MAPLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET USE POLICY
The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Using the MPL internet computers allows patrons to access the vast amount of information available through these connections. All Internet sites are accessible, some of which may contain controversial, offensive or inaccurate material. The Library undertakes to provide a safe Internet viewing environment, and censors offensive images in accordance with requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, but users must recognize that the Library does not censor and cannot control the content of resources available on the Internet.
The Library expects patrons to comply with the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), the policies of the Library’s Internet service provider (ISP), and all applicable federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to criminal, copyright, privacy, defamation, and obscenity laws. Inappropriate use will result in temporary or permanent cancellation of computer access. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
Violation of computer system integrity Violation of Library rules regarding use of the public computers Tampering with computer hardware or software Infringement of copyright or software licensing Illegal file-sharing or other violations of intellectual property rights Unethical or illegal acts, including but not limited to harassment of others, libel or slander. Accessing, loading, or printing pornography or other offensive materials.The Library assumes the responsibility for maintaining an environment conducive to use by patrons of all ages. We ask that patrons not display offensive images on the Internet workstations at any time. Deliberate accessing of pornography or other offensive images can result in suspension of Internet privileges.
Patrons are required to use their own library cards to access the public computers. . Guest passes are available for visitors or new residents. Staff cannot provide patrons their card numbers. Card numbers may not be transferred to or shared with other patrons. Patrons are required to honor the limits on daily computer use. Patrons may not have more than one library card to use on the computers or use more than one card per day. Patrons may be asked to verify their card number or identity if a violation is suspected
Patrons may not install software on Library computers that makes permanent changes to the computer system or requires Administrator privileges to activate. Patrons may not engage in behavior that causes disruption to other Library users or impedes network traffic by utilizing excessive bandwidth. Patrons may download files to their own storage devices. Patrons may also use their own storage devices with the Library's public-access word processing applications. Sounds on the computers must not be audible to other patrons; patrons must keep the speakers muted at all times or use their own headphones for listening.
Staff are available to provide limited help to get patrons onto the Library computers as time permits, but they may not be familiar with every site, and cannot provide personal training on the Internet, such as how to use a web browser or set up an email account, or in the word-processing applications.
The Library reserves the right to establish whatever procedures are necessary to assure reasonable access to the Library's computers, and to set reasonable fees for printing.
The MPL assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of the Internet. Users agree to Indemnify and Hold Harmless the Library, its employees and agents from any claim, demand, liability, cause of action, suit, judgment, or expense (including attorney's fees), arising out of any breach of this policy statement.