Internet and Computer Use Policy
The South Whitley Community Public Library (hereafter called SWCPL) is a vital component of the community and provides information, programs, materials, and resources to foster lifelong learning and enjoyment. Through technology SWCPL enables patrons to access information beyond the confines of its own collection. Use of this technology, as with all library services and materials, is a privilege and not a right. Misuse of library hardware or software may result in loss of library privileges, legal action, or both.
General Internet and Computer Use
Users must read the Computer/Internet Policy before using the public computers for the first time.
- Computer time is open for use on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using SWCPL computers.
- Individuals are limited to 1 hour per day. Exceptions will be made for those engaging in genealogical research, personal business, or school projects. Activities fitting within these exceptions should be communicated to the staff before the time limit is reached. If the staff finds the extra time is not being utilized as expressed, extra time can be denied. Extended time may also be requested if there are at least 4 computers available.
- Printed items cost 20 cents per page. Patrons must pay for all pages printed so it is strongly recommended patrons review the Print Preview window before printing.
Adherence to local, state, federal laws
- SWCPL computers are not to be used for cyber-bullying or to create, view, transmit, print, or otherwise distribute pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, racist, sexist, or homophobic materials.
- No user shall transmit any communication where the meaning of the message or its transmission or distribution would violate any applicable law or regulation, or would likely be highly offensive to the recipient or recipients.
- No user shall use SWCPL materials or equipment to mass distribute (or otherwise intrusively “broadcast”) any message over the Internet, including, but not limited to, advertising.
- Users shall respect and abide by all applicable copyright laws.
- Users shall not use the SWCPL connection to violate any local, state, or federal statute.
- Users shall not vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization.
Since the Internet is not subject to any form of regulation, users may encounter sites they consider offensive or controversial. Filters are installed on all computers at SWCPL. This software is designed to block access to such material, in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. No filtering software is totally foolproof and may occasionally fail to block access to a site an individual may deem inappropriate. It may also occasionally block access to a site not considered offensive.
Use of electronic communication
- Users shall not access another individual’s or organization’s private files, materials, or information without permission.
- Patrons may use other electronic devices and forms of communication while in the library, but should use headphones if there is an audio component to their use.
- SWCPL is not responsible for any purchases made or any fees applied to the viewing, ordering, or downloading of materials at any Internet site.
Use of SWCPL computer property
- Computer hard drives are for the storage of library software and information ONLY. Do NOT save your files to our hard drives. Bring an adequate storage device for saving any files you wish to keep, including files downloaded from the Internet. Any unknown file will be purged upon logging off the computer.
- No user may bring in any personal software or CDs to load onto SWCPL systems without prior approval from the library administrator. Audio CDs may be listened to with headphones so as not to disturb other patrons.
- Anyone found abusing library computers in any way will forfeit further library computer use privileges. Misuse also includes tampering with any SWCPL stored data, programming, hard disks, or illegally copying copyrighted software to or from library computers.
- Users are responsible for any damage to SWCPL hardware or software due to inappropriate actions or inaction while using the computers. Fees will be assessed and charged to the patron for required repairs or replacement.
- SWCPL is NOT responsible for any damage to patron software, data, or hardware while in use on SWCPL computers/systems.
Computer and Internet Use by Minors
SWCPL supports parents and guardians in their efforts to guide their children’s access to online information, however the library will provide online access to children under the age of 18 with parental permission.
It is important for parents/guardians to realize that SWCPL cannot control or monitor the resources of the Internet. The Internet is not a static entity. It changes as new information is added and old information deleted. Some sites may contain information that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, obscene, or potentially offensive. SWCPL allows access to all areas of the Internet.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s behavior while using the SWCPL Internet connection. SWCPL assumes no liability for inappropriate conduct or acts conducted on the Internet by minors.
It is parents or guardians who set family standards and values, therefore the library cannot usurp that right or responsibility. Internet access offers an opportunity for parents/guardians to hold discussions with their children about their family’s standards. We strongly recommend that parents/guardians work with their children when they are using the Internet. The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Library staff cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests solely with parents or guardians.
The following are recommended guidelines for parents and guardians to ensure children have positive online experiences, whether at home or in the library:
- Use the Internet as a family. Join your children in Internet exploration.
- Explore the wide range of available information and tell your children about sites you consider inappropriate for them.
- Provide guidelines for your children on the amount of time they spend online, just as for television viewing.
- Instruct children NEVER to give out personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, credit card number) online.
- Teach children to be good online consumers. As with print information, consider the source, date, and accuracy of online information.
- Encourage them to use the inspire.in.gov databases when researching topics. This is a safe area where content has been checked for accuracy and content.
SWCPL reserves the right to deny computer and/or Internet usage to any person who is found to be in violation of the Internet and Computer Use Policy or the addendums adopted by the Board of Trustees of the South Whitley Community Public Library or their designees. SWCPL also reserves the right to update the Internet and Computer Use Policy as necessary.
Revised and Approved 2/8/2018