Internet and Computer Policy

 

We currently have 7 public access computers (four desktop, three laptop), all with internet access and Microsoft Office. In order to use our computers, we require a library card, free of fines, for those who reside in Lawrence County. People from out of town may also use our computers for free, after presenting a valid ID at the desk. We require all adult users to read and sign our computer agreement. No child, under the age of 18, may use our computers without parental consent. We require a parent or legal guardian to come to the library, in person, and sign a computer agreement. No child, age 12 or younger, may use the computers without a parent or responsible adult present.

The Lawrence Public Library District is pleased to extend the privilege of internet use to the public.  However, this is not an automatic right or obligation of the library district.  Future internet use privileges may be modified and/or suspended in their entirety at the discretion of the library district. The computers are shut down 30 minutes prior to the library closing for the day.   On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, computers are closed at 4:30 p.m.; on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  

 

  1. All users must register at the circulation desk.  Before any person is granted use of an internet station, he/she shall review and sign an Internet Policy and Computer Use Agreement.
  2. Internet users under the age of 18 must have a signed authorization by a parent or guardian on file.
  3. Internet users under the age of 13 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult when using the library’s computers.
  4. Parents and legal guardians are expected to provide sufficient supervision to control the materials to which their child is exposed. The library requires that parents and guardians accept full responsibility for their child’s actions on the network, provide permission for the library district to allow their child access, and acknowledge that there is information on the network that the parent or guardian may not otherwise want to have available to their child.
  5. Users should be aware that the internet is not a secure medium, and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding user’s activity. Patrons enter any credit card, personal, or financial information at their own risk.  The Lawrence Public Library District assumes no liability for any loss or damage to the user’s hardware, software, data or disks, nor for any personal damage or injury whatsoever incurred as a result of using the library’s electronic resources or wireless network.  This includes, but is not limited to, damages or injury sustained from invasions of the user’s privacy.
  6. Patrons are responsible for any damage occurring to the library’s computers while they are using them.  Fees will be assessed and charged to patrons.  Patrons on library’s computers should save work to a USB flash drive or other device, not on the computer’s hard drive.
  7. All printing will incur charges.  Printed pages are $0.10 each.  Color copies are $0.50 each.  All copies must be paid for, including mistakes.  Prints must be picked up at the circulation desk.
  8. Computer work stations are designed for use by a maximum of two people.
  9. Patrons are not guaranteed more than 30 minutes of time.  A waiting list will mean anyone who has exceeded 30 minutes may be asked to log off the computer. Longer times may be permitted at the discretion of the library staff.
  10.  Library staff may be available for basic assistance, as time allows, but must also be available to serve other patrons.  Staff can demonstrate basic use, but will not be familiar with every application.
  11. The following are prohibited on library-owned computers:
  • Violating federal, state, or local laws.  This includes, but is not limited to, violating copyrights or licensing agreements; sending unsolicited chain letters, or broadcast messages; assuming another person’s identity; sending threatening or obscene materials.
  • Knowingly displaying obscene graphics that may be harmful to minors.
  • Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, music files, or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
  • Disregarding the rules of network etiquette, or interfering with use of the network by others. This includes using appropriate language, respecting other’s privacy, keeping conversation to a minimum.
  • Using the internet for commercial purposes.
  • Damaging or disrupting equipment, system performances, or data.
  • Causing excessive congestion of the network or interfering with use of the network by others.
  • Placing or altering installed files or programs.