Shropshire Council

Terms and conditions

If you accept our terms and conditions you agree to the following Library By-laws and Acceptable Computer and Network Use Policy.


By-laws made under Section 19 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 by Shropshire County Council, as adopted by Shropshire Council from 1 April 2009.

  1. In these by-laws, unless the context otherwise requires:
    1. "the Act" means the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964;
    2. "charge" means any charge imposed in accordance with the Regulations;
    3. "child" means a person under the age of 16 years;
    4. "emergency situation" includes situations where a library or part of a library is required to be evacuated for security reasons or because of threat from fire or other hazard and practices and false alarms in relation thereto;-
    5. "last known address" means the last address held on the library authority’s records;
    6. "the library authority" means Shropshire Council;
    7. "library" means:
      • any premises which are occupied by a library authority and are premises where library facilities are made available by the authority, in the course of their provision of a public library service, to members of the public;
      • any vehicle which is used by the library authority for the purpose of providing a public library service to members of the public and is a vehicle in which facilities are made available;
      • and includes any part of such premises or vehicle;
    8. "the library officer" means any officer employed by the library authority in connection with its functions under the act;
    9. "library property" includes property owned by or provided for the use of the library authority whether or not it is made available by the library authority for use by the public and property obtained by the library authority for the loan to or use of the public;
    10. "the Regulations" means The Library Charges (England and Wales) Regulations 1991 S.I.1991/2712;
    11. words importing the masculine gender include the feminine, words in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular;
    12. expressions used, unless the contrary intention appears, have the meaning which they bear in the act and regulations.
  2. An act performed in connection with the proper execution of his duty by a library officer shall not be a contravention of these by-laws.
  3. No person shall give a false name or address for the purpose of entering the library or for the purpose of using any library facility.
  4. No person who in the reasonable opinion of a library officer is offensively unclean in person or clothing or both shall remain in the library, after having been asked by a library officer to leave the library.
  5. Except with the consent of a library officer, no person shall:
    1. cause or allow any dog (other than a working dog accompanying a disabled person) or other animal belonging to him or under his control to enter or remain in the library;
    2. bring into any part of the library a wheeled vehicle or conveyance (other than a wheelchair, pram, pushchair or shopping trolley);
    3. enter or remain in any part of the library which a reasonable person would or should know is prohibited to the public; or
    4. remain in the library after the time fixed for its closing.
  6. No person shall remain in the library after an emergency situation has been made known to him.
  7. No person shall, unless specifically permitted by a library officer, take or attempt to take any library property from the library or past a check out or security point.
  8. No person shall, without lawful excuse, destroy or damage any library property intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property should be destroyed or damaged.
  9. No person shall behave in a disorderly manner in the library, use violent, abusive or obscene language therein, or intentionally or recklessly cause or do anything likely to cause injury to any other person or property.
  10. No person shall sleep in the library after having been requested not to do so by a library officer.
  11. No person shall remain in a library without making proper use of the library’s facilities after having been requested, by a library officer, to make such proper use of the facilities.
  12. No person shall engage in audible conversation in any part of the library set apart as a reference department, study area, or for reading after having been requested not to do so by a library officer or where such conversation is prohibited by notice or after having been requested not to do so by a library officer.
  13. No person shall intentionally or recklessly obstruct any library officer in the execution of his duty or intentionally or recklessly disturb, obstruct, interrupt, abuse or annoy any other person properly using the library.
  14. No person shall, without the consent of a library officer, intentionally display, distribute, or leave any bill, placard, notice or other document in the library.
  15. No person shall, without the consent of a library officer, offer anything for sale in the library or canvass or seek signatures for petitions.
  16. No person having charge of a child shall without the consent of a library officer leave him unsupervised in the library.
  17. No person shall smoke, light a match or use a cigarette lighter in the library other than in an area, if any, designated as an area where smoking is permitted.
  18. No person in any part of the library shall inhale any toxic substance for the purpose of causing intoxication or take any controlled drug as defined by Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 other than drugs dispensed for and pursuant to prescription issued for him by a doctor under and in accordance with the aforesaid act.
  19. No person shall, except with the consent of a library officer, partake of refreshment in the library.
  20. No person shall, except with the consent of a library officer, cause or allow any mobile telephone, portable computer, or other electrical equipment, or apparatus for the reception of sound broadcasting or for the reproduction of sound, to be operated in any part of the library to which the public has access.
  21. No person who
    1. borrows library property which is returned late or if returned would be returned late or
    2. fails to pay any charge shall, unless with the specific consent of a library officer, borrow any other library property.
    1. Any person who has borrowed library property which if returned would be returned late and who has been served with a notice by the library authority demanding return of the library property shall return the library property (to the library from which it was borrowed) within 14 days from the date the notice was served.
    2. For the purposes of this by-law, a notice may be served upon any person by delivering it to him, or by leaving it at his last known address, or by sending it by post addressed to him at that address.
  22. Except as regards by-laws 8 and 18, in respect of which a prosecution may be brought under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 or the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 respectively, any person who contravenes any of the aforegoing by-laws shall be liable to prosecution for the contravention of the by-laws by the library authority and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale in respect of each offence.
  23. A library officer may exclude any person who contravenes any of the foregoing by-laws from any library maintained by the library authority under the act.
  24. On the coming into operation of these by-laws, the by-laws relating to libraries which were made by the Shropshire County Council on the sixth day of August 1992 and were confirmed by the secretary of state for national heritage on the thirtieth day of December 1992 shall be revoked.

The foregoing by-laws are confirmed on behalf of the Secretary of State for National Heritage by the Head of Libraries Division, Department of National Heritage and shall come into force on 5 January 1997.
Signature [Duncan Wilson, 5 December 1996] Head of Libraries Division, Department of National Heritage.

People who intend to make copies of works are advised that they may only do so in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and are liable to prosecution under that Act if they fail to observe its provisions.

All users must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy, as detailed below. This should be read in conjunction with library by-laws.

Acceptable Computer and Network Use Policy

Use of the People’s Network computers and networks are free of charge to library members. Charges apply to non-library members.

Where available the Wi-Fi networks are open unfiltered public networks provided for use in Shropshire Library premises only.

Users must treat staff, customers and other online users with courtesy and respect at all times.

Staff will attempt to rectify technical problems as soon as possible; Shropshire Council is not responsible for any hardware or software failure, or for any data lost as a result of any such problem. Although staff can provide general information about the wi-fi service, you are responsible for the configuration, virus protection and use of your own equipment.

If the provisions of this policy are not followed and after a warning from staff you are still in breach of the policy, computer access will be immediately withdrawn for a specified period. Further action will be taken if deemed necessary.


Young people under the age of 16 should have the consent of a parent or carer to use the computers. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Library computers

Only log on using your own personal library membership number and PIN. Do not allow others, including members of your family, to use your details.

Maximum use is two hours per day or less during busy periods.

If you book a session and you are more than ten minutes late the booking will lapse.

Wi-fi network

Access is restricted to a maximum one gigabyte data download allowance in a 24 hour period.


Library computers and wi-fi networks should be used for information, recreation and educational purposes only.

You must not use the internet and email for deliberately searching, sending or receiving any material which is illegal, obscene, offensive, abusive or intolerant, or in breach of confidence, copyright, privacy or any other rights. Routine checks are carried out to ensure the internet is used appropriately.

A filter system is used on the library computers which restricts access to websites that are inappropriate and/or offensive. If you feel that the website you wish to access should not be restricted, please inform one of the staff. If necessary your concerns may be discussed away from the public area.

If you transmit personal or private information, credit card or bank details, the council takes no responsibility for any consequences. The wi-fi networks are not secured, and other users may be able to see information you are accessing or sending.

Do not add, alter or delete any settings or programs on library computers.

Do not damage the computer hardware.

Due to licensing restrictions you must not view simultaneous (live) TV broadcasts.

Printing and saving information

Observe intellectual property rights and comply with copyright laws when saving information or printing from the library computers; all pages printed must be paid for.

Any data saved, copied or downloaded onto portable devices or removable media, e.g. memory sticks, is done at the owners risk.

Any data saved onto the library computer hard drives is automatically deleted at the end of each session.

December 2012