As part of the library’s commitment to provide access to information beyond the library’s physical collection, the following policy governs access to digital resources for everyone regardless of age.
Internet Access, Public Computer Use and Printing Policies
Users of the Internet and wireless network are reminded that it is not a secure environment. The library is not responsible for any sharing of sensitive information such as banking or personal information.
Due to the vast amount of information available on the Internet, users should be aware that information can be inaccurate, out dated or offensive to others. The Library is not responsible for any material accessed on the Internet.
A library card or guest pass with a photo ID is required to use the Internet computers or word processors which are governed by management software. Users will be required to agree to user policies when using the system.
The library’s public computers do not allow for any information to be permanently saved, this is to protect the users. Users should protect their work by saving personal documents to a personal device or by the use of email. The library does have USB drives available for use or for sale. The library is not responsible for any work not saved as recommended above.
The library network uses a filtering software as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2003 (CIPA). Filters can unintentionally block access to materials that are appropriate, therefore staff can override filters under certain circumstances. Please see a library supervisor for more information.
Acceptable Use of Library Computers/Equipment
Library staff have the right to monitor computer use should users violate this use policy and can ask for violators to leave the computer and or library. Staff have been directed to notify the authorities as necessary.
Intentional misuse of library equipment for the purpose of illegal, unethical and unauthorized activities will not be allowed.
Any attempt to alter, hack or break into computer systems is prohibited.
All users are expected to be courteous and ethical in their use of library equipment.
Internet computers are in a public area therefore standards of acceptable use will be enforced.
Sensitivity to the content viewed should be considered.
All users are required to adhere to copyright law, licensing agreements and individual website policies.
Parents, not staff, are responsible for their children’s use of library computers and the information they access. The library is not responsible for content found on the Internet.
Library staff continue to keep patron’s information, computer use and accessed materials confidential and private. Authorities requesting access will be required to produce appropriate paperwork for the library director or library trustee.
The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what a minor, reads or views on the Internet rests with parents and guardians. As mentioned above, the library uses filters as required by law. It is important to note that the library recognizes that such filtering software is far from perfect; it can allow some inappropriate content to pass through and it can block appropriate sites. Parents should review guidelines with their children to ensure a positive on-line experience at home and here at the library.
Guidelines for Computer Use with Children:
These rules apply to everyone in the library. “Library” shall mean all parts of the interior of the library including, without limitation, the entrance and parking lot to the library. These rules may be enforced by suspending the privilege of a violator to use the library.
Library staff will intervene to prohibit any of the activities or behaviors listed below. Violators will be asked to stop each activity immediately. If the activity/behavior continues, he or she will be instructed to leave the library for the balance of that day. Repeat violations can result in one week to one month suspension.
The room may only be reserved for use during normal library hours. Entry to the building will not be before 9:30 a.m. and must be vacated by 8:15 p.m.
Any individual, group or organization wishing to use the meeting room must complete an application and return it to the Library's Reference Desk at least one week in advance of the scheduled date.
After reviewing the application, the applicant will be notified if their request for the use of the room has been approved. The room cannot be used without prior approval.
Any individual, group or organization is responsible for any property damage that may occur when using the room. Noise must be maintained at a level that demonstrates consideration for the Meeting Room's close proximity to the Library's general reading/study area
All individuals or groups are responsible to the their own set-up and clean-up. The room must be left clean and in orderly condition. All meetings must be terminated fifteen minutes prior to closing and the building must be vacated by closing.
NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED IN THE MEETING ROOM OR ANYWHERE IN THE LIBRARY
ROOM CAPACITY MUST NOT EXCEED 12 INDIVIDUALS.