Administration

The Davisville Free Library Association is the parent organization for the library and is the chief governing body of the library. The Association is open to the public.

The Davisville Library relies on donations to remain open and operating at the same level achieved since the 1999 renovations, although you do not have to become a member to check out books or use our facilities. We are a free public library.

Donating to the Davisville Free Library Association also entitles you to receive our newsletter by mail and attend members-only events and book sales.

We request donations through our annual letter campaign, which is mailed to North Kingstown residents who live north of Stony Lane. If you do not live in this area and would like to donate please ask at the desk for a donation envelope or simply send your donation to: Davisville Free Library, 481 Davisville Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852.

Policies

Davisville Free Library Technology Plan 2015

Policy for the Safety of Children in the Library

The Davisville Free Library staff hopes that the families who use our library will see our facility as a warm, inviting and fun place to be. We also hope that children will visit the library and develop a lifelong love of books, reading, learning, and libraries. However, we remind parents and guardians that they are responsible for their children while their children are at the library or attending programs. Children who are unable to lookout for their own safety shall not be left unattended at the library.

Parents must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet in the library. Parents are encouraged to watch their children as they use these resources. Children under 18 must have written approval from their parents or guardians for Internet usage. Permission forms are available from the librarian.

Use of Internet and Other Electronic Resources

The Davisville Free Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic resources to further our mission of providing informational and educational resources to our community.

By using the Davisville Free Library’s network, patrons agree to the following:

  • Each workstation is set up to run pre-installed library software only.
  • Do not attempt to run your own software, customized files, or change configurations.
  • Do not turn off the computer or reboot the system. Ask a library staff member for assistance.
  • When finished, please close the application you have used and return to the main menu.

 

DISCLAIMER

The Internet service contains many different kinds of material, some of which may be of a controversial or offensive nature. In offering Internet access, the library staff cannot control or assume responsibility for:

  • Access points reached,
  • the content of interactive communication such as e-mail and newsgroups,
  • the validity of information, or
  • accessibility due to technical difficulties or Internet reliability.

Parents must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet in the library. Parents are encouraged to watch their children as they use these resources.

INAPPROPRIATE USE

Display of sexually explicit graphics is prohibited.

Display or transmission of profane, abusive or threatening language is prohibited.

Use for informal conversations, such as chat group, is discouraged. Customers using the computers for this purpose will be asked to vacate the computers when others are waiting.

Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials is prohibited.

Violating any local, state, or federal statute is prohibited.

FILTERING/CIPA COMPLIANCE

In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Davisville Free Library applies filtering software to all computer workstations. At any time, computer users aged 17 and older who wish to visit a site that has been blocked by the filter may ask a library staff member to unblock that site.

SECURITY

Deliberate altering of any files or modifying the configuration of any computer or peripherals is considered a violation of computer system security and will result in the loss of library computer privileges, with possible legal ramifications.

Destruction or damage of equipment due to willful misuse will result in legal action.

Willful removal of any part of the computer will be considered theft and will result in legal action.

STAFF ASSISTANCE

Staff provides assistance, as time and knowledge permit.

Scheduled demonstrations are offered periodically. Please see a reference librarian to register.

Circulation and Reference books and manuals for self-instruction are available. Please ask a librarian.

COMPUTER USE TIME LIMITS

There is a 30 minute limit when others are waiting.

Workstations not-in-use will be logged-off five minutes before closing.

PRINTING

Black and white prints are 15 cents each and 25 cents for color. After completing your work, please pay the circulation librarian.

Do not refill paper trays. Ask a library staff member for assistance.

DOWNLOADING

You may bring your own flash drive if you wish to save or download files. The Library is not responsible for any damage to a personal flash drivewhen downloading. CAUTION: although we use a virus checker on the library’s computers, this will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a virus. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus-checking software on your computer.

Patrons violating any usage guideline will be asked to stop. If the violation continues, the patron will forfeit the right to use the computers at the Davisville Free Library.