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Internet/Computer Use Policy

The Garrett Memorial Public Library has 5 computer available for public use, as well as free wi-fi for personal devices. 

Internet access is provided to the public by the Garrett Memorial Library in order to make available to the public the vast amount of information resources of the internet. The resources contain a wide variety of material and opinions. In offering internet access, library staff cannot control access points which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Library patrons use the internet at their own risk. The library is mindful and respectful of the rights of patrons not to be inadvertently exposed to material and images that are not constitutionally protected or that they (or their parents) may find unsuitable.

In this regard, the following operational guidelines will be in effect regarding internet access:

1. First time users will receive internet access information and library policies. Out of town guest users may use the internet/ computer by showing proper ID and by signing a guest user sheet containing identifying information.

2.The internet access computers will be available, subject to periodic maintenance during ordinary library hours. Use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those using the internet will not have a time limit assigned, but if another patron is waiting, a 30-minute time limit is enforced. Patrons may reserve computer time by telephone. Library staff will assist patrons in accessing the internet and offer searching suggestions.

3.Library internet service may not be used to view or transmit sexually explicit material or other material that is not constitutionally protected or to conduct other illegal activity. Any library staff member who observes a person viewing such material will direct that person to remove the material from the computer screen. Any person who refuses to comply with these directions will be asked to leave the library premises. Law enforcement officials may be called to enforce compliance with such a request.

4. Parents or guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own child(ren). Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in access by minors to appropriate material on the internet, including material that is harmful to minors, the library offers training on safe and effective internet use and encourages staff to guide minors away from material that may be inappropriate.

5. To address the issue of safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications, as well as unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors, the library offers training and urges minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines:

a. Never give out identifying information such as a home address, school name, or telephone number.

b. Parents or guardians must decide whether personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information should be revealed.

c. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via computer without parents’ or guardians’ approval.

d. Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make one uncomfortable.

e.Have parents or guardians report to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 if one becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography.

f. Remember that people online may not be who they say that they are.

g. Remember that everything one reads may not be true.

6. To address the issue of unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking”, and other unlawful activities by minors online, minors and all other library users are hereby advised that use of the library’s internet service for hacking or any other unlawful activity is strictly prohibited.

7. The public must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the internet.

8. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the computer areas.

9. Violations of these guidelines will result in the loss of computer (and/or library) privileges. Length of suspension is at the discretion of the library director or director’s designee.

10. Paper is provided for printing at $0.50 per sheet of color and $0.25 per sheet for black and white.

11. Confidentiality: All records relating to library patrons and their use of library materials and services are strictly confidential. Library staff members are not authorized to disclose such records to any third party.