Guidelines for Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

 Including Wireless Access Policy

 Effective Date June 2, 2016

 

ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE INTERNET AND LIBRARY PUBLIC COMPUTERS

The library reserves the right to limit, refuse, and/or ban any user from the library equipment and computers.  Use may be limited to patrons in good standing, i.e. all fines over ten dollars have been paid, all overdue materials have been returned, any lost materials have been paid.  Patrons must have a current local library card or purchased, single-use guest pass.

Anyone under the age of six requires direct adult supervision for the use of computers that can access the Internet. 

The library’s public computers allow users to search a variety of electronic resources. Catalog computers are exclusively for searching the library’s holdings.  Internet computers provide information beyond the confines of the library’s collection.  Internet computers offer a full range of popular Internet browsers for searching the Internet, displaying files, and viewing multimedia content.  Internet computers also provide access to word processing.  No station provides support for all file types, browser plug-ins, or Internet technologies.

The library’s goal in providing Internet access is to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and, as a public access agency, to give anyone who wishes to use the Internet the chance to do so.

Library staff will help you use the computers to find the information you need.  Library staff will also help you learn to use search tools on the Internet computers, although they cannot provide extensive one-on-one instruction.

RULES GOVERNING USE OF LIBRARY COMPUTERS

Failure to comply with the following rules may result in loss of computer privileges, loss of library privileges and prosecution.

At each log-in, library computer users must complete a click-through agreement acknowledging these rules and must agree to follow these rules:

    1. Log on using your own library card and promptly give up the computer when your time has elapsed. If you are a guest user, a library staff member will log you on once you have paid the small fee for computer use.
    2. Promptly give up the computer when requested by staff.
    3. You may download files using supported media. The library is not responsible for damage to your media or for corruption of your data, including, but not limited to, damage caused by mechanical malfunction or corruption caused by virus or spyware infection while using library computers. 
    4. There is a charge for printing from public computers. The charge is posted.  You are required to pay the charge for all your copies even if you print by mistake. 
    5. Respect others’ privacy by not attempting to observe or comment on what others are viewing. Remain sensitive to the fact that you are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages.
    6. Stop viewing any site that creates an uncomfortable environment for other library users and staff if a staff member asks you to stop.
    7. Use headphones when listening to audio content, and keep volume low so you do not disturb others.
    8. As a courtesy to others, log off completely when you are finished with your session.
    9. Do not gather around computers when doing so may obstruct others or create noise that distracts others.
    10. Infants and young children should be controlled at all times, as not to disturb other Internet or library users.
    11. Do not use another’s identification, bar code or pin number, with or without permission, to log on to a computer.
    12. Do not misuse computer equipment or software.

Time and other limits

To access the Internet a customer must use his or her own library card number.  A visitor, who does not have a library card may receive an Internet guest pass by paying a small fee for the allotted time limit.

Internet access sessions are one hour per day.  Users may receive additional time when others are not waiting.  The additional time will be at the discretion of library staff.  There is no guarantee the individual will be given additional time.

Misuse includes but is not limited to:

      • Viewing material that violates federal, state or local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing and distributing obscenity or child pornography.
      • Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system.
      • Mishandling, damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software.
      • Tampering with computer settings.
      • Interfering with system operations, integrity or security.
      • Attempting to gain or gaining access to another person’s files or protected information.
      • Displaying or printing materials that violate Pleasant Grove City’s policy on sexual harassment.
      • Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
      • Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements or the policies of the individual website that you view.
      • Failing to pay for printing.
      • Refusing or ignoring a staff person’s request to give up a computer.
      • Failing to comply with time limits.
      • Any other violation of the Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers statement.
      • The library does not routinely monitor public computers, but reserves the right to do so when a violation of this policy or illegal activity is suspected. Staff is authorized to take immediate action to protect the security of computers and the network and to enforce the following rules.  This includes confiscating any removable media, requiring a user to leave a computer or the premises, and contacting law enforcement authorities.
      • The Library may terminate an Internet session at any time.

Unauthorized or illegal uses of the Library’s internet access computers may result in loss of library internet computer privileges, loss of library privileges, or law enforcement action.

COMPLAINTS

If someone observes another user viewing child pornography, anything that is harmful to minors, obscene material or in any way not following the guidelines as explained above, they should immediately report it to a librarian.  The librarian will then address the issue with the offending user.  Once the user has been informed of their offense if they choose not to comply with the Internet Policy they will be asked to leave the library and such actions will result in the revocation of their internet privileges.  The library reserves the right to involve law enforcement officials as necessary to enforce this policy.

If the user does not agree with the decision of the library staff and disagrees with the computer use/internet access policy he/she may submit an objection in writing. The objection will be reviewed and discussed by the library board.  Changes to the policy will be made at the boardmembers’ discretion.

Wireless Internet Access at Pleasant Grove City Library

Information about Wi-Fi in the Library

Free wireless Internet access is available during operational hours at the Pleasant Grove City Library.

    • The library does not assist users in obtaining a wireless connection.
    • Signal strength may vary throughout the library. Please move to a different location within the library if you are having trouble securing a connection or staying online.
    • Library staff cannot perform repairs or troubleshoot your equipment.
    • Wireless connections are not secure; use caution when transmitting personal information.
    • Be prepared to use battery power. Do not plug into an outlet where you block aisles, exits or access to materials or equipment.
    • The library cannot guarantee your equipment will work with the library’s network.
    • Do not leave your equipment unattended. The library is not responsible for equipment that is lost or stolen.

    Rules for Acceptable Use of Wireless Internet Connections

    Regardless of the Wi-Fi source, wireless Internet users inside the library or on library premises are subject to the library’s Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers rules, with the exception of those rules that apply to library-owned equipment.

    Specifically, as a wireless Internet user, you must:

    • Stop viewing any site that creates a hostile environment for other library users and staff or if a staff member asks you to stop.
    • Never harass others with prints, images or messages.
    • View and print only legal material and conduct only legal activity.
    • Make appropriate choices about the sites you view since the library is a public place that serves children as well as adults.
    • Use headphones or mute sound to avoid disturbing others.
    • Never block aisles, exits, access to library materials or other resources.
    • Follow all provisions of the library’s Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers

    Wireless users who do not follow the rules for wireless Internet use may be asked to stop using the wireless connection and/or be prosecuted.

    Notice: Warning of Copyright Restrictions

    As a patron, your ability to post or link to copyrighted material is governed by United States copyright law.  In accordance with 17 USC S 512 (i)(1)(A), the library may terminate a patron’s access to the system or network for disrespect of the intellectual property rights of others, or for repeat infringements of copyright.  The library has adopted this policy and will make all reasonable effort to enforce it in appropriate circumstances.

    Printing is not available via Wi-Fi.  If you need to print, please save your work to a disk or USB drive or e-mail files to yourself.  You can then log on to a library Internet computer and access your files.  Printing is $.10 per page.

    Reviewed and adopted–June 2, 2016 by the Pleasant Grove City Library Board of Trustees