Acceptable Use Agreement for Library Computers
Internet Rules at a Glance
• Access to the Internet is provided for research and information purposes, personal computing needs and access to Library electronic resources.
• Use of Library computers for illegal purposes, including copyright violation, pornography, obscenity, and hate literature, or sending fraudulent, harassing, or obscene e-mail messages, is prohibited.
• Internet workstations are available to authorized users only. Please ask for assistance at the library circulation desk. To meet demand, use may be limited to one hour on a first-come, first-served basis. You must leave the workstation as soon as your time is up. Computers are shut down 5 minutes before closing.
• Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult (that is, someone over 18) during the full session. Parents and guardians are reminded that restriction of a child’s use of library computers, including Internet access, is their responsibility.
• Users should be aware that public computers may not be configurable for personal use of content with Digital Rights Management (DRM). Personal devices and home computers are recommended for DRM content.
• No more than two people may use an Internet workstation at one time.
• E-mail access is available only through web-based e-mail providers.
• Food and drinks are not permitted around or near the computers.
• Staff can only assist users when time and knowledge permit.
• Anyone not adhering to the Rainy River Public Library Acceptable Use Agreement or who damages any computer or software will have their privileges suspended and will be held responsible for damages.
… to surf the Net, but remember there are some bad things on the Net. You will know the bad stuff when you see it or read it and feel uncomfortable about what you found. If this happens, leave the web site.
… to have Net friends to talk or chat with, but remember that they are still strangers and could hurt you. It’s ok to give your Net friends your first name. Don’t give your Net friends your last name, home address, phone number or tell them where you go to school. Don’t tell them about your family. Don’t arrange to meet someone you met on the Net.
… to look for fun stuff on the Net, but there are places on the Net that are for adults only. If you find yourself in an “adults only” place, or any place you think you shouldn’t be, leave the web site.
… to look at stuff that’s for sale on the Net, but don’t order anything, as these will need your name, address and a credit card number. Remember that any offer that is “too good to be true” most likely is.
It’s NOT OK…
… to use the library’s computers without registering with a staff member. If you are under 12 you must be with an adult – that’s someone over 18.
… to print pages without making sure they are what you really want.
… to have more than two people at a computer workstation.
… to damage the equipment or alter the software in any way. Downloading programs from the Net is not allowed.