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Internet Use Policy

Purpose

As part of East Greenbush Community Library’s mission to meet the information needs of town residents, the library offers public access to the Internet.  Access to the Internet enables patrons to explore a vast array of information beyond that contained in the library’s collection.

Responsibility of the Library

While the library offers access and guidance to a wide array of useful and interesting Internet sites on the World Wide Web, some may contain inaccurate, controversial, and even offensive material.  The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content.

Access

Access to the Internet on Library computers is limited to 2.5 hours per day per patron.  To reserve and use a Library computer, patrons must have an UHLS library card in good standing or a guest pass.  Guest passes are only available to patrons who do not already have a UHLS library card, and can be purchased at the circulation desk for a small fee.  Picture ID is required to purchase a guest pass.

Children’s Use

  • Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of the Internet.  Any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, not the library staff.
  • Dissemination of information through the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and instant messaging is a joint responsibility of the child and the parent/guardian.
  • Juveniles under 16 are required to have signed parental authorization to use the Internet.
  • Internet computers in the Children’s Room are intended for use by children.

Responsibility of Users

  • Users are required to log in each time to use the Internet computers.  A maximum of two users at the workstation at a time is allowed.  If the computer is shared, all users must agree to the library’s Internet policy.
  • As per the Library’s Circulation Policy, Library cards are non-transferable.  Patrons caught using another person’s card will lose computer use privileges for a period of time determined by the Director.
  • The library does not permit violation of any U.S. or state law or regulation including, but not restricted to, acts of a threatening, harassing or obscene nature.  Patrons must respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.
  • Files may be saved to the the library computer’s hard drive temporarily, but will be erased at the end of the usage session.  To save files beyond then, patrons may provide their own USB storage media or purchase one from the library.
  • Users are responsible for all printing fees.
  • Hardware and software on library computers may not be altered.
  • Library computers may not be used to attempt to gain unauthorized access to any data, computer or network.
  • Users are asked to remember that they are in a public building and to show consideration for others when viewing Internet sites.
  • Any criminal or otherwise illegal conduct is prohibited, including the public display of offensive sexual materials as restricted by NYS Penal Laws, 245.10, 245.11, 263.11 and 263.16 when using a public PC.  The library reserves the right to limit access to pertinent web resources to maintain compliance with this legislation.

Misuse of the Internet computer by not complying with these procedures and policies will result in loss of privileges.

Policy Revised 3/18/2014


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