Computer/Internet Use

Seneca Public Library District

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY
 
           
The Internet offers unlimited information of every kind, both educational and recreational. The Seneca Public Library District (SPLD) seeks to provide access to this vast resource in keeping with its mission of making information available to the community. The SPLD, however, does not monitor the Internet and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found on the Internet. The SPLD urges library patrons to be informed consumers and to carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet.
 
The library computers are intended for research and word-processing purposes. Chat rooms are not considered acceptable library computer usage. 
 
Due to the location of the computers, privacy of usage is not guaranteed.
 
Users are cautioned against displaying on the screen any material not appropriate in a public environment.
 
Computer time is available in increments of 60 minutes with a maximum of two hours per day. Patrons may use the computers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Computers will not be reserved.
 
No training is provided. Limited assistance is available by the staff. Patrons are expected to know how to use the computer and Windows based programs.
 
Patrons must have a valid SPLD card clear of fines exceeding $1.00 or overdue material and be at least 10 years of age. No children under 10 years of age will be allowed use of the internet access computers unless supervised by a parent or care-giver at all times.
 
The printer will be supplied with paper. Patrons are responsible for the cost of all material printed. Users may provide their own paper if they wish. To cover the cost of printer ink cartridges, all print charges are:
            $ .10 per black text page
            $ .50 per color text page or graphics
Prices subject to change without notice.
 
A current computer use form must be signed and kept on file.
 
Patrons may download directly to their own storage device or print selected information. Files may not be downloaded directly to the SPLD computer hard drive.
 
The library reserves the right to deny computer privileges to anyone who misuses the computer workstation or does not follow computer policy.   Each person is responsible for damages done to computer hardware or software. Patrons damaging the computers, printers, or software will be charged repair or replacement costs.
 
The SPLD assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its computer network or from its connection to other Internet services.
 
The Library reserves the right to ask patrons to relinquish the computer for reference purposes at any time.
 
The library is not responsible for damage or loss of data from power interruption, computer viruses, hard disk failure, faulty software, or any other reason. The use of Library computer equipment and the entering of personal information or data are at the patron’s own risk.
  
Prohibited uses of the Seneca Public Library District (SPLD) computers:
 
Intentional disregard, including but not limited to the following user guidelines, may result in loss of computer privileges.
 
  • Accessing any sound or visual or other type file that may disrupt other library patrons.
 
  • Using any SPLD computers to “crack” another individual, commercial or public system.
 
  • Using SPLD computers and Internet for purposes or activities contrary to state and federal laws, including the sending or displaying of material deemed obscene or pornographic by the courts.
 
  • Disruptive or destructive behavior.
 
  • Reading or attempting to read another person’s electronic mail or other protected files without their permission.
 
  • Use of electronic information networks with the intent to harass others.
 
  • The use of internet chat rooms or instant messaging, such as, but not limited to, Yahoo messenger, AIM, and MSN messenger.
 
  • Violating any copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to print materials, software, files and other resources obtained via an electronic resource such as the Internet.
Failure to follow Library computer and Internet policies, guidelines, or procedures will result in a loss of the patron’s access privileges. Illegal or disruptive behaviors will result in immediate termination of access and may necessarily involve intervention by law enforcement authorities. The Library reserves the right to terminate any computer session, and users who fail to follow these guidelines may lose their access privilege for up to one year. 
 
The first offense will result in the loss of privileges for the remainder of the day.
 
The second offense will result in the loss of privileges for up to two weeks.
 
The third offense may result in the loss of privileges for up to one year.
 
Any offense which violates state or federal law may result in permanent suspension of privileges.
  
Non-resident computer use:
 
Non-resident computer use will be allowed with a fee of $1.00 per hour. A valid United States Government issued ID and/or a current Illinois state ID or driver’s license must be shown at the circulation desk before using the computers. A current computer use form must be signed and kept on file. Individuals are subject to all other regulations and fees contained within this Internet and Computer Use Policy.

 

CHILDRENS
INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY
 
The Seneca Public Library District recognizes that the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. Due to numerous work responsibilities, Library staff are limited in their time to monitor children’s use. Additionally, the Seneca Public Library District does not act as a censor or substitute parent. Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children’s use of the Internet. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and electronic information network safety. It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to ensure that their children’s use of the Internet is appropriate and safe. 
 
Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Persons between the ages of 11 and 18 will be allowed computer access only after a parent or guardian and minor have signed a copy of the Permission of Use of Electronic Networks/Internet form and read and understand the Seneca Public Library District Internet and Computer Use Policy.