Public Library Computer Rules and Procedures
- A computer sign-in
and reservation system is used for all public computers on the lower level of the library. There is a uniform
30-minute time limit per login.
Instructions on how to use the sign-in and reservation system are available
at the lower level Reference Desk and at the reservation station located
next to the printers.
- The charge for printing
is $.10 per sheet of paper; $.50 per page for color printing.
- Users may save files
to their own flash drives. The Library is not responsible for any damage to data, including viruses, which may occur when using a Library computer.
- Only one person may
use a single computer in the computer lab; no more than two people may work
together at a computer station outside of the lab.
- Children in fifth grade and under
must be accompanied by an adult to use the computers outside of the computer lab; children in fifth grade and under are not permitted in the computer lab. Unfiltered computers,
#1-4, are restricted to users age 18 and up and the user is required to present a valid photo ID.
- Only programs owned
by the Library may be used in the computers.
- When using programs
that produce sound, headphones must be used.
- Limited assistance
in using computer programs may be provided by staff as time permits.
- Using a library card number other than your own, without the permission of the owner of the card, is prohibited. First offense will result in being banned from the Library for two weeks. The police will be contacted for the second offense.
Public Library Internet Access Policy
The Library provides
public access to a variety of information resources, including those available
on the Internet. The Internet is a vast and unregulated global information
network. It contains a wide variety of material and opinions from diverse
viewpoints. The Library does not monitor use of the Internet, nor does it
have control over the content of Internet sites. The Library assumes no responsibility
for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any Internet resource.
Since the Internet is
not subject to any form of regulation, users may encounter sites they consider
offensive or controversial. To help eliminate some of the accidental encounters
with these sites, the Library has installed Internet filtering software that
is designed to block access to such material. All computers in the Children's
area are filtered. Internet users in the Adult area have a choice of using
a filtered or unfiltered Internet station. Please see a librarian at the Reference
Desk if you have a question about which computers are filtered or unfiltered.
BE ADVISED THAT NO FILTERING SOFTWARE IS TOTALLY FOOLPROOF, AND IT MAY OCCASIONALLY
FAIL TO BLOCK ACCESS TO A SITE AN INDIVIDUAL MAY DEEM AS INAPPROPRIATE. It
may also occasionally block access to a site not considered offensive. A Request to Change Internet Access form may be obtained at the Information Desk.
Internet users must be
cautious in the selection of sites they choose to use. The Internet is not
secure or private. The Library is not responsible for any misuse of personal
information you provide online.
Bemis Public Library requires
that Internet workstations be used in a responsible manner, respecting the
rights of others, not invading the privacy of others, and not engaging in
any activity that is harassing or defamatory. The Library is a public place
that is shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. We strive to balance
the rights of individuals to access a wide range of information resources
with the right of patrons and staff to work in a public environment free from
harassment. The Library may terminate an Internet session if sites are accessed
which are inappropriate for viewing in a public setting.
The Library is not responsible
for any damage to patron devices, including viruses, which may occur when
using a Library computer.
Use of the Internet
As with other Library
materials, restriction of a child's access to, and use of the Internet is
the responsibility of the parent or guardian, not the Library or its staff.
Parents should supervise
their child's use of the Internet. All the computers in the Children's area
are filtered; however, NO FILTERING SOFTWARE IS FOOLPROOF. Users may inadvertently
or accidentally be exposed to sites which a parent may find to be personally
objectionable or inappropriate for their children. Filtering software is not
a substitute for parental involvement in a child's use of the Internet.
not be used for illegal activity, to access illegal materials, or to access
materials which are obscene. Users who access the Internet and other electronic
services on Library computers are responsible for using them in an ethical,
legal and considerate manner.
Users who access the Internet
and other electronic services on Library computers are responsible for using
them in an ethical, legal, and considerate manner. Prohibited use
of Library computers includes, but is not limited to:
- Engaging in any activity
that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment
for the public or staff.
- Representing oneself
as another person online.
- Using the Internet to
transmit obscene, threatening, or harassing materials.
- Viewing, displaying,
or printing explicit graphical images which are in violation of Federal or
- Damaging or destroying
equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or others, including
adding, altering, or deleting files on Library workstations, hard drives,
or other Library computer equipment, and propagating computer worms or viruses.
- Violating computer system
or network integrity, including attempts to bypass network security functions,
obtain passwords, or alter the configuration of Library workstations in any
- Violating copyright
laws or licensing agreements.
- Using the computers
for any other illegal purposes.
to comply with the above rules, procedures and policies, or the Library's
posted Rules of Behavior, may result in the patron's temporary or permanent
loss of Library privileges. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate