Internet Policy

INTERNET AND USE OF LIBRARY PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS

The Waterford Public Library is dedicated to providing books, materials and other resources to help the citizens of Waterford gain access to information and ideas.  In keeping with this goal the library provides public access to the worldwide network of information resources known as the Internet.
 

The Internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages.  However, the Internet is not regulated or controlled by any governing body.  The quality, accuracy and authority of the information found on the Internet vary greatly.  There may be materials that one may find objectionable or inappropriate.  Access to material of a controversial or mature nature, as well as material that is not accurate, complete or current is unavoidable.  The library cannot protect users from information and images gathered on the Internet or for the nature of material that may be found. 

As with all other library materials, it is the responsibility of parents or guardians to monitor their children’s computer usage at the library.  Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet with their children and to set rules for their children including telling them never to give out identifying information, such as home address, school or telephone number or to arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parent/guardian permission.

All users of the Internet are expected to use this resource in a responsible and courteous manner and to follow all Internet rules, guidelines and regulations established for its use.  Any use of the library’s Internet connection for illegal, inappropriate or obscene purposes or in support of such activities is prohibited. Users must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including copyright and licensing agreements.

The library computers also provide various software applications.

GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS FOR USE

OF LIBRARY PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS

  • Customers must sign in at the reference desk for the next available computer.
  • All use of computers is done on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Each session will be limited to 30 minutes if there are others waiting to use the computer.
  • No more than two people are permitted at a workstation at a time.
  • Where possible, library staff will assist customers with specific questions about the internet and software applications.  Staff can also direct customers to books on computers, the internet and software applications.
  • Customers may not change the settings and configurations of the computers.
  • Customers may use floppy disks, CDs, DVDs and flash drives but may not download or save any files to the hard drive or desk top. Customers may not use software other than what is already available on library computers.
  • The library assumes no responsibility to any damages to personal disks, CDs, DVDs, and flash drives used in library computers.
  • Customers must pay for all printing from public computers.  Cost of printing is established by the director. Customers may not use their own paper in library printers.
  • The library reserves the right to terminate a computer session at any time for inappropriate use.

 

The Waterford Public Library considers use of its public access computers to constitute acceptance of its policies, guidelines and regulations and reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance. Any violation of the policies, guidelines and regulations may result in suspension or loss of privilege to use the library’s computers.  Any illegal activity will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.