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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Library Policies

 

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Computer workstations and Internet access are provided to library patrons to be utilized in the fulfillment of the Library's mission of providing access to quality information, resources, and services in a variety of formats and technologies, as stated in the Citrus County Library System Mission Statement. 

The use of public access computers constitutes acceptance that users will comply with Federal, State, and Local laws, as well as library policies. Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to enforce the Library’s Code of Conduct and/or to prohibit use by persons who fail to comply with the Internet and Computer Use Policy as stated or implied herein. Parents or designated guardians are responsible for their children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents and guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s computer and Internet resources are requested to monitor their children’s computer and Internet use.

COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS

Computer workstations are located in public areas. What patrons view is not private. All patrons should be considerate of other library users and refrain from displaying materials that might reasonably be considered objectionable. In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 847.011(1)(a) and Chapter 847.0133(1), displaying obscene materials to minors or printing such materials may be a violation of the law and could result in penalties up to and including imprisonment. 

Citrus County residents must have a library card to log on to any public access computer. Visitors and non-residents may request a one day computer use only access pass. Computer workstation use is limited to 60-minute sessions. Sign-up is required for each time period. A daily maximum of 3 hours per user is enforced.

INTERNET ACCESS

The Internet changes daily and information is often not verifiable as accurate. Errors and intentional misinformation sometimes occur, therefore patrons should always assess the validity of any materials found and be aware that Internet sites may not always be available, for a variety of reasons. The Library is not responsible for the accuracy of information on the Internet or the availability of specific Internet sites. Materials from these sources may be subject to copyright laws and may not be copied without permission of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition of Fair Use. 

All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all Library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Only parents may restrict their children from access to Internet resources accessible through the Library. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

FILTERING TECHNOLOGY

The Library supports the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to direct their own children in the use of the Internet. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Public Law 106-554, the Library provides filtered Internet access on all Internet capable computers. Filtered Internet access may restrict access to sites that could be deemed inappropriate, objectionable, or harmful to minors, but may also limit access to sites that have legitimate research value. No filtering system is completely effective or efficient. Patrons may request that a specific site be blocked or unblocked by filling out a Request to Re-evaluate Library Materials / Web Sites Form available at each library.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida Statute 815.05. Unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities are prohibited.

The library avoids collecting or maintaining records that could compromise the privacy of patrons. Nevertheless, patrons must also exercise caution when using the Internet to avoid unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information. 

The Library is not responsible for insuring the privacy of information transferred over the public network. Due to the fundamentally insecure nature of public computer networks, the Library does not recommend the use of its computers for online shopping, ordering merchandise, or electronic banking. 

While the Library does not block these activities, it (1) does not ensure the provision of secure connections to support them; (2) does not provide support or troubleshooting for electronic financial transactions; and (3) is not liable for these personal financial transactions. 

To address the issue of the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail and other forms of direct electronic communications, as well as the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors, the Library urges parents and minors to keep in mind and adhere to the following safety guidelines: 

  • Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number.
  • Let parents or guardians decide whether personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information should be revealed. 
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via the computer without parents' or guardians' approval. 
  • Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make one uncomfortable. 
  • Have parents or guardians report an incident to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678, if one becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography. 
  • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. 
  • Remember that everything one reads may not be true.

Disclaimer

Information on this site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The Citrus County Library System disclaims any liability for any errors or omissions.

Get a Library Card

lib-card-webLibrary card membership gives you access to books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs, and lots more. Library cards are available to anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Citrus County. Everyone, from adults to kids, is encouraged to get a library card--the smartest card in your wallet.

To get a card

Stop in at any of our libraries and we'll sign you up for a card right away. The process takes less than ten minutes--and in return, a world of learning and knowledge opens for you!

To join the library and get a card, show us:
  • A photo ID such as a driver's license or military ID
  • Proof of your current Citrus County address, such as your driver's license, utility bill, rental agreement, or other piece of official mail with your address
or
  • Proof of employment, whether it's a pay stub or official document
Non-residents may purchase a three year library card for $10.00. Children under the age of 16 may obtain a library card with a parent or guardian signature verifying identity and residency. Lost card replacements cost $1.00.

About your card

Our library card memberships are issued for a period of 3 years, and are honored in all five Citrus County Library System branches. A library card is required for electronic transactions such as downloadable ebooks & audiobooks or certain databases.

Loan periods: 14 days for books, audio materials like cassettes or CDs, and video materials like DVDs. 21 days for interlibrary loans, which are items borrowed from partner libraries outside the Citrus County Library System.

Materials on loan to another borrower may be placed on request through the library catalog. Materials may be requested from any of the Citrus County Library System branches through the library catalog and delivered to the branch location of choice. Materials not owned by the Citrus County Library System may be attainable through Interlibrary Loan. Ask your reference librarian for more information.

Locations & Hours

Central Ridge Library 

Central Ridge


425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Beverly Hills, FL 34465-4281
Phone: (352) 746-6622


Hours 
Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Fri - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm

 
Coastal Region Library

Coastal Region


8619 W. Crystal St.
Crystal River, FL 34428-4468
Phone: (352) 795-3716

 

Hours 
Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Fri - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm

Floral City Public Library

Floral City


8360 E. Orange Avenue
Floral City, FL 34436-3200
Phone: (352) 726-3671

 

Hours 
Tues, Thu, 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Wed, Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm

Homosassa Public Library

Homosassa


4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.
Homosassa, FL 34446-1120
Phone: (352) 628-5626

 

Hours 
Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Fri - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm

Lakes Region Library

Lakes Region


1511 Druid Rd.
Inverness, FL 34452-4507
Phone: (352) 726-2357

 

Hours 
Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Fri - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm

Library Administration

425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Beverly Hills, FL 34465-4281
Phone: (352) 746-9077
Fax: (352) 746-9493
TTY: (352) 249-1292

Administration Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Ask a Librarian

What can we do for you today?

Ask A Librarian, Florida’s virtual reference service, is designed to handle requests similar to those asked at the reference desk in the library or by telephone. A trained information professional can guide you to the answer you need in minutes rather than your wasting hours navigating hundreds of unhelpful and irrelevant web sites. More than 100 libraries statewide collaborate to provide this service to their patrons and the patrons of other participating libraries.

There are three formats in which virtual reference questions can be submitted. You can choose to either:

1. Chat now with a Librarian

With the exception of holidays, live Chat is available: * Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 am – Midnight * Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Chat allows you to communicate with a librarian in real time.

2. Text message a Librarian

With the exception of holidays, Text Messaging is available: * Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 am – Midnight * Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Our texting service means you can text us from your mobile phone at the moment you need assistance from wherever you are! Use Text to ask simple, quick questions (up to 160 characters) that can be answered in brief responses. You will text a local phone number and include a keyword before your question. You will receive an answer from a live librarian within minutes! * Local phone number: (352) 354-2991 (you must include the area code) *Start your message with the keyword: cls Since Ask A Librarian is staffed by real librarians from public, academic, and special libraries throughout Florida, you will most likely chat with or text a librarian who does not work at your local library and does not have access to your personal library records”

3. Email a Librarian at the Citrus County Library System

Questions may be submitted via email at any time. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, return email address, and as many details about your question as possible. A Librarian will get back to you within 72 hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For example, questions received on Friday will receive a response by the following Wednesday.

Ask a Librarian is administered by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium and is funded as part of the Florida Electronic Library by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.

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