read More »

Borrowing Policy

Obtaining a Library Card All persons who wish to borrow materials from the Library must obtain a library card. The library card must be presented each time materials are borrowed. A picture ID may be accepted in lieu of a library card one time before a replacement card will be required. The following persons may obtain a Portsmouth Public Library card by presenting valid identification: Ohio Residents Kentucky Residents from Greenup and Lewis Counties Students attending educational institutions in Scioto County Valid identification for persons 18 years and older will be defined as a valid state or federal issued picture… Read More »

Display, Exhibit and Bulletin Board Policy

The Portsmouth Public Library provides displays and exhibits throughout all library locations to highlight new materials, reintroduce existing collections and stimulate interest in library resources, services or programs. Selection of Displays or Exhibits Library displays and exhibits are planned, organized, and/or implemented by a designated committee. The committee is composed of the following members: Adult Services Coordinator, Outreach Services Coordinator, Youth Services Coordinator and Branch Supervisors. The committee uses the following criteria in making decisions about display topics, materials, and accompanying resources: Community needs and interest Format and style are suitable for intended audience (all materials will be reviewed for… Read More »

Internet Safety Policy

It is the policy of the Portsmouth Public Library to use technology protection measures in an attempt to: a)  Prevent access to or transmission of inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of electronic communication; b)  Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; c)  Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification of minors; and d)  Comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)]. Access to Inappropriate Material To the extent practical, technology protection measures shall be used to block or filter Internet content. Specifically, as required by… Read More »

Meeting Room Use Policy

The primary purpose of the meeting rooms at all Portsmouth Public Library locations is to provide facilities for library related activities. Needs of the library for the use of the meeting rooms take precedence over use by outside groups. As a community service, the Library makes its meeting rooms available for use by nonprofit community groups when they are not being used for library related activities. Meeting rooms are available to the public for civic, cultural, or educational programs or meetings. Trade or professional associations are interpreted to be educational groups. All meetings and programs must be non-soliciting in nature… Read More »

Patron Access to the Internet

The Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) provides public access to the Internet through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). Misuse or abuse of Library computers or Internet access may result in suspension of Internet access privileges including a one-week suspension for the first violation and permanent suspension for a second violation. Appeals regarding these suspensions may be made to the PPL Library Director or the Library Board of Trustees. Guidelines: All patrons who access the Internet on a Library computer or device must first acknowledge acceptance of the provisions of this policy. Patrons accessing the library’s network on personal devices… Read More »

Privacy Policy

Minors are advised to get their parents’ permission before providing any personal information online. Forms on this web site may require users to provide contact information. Contact information is only used when a staff member needs to reach the user regarding a submitted request. When a page is requested from our web site, our web servers automatically recognize the user’s domain and IP address (an identifier for a computer or device that is used to route Internet traffic, or basically your “address” on the Internet.) This information may be used to obtain usage statistics or web site hits. We do… Read More »

Programming Policy

The Portsmouth Public Library supports its mission of connecting people with each other and the world by offering creative, fun and educational services by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities for information, learning, and entertainment. Programming is an integral component of library service that: Expands the Library’s role as a community resource Introduces customers and non-users to Library resources Provides entertainment Provides opportunities for lifelong learning Expands the visibility of the library Programs are developed by Library staff with review and approval of the Director on a quarterly basis. Ultimate responsibility for programming at the Library rests with… Read More »

Public Records Policy

Openness leads to a better-informed citizenry, which leads to better government and better public policy. It is the policy of the Portsmouth Public Library (“the Library”) to strictly adhere to its obligations under Ohio’s Public Records Law. All records of the Library are public unless they are exempt from disclosure under Ohio or Federal law, such as under the exemption in the Ohio Revised Code Section 149.432 that prohibits the Library from releasing any library records or from disclosing any patron information except in those situations specified in the statute. Section 1: Public Records Portsmouth Public Library, in accordance with… Read More »

Request for Reconsideration Policy and Form

The Portsmouth Public Library and the Board of Library Trustees support the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. The Portsmouth Public Library and the Board of Library Trustees also value the community member’s right to express their concerns regarding materials that are a part of the library’s collection or exhibits, programs or displays in the library. If there is an objection to an item being in the Library’s collection, an exhibit, a program or a display, a library patron has the option to request that the item, collection, exhibit, program or display be re-evaluated by the Review Committee of… Read More »