Computer Internet Use Policy

Computer Internet Use Policy

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1) Persons using public access computers must be a registered borrower in good standing and present a valid library card (non-library patrons must show their driver’s license) to the desk staff.

2) To use the Internet, persons under the age of 18 must have permission granted in person by a parent or legal guardian. Patrons must be at least 10 years old or accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian.

3) The Internet is available during normal library hours as computers are available. There is a time limit of 30 minutes if others are waiting and no more than 2 hours per day. Laptops are available only in the main room library and may be used by children age 14 and older.

4) Disabling filters: In accordance with CIPA, persons aged 17 or older may request to have Internet filters disabled. Patrons requesting to have Internet filters disabled may be asked to present proper ID in order to comply with this federal requirement.

5) Shared use of workstations: Only one person may use a public access computer at any one time unless permission has been granted and accommodated by staff.

6) Computers may be reserved. Reservations will be held for 10 minutes before releasing the computer to a waiting patron.

7) Patrons may use their own materials on the computers provided these materials have been approved by the staff and scanned for viruses. CD’s may be purchased at the desk. No work is to be permanently saved to the hard drive.

8) Users agree to be responsible for computer software and equipment. Problems must be reported immediately to prevent costly damage.

9) There is a charge for printing.

Responsibility of Users:

All library users must observe the policies, rules and procedures established by the library. Users at TPL should bear in mind that workstations are located in public areas shared by people of all ages and backgrounds and are expected to show consideration of others when viewing web pages. Use of workstations are for legal purposes only. No person shall use a library workstation in a way that disturbs or interferes with users, employees or operations of the library. Patrons may not:

1) View, print, distribute, display, send or receive images, text or graphics of obscene materials that violate laws relating to child pornography.
2) Disseminate, exhibit, or display to minors materials that are harmful to minors.
3) Use the Internet workstations to transmit threatening or harassing material.
4) Engage in an activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
5) Violate copyright or software licensing agreements.
6) Install software applications or download / upload files without prior approval.
7) Damage, alter or degrade computer equipment, peripherals, software or configurations.

Failure to comply:

Failure to comply with Internet Use Policy will result in a request from staff to discontinue the activity. Continued violations will result in a request to leave the library and may lead to revocation of library privileges, including the right to enter the library or its grounds. Repeat offenders or persons ordered from the premises may be subject to arrest.

Liabilities:

TPL assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, that users or anyone else may suffer through TPL’s access to the Internet. All public internet users at TPL agree to hold the library harmless from any claims losses or damages. The Internet user is responsible for “logging off” or “signing out” when using the Internet for personal business.

The Towanda Public Library upholds and affirms the right of every individual to have access to constitutionally protected material on the Internet. The content of the Internet is not managed or governed by any entity. Users may encounter material they consider offensive. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring Internet access by children.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) passed Congress in 2000 and was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2003. CIPA requires libraries receiving certain types of federal funding to equip Internet access computers with a “technology protection measure” that blocks or filters visual depictions that are obscene, contain child pornography and are harmful to minors. In accordance with this law, persons aged 17 years or older may request to have the filters disabled.

Users should be aware that Internet filtering software installed for CIPA compliance should not substitute for individual judgment and / or parental involvement and oversight. The software may unintentionally block legitimate research sites and/or fail to block objectionable content. Filters are not guaranteed.

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