Computer and Internet use Policy

The Canton Public Library offers computers through which its users may access the Internet, electronic mail, library-installed software, and electronic information resources. 

There is no charge to use the library’s public-access computers.  They are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis.  Users are required to sign in at the computer workstations by recording their start times.  Usage sessions are limited to one (1) hour whenever other patrons are waiting.   

Computer users are reminded that the Internet is a global and unregulated information network.  Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, or legal.  Moreover, materials of a controversial or mature nature may be accessed easily.  The Canton Public Library is unable to monitor or control the information obtained through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The library does not endorse the content of any material obtained from the Internet. 

The library recognizes users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.  However, Internet security is technically difficult to achieve.  Electronic communications and files could become public.  The library is not responsible for loss or damage to a user resulting from a breach of privacy or confidentiality.  Users who release personal information do so at their own risk.

Computer users should not attempt to violate computer security systems, nor attempt to access the hard drive, files, networks, or other computer systems of the library.  Users shall not knowingly destroy, degrade, or disrupt electronic information, software, or equipment. 

Users should not attempt to alter computer settings put in place by the library staff.  In order to prevent viruses, they may not install or download software or files onto library computers.  Nor may they store any data on the library’s computers.  Users who wish to download information may make print-outs on the library’s printers or may purchase discs at the Information Desk.  Printing and purchasing discs carry small fees set by the library. 

Library computers may be used for lawful purposes only.  Illegal acts involving library computers may be subject to criminal prosecution.

The library’s computers are in public areas shared by patrons of all ages.  Pornographic information and/or images may not be accessed.

The library reserves the right to request that a knowledgeable adult accompany and assist any child under the age of ten (10) who wishes to use a library computer.

The staff may observe use of the computers to ensure that this policy and appropriate standards of behavior are maintained.  Library privileges may be suspended for misuse of or damage to equipment, for behavior that is disruptive to the operation of the library and its patrons, and for any inappropriate behavior deemed to be a violation of library policy.

Parents and guardians of children under the age of eighteen (18) are strongly advised to supervise their children’s computer use.  The decision as to whether content found online is appropriate 
for a minor’s viewing rests with the parents or guardians.  The library does not censor any user’s access to information or materials. 

The Library Director and the Library Board of Trustees reserve the right to amend this policy at any time as need demands.

Approved by the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees, May 13, 2009

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