Computer and Internet Use Policy

Computers are located in public areas shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Internet users must be considerate and respectful of other library users, and especially mindful of children in the library; particularly when accessing information or images others may find offensive.

The Library cannot assume the parent’s responsibility to monitor the child’s Internet use to see if it conforms to the parent’s standards. Only parents may restrict their children from access to Internet resources available at the library.

The Library staff is available to provide limited assistance in basic computer and Internet use, such as: logging onto the Library’s catalog and databases; logging onto the Internet; and to give general advice on searching methods. They cannot provide computer or Internet training.

ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

  • Adhering to the library’s computer and internet use policies.
  • Refraining from damaging or altering the configuration of equipment.
  • Disconnecting from remote sites and returning to the library’s homepage when research is completed.
  • Relinquishing the computer terminal to another patron when time limits are imposed by staff.
  • It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to monitor their children’s use of the Internet. As with all other library materials, parents or legal guardians – not the library staff – are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

  • The display or transmission of sexually explicit graphic material, obscenity or disruptive text, files or images, or materials harmful to minors is inappropriate and prohibited.
  • Use of the computer that violates the law or encourages others to violate the law. This includes, but is not limited to, transmitting harassing messages or offer for sale or use any substance that is illegal to use or possess.
  • Playing music, videos, or other audio files loudly enough to disturb other patrons
  • Use of cell phones while at the computer station.

Violations of these computer policies may result in the suspension of Internet/computer access or removal from the Library.

Established by Raymond Library Board
May 9, 2013

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