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Access to the Internet on Library Computers

 Guidelines for Using the Internet from Library Computers

Guidelines for use of Library Owned Computers

The following guidelines are provided to assist all patrons of the Library. The Library provides access to the Internet, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and other productivity software at no charge to the user from computers available at the Library. Patrons are encouraged to ask for assistance, however, staff trained on the use of the Internet service may not always be available during library hours of operation.

Before using the Library's Internet service, patrons must read and agree to abide by the policies and procedures of the library as set forth in the Dayton Metro Library Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy and these guidelines.

Guidelines may vary slightly at each library location depending on physical constraints, number of workstations available, and the amount of use by the public.

Patrons agree to abide by the following guidelines when using the library's internet service:

  • In consideration of other library users, VIEWING OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT SITES IS PROHIBITED BY LIBRARY BOARD POLICY.
  • The Internet computers are available, subject to periodic maintenance, during the library's normal hours of operation.
  • Use of the Internet computers is on a "first come, first served" basis. Patrons are required to sign up to use a computer for Internet access. Library cards and guest logons are used to reserve computers, to maintain computer sessions and to track printing from computers. No record is kept connecting library card numbers to web sites visited. The PC Reservation system does not retain individual information about signups past the day the reservation is made.
  • Users may sign up for only one session at a time. Internet sessions may be of limited time if others are waiting. Users must leave the assigned computer at the end of the session. Session extensions may be granted when no one is signed up for that computer and extended time will be included in calculations for an individual's allotted time for the day.
  • Users will respect the privacy of other users, and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.
  • The Library will not be held liable for damages to personal data and removable media. Despite the Library's attempt to protect users from viruses, please be advised that complete protection is not possible.
  • There is a printing charge. The Library does not charge for printing library catalog holdings and personal account information.
  • The Library will not create or maintain electronic mail or chat-room accounts for patrons.
  • Popular web-based e-mail and chat-oriented services may be accessed using Library computers, however, the display of sexually explicit imagery is prohibited.
  • Only authorized library employees are permitted to install software on library computers. Downloading of files from public access computers may be done on removable media only. Diskettes and CDs may be purchased at the library for a minimal charge.
  • Use of any computer is for LEGAL purposes only. Use of the workstation for any ILLEGAL purposes including software piracy and copyright violations is NOT permitted.
  • Use of any library computer for any activity that is deliberately offensive, or creates an intimidating or hostile environment is prohibited.
  • Use of any library computer for unsolicited advertising, chain letters, spreading of viruses and/or any other practice that interferes with the use by others is prohibited.
  • Any efforts to bypass the security of the Library's computer network, hacking, and/or other misuse of the Library's Internet computers is prohibited.

Compliance

Library patrons who fail to abide by the Library's Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy and the above Guidelines are in violation of the Library's posted Rules of Conduct. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in loss of Internet service and in extreme or repeated cases may result in the loss of other library privileges.

Revised Policy Adopted by the Board March 15, 2006

 

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