Tuesday, June, 20 2017

Middletown Public Library Internet Use Policy

Middletown Public Library Internet Use Policy

The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects millions of computers all over the world. Use of the Library’s Internet computers provides patrons with access to vast amounts of information available electronically throughout the world.

Millions of sites are accessible over the Internet, some of which contain inaccurate, controversial and even offensive material. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that users may come across materials that are inconsistent with the goals of the Library. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children’s use of the Internet should provide guidance and monitor their children’s use of this resource as they would with other library materials. Only you have the right to define what material or information is consistent with your personal and family beliefs, and only you can apply these values for yourself and your children as you use the Library’s resources. The Library does not act in place of or in absence of the parent and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a child’s use of this resource.

Use of the Internet in the Library is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a suspension and eventual revocation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include by are not limited to the following:

  • Violation of local, state or federal laws
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized access to computer systems or files
  • Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software
  • Viloation of software license agreements and copyright laws
  • Violation of another user’s privacy
  • Use of sounds or images that might disturb others
  • Use of Internet workstations for any purpose other than Internet access
  • Any activity that accrues an expense to the Library other than printing
  • Misrepresenting one’s self to others
  • Loading personal software onto the Internet computers
  • Use of chat rooms
Illegal acts involving the Library’s computing resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state and federal authorities.

Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer detailed personal instruction. Staff will help patrons locate books and periodicals about the Internet.

The Library does not directly provide electronic mail or access to news or discussion groups, in part because other entities on the Internet, such as commercial vendors, provide these services. Patrons may use the Library’s Internet resources to access accounts obtained through these services as long as they do not require any alteration of the computer’s resources or files.

Internet access from the Library is open to all who adhere to this policy. All users must have a valid Ocean State Libraries (OSL) Library card to use Library computers. The card must be in good standing as defined by OSL guidelines. Out of state visitors may be issued a guest pass in lieu of purchasing a non-resident library card. Priority of use in the children’s room, in order of first to last, will be (1) children, (2) parents with young children present, and (3) other adults. Adults unaccompanied by children should use the available computers that are located in the Adult Area of the Library.