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Library Policies

Library policies about the use of library resources and services.
  • Technology Policy

    Policy for using computers and the internet.

    Library Technology Policies
    The Sedalia Public Library provides internet access in order to meet the
    informational needs of the community. The computers are free for patrons to
    and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The library cannot
    guarantee confidentiality or safety on the internet. The library is not responsible
    for the content available on the internet and assumes no responsibility for the
    use of information obtained from the internet.

    Public Computers & Wireless Internet Access Policies:
    1. Users must show proper ID or Library card to use the computers. Patrons
    may use the computers for a two-hour session. Longer sessions are
    acceptable if computers are available.
    2. Guest users should present proper ID to use the computers and are limited
    to one-hour session per day (exceptions can be made if computers are
    3. Wireless internet can be accessed through a passcode found at the desk.
    4. Users under 18 must have parental permission on file with their registration
    in order to use the public internet computers or to use WIFI. There are
    children’s computers (downstairs) that do not have internet access, which
    feature educational games that parents should monitor. These programs
    are designed for early learners.
    5. Anyone using the library’s public access computers, WIFI, hardware,
    software or documentation do so at their own risk. The library does not
    accept responsibility for injury to or loss of documents or personal devices.
    Users are responsible for their own work and for asking for assistance when
    6. Personal files or software cannot be saved on the hard drives of any
    library computers. A personal USB should be used to save documents.
    7. Only computer equipment and software installed by the Sedalia Public
    Library may be used on library computers. Adding, deleting or modifying
    existing hardware or software is not permitted.
    8. It is illegal to copy software programs protected by copyright laws.
    Computer and internet settings should not be changed.
    9. Printing from public computers cost 10 cents for Black and White & 25
    cents for color. Patrons should pay for all copies, even ones they discard.

    Printing from WIFI is available through personal USB.

    Internet Provider: Sedalia Public Library provides access to the Internet through
    MORE net (Missouri Research and Education Network) an electronic information
    network serving public libraries, educational institutions, and governmental
    agencies. As a member of MORE net, the library must conform to its Use Policy.
    Acceptable Use:
    All Internet use shall be for research, education, local, state or governmental
    affairs, economic development, or public service.
    Unacceptable Use:
    It is not acceptable to use the Internet for purposes that violate any Federal or
    state law. It is not acceptable to use it in a manner that is harmful or harassing to
    others. Any use that disrupts normal network use and service is prohibited. This
    would include such things as introducing computer viruses, violation of personal
    privacy, and the unauthorized access to protected and private network
    resources. It is not acceptable to use MORE net for commercial solicitation of
    Filtering and Harmful to Minors Policy:
    Access to the internet through the library must be used in a responsible manner,
    respecting the rights of others and taking care of the equipment.
    As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all internet accessible computers are filtered with a technology protection measure to
    block access to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child
    pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
    Failure to abide by these policies may result in loss of computer privileges.
    Adopted by The Board of Trustees 11/14/2022

  • Unattended Minors Policy

    Behavior expectations for Minors

    Unattended Minors Policy
    A major emphasis of the Sedalia Public Library mission to the community is
    service to children. Children are welcome to use the library at any time during
    operating hours. The Sedalia Public Library Board of Trustees believes that the
    fundamental responsibility for a minor’s physical well-being remains with the
    parents of the minor. In addition, the library is not to be used as a childcare
    facility, nor are staff members considered babysitters. The library assumes no
    liability for unattended minors.
    Children should be patrons of the library and be at least 10 years old to be
    alone at the library. Any minor of preschool age must be within eyesight of a
    parent, guardian or caregiver. The parent or caregiver must be aware of and
    monitor the minor’s behavior.
    1. Any minor visiting the library without a parent, guardian or caregiver
    should be a patron of the library, with updated parent contact
    information on file, in case of emergency.
    2. Any minor visiting the library without a parent, guardian or caregiver must
    behave in an appropriate manner. Minors who misbehave will be warned
    to stop the inappropriate behavior. If the misbehavior continues, the
    minor will be asked to leave. The minor or a library staff member will call a
    parent, guardian or caregiver to come and pick them up.
    3. For any minor not picked up by closing time, Police will be called to pick
    up the minor. Under no circumstances will library staff be permitted to
    transport children in their personal vehicles or leave the library with the
    children in their charge.
    Adopted February 14, 2022

  • Food and Drink Policy

    Food and drink at the library.

    Food and Drink Policy

    Food is not permitted in the library. 

    Drinks are permitted, except in areas near computers and other electronic equipment, and in restrooms. 

    All drinks must be in covered, unbreakable containers & must be disposed of properly in trash cans. 

    Patrons who violate this policy will be given a warning.  If a second violation occurs, patrons are subject to suspension of library privileges.

    Light refreshments may be served by a group or organization using the library meeting rooms, with an approved meeting room application (see Meeting Room policy).

    Possession of alcoholic beverages on city property is prohibited.

    Exceptions to this policy are made at the Director’s discretion and for Library programs.

    Adopted by the Board of Trustees:  January 9, 2023

  • Copyright Information

    Copyright information


    The Copyright Law of 1976 (United States Code, Title 17) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction [including that made by electronic transmission of reserve material] for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

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    Sedalia Public Library
    311 W. 3rd Street, Sedalia, MO 65301

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    Phone: 660-826-1314
    Fax: 660-826-0396

    Monday 9am-7pm
    Tuesday 9am-6pm
    Wednesday 9am-6pm
    Thursday 9am-6pm
    Friday 9am-5pm
    Saturday 9am-1pm
    Sunday 1pm-5pm

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