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Internet and Computer Use Procedures and Policies

Computer Use Procedures and Policies

1.YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT LIBRARY CARD AND BE IN GOOD STANDING WITH THE LIBRARY TO LOG ONTO THE COMPUTERS.

2. Time Limits: Use of computers is available on a first come, first served basis. However, to ensure free access for all, library staff reserves the right to set a 30 minute time limit on computer use sessions. During high-use periods, the use of library computers to access reference resources is a top priority. Total computer use per person per day will not exceed 1 hour.

3. Hours of use: Computers will be shut down 5 minutes prior to closing.

4. Printing: The printing charge is $.15 per page for black and white copies and $.25 per page for color copies.

5. Saving Files and Documents: The library does not allow the user to save documents or personal files to the hard drive. All documents that are saved must be saved to a disk or a CD belonging to the user. Disks or CDs may be purchased at the circulation desk for $1.00. The library is not responsible for loss of data that may occur when saving documents.

6. Number of Users: No more than two people per work station.

7. Visitors: Visitors to the Valley area may use an Internet workstation by signing in at the circulation desk and presenting a valid driver’s license.

8. Non-residents: Regular users of the library’s computers who do not live or work in Chambers County or West Point, GA must pay a $5.00 annual non-resident fee for a library card.

CHILDREN UNDER 12

To use the computers, children under 12 years of age must have a parent or responsible adult seated at the computer with them at all times.

If children under 12 need access to a computer resource for homework projects,  a staff member will be available to assist them.

CHILDREN 12 to 17

A parent or guardian must be present at the computer workstation or give written permission in person for children age 12 to 17 to use the Internet without supervision.

Children 12 to 17 may use Microsoft Office products to complete homework assignments without parental permission.

Illegal and Unacceptable Uses: Patrons may use the library computers only for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Display of sexually explicit or pornographic materials;
  • Harassment of other users or violation of their privacy;
  • Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users;
  • Violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements;
  • Attempting to crash, degrade performance or gain unauthorized access to the library's or to other computer systems and networks;
  • Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to library or other users.

 

Violations will result in the loss of Internet and/or library privileges. Illegal use of the computers also may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

Disclaimer
The H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County/LaFayette Pilot Public Library cannot control the content of resources available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet offers open access to information, ideas and commentary from around the world in an unregulated medium. As such, it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but also enables access to some material that some may find offensive, disturbing and/or illegal, inaccurate or incomplete. The availability of information does not constitute endorsement of the content by the Library. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Use of Internet resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the library is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the user and the parent or guardian. Librarians cannot act in the place of parents by supervising children as they explore the Internet.