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WELCOME! We are pleased to be able to offer FREE INTERNET ACCESS at the Elkhart Public Library.  


Details of the Library's policy on internet/computer use can be obtained at the circulation desk.  The violation of any terms of the Elkhart Public Library's policy may result in suspension or revocation of Library Internet access privileges or even the suspension or revocation of general Library use privileges. 

Please act responsibly!


To ensure that all patrons may have considerate use of the Elkhart Public Library, appropriate behavior is expected.  Violation of any of the following rules will result in a warning and/or expulsion from the property.  Whenever necessary, police will be contacted. 

The Director and supervisory staff have authority to carry out all powers of this policy.

  • Children Alone in the Library: Guidelines for Parents and Staff

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the Library (even if the parent is not present).  Children under the age of seven (7) must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver.  When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or the Library is closing, Library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.

  • Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Records

The Elkhart Public Library abides by Illinois Law which states that the identity of registered patrons, and record of patron transactions, is confidential material.  The Elkhart Public Library does not make available the information of registered library patrons, except in compliance with the law.  The Elkhart Public Library also does not make  available the records of patron transactions to any party, except in compliance with the law. 

All Library Conduct Ordinances and Policies can be viewed at the Library at any time. 

You are always welcome to speak to the Director to obtain a copy of any policy.

  1. No loud talking or boisterous behavior (running, excessive seat changing, etc.).

  2. No food or drink may be consumed at the patron computers (other locations are acceptable).

  3. No smoking except in (outdoor) designated areas.

  4. No destruction or mutilation of library property.

  5. No parking bicycles or other vehicles in a manner that blocks or hinders entry      to the library.  (A bicycle rack is located next to the steps for convenience          and security.)

  6. No conduct which is disruptive to the operation of the library, or threatening to           patrons, staff, or library property.

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