The library has five computers available for public use. Two are timed one hour computers for registered patrons. Two are timed 30 minute computers reserved for use by children who have library cards. The computers in the Children's Room have parental controls on it. One is a timed 15 minute computer for use by visiting non-patrons. The four patron computers may be reserved in advance. In fact, during the summer months we highly suggest doing that because of the high demand for internet computers.
The library also offers wireless internet connectivity which is available to the general public.
Public Access Computer Use Policy
All patrons are urged to read the computer use form carefully BEFORE signing and parents should also read the "Rules for Online Safety" sheet and discuss them with their children before signing for them. A copy of the computer use policy is posted at the computer station and at the children's computer for anyone to refresh themselves with these policies. A copy of the "Rules for Online Safety" sheet is also posted at the children's computer.
Due to space and financial limitations, access to public computers in the Libby Memorial Library is very limited. Since this will be true for the foreseeable future, this service is considered a privilege and some guidelines must be met to ensure fairness to all.
The Internet allows us to expand the walls our library and offer access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. At this time, however, it is an unregulated medium, and the library staff can neither monitor nor control the information and materials derived from this source, nor is it possible to employ the usual selection criteria used for other research mediums. Users must accept responsibility for determining the accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness and legality of information and / or material found on the web. The library also accepts no responsibility for damage to personal computer equipment due to material downloaded from these unregulated sources.
One hour scheduled appointments are available on the two adult internet computers only to registered card holders in good standing (no extensive fines, over-dues or missing materials). Two, half hour internet computers, located in the Children's Room are reserved for the use of juvenile patrons. One other internet station, which is available on a first come first served basis, is open to everyone for quick 15 minute reference and e-mail checks. Intended use and availability of units will determine computer time frames. In general, half-hour time slots may be extended based on availability and demand for one additional half-hour ONLY; the 15-minute quick check computer MAY NOT, even if no one is waiting. In addition to time limits, there are some other restrictions to computer use in this setting:
GENERAL USE GUIDELINES:
Please wash your hands before using library equipment. No food or beverages in the computer area PLEASE!!! Please present your library card before logging in and notify the person at the desk when you are through.
PATRONS MAY NOT: Use their own diskettes or software on library workstations, nor may they save or download material to the hard drive on any library computer. If it is necessary to save files, see the librarian at the front desk for a library disk, available for a very nominal fee.
COST: There is no charge for the use of the public units, but there is a charge of 20¢ per printed page. As noted above, preformatted disks are available at the checkout desk and may be purchased for 50¢ each. They are to be left here at the library. We will put your name on it and save it for you to use each time you come in. Once it leaves the library it cannot be used in our computers again. The cost of the disk my be charged to your library card provided you do not already have outstanding charges on your card.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: It is easy to copy material from around the world from the net or from research tools on CD-Rom, but work that is not yours and/or copyrighted materials must be properly identified and used. Failure to do so will expose you to penalties for plagiarism and copyright violation.
THE LIBRARY RESERVES THE RIGHT to end access to any websites or files that are degrading, obscene or profane and therefore offensive in a public setting. The session will be terminated.
OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS: State and federal statutes cover, but are not limited to; system intrusion, harassment, data privacy, fraud, theft of services and so on... Generally speaking, if it is prohibited behavior on the phone, face to face, or in newsprint, it is also prohibited on public use computers and the internet.
ANY INTENTIONAL MISUSE OF EQUIPMENT WHICH RESULTS IN DAMAGE TO HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR NETWORK SETUP WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER AND COULD RESULT IN CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.