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Library Policies - Computers and Internet Access

Computers and Internet Access

 

Internet and Computer Rules

 

By using the Moffat County Libraries’ computer resources the user indicates agreement to abide by the Library’s Internet and Computer rules.
 

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for computer use or Internet access.

 

Copies are 20 cents per page regardless of usability, quality, or amount of print on the page.

 

Before accessing the Internet users must present a photo ID and sign in with library staff.

 

Users may use one computer for no more than one hour once per day. When the user has left the computer, the daily session is completed. Users may not switch to another computer or return at a later time for further computer use.

 

Staff permission is required to have more than one user at one computer at a time.

 

Patrons under 17 years of age must have an Internet Permission form signed by their parent or guardian on file at the Library, and must show their library card in order to use the Internet connected computers. All children 12 and under, even those with signed permission forms, must have an adult with them at the computer at all times.

 

Violation of copyright or software license agreements is prohibited.

 

Internet is prohibited in the children’s room of the library.

 

Computers located in the children’s area are for children age 11 and under.

 

Falsifying one’s age to gain access to Internet sites is prohibited.

 

Adults using computers must not leave their children unattended while in the Library.

 

Files may be saved temporarily to the desktop, disk, CD or a flash drive.

 

Library patrons may not shut down or restart computers. Users must report any technical difficulties to a staff member, and wait for assistance.

 

The Library computer resources may only be used for purposes according to the guidelines of the Moffat County Libraries. Misuse or illegal use of the Library computers and the Internet will result in loss of your computer privileges and possible legal action. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Unauthorized use of copyright protected material
  • Harassing other patrons or infringing on their rights to privacy
  • Behaving in a disruptive or uncooperative manner
  • Accessing, creating, or displaying images or text that contain obscenities or pornography, or that disturb the well-being of other patrons or Library staff
  • Damaging or destroying equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or to other patrons
  • Installing or attempting to install unauthorized software or files on Library computers
  • Violation of software license agreements

 

The Library is in compliance with C.R.S. 24-90-601 et seq., of the Colorado Revised Statutes which requires installation of filtering software for the protection and safety of minors (anyone under 17 years of age) on all public access computers provided by the Library.

 

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet. The Library makes no guarantees, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet. Not all the information available via the Internet is accurate, current or complete. Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet. Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view, and images can be found on the Internet, which are controversial, divergent and inflammatory. The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary, which may be found on the Internet. Users are cautioned that, because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use and, therefore, should be considered public.

 

In addition to this specified policy, general guidelines for the use of all public-access computers govern the use of the Internet in the Library. Violation of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library's Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Illegal activity involving the Library's Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

  • The Library reserves the right to end any computer session at any time, for any reason.
  • The Library also reserves the right to deny any use of equipment for any reason or if Library policies and procedures are not followed.
  • The Library reserves the right to revise its Internet use policy at any time and without written notice.

 

Use of the Library's Internet resources is for educational, informational and recreational purposes only.

 

Using the Library's Internet resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage in commercial activity such as the distribution of advertising is prohibited.

 

Library staff is happy to help patrons with basic computer and Internet use. Staff cannot provide advanced instruction and are not responsible for the user’s lost data.

 

The Moffat County Libraries will not tolerate the use of library equipment to access, transmit, or print obscene or sexually explicit materials that are harmful to minors. Users are reminded that they are in a public environment and are asked not to display on screens and/or print materials that may be objectionable.

 

Violation of the Moffat County Libraries Internet and Computer Rules may result in suspension of library use privileges.

 

The library reserves the right to set rules, as needed to promote equitable computer use and to revise these rules in response to changes in or concerns about the library’s computing system.

 

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