Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library

Comprehensive Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised September 6, 2017

As part of its mission to provide information for patrons in their pursuit of educational, personal, and recreational interests, Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library offers use of computers for public access to the Internet, selected software, online catalog, and subscription databases.  Wireless internet access is available without charge throughout the building, in the parking area in front of the library. Patrons may use their own devices equipped with the appropriate wireless access.

The Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, its Trustees and staff do not monitor and have no control over information on the Internet. The Internet contains many types of information and resources, including material unsuitable for minors. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for supervising the information their children view.

Please note: Under certain conditions, including the Patriot Act, Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library may be required, under court order, to provide patron records of use, library computers and servers. The provisions of the Patriot Act prohibit any staff member or Trustee from telling the patron that the information has been requested or that the material and/or equipment has been confiscated.

GENERAL POLICIES

  • Library Internet computers may be accessed by either Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library patrons or visiting patrons from out of town.
  • PCs on the main floor are restricted for use to patrons 12 years old and above.
  • PCs in the Children’s Room are for use of children under the age of 12.
  • The library reserves the right to set time limits on any PC in the interest of serving all patrons fairly.
  • The library is a public place for all ages, therefore sites displaying sexually explicit images on any computer on library property is strictly prohibited. Access to them may result in the suspension of
  • Internet and/or library privileges by the Board of Trustees.
  • The user is liable for any damages deliberately done to library computers and/or networks and for any violation of library policy or local, state, or federal laws. Such damage shall result in denial of further access, loss of all library privileges, and criminal prosecution by the Board of Trustees.
  • PCs shall not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including activities prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.
  • The library’s mailing address shall not be used for material ordered over the Internet.

PATRON RESPONSIBILITY

  • Users should be aware that the library is a public place and the Internet is not a secure venue.
  • Caution should be used in divulging personal information.
  • Users are bound by copyright law and must seek permission from the appropriate authority to make any substantive reproduction of materials. Users should properly cite or acknowledge the source of all information.
  • All patrons using any computer or personal digital device on library property must do so in a way that does not interfere with library operations or violate the rights of other patrons.
    Patrons are responsible for payment of all pages printed.

STAFF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Staff shall make every effort to meet the service needs of a patron’s access to computers.
  • Staff shall advise patrons on computer use, suggest authoritative web sites, and/or offer print materials for instruction.
  • Library staff cannot perform trouble-shooting or manually assist in making changes on a patron’s personal computer.