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Statutes and Regulations of Computer Use at the Taipei Public Library

Statutes and Regulations of Computer Use at the Taipei Public Library
 

.Established on October 18, 2001
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government’s Order (Beishijiao 6)
 No. 9028443700 on November 14, 2001
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government’s Order (Beishijiaoshe)
 No. 09634314600 on June 1, 2007
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government’s Order (Beishijiaoshe)
 No. 09940794800 on October 20, 2010
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government Jiao-Zhong-Zi
 No. 10439090400 on September 9, 2015
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government Jiao-Zhong-Zi
 No. 10538002200 on August 15, 2016
.Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government Jiao-Zhong-Zi
 No. 10637066000 on July 20, 2017
Filed for reference under the Taipei City Government Jiao-Zhong-Zi
 No. 1093080927 on September 3, 2020


  1. Taipei Public Library (hereinafter referred to as the library) has formulated the following regulations to promote the library’s collections of electronic resources, digital reading, and mobile learning, to provide readers with equipment for searching online resources and reading e-books, and to maintain a fair and safe environment for use.
  2. Category
    1. Computers for information retrieval
    2. Tablet : the branches that provide tablet borrowing services
    3. Video On Demand (VOD) systems : in Multimedia Room on the Eighth Floor at the Main Library
    4. Computers at the e-Learning Centers: at the Main Library and four District Branch Libraries (Sanmin, Wenshan, Wanhua and Tianmu branches)
  3. Descriptions
    1. Computers for information retrieval
      1. Except the computers especially set up for library collection searches, patrons must register at the service desks prior to computer use.
      2. The computers especially set up for library collection searches are solely provided for the purpose of utilizing the various Internet services on the Taipei Public Library online portal. Connecting to other Internet sites or using the facilities for any other purposes is prohibited.
      3. Registration or reservation for machine use requires presentation of a Library Card of one’s own. If the Library Card has not been issued previously, one shall present your valid identification document (such as ID card, passport, etc.)for registration.
      4. Registration for computer use will be out of service 30 minutes prior to the Library’s closing time. Also, the time limit for each session of use is 30 minutes.
      5. Each computer is available for a single patron reservation for one session only, in case all computers are occupied. Registering for continual use of a single machine is permitted at 5 minutes prior to registered session end time.
      6. Registration will be automatically cancelled if the user leaves for over five minutes or fails to arrive within 5 minutes after the registered session begins.
      7. If necessary, please bring one’s own data storage devices. Also, printing of materials is available under the stipulations of the Statements of Printing and Photocopying Materials of the Taipei Public Library.
      8. 8. There is a  Priority Seat for the handicapped. But only can use once per day.
    2. Tablet
      1. 1. To borrow a tablet, you need to register in advance with your library card, and leave your valid identification document (such as ID card, passport, etc.) to the service Desk when retrieving it; those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a legal representative or guardian. The equipment shall only be used by the borrower.
      2. Each person is allowed to borrow one tablet at a time, and it should be used strictly inside the library, and should be returned no later than 30 minutes before the library is closed the same day.
      3. When the equipment is borrowed, its model with accompanied accessories shall be confirmed on site, and the equipment shall be properly taken care of. The library shall have the right to take back the borrowed equipment from those who fail to comply with this regulation.
      4. When the library holds library usage guidance and tablet learning activities, the tablet borrowing service may be suspended.
      5. Before returning the equipment, the borrower should delete all personal files and information, the library is not responsible for user’s file storage and confidentiality.
      6. The return of a tablet must be handled at the service Desk, and the borrower’s identification document shall be returned afterword.
      7. When the equipment is not returned after the borrowing period, the  borrowing right will be suspended for 30 days every expiry day, and the right for information retrieval and e-Learning Centers will also be suspended for 30 days. Those who have no intention to return after being urged by the library will be sent a letter of evidence and urged through legal channels.
      8. Loss of the tablet is basically compensated for the original model; if there is a new model, the new model may be used for compensation or it may be compensated by the purchase price of the original device.
    3. VOD systems
      1. Opening hours:
        Tuesday to Saturday: 08:30 – 20:30
        Sundays and Mondays: 09:00 – 16:30
      2. Prior to machine use, patrons must present a Library Card of one's own for registering at the Information Counter in the Multimedia Room on the Eighth Floor at the Main Library.
      3. Patrons under six years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
      4. There is a two-hour limit for each session of viewing VOD materials. Registration for continual use is necessary upon exceeding registered session end time.
    4. Computers at the e-Learning Centers
      1. Opening hours:
        1. Main Library
          Tuesday to Saturday: 08:30 – 21:00
          Sundays and Mondays: 09:00 – 17:00
        2. District Branch Libraries (Sanmin, Wenshan, Wanhua and Tianmu branches)
          Tuesday to Saturday: 13:00 – 20:30
          Sundays and Mondays: 09:00 – 16:30
      2. There is a 30-minute limit for each session of machine use per person. The time limit for machine use at the abovementioned District Branch Libraries is one hour.
      3. Patrons must register at the service desks prior to machine use.
      4. Registration or reservation for machine use requires presentation of a Library Card of one's own. If the Library Card has not been issued previously, one shall present a valid identification for registration
        (such as ID card, passport, etc.
      5. Each computer is available for a single patron reservation for one session only, in case all computers are occupied. Registering for continual use of a single machine is permitted at five minutes prior to registered session end time.
      6. Registration will be automatically cancelled if the user leaves for over five minutes or fails to arrive within five minutes after the registered session begins.
      7. If necessary, please bring one's own data storage devices. Also, printing of materials is available under the stipulations of the Statements of Printing and Photocopying Materials of the Taipei Public Library.
  4. Caution
    1. Please remain quiet, obey to the regulations as stipulated by the Library, and refrain from disturbing others during machine use.
    2. If one should encounter any technical problem regarding software or hardware use, please contact our librarians,Do not attempt to fix the problem on one's own. When the tablet is damaged, it shall be inspected and repaired by the original authorized vendor or by other legally operating vendors; if it is verified that the damage is caused by human factors, the user shall be liable for compensation.
    3. Installing and executing programs of one's own on all Library computers is prohibited.
    4. Playing computer games on Library computers is prohibited.
    5. Browsing Web sites with contents related to pornography, violence, gambling, encouragement of weapon use and crime involvement, or any Web site with unlawful contents or information detrimental to social security and ethics is strictly prohibited.
    6. It is strictly prohibited to use the computers at the Library for the broadcast of information on unlawful activities or any other activities that are detrimental to social security and ethics.
    7. Users of the Library computer facilities must abide by the copyright law and relevant regulations stipulated by the government. Patrons are subject to legal responsibilities for offenses against the copyright law.
    8. Right of use will be immediately deprived if the patron neglects advices upon the abovementioned stipulations. If said occurrence exceeds 2 occasions in one day, rights to facility use registration are discontinued for the day; if exceeding3 occasions in one week, rights are deprived for 30 days.
    9. Using computer in Information Retrieval Area, e-Learning Center, or specific areas inside the library, the reader can conduct information transfer with cell phone. Readers who wanna charge the battery of cell phone should to Cell Phone Area.
    10. Please refer to the relevant stipulations of the Taipei Public Library for all other specifications of caution.
  5. These regulations shall become effective upon approval by the Department of Education, Taipei City Government. The same also applies to amendments.