Patron Responsibilities

Computer and Internet Use
Children 17 and younger must have their parent/legal guardian sign the "Release for Access to the Internet for Minors". A parent/legal guardian must accompany children under 12 when using the computers. The parent is responsible for monitoring the child's Internet session and may not use another computer while the child is using the Internet computers. Children between 12 and 17 may use the Internet computer without parental supervision after the parent has read and signed this release.

By signing the Universal City Public Library's Internet Access Policy, patrons agree to and accept the following:

Patrons will present their Universal City Public Library Card and register at the Circulation Desk for Internet computer use and to notify library staff whenever there is a problem with their assigned computer station.

Computer usage is limited to 60-minute sessions during peak usage times. Users may be bumped to allow others computer access after 60 minutes.

Use electronic information and resources responsibly and for the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided.

All use of the library Internet equipment must comply with all applicable laws and policies (federal, state, and local laws, in addition to library policies). Therefore, Internet access must not be used for illegal, improper or illicit purposes. Obscenity and child pornography are illegal.

Patrons shall be financially responsible for any damage done to the computers by themselves and their children.

Misuse of the library's hardware or software, or using software not authorized by the library is not allowed. Misuse includes, but is not limited to the following:

-accessing chat rooms;
-saving personal files to the hard drive;
-downloading and saving any files, programs or software applications to the hard drive;
-introducing a virus or worm into a library computer;
-"hacking" into or circumventing the library's computer system or another computer system;
-modifying any of the library's computer configurations. This includes unauthorized logging off the library's network and restarting or shutting down individual workstations;
-duplicating copyrighted software or violating copyright or communication laws and software licensing agreements.

Patrons must respect the privacy and sensibilities of other patrons and may not send, receive, or display text or graphics that may be construed as obscene and are not constitutionally protected.

Patrons must respect the privacy of other users and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.

Two patrons may share one computer as long as their behavior or conversation does not disturb other users or library staff.

The patron acknowledges that any information furnished by the patron during an Internet session becomes public information and the city has no responsibility for the protection of said information.