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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.  Children under the age of six 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 records of patron transactions and the identity of registered library patrons is confidential material.  The Elkhart Public Library does not make available the records of patron transactions to any party except in compliance with the law.  The Elkhart Public Library does not make available lists of registered library patrons except in compliance with the law.


All Library Conduct Ordinances and Policies can be viewed in the Library

by asking the Director for a copy.

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

  2. No food or drink may be consumed in the library (except with prior approval                of the adult in charge).

  3. No smoking except in 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.                                

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

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