PUBLIC ACCESS INTERNET POLICY
Revised 8/14/03, 12/28/06, 8/10/09, 9/10/09, 2/14/13, 3/21/2013, 1/7/14
The Internet allows the Oelwein Public Library to provide the community with access to global information, ideas, and discussion within the guidelines of the library’s mission statement and materials selection policy.
Responsibilities of the Library
- provides high-speed Internet access but can make no guarantees of uninterrupted service.
- cannot guarantee the accuracy or authenticity of information accessed through the Internet.
- assumes no responsibility for a patron’s activities on the internet.
- accepts no responsibility for damage to a patron’s computer or other devices or for the loss of any data that may occur from using the library’s computers.
- affirms the right of every individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. At the same time, the library is a public space shared by patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. The library reserves the right to ask patrons to discontinue the display of information and images which cause a disruption.
- cannot guarantee confidentiality over the Internet. Patrons entering personal information (credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) do so at their own risk.
Responsibility of Patrons
- As with other library materials, the library affirms the parents’ or guardians’ right and responsibility to guide, determine, and monitor their children's use of the Internet. Library staff assumes that those under age 18 have parental permission to use library resources, including the Internet, unless notified otherwise by the parent or guardian.
- Patrons are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.
- Absolute privacy in using the Internet in the library cannot be guaranteed.
- The “Conduct in the Library” policy applies to the behavior of patrons using the Internet.
- Computers are checked out using the patron’s library card or current photo identification. Only two persons may use one Internet terminal at one time. Both must be in good standing.
- Non-residents may use the computers after presenting a valid form of identification without applying for a library card. Juveniles who do not have a valid form of identification or proof of an established residence will need to have a parent or guardian show valid identification.
- Computers may be used, initially, for 1 hour. The patron can continue using the computer unless another patron is waiting to use the computer.
- A printer is available for patron use at a fee
- Black - $.20 per page per side.
- Color - $.75 per page per side.
- Misuse of the computer will result in the loss of computer privileges.
- First offense : 6 months
- Second offense: 1 year
- Third offense: permanent suspension from computers
It is the library’s practice not to maintain a history of our patrons’ computer use. The library will not retrieve any information, including web sites visited, passwords or credit card numbers, or any other information a patron has entered.
- The library provides free, unsecured, wireless Internet access for public use.
- Security for personal wireless devices rests solely with the owner of the wireless device.
- Personal use of the library's public wireless access will conform to policies regulating other types of public Internet access provided by the library.
Patrons are expected to have a basic knowledge of computer use and the Internet. Staff cannot provide in-depth training for patrons, but will answer basic questions about Internet use or help locate resources.