INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY
PURPOSE AND DISCLAIMER
Emporia Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet. The library makes this service available as part of its mission to serve people of all ages at all levels of need.
The Internet offers access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. However, not all sources on the Internet are accurate, complete or up-to-date. The library does not monitor, have control over, or accept responsibility for material found on the Internet. The library uses filtering software on its networks to protect computers from malicious damage, attempt to block pornography and block usage of bit torrent.
TIMES AND GUIDELINES
A patron is allotted a minimum of 60 minutes per day. A patron must sign in on the scheduling software before using the computer. Children are required to sign in at the children’s desk before using the computer. If no one is waiting, the patron will be allowed to stay on the computer until it is needed by another patron. Computer users are encouraged but not required to have an Emporia Public Library card. A visitor may obtain a visitor pass or a computer-use-only card (valid for one month) to use the library’s computers.
The computers in Adult Services are for patrons from 6th grade through adult. The computers in Young Adult Services are for patrons from 6th grade through age 19. The computers in Children's Services are for children 5th grade and below.
Patrons will be allowed to access all sites available such as e-mail, chat rooms, games, etc., unless those sites contain illegal content.
In order to log onto the library’s wireless internet access, users must agree on the computer splash screen to abide by the library’s internet policy.
The library reserves the right to:
·Terminate a computer session at any time for any reason
·Move a user to a different computer to accommodate software needs or equipment maintenance
Although reasonable precautions will be taken, the library does not guarantee the hard drive to be virus free and assumes no liability for virus infections if persons save files to their own disks.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF USERS
Users should be aware that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other library patrons to use the library and its resources.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
· Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do print materials, questioning the accuracy and completeness of the information.
· Users must use the Internet at their own risk, realizing that they may encounter material they find offensive.
Supervising Children's Use
· Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library materials are appropriate for their children. Restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the parents' or guardian's responsibility.
· Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children's Internet sessions.
· Parents or guardians are responsible for letting their children know if there are materials they don't want the children to use.
Legal and Acceptable Uses
People may only use the Library's computers for legal purposes. Violation may result in loss of Internet or Library privileges. Illegal uses of computers may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
U.S. copyright law (Title17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of fair use.
Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.