Computer / Internet Usage Policy
Adopted by the Union County Public Library Board on October 8, 2012
Updated December 2014
Internet resources and databases are available on an equal basis to library users. The library supports the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom statements, the Library Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read. Any restriction of a minor’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of his/her parent/legal guardian.
The library provides access to computer equipment, programs, databases, and the Internet, for informational and educational purposes. The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of material and opinions from varied points of view. In offering Internet access, library staff cannot control access points that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the access points they reach.
- In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the library has installed filtering software designed to prevent access to material that may be harmful to minors. However, users should be aware that filtering software may unintentionally block sites that have legitimate research value or fail to block objectionable content. Filtering software is not a substitute for parental involvement and oversight. In accordance with the law, persons age 18 or older may request to have the filters disabled.
- Privacy is not available to Internet and/or computer station users in the library.
All users of the Library’s computer resources, both staff and patron, are expected to use these resources correctly and for legal and ethical purposes. Computer resources may not be used for the following purposes:
- Violation of any applicable federal, state, local laws, ordinances rules, or regulations. This may include viewing, displaying or transmitting obscene or pornographic material.
- Harassment of other persons or parties.
- Libel or slander of other persons or parties.
- Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library.
- Unauthorized copying of copyright or other protected material.
- Violation of computer system security.
- Violation of software license agreements.
- Any and all other matters which the library, in its sole discretion, and in consideration of the best interests of the public, determines to be an unacceptable purpose.
- It is preferable that patrons present their library card to use the computers; however, it is not necessary to have a library card in order to use a public access computer.
- There is a one-hour time limit. If no others are waiting to use the computer, the patron may have a second hour. If computers are available after the second hour and no one is waiting to use one, the patron may continue with the understanding that he/she may have to relinquish their computer if someone comes in and there are none available.
- Users must be knowledgeable in the use of computers. The library staff will make reasonable efforts to assist patrons in their use of the computers. However, they do not have the time to provide detailed instruction in the use of specific programs.
- No more than one person per computer unless a child is being helped/ accompanied by a parent/guardian.
- No software may be loaded onto the hard drive and users may not change, add or delete any data, files, or software owned by the library.
- Users may bring in their application files such as documents, spread sheets, etc. on removable flash drives or CDs.
- If you choose to print from the computer, you are responsible for ALL copies that are generated from the workstation. The fee for printing is $.10 per page for black/white copies, and $.25 per page for color. Fees for color pages may be higher if the page is a photo or uses excessive color. Only library supplied paper may be used.
- The library staff has the right to cancel or interrupt use by persons who abuse equipment or software or who refuse to follow library policies as interpreted by library personnel.
- The Union County Public Library will assume no liability for the loss or damage of users’ data incurred in the use of library equipment or resources.
- The Internet is changing everyday as new sites are added or deleted. The library will not be responsible for any information located on the Internet.
- The library Board has the right to make changes to this or any of its policies. The library will post changes to the Internet/Computer policy at the computers. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow the rules of the current policy.
- Misuse of the Internet or any violation of our policies may result in the loss of Internet access and/or library privileges. Unlawful acts are subject to prosecution by local, state, and/or federal authorities.
- The Library reserves the right to disconnect any device at any time as needed to manage the wireless network and to provide equal opportunity for wireless access to all users.
Since the Internet is a global electronic network, there is no regulatory control of its users or content. This includes electronic mail, and other forms of direct electronic communications. The Internet and its sources may contain controversial material. The Library cannot censor access to material or protect users from offensive information beyond the capabilities of the filter. Parents and guardians of minors must assume responsibility for a child’s use, safety and security while using the Internet through the Library’s connection.