Computer Use Policies And Computer Procedures
These policies and procedures are to be followed when using the Pennsauken Free Public Library's computer or wireless access.
Approved: November 22, 2010
- You must have a Pennsauken Library Card with you to begin a session on the Library's computers or to receive the Wireless Password for the week (Your ID may be substituted in lieu of your card three (3) times a year or during your initial library card application process.)
- Your Library Card must not be expired and must have fewer than $5.00 in fines. All minors for whom you have signed also must have less than $5 in fines.
- Parents of minor children (under 18) may request an Internet-only Library card. This card will not support checkouts. Parents/Guardians are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise what their children view on the Library's computers.
- Non-card holders may purchase a pass to use the Library's computers for $3. This pass is good for one 60-minute session.
- Non-card holders may receive the Wireless Password for $3. The password will change every week. The $3 fee allows the wireless user access for whatever time remains in the week.
- Neither chat nor instant messaging is allowed.
- Gaming is allowed at the discretion of the Librarian.
- The Librarian must approve all external devices inserted into the library computer before they may be used.
- Computer usage is limited to 60-minute sessions. The Librarian may grant additional time if there are no people waiting to use the stations.
- Children under the age of nine are required to have a parent or guardian with them at all times when using the computers.
- Parents or guardians, not the Library, nor its staff, are responsible for Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Some materials may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal.
- Computers are turned off 15 minutes prior to closing time.
- Printing from the computers is not a free service; patrons will need to follow posted printing and payment procedures.
- The quality of information on the Internet varies, and each user must consider the validity and reliability of the information found.
- Library staff cannot control the availability of information links, which change rapidly and unpredictably.
- Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer personal instruction on Internet operations or personal computer skills.
- Library staff does not monitor or supervise Internet access, although they have the authority to end a session when material on the screen is inappropriate to our public setting.
- The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right; inappropriate use will result in suspension and/or eventual cancellation of this privilege.
- Patrons must refrain from using the Library's Internet resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage in commercial activity such as the distribution of advertising
- Users must follow all procedures, practices, and rules posted at workstations.
- Users must refrain from conduct which is potentially harmful to our computers.
- The Library is not liable for damage to a user's disk, flash drive, or computer, or for any loss of data that may occur from use of the Library's computers or wireless.
- Downloading of any program or software to the library computers and its hard drive is not allowed.
- Violation of computer system integrity by altering, removing, or damaging configurations, hardware or software is not permitted.
- Unauthorized access to any computer system to obtain files, passwords, or data of others and illegal or unethical use of the Internet is not permitted.
- Illegal activity involving the Library's Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.
- Normal regulations governing conduct in the library and library use must be observed by all users.
- The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every user; however, this privilege cannot be guaranteed. Think before you write; other people can read information that you enter into the Internet.
- The Library is not liable for any consequences of copyright infringement.
- Library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the Internet workstations and wireless to ensure compliance with this policy.
- Cell phones are to be turned off or put on "vibrate only" within the facility. Calls may be made within the lobby area only.
- Out-of-Town patrons may purchase a $10 INTERNET ONLY CARD. This card will be good for one year from the date of purchase. Those wishing to purchase this card will be asked to fill out a registration card, verify their address with ID and sign the back of the card.