Internet Policy & Terms of Use

SPRINGFIELD TOWN LIBRARY

POLICY ON PUBLIC ACCESS TO COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET

In providing internet access, the Springfield Town Library affirms and upholds the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretation on Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks adopted by the American Library Association in 1996.

The Library provides public access to electronic resources, including the computer and the internet, as reference tools to supplement the books, periodicals and reference collection.

The Library does not monitor nor control information available on the internet. Users may access materials they find offensive, or which may be inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or illegal. Patrons using a credit card on the Library computers do so at their own risk; the Library will not be responsible for any problems that may result.

Internet access in the Library is available to all patrons and guests in good standing; children under 16 years of age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before accessing the internet. It is the responsibility of each user to determine what is appropriate for their own needs, and for parents to assume responsibility for and supervise their children's use of the internet at the Library. Parents are encouraged to come to the Library with their children and supervise internet sessions.

The Library may set time limits so that all patrons seeking access will have an appropriate opportunity. The Library reserves the right to end a computer session when time limits are exceeded. Users agree to end their computer session within 5 minutes when so notified.

Use of the Library's computers is conditioned on the user's compliance with the Terms and Conditions of Use (below). Accepted use must be legal, ethical and respectful of intellectual property and data ownership, system security and privacy rights. If use of the computers results in disruption of Library services or a user fails to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Use, the Library reserves the right to end the user's session and/or suspend or restrict indefinitely access to the Library's computers. A patron denied access to the Library's computers may appeal that decision to the Library Board of Trustees.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

In an effort to ensure that the use of these computers is consistent with the Policies of the Springfield Town Library, the following terms and conditions of use shall apply:

Users shall read Terms and Conditions of Use and click “I Agree” on screen indicating that they understand and agree to abide by these policies and regulations before using the internet.

Library computer users agree to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws as well as Library policies, procedures and behavior guidelines. Use of the Library's computers for pornographic, illegal or criminal purposes, for gambling, or for abusive, threatening or harassing communication is prohibited. The Library may terminate or restrict a user's computer privileges for failure to comply with these accepted use regulations.

Users will treat all library materials and equipment in a responsible manner to preserve their integrity and insure their availability for others. Users will not attempt to alter or tamper with computer programs, settings or configurations, install any software, gain unauthorized access to restricted resources, disrupt the intended use of the internet, destroy the integrity of internet resources, or compromise the privacy of other users.

Problems with computer equipment or software must be reported to the Library staff immediately. Abuse of the equipment or the service may result in the user being denied further access to the service.

Users may not download or install programs or store files on the hard drive. The Library will provide storage devices for a nominal charge.

The charge for printing in black & white is 15 cents per page, 50 cents per page in color. Users are responsible for the cost of all pages printed, whether intended or not.

No more than two people may be at a workstation at any time.

If the Library determines that a user has abused his/her computer privileges, the Library Director may revoke or restrict those privileges indefinitely or permanently. Any financial obligations incurred through the use or misuse of these computers are the sole responsibility of the user.

 

Adopted 1/10/2006; revised 9/13/2010, 8/20/2012, 4/16/19

 

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