Internet & Computer Use Policy
The Fort Branch-Johnson Township Public Library offers access to the Internet in keeping with its desire to meet the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of the community.
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library has installed filtering software designed to prevent access to material that may be harmful to minors. However, users should be aware that filtering software may unintentionally block sites that have legitimate research value or fail to block objectionable content. Filtering software is not a substitute for parental involvement and oversight.
In the event that a computer is unavailable, the Library may have to impose time limits and/or require appointments for use. It is not assumed that if the library is open that public computers will be available for use.
The following guidelines offer the Library’s definition of acceptable Internet use.
- Patron must sign in to use the computer lab
- Access to the Internet via the Library’s resources implies agreement with this policy
- Patron’s using their own computer or other device must comply with the same rules as those using the public computers provided by the Library.
- Users must respect all copyright and licensing agreements
- A printer is available for use with a posted nominal fee
- Users must refrain from inappropriate Internet conduct, including but not limited to
- Use of the Internet in violation of any federal, state, or local law
- Use of the Internet to send, receive or display material that is obscene, subversive, offensive or illegal
- Any use which damages or alters computer equipment, systems or software
Internet access is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges. The library’s supervisory staff will deem what is inappropriate use based on items listed above and may temporarily suspend a user’s Internet privileges. The Director of the Library may take further action to deny, revoke, or suspend a user’s Internet privileges as warranted.
The Library has no control over resources on the Internet and is not responsible for the content of materials on the Internet. Patrons are responsible for the information they encounter. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet, and are encouraged to share their child’s computer experience.
The Library is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information users find on the Internet, nor is it responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its Internet access.