Services & Policies

Library Internet Policy


Adopted May 6, 2004 at the Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

  1. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access. [Supreme Court decision: United States v. American Library Assn, Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003)] The Castle Shannon Library complies with the requirements of CIPA.
  2. All computers in the Castle Shannon Library are filtered. Please be aware that filters are unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate informational or educational value, or allowing access to sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec 5903.
  3. The Castle Shannon Library uses filtering software that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that may not be consistent with the policy of the Castle Shannon Library.
  4. Parents or legal guardians, and not the Library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and for the information selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children’s Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.
  5. The Castle Shannon Library computers cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of 18 Pa Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903, which prohibits certain acts of public indecency.
  6. Any adult (17 years of age or older) may request that the filter or technology protection measure be disabled without significant delay by a Castle Shannon Library staff member authorized by the Library Director, consistent with the privacy policy of the Castle Shannon Library.
  7. An authorized Castle Shannon Library staff member may override the filter or technology protection measure for a minor (age 16 years or younger) in the event that the filter wrongly blocks or filters Internet access to a site with legitimate informational value.
  8. Castle Shannon Library cannot be responsible for any patron’s unauthorized use of a computer with a disabled filter.
  9. Complaint Procedure:

Any patron who wishes to file a written complaint about the filtering software on the library computers may do so within thirty (30) days to:

  1. The Library Director and/or the Library Board President;
  2. The Director of the Electronic Information Network;
  3. The Federal Communications Commission

Adopted by the Board of Trustees – June 5, 1997

  • The Castle Shannon Library provides information in a variety of formats including print, audiovisual, and electronic. The Internet provides our patrons with an opportunity to access electronic information from all over the world.
  • The Castle Shannon Library has no control over materials which may be viewed on the Internet. Please be aware that this is a global and ever changing resource; some material encountered may be offensive, illegal or non-factual.
  • The library staff cannot be responsible for supervising children. It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their child’s Internet activity.
  • The library is a public place and certain material is inappropriate for viewing in this setting. The library reserves the right to terminate any session when such material displays on the screen. Printing of such material is prohibited.
  • Reasonable rules, regulations and fees may be set by the Library Director in respect to Internet access.
  • Abuse of hardware or software on the Library’s computer system will result in loss of library privileges.
  • Chat lines are prohibited.



Fines are determined by card type:

Adult Card:

for books, audio and print material………..25 cents per day

for Videos and DVDs…………………………50 cents per day

Child card:

for books, audio and print material………..10 cents per day

for Videos and DVDs…………………………50 cents per day

Our fine threshold is $5. This means fines need to be under $5 to log on to the computer or to check out materials.

Services Provided by the Library

A book drop is located at the front entrance of the library for your convenience.

Reference service is available at the library and when practical, by telephone.

FAX service is available for $1.00 per page to send and receive; the FAX number is 412-563-8228.

County-wide Library System: if we do not have the book you want, we will try to borrow it elsewhere in Allegheny County.

Computers: Internet access, online database searching, and word processing with laser printer. There are no fees to use any of the computers. Printing fees are $0.10 per page, for black and white printing only. We offer Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, Publisher 2010 and Powerpoint 2010 on all of our computers.

Castle Shannon Library is a participating member of the Access PA Program.

Comprehensive Castle Shannon Historical Files are available for perusal in the library, as well as an online historical picture archive.
Photo quality prints are available for a modest charge, please contact the library for more information.

Photocopier ($0.10 per page) – Display cases for collections – School visits – And more

General Library Policies

Library cards are issued without charge and with two forms of proper identification. Proper identification includes items that indicate your current address such as a utility bill AND a photo i.d. You must show your library card to borrow materials every time.

Patrons may borrow books, books-on-CD, books-on-tape, playawyas, music CDs and television series dvds, etc., for 3 weeks. Popular books, videos, DVDs and magazines circulate for 1 week.

There is a limit of 5 DVDs and 5 VHS tapes at any one time on any individual card. You must be 16 years of age or older to borrow movies in the adult section of the library.

There is no item limit on borrowing, except for DVDs/VHS tapes.

Please note that the library where you registered determines how many items you can borrow. If you hold a card from a library other than Castle Shannon, we cannot promise that you will be able check out an unlimited number of items.

Fines are charged for all overdue materials. Lost library materials, library cards, etc., are billed at the replacement cost.

The Library is no longer able to look up library card numbers.

Please remember to always bring your library card with you.