Internet and Computer Policy

The Milne Public Library provides access to the Internet in keeping with its role as a source of information, intellectual development, and enrichment to the community.

The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed and cannot be held responsible for the content or quality of the information retrieved on the public computers. The computers are available for educational, informational, and recreational use only.

Users are advised that the library is not responsible for any use or misuse of data transmitted on library computers or Internet connections. It is the responsibility of guardians to monitor and provide guidance to ensure that their child uses the Internet in an appropriate and safe manner. The library recommends education of its users about the Internet for the success of this information resource.

 

The Milne Public Library does not filter, censor, or otherwise block any information accessible through the Internet, and does not utilize any software to these means.

 

Violators of this policy may have their library privileges revoked at the discretion of library director.

 

Rules for Internet and Computer Usage

 

  • Computer usage is limited to two hours per session and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Guardians of minors must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet and public access computers.

  • Printouts cost $0.10 per page and are accessed through the printing station. Printing is limited to 50 sheets of paper.

  • Only one user is allowed at a computer at a time, unless the librarian grants permission.

 

Unacceptable Uses of the Internet

 

The library strives to balance the rights of patrons to access all types of information resources with the rights of patrons and staff to work in a public setting free from disruptive sounds and visuals. Patrons are reminded that the library’s computer terminals are located in public areas which are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images. The following uses are forbidden on library Internet connections:

 

  • Harassment of others

  • Destruction of equipment, software, or data

  • Copying of copyright-protected materials

  • Accessing any material that violates local, state, or federal laws or regulations

  • Accessing pornographic or graphic violent material

 

Children’s Internet Use Policy

The Milne Public Library provides the same access to the Internet for children and adults. Children under the age of 12 are strongly advised to use the children’s room computer. It is not possible for library staff to control specific information children may locate on the Internet. Just as we do not vouch for or endorse certain viewpoints in our written collection, we cannot be held responsible for exposure to particular electronic information. We will make every attempt to educate and inform children through informal instruction, draw attention to informational sites through lists, and monitor use but the ultimate responsibility belongs to each child’s guardian.

 

Statement on Copyrighted Materials

 

U.S. copyright law prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use". Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.

 

The Milne Public Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:

The Library Bill of Rights

Freedom to Read Statement

Freedom to View Statement

Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Adopted 10/14/20