201 East Front Street, South Whitley IN 46787 Phone: (260) 723-5321 Fax: (260) 723-5326
Internet and Computer Usage Policy
The South Whitley Community Public Library (hereafter called SWCPL) is a vital community resource and provides information, programs, materials, and resources to foster lifelong learning and enjoyment. Through its computer and technology resources, the 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 Usage
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, work, 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 6 computers available.
Printed items are 20 cents per page. Patrons must pay for ALL pages printed so it is strongly recommended patrons do a PRINT PREVIEW before printing.
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. This includes any SWCPL stored data, programming, or 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.
The SWCPL is NOT responsible for any damage to patron software, data, or hardware while in use on SWCPL computers/systems.
Adherence to Local, State, Federal Laws
SWCPL computers are not to be used 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 application 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.
Use of Electronic Communication
Users shall not access another individual’s or organization’s private files, materials, or information without permission.
E-mail accounts may be accessed and viewed only if the account is free through the Internet. The registration for a free e-mail account is voluntary and the responsibility of the party registering. The library is not responsible for any materials or fees applied or sent to the e-mail account due to your registration.
Chat rooms, instant messaging, and other electronic communications are allowed, but should be kept private by monitoring the volume or using headphones so others are not disturbed by any discussions.
The SWCPL is not responsible for any purchases made or any fees applied to the viewing, ordering, or downloading of materials at any Internet site.
Since the Internet is not subject to any form of regulation, users may encounter sites they consider offensive or controversial. Filters were installed in 2004. This software is designed to block access to such material, in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. All computers in SWCPL are subject to filtering. Be advised that no filtering software is totally foolproof, and it may occasionally fail to block access to a site an individual may deem as inappropriate. It may also occasionally block access to a site not considered offensive.
Computer & Internet Usage by Minors
While SWCPL supports parents and guardians in their efforts to guide their children’s access to print, non-print, and online information, the library will provide access to children under the age of 18. 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.
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.net database 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 Usage 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 Usage Policy provided above as necessary.
Approved 5/6/99 Revised 9/12/2012 Revised and Approved 3/10/2016
Laptop Checkout Policy
The South Whitley Community Public Library (hereafter called SWCPL) is a vital community resource and provides information, programs, materials, and resources to foster lifelong learning and enjoyment. Through its computer and technology resources, the SWCPL enables patrons to access information beyond the confines of its own collection. The SWCPL offers a laptop checkout service.
The South Whitley Community Public Library’s computers and information technology are available to the public, but with certain restrictions and limitations.
Availability and Checkout
Laptops are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Laptops may be checked out to any individual with a valid SWCPL library card for in-library use only.
Individuals are allowed to check out 1 laptop at a time.
Check out time for each laptop is 1 hour, with the option of renewal for additional time if no one else is waiting.
Laptops should not be left unattended while in use. Patrons bear the sole responsibility for maintaining the security of the laptop while it is checked out.
All checked-out laptops must be returned to the circulation desk at least 15 minutes before the library closes.
Laptops must be returned to a staff member at the circulation desk.
Upon return, the laptop (along with accessories) will be inspected by the staff.
Fines, Limits, and Liability Laptops are only for use on SWCPL property.If a laptop is removed from the library property, the local law enforcement will be notified and the borrower will be denied future borrowing privileges. Laptop checkout privileges may be revoked if a laptop is: 1. not returned on time, 2. not returned in correct working order, or 3. is returned as unacceptable due to physical damage or not working properly. Individuals are responsible for making sure the laptop is in working order and without physical damage when it is checked out. If a problem is noticed, it must be reported immediately to SWCPL staff or it will become the responsibility of the individual for any damage or problems. Individuals experiencing problems with laptop hardware or applications, or who have questions, should ask for assistance from the circulation staff. Individuals may not alter, delete, copy, or otherwise modify software installed on the laptop. Audio or video files must be played with headphones.Headphones are available for use at the circulation desk. SWCPL is not responsible for loss or damage to any removable drives or data (i.e. CD, flash drive, etc. that may occur due to the malfunctioning of hardware or software while using the SWCPL laptops. All personal files must be removed from the computer before it is returned.
SWCPL reserves the right to deny laptop usage to any person who is found to be in violation of policies associated with the use of laptops, computers, Internet, or personal behavior 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 Laptop Checkout Policy as they deem necessary.
Approved 12/14/2011 Revised and Approved 3/10/2016