Patron Code of Conduct

Onondaga Free Library is a public institution that endeavors to provide for its users an environment suitable for reading, study and activities related to library programs and other community activities. To promote this goal, the Board of Trustees of the Onondaga Free Library has adopted the following rules governing the use of the Library.

  1. Patrons must respect the rights of staff and other patrons at all times.
  2. Patrons must not disturb others by engaging in disruptive behavior.
  3. Patrons must not interfere with an employee’s performance of his or her duties. Proscribed behavior includes, but is not limited to: verbal abuse, offensive gestures or language, threats of violence, sexual harassment, downloading, storing, printing, or any public display of illegal material or any material which interferes with the activities of Library staff or patrons, and any activity which contributes to a hostile or threatening environment.
  4. The use of electronic equipment which may disturb other patrons or staff is prohibited in the public areas of the Library. This includes, but is not limited to: cell phones (silence them), audio equipment, and other electronic devices.
  5. Patrons may not engage in any illegal activity on the library premises.
  6. Solicitation of funds, distribution of literature, or sale of goods is forbidden, except by permission of the library director or other staff designated by the library director. Posted notices are limited to those submitted by non-profit organizations.
  7. Use of any tobacco products or other drugs in the Library is prohibited.
  8. Food and drink are not permitted at the computer stations.
  9. Gambling, offensive bodily hygiene, rollerblading, skateboarding, sleeping, spitting, or staring at others is prohibited.
  10. Shoes and shirts are required of all persons entering the building.
  11. Animals may not be brought into the Library unless they are required for a disabled person or are part of an authorized Library activity.
  12. Patrons must not damage or deface library furnishings, equipment, or facilities. This includes no feet on furniture or walls or moving Library furniture.  Library materials must not be damaged or defaced intentionally by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, using paper clips, or removing bindings. Library staff will use their discretion and may charge patrons for damage that occurs to above stated items.
  13. Library materials and property may not be removed from the building without proper checkout or authorization.
  14. Library materials may not be taken into restrooms.
  15. Children under the age of 8 and/or vulnerable individuals are the responsibility of their parents or caregivers and may not be left unattended in the library or on the premises. Vulnerable individuals means an individual with physical or cognitive impairment who may be unable to protect themselves from abuse or exploitation, and may not comprehend or be able to comply with library policies.
  16. Parents are responsible for overseeing the conduct of their children while at the library, the selection of materials for their own children, and for their children’s use of computer equipment and software within the library.
  17. Patrons are solely responsible for their personal property while at the library.
  18. Patrons are responsible for paying fines, fees, and other charges levied against their accounts in accordance with the Library’s fine policy.
  19. Patrons must follow posted guidelines on the use of electronic resources and equipment. This includes OFL's Internet Policy.
  20. Patrons must observe intellectual property laws, including United States Copyright Laws.

Patrons guilty of violation of the above rules may be removed from the library. Repeated violations may result in the revocation of library privileges. Library personnel will call police when necessary to enforce any of the above rules.

Approved October 26, 2016

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Circulation Policy

YOUR CARD WORKS AT ANY OF THE 32 PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN ONONDAGA COUNTY!

Checking Out

  • Patrons must have their library card or picture ID to check items out
  • Maximum of 50 items can be on a card at one time
  • Of these 50 items, you are allowed a maximum of 10 DVDs and 10 music CDs

Loaning Periods

  • Most books, audiobooks, music and magazines are loanable for 3 weeks
  • Most DVDs are loanable for 1 week

Renewals - Most items you get 2 renewals– You are only granted these renewals if the item has not been requested by another patron.  Renewals can be made online or by phone.

Holds - You can request items to be set aside for you

  • When placing a hold, you have the option of which library you would like to pick it up.
  • Once your request has come in and you are notified via email, phone or mobile text, you will have 7 days to pick the item up
  • You are allowed up to 50 hold requests at one time

Returns - You can return most items to any of the public libraries in the county

Fine Policy - Fines must be under $10 to check out materials

  • 25¢ per day for adult items - max $10
  • 10¢ per day for children’s and teen items - max $5
  • When you return items to OFL, you get 1 grace day
  • Fines of $3.00 or more can be paid online using a credit card or Paypal

*Note: Circulation and fine policies vary among OCPL.  Check your receipt for due dates.


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Computer Policy/User Agreement

Library users assume the responsibility for any damage to their personal property that may result from using library materials or from downloading information from library computers.  Onondaga Free Library assumes no liability for any damage to property allegedly caused by library materials or computers and will not pay for the repair of any property allegedly damaged as a result of using library materials or computers.

Computer User Guidelines

  • A valid OCPL library card in the patron’s name is required.  For visitors from outside Onondaga County, a valid ID can be used to get a guest pass.
  • Patrons must have no more than $50.00 in fines on their card.
  • Patrons must agree to these computer user guidelines each time they log on to our public computers.
  • Children under 7 years of age must have an adult present when using the computers.
  • A maximum of 2 patrons can be sitting at the same computer.
  • Ages 13 & up are guaranteed 2 hours when they log on to a computer.  Ages 12 & under are guaranteed 1 hour when they log on to a computer.  Time can be extended in 30 minute increments if no patrons are waiting- Please see staff to extend time.
  • Patrons must save files to their own portable drives, as the computers get wiped clean after each session.
  • One-sided printing is available: B&W 25¢/page & Color 50¢/page

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Internet Policy

Onondaga Free Library is pleased to be able to offer Internet access to the public.  This gateway increases the Library's ability to fulfill its mission of making information available to all.  This document outlines our policy regarding Internet access.  These rules are subject to revision at any time and users are responsible for staying informed about current policy.

  • Internet access is a privilege extended to the public by Onondaga Free Library.  This policy applies to both public access computers and computers brought onto OFL premises. Library staff reserves the right to end any computer session at its discretion.
  • The library's Internet access may be used for legal purposes only.  It is the responsibility of the user to acquaint himself/herself with what constitutes legal/illegal behavior on the Internet.  By using the access provided, the user agrees to indemnify Onondaga Free Library from any action taken against it as a result of the user’s illegal behavior.
  • Library patrons shall not use the library's Internet resources in any manner that violates library policy, federal, state or local laws.
  • Personal software shall not be installed or used without staff permission.  Library computers are not set up for gaming, chatrooms or instant messaging.  Web-based e-mail is acceptable, but the library does not provide online services such as AOL, MSN, etc.
  • The Internet is a largely unregulated, global information structure that contains material which is offensive to some and in some cases is unsuitable for children.  Onondaga Free Library supports the Constitutional right of free speech and does not censor any Internet content except for computers in the children’s area.  Only parents and guardians, not the library staff, may restrict children from Internet access or other library resources.  It is solely the responsibility of parents to monitor the Internet usage of their children.
  • The library prohibits the downloading, storage, printing or any public display of any material which interferes with the activities of library staff or patrons, or any activity which contributes to a hostile or threatening environment.
  • It is the responsibility of patrons to educate themselves regarding the use and navigation of the Internet.  The Library will provide pointers to materials within the library and to files and tutorials on the Internet to assist in this education.
  • By using the Internet access that Onondaga Free Library provides, you indicate agreement with the policies in this document and any additional policies posted at the Internet access terminal.

Approved June 28, 2006


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Meeting Room Policy

  1. Onondaga Free Library’s community room and small meeting rooms may be used by non-profit organizations, civic-oriented groups, or clubs for lawful activities. For-profit use is subject to approval of the Board of Trustees. One individual 18 years or older must be responsible for implementing the rules regulating the meeting room and signing the meeting room policy.
  2. Groups may use a room more than once a month upon request to the Director, with approval of the Board of Trustees. Due to parking capacity, room use may be restricted at the discretion of the Director and the Board of Trustees. To facilitate scheduling, requests should be made for each use at least two weeks in advance. A room cannot be reserved more than 60 days in advance. Notify the library as early as possible if meeting has been canceled or postponed.  In the event of library closing due to inclement weather or other emergency reason, all activities will be canceled.
  3. Meeting rooms are available for programs only during regular library hours or upon arrangement with the Director and at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. The programs must not disrupt library users.
  4. All programs must be open to the public. Therefore, events such as birthday parties, showers, reunions, business parties, and other personal celebrations are not permitted.
  5. Organizations using meeting rooms are responsible for setting up chairs, tables, and equipment as needed, and for restoring normal placement after meetings. Nothing may be hung on the walls. A normal amount of cleanup and housekeeping is expected by users, and they will be accountable for any damage. The user of the room is responsible for refuse and must take from the premises all refuse that is brought, created, or left in the usage of the room. No smoking is permitted in the meeting rooms or interior of the library.
  6. Priority for use of the facility is as follows: 1) Onondaga Free Library events, 2) Onondaga Town government uses, 3) Not for profit groups in the Town of Onondaga, then other not for profits in the area, 4) Profit making organizations.
  7. A $50 refundable deposit is required when the kitchen is used or when food is brought into the library for meetings. A minimum fee of $100 is for using the rooms by profit making groups or groups which charge admission to the facility. The Board reserves the right to require more of a fee if admission or entry fees are required in the use of the room. All groups using the meeting rooms are asked to make a donation to the library to maintain the room usage and provide more use to patrons.
  8. No use of the library telephones is permitted.
  9. Granting permission to use the library meeting room does not imply library endorsement of the aims, policies or activities of any group.
  10. A representative of the organization requesting the use of the meeting room must sign a copy of this policy; this signature represents acceptance of responsibility for all conditions listed above.  New policy must be signed every 12 months.

Approved 1/27/2016

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Photo Policy

OFL staff may take photos, videos and record audio of people enjoying the library’s many services and events. These images may be used for publicity purposes in print and electronic media, or ultimately published on the Internet.

*If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify a staff member.

Emergency Closing/Weather Policy

OFL maintains a regular schedule of hours open to the public.  It may become necessary to close the library, shorten hours or cancel programs when emergency conditions pose a safety hazard to the public and staff or prevent basic library functions. The decision to close the library or cancel scheduled programs is based upon one or more of the following:

  1. Severe weather and/or road conditions that cause hazardous traveling, such as significant snow or ice accumulation, extreme (subzero) temperatures, or blizzard conditions.  In the event that Westhill Schools are closed, OFL will open at noon, unless the weather is so severe that the Library Director decides to keep the library closed for the entire day.
  2. Failure of vital building services, extended power failure, condition of the building or its equipment.
  3. General health/safety emergency or other circumstances in which other governmental entities are closing.

The Library Director shall make the decision to close. If the Library Director is not available, the Assistant Director will decide.

Emergency closings are announced in as many ways as possible given the  circumstances  of  the  emergency  and  may  include  the  library  website,  library  answering machine, signs on doors, announcements on social media and on the following news outlets:

CNYCentral.com (channels 3 & 5)
LocalSYR.com (channel 9)
TWCNews.com (channel 10)