General Guidelines

It is the responsibility of legal guardians to decide what library resources are appropriate for their children. Guardians should supervise their children's Internet sessions and let them know what resources they do not want them to use. As with all library materials, the library cannot act in place of the parents. Patron use of the library computers is a privilege, not a right. Persons violating the library Computer and Internet policy and procedures may have their library privileges suspended or revoked, depending on the seriousness of the violation. Computer and Internet access is available to library members on a first-come, first-served basis. Each patron using the computers shall identify him/herself honestly, accurately and completely when providing such information. All computer and Internet users will be required to enter into an agreement with the library concerning Internet policies and procedures.

Patrons have no right to privacy concerning Internet use. The library retains the right to view patron's usage patterns and take action to assure that library Internet resources are devoted to maintaining the highest level of productivity. The library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone engaged in illegal or unauthorized activity as specified in the Computer and Internet Use Policy.

Do not use credit cards to purchase items from a library computer, as credit/personal account information may be stored on the computer workstation as a "cookie file" that does not expire when the web browser is closed. Always log off any E-mail accounts, banking sites or any site that requires a login and password before ending Internet sessions. The library cannot guarantee the security of any information a patron chooses to provide to web sites or E-mail accounts while on the Internet.

Library staff is available to assist users, but cannot provide in-depth training. The staff may be able to offer suggestions or basic information on using computer software. Disks may be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $0.50 each. The library and the library staff assume no responsibility for the safety of any disk and/or disk contents left at the library.

Personal floppy 3.5" disks and personal USB Flash Drives are checked for damage, excessive wear and for viruses using the library virus detection software before they are used in the library computers. Disks or flash drives with damage or viruses may not be used in the library computers and will be held at the Circulation Desk while the owner of the infected disk or flash drive uses the library computers.

The library does not allow the use of any personal CD-ROMs in the library computers.

All computers are shut down ten minutes before closing each day. Daily closing times are on the library door and on library cards.

Approved by Library Advisory Commission, March 9, 2011
Approved by City Council , May 17, 2011