INTERNET USAGE POLICY
The Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library is pleased to offer Internet access to its patrons as part of its mission to develop collections, resources and services that meet the educational, cultural, recreational and business needs of the community. The library endorses the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement. All library users are provided equal access to resources available on the Internet.
The Internet contains a wide variety of material and opinions from varied points of view. There is material and information on the Internet which individual patrons may find inappropriate.
Patrons are hereby notified that they are responsible for the web sites they access. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet through the library's connection. As with other library materials, restriction of and monitoring of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian, not the library staff.
Library staff will assist library users in getting started on the Internet. However, the staff is not able to offer extensive assistance. Time permitting, staff will try to answer specific questions and offer suggestions for effective searching.
The Internet, as all of the library's information sources, must be shared and used in a manner respecting the rights of others. Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet access except for length of time of use. The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time if it is causing a disturbance. The Internet workstations may not be used for any illegal activity that violates federal or state laws or municipal ordinances. Failure to abide by this provision may result in termination of the session and/or prosecution.
The Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its world wide web server or from its connections to other Internet services. The privacy of Internet connections cannot be guaranteed and any information transmitted should be assumed public and not secure.
Please note that the library and library personnel shall not act as a facilitator or a censor with respect to access to materials or subject matter that may be deemed offensive by certain individuals. Neither the library nor its staff shall endorse or limit full and free access to the Internet subject only to the restrictions stated herein.
RULES FOR PUBLIC INTERNET TERMINAL USE
1. Time limit: 1 hour per person per day, which may be extended if no one is waiting
2. No more than 2 persons per computer.
3. Parents are responsible for establishing and enforcing family computer use guidelines for their minor children. Children younger than middle school-age must use the Children's Room computers
4. Printing is 10 cents per page for black and white, 25 cents per page for color.
Repeated violations of this policy or these rules will result in the following:
1st sanction: suspension of Internet access for one month
2nd sanction: suspension of Internet access for three months
3rd sanction: permanent suspension of Internet access
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 18, 1996
Revised and adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 27, 2000
Revised and adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 26, 2006
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS AT THE MAURICE M. PINE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Wireless internet access is available free of charge to anyone who brings their wireless enabled laptop or other wireless device to the library.
Use of the wireless connection is entirely at the risk of the user and the library disclaims all and any liability for loss of confidential information or damages of any kind to the user's equipment. Virus and security protection are the responsibility of the user. Due to limited insurance and liability, the staff is unable to assist patrons with personal laptops or other wireless devices. Privacy cannot be guaranteed with use of personal electronic equipment in a public area.
Acceptable Use Policy
Wireless service shall not be used to disrupt the local area network within this library, the wide area network or other users of this wireless service. You agree to comply with all laws while using this service and you agree not to transmit any materials that would violate any laws, court orders or regulations and/or be offensive to the recipient. You are responsible for any and all content transmitted through our wireless connection. Viewing sexually graphic and or explicit materials on private equipment in the library is prohibited.
Maurice M. Pine Public Library will not be liable to any person or persons for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages of any character that arise from use of this wireless network. This library regarding the wireless services provided makes no express warranty. The library disclaims any implied warranty, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in revocation of computer workstation and wireless access privileges at this library and may also have legal consequences. Patrons wishing to appeal loss of privileges may contact the Board of Trustees.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 26, 2006