POLICY ON COMPUTER
AND INTERNET ACCESS AND USAGE
As part of the library’s initiative to provide free and equal
access to computer technologies and the Internet, public computers are
made available to library users for the purpose of educational and
recreational research. Library users agree to use the computers and the
Internet in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. Any use
outside these established policies may result in loss of privileges.
Unlawful activities will be dealt with in accordance with local, state and
To achieve a place of safe and friendly research, the library has
established the following rules regarding the use of public computers.
Library users may not:
|Display web pages that contain images, sounds, or messages that will
negatively affect those who find them objectionable, offensive, or
|Damage computer equipment or software; degradation of system
performance. (Library users are fiscally responsible for damage to
|Engage in activity that is harassing, defamatory, or violates the
physical safety or mental well-being of other library users and library
|Use any library computers for illegal or criminal purposes,
including but not limited to: coercion, fraud, theft, copyright
infringement or violation of software agreements. |
As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), in order
to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the library has
implemented Internet filtering on all of its public computers. This
filtering system does not block all "offensive" content and may block
content that has educational value. The library cannot guarantee the
performance of Internet filtering. Under CIPA, the library will disable
Internet filters for any library user 18 years of age or older to access
websites that have been blocked. Access will only be granted for bona fide
research and lawful purposes.
To provide a safe environment for our community’s children, the library
requires that any child age 8 and under must be attended by a parent or
legal guardian when using the computers. Parents and legal guardians must
also be responsible for children 8 years of age and older by taking an
active part in their child’s learning experience. The library expects that
parents and caretakers of children will guide them in their exploration of
the Internet the same way that they provide guidance in the child’s choice
of reading, listening or viewing materials.
All children and parents or legal guardians of children that have a
juvenile library card must read and sign the library’s Children Internet
Use Rules. All children with a juvenile library card must use the public
computers in the Children’s Section of the library. The library makes
information about Internet safety and child-appropriate sites readily
available to all library users in Web Guides and provides links to
children’s websites in the Children’s Section.
for Computer Use & Time Limits
|All adult library card holders in good standing may use public
computers in the Reference Room and Stacks of the library. |
|Users must sign in at the main desk, staff will log users onto the
computer, and will assist users in getting started and using tutorials.
Manuals and tutorial software may be signed out at the main desk.|
|Patrons may not install, delete, or modify library hardware or
software. Users are asked to leave all settings as they found them,
close all windows and return to the desktop after use.|
|Library users must pay by the page for all documents that they
print. Users are advised to ask for assistance if they are new to
printing or if they experience print delays.|
|In the Adult Section, no more than 2 adult library card holders may
use one computer at one time. Library users are asked to be considerate
of others with regards to conversation and software program noise
The Internet is an electronic dynamic source for information. The
library cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information on
the Internet. Library users should carefully evaluate the information they
find when using the resource. All transmissions (including e-mail) are not
secure or private. The David A. Howe Public Library has no control over
the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held
responsible for its content.
Adopted May 10, 1999 and amended June 9, 2008 by the
David A. Howe Public Library Board of Trustees.
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This page was last updated
December 27, 2010.