Library Policies

Our Mission

The Purpose of the Cresson Public Library is to provide free reading and information services to people of all ages in the Cresson area. The library works in concert with the county and states library systems to:

  • Develop a broad collection of materials for leisure reading, information and research in a variety of print and non-print formats
  • Supplement the library’s collection though interlibrary loan services
  • Develop a variety of reading programs within the library and though outreach programs for children and adults in order to foster a love of reading in the community
  • Develop educational programs to enhance the computer literacy of adults and to enable all library users to make the best use of PowerLibary and other online resources
  • Build partnerships with other organizations in the community in order to make the most effective use of all community resources
  • Cooperate with local schools to support education in the community

Getting a Library Card

Library cards are free to any resident of Cambria County, and can be used at any of the 14 Cambria County System member libraries.

To apply, users must complete an application and show a current government issued ID that includes the user’s current name, photograph, and address.

PA Residents who do not live in Cambria County may still obtain a Cambria County Library card. Residents who have a current library card from their home library with an ACCESS PA sticker may present their card and valid photo ID at any Cambria County System Library to obtain a Cambria County Library Card. 

PA Residents who do not have a home library may pay a non-resident fee to obtain a Cambria County Library System card. Check with your local library for pricing. Residents from unserved areas of Indiana County may obtain a card to access materials at the Cambria County Library, located in Johnstown, at no cost. This arrangement is possible because Indiana County is part of the Johnstown District.

Borrowing Materials

Materials may be borrowed from and returned to any Cambria County Library System member library. 

Books from any Cambria County Library System member library will circulate for 2 weeks. Items may be renewed online, at the library, or over the phone. Books may typically be renewed twice. However, if the item is on hold for another patron, it will not be renewable.

Some items are available for different borrowing periods and may include a rental cost. At Cresson Public Library these items include DVDs and the Texas Eastern Booklet and DVD, which may be borrowed for 1 week and cannot be renewed. 

Overdue Fees

Items with a standard two week loan period will result in a $0.25 charge per item, per day overdue. Patrons who owe more than $5 in fines will be prohibited from borrowing materials or using library computers until the fine is paid below $5.


Lost or Damaged Items

Items that are not returned to the library within 90 days will be charged for the cost of the item and a $5 processing fee. Patrons will also be charged replacement and processing fees for items that are returned in a damaged state. The Cambria County System member libraries may work with the local magistrate to recover the cost of lost or damaged items.


Computer Use Policy

All patrons must present a valid library card or driver’s license to use computers at the library, and must read and sign the Internet Statement.  We cannot provide access for users with overdue fines above $5. 

Children must have a legal guardian present to be on the computer.


Public Access to the Internet

Public Access to the Internet; Acceptable Use Policy – January 19, 2011

Cresson Public Library is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning. As part of that commitment, the library will provide free public access to the diverse and unique resources available on the internet. In accordance with the library’s selection policy, the internet may not be used for accessing material that is not in the realm of information normally provided by the library.

Information available through the intent may be protected by copyrights or trademarks. Transmission of copyrighted or pornographic material in violation of any federal or state regulation is prohibited.

Patrons should be aware that the internet contains offensive material. Although most of the library computers utilize filtering software, the library does not warrant the effectiveness of internet filtering.

The internet is a vast worldwide community with very few limitations or restrictions. Not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. The Cresson Public Library is not responsible for any information obtained on the internet. Use is at the patron’s risk.

Since the library is a public forum, privacy while using the internet cannot be provided. Users are also cautioned that all transactions and communication in an electronic environment are vulnerable to unauthorized access.

The use of chat rooms and instant messaging can be dangerous; therefore, the use of these forums is prohibited by all persons. The use of e-mail is permitted for adults over the ae of 18 and for minors aged 12-18 as long as their parent has signed permission for them to do so.

Parent and guardians may restrict their children from use of the internet by not signing a parental permission slip.

Users under the age of 18 must present a Cresson Public Library Card. Users under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian approval to use the internet, which will require an in-person visit by the parent/guardian to sign an internet permission slip. This slip must be on file before any patrons under the age of 18 will be allowed computer access.

All computers must be signed out at the circulation desk

Users, or the person signing in for the user, must real the library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

It is a felony offense in the state of Pennsylvania “to display or cause to display any explicit sexual material… on any… viewing screen in such matter that the display is visible… in any establishment where minors, as part of the general public may be exposed to view all or any part of such materials.” (Title One Penna. Crime Code – Sect. 5903) Therefore, viewing of such material in the library will not be permitted. Violation of this provision will result in the immediate termination of internet privileges.

Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data is prohibited. This includes the uploading or creating of computer viruses. Hardware or software may not be modified or destroyed. Users may not turn equipment on or off, change settings, install personal programs, or save files to the hard drive. Saving files to or accessing files from a portable storage device is permitted.

Patrons may not use the internet at the library for any commercial or for profit purposes.

In fairness to all our patrons a time limit of one hour will be imposed if anyone is waiting to use a computer. This will be done by asking the person who has been using the computer the longest to give up his or her computer to the waiting patron.

Be polite, use appropriate language online. Do not use the network in any way that infringes on the rights of others.

Black and white printouts are 0.25 cents per page. Color printouts are 0.50 cents per page. Please pay at the circulation desk.

Internet searches must be completed 15 minutes before the library closes.

Use of the Internet by Children –

Cresson Public Library will provide access to the internet for children ages 12 to 18 with a signed parental permission slip. No internet access will be provided without a slip being on file for any reason. No Exceptions will be made to this rule at any time.

A time limit of one hour will be imposed of another patron is waiting to use a computer.

No Children under the age of 18 will be permitted to use chat rooms or instant messaging on any of the library computers at any time. No exceptions will be made to this rule. Any child caught breaking this rule will be asked to leave the library and their parents will be notified.

Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and accessed by their children. Parents or guardians may restrict their children from access to the internet by notifying the library in writing. This request must state that internet usage is to be denied to their child and be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.

Children under 12 may have access to the internet if they have a parent or guardian sitting at the computer with them. Only the adult is permitted to access the information.

Children must show their library card at the circulation desk and sign in on the computer login sheet.

Limitations –

Personal e-mail accounts are available through services such as Hotmail, yahoo, ect. E-mail accounts are not provided by the library.

Library staff is available for a limited amount of assistance in using the internet, but they cannot spend large amounts of time guiding patrons though the internet. Staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning internet computer jargon or personal computer use, but may be able to offer searching suggestions. Patrons may not change workstations unless a problem arises with the computer. Please notify the staff if a computer is not working properly.

No more than two people may use a computer workstation at one time. The patrons who signed out of the computer is responsible for operating it.

Use of the internet at the library is a privilege, not a right. Any violation of the Library’s internet policy can result in loss of library privileges and legal action may be taken.

Due to the ever-changing nature of these services, this policy is subject to change without notice at the library’s discretion.


July 2, 2022


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