Computer Use Policy

It is presumed that users are knowledgeable and competent to use computer equipment and programs.  Users shall not attempt operations they are not competent to perform.  Users are encouraged to consult library personnel before attempting unfamiliar activities.

  1. Expectations
  • All users must sign a computer use agreement. Youth under 16 years of age will be required to have parental/guardian permission.
  • Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.
  • The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using any library provided public access to the Internet.
  • Users are expected to abide by this policy which includes generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
  • Computer use may be restricted at any time for use inconsistent with the below guidelines.
  1. Warnings

The internet is a decentralized, unmoderated global network; the Augusta Memorial Public Library has no control over the content found there.  The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information.  It is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the internet.

 

The library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free.  The library is not responsible for damages to a user’s personal equipment or data from the use of data downloaded through this service.

 

The use of the internet and e-mail, through any library provided public access, is not guaranteed to be private.  Messages found relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.

 

  1. Guidelines
  • Computers must be checked out at front desk prior to use.
  • Users may access any available programs that the library has preloaded to the public computers.
  • The library allows use of the internet for research and the acquisition of information to address the patron’s educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.
  • Library staff is available for basic assistance only as time allows, but other customers and duties need attention as well.
  • The library provides users access to both desktop and laptop computers as well as wi-fi connection for use of personal items. Computers belonging to the library must remain in the building at all times.
  • Computer use is offered in sessions of one hour on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Time may be extended, by staff, with a valid reason; if computers are available.
  • Users must be completely finished with the computer and printer by the end of their allotted time.
  • Computers will be shut down five minutes prior to library closing each day.
  • Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will be held responsible for knowledge of all applicable laws.
  • Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing another’s private files or interfering with another’s use.
  • Users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the internet service.
  • Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the internet.
  • Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters.
  • Users, under the age of 10, must have a care giver present for any computer use.
  • Users may print copies, under previously stated guidelines. The cost is $.10 for black and white, $.25 for color prints per page and must be paid for at the conclusion of the session.
  • Users shall reimburse the library for any damages caused to equipment or programs by their actions.

The Director will review alleged violations of this policy on a case-by-case basis.  Violations may result in revocation of all library access privileges and/or appropriate legal action.  For more information on the process of revocation access privileges, please refer to the library conduct policy.

 

Revised April  2015