Computer and Internet Policy
By using a public access computer at Saline County Library you agree to the following guidelines. All users of public access computers and laptop computers are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner and to follow the library’s Rules and Regulations. Responsible, ethical uses of resources, including the Internet, include the following:
Using resources for educational, informational and recreational purposes only; not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. Any commercial or malicious use is prohibited.
Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.
Patron’s personal software may not be loaded on library computers without staff knowledge and/or assistance.
Not sending, receiving, or displaying inappropriate materials that could reasonably be construed as obscene in either text or graphic formats. Deliberate, continued use of an obscene or illegal site may result in the police being called and computer privileges will be discontinued.
Printing is 10¢ per page for black and white copies and $1.00 per page for color. You are responsible for all copies that you print.
The Saline County Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to determine what is appropriate for his/her child. All internet computers are filtered.
Rules and Regulations
· Patron has a current library card and is in good standing. Patron must have card present, have photo on file, or present a photo ID. Guest passes can be given to non-Saline County residents.
· Patrons under the age of 17 who are not accompanied by a guardian and are in good standing may be given courtesy time via a guest pass at the discretion of the Children’s Staff.
· Patron is required to sign in using his/her library card.
· Patron respects the 60-minutes per day limit on the Children’s computers and the 90 minutes per day limit on the Young Adult and Adult computers. Time may be extended at the discretion of library staff.
· Computers in the Children’s Department are divided by age. Young Adult computers are available for patrons ages 13-16. Children’s computers are available for patrons ages 5-12. Toddler computers are available for patrons ages 0-4. The toddler computers do not connect to the internet and do not require a library card. Patron is required to honor the age restrictions and use only the computers designated for him/her.
Library staff is available to assist patrons in their use of the computer resources, but may not be familiar with every application that is available. Due to scheduling constraints, there may not be staff available for one-on-one assistance.
Patron’s using SCL’s laptop computers must also present a valid driver’s license, which will be held at checkout point until all pieces are returned.
Laptops can be used anywhere in the library, but may not be taken out of the library. Patron assumes full physical and financial responsibility for the equipment checked out. You are responsible for the laptops; they should not be left unattended. Report immediately any hardware or software problems to the check-out desk.
When returned, equipment will be inventoried for all pieces and tested. The loan period is 90 minutes per day. All laptops are due back ½ hour prior to closing. The patron is responsible for any missing equipment.
Any attempt to tamper with any piece of equipment or to remove it from the library will be considered theft and the library staff will call the police
Patron has agreed to abide by this Internet Acceptable Use Agreement and these Rules and Regulations when logging onto any public access computer.
Patrons as well as non-resident patrons will have access to the Libraries’ wireless connection. Access is provided by using the patron’s library card and pin numbers. If a non-resident needs to use the wireless connection with their own equipment, the reference desk can issue a guest card as long as identification is presented showing they live outside of the county. Library staff is available to assist patrons and non-resident patrons to gain access to the wireless connection; however staff cannot assume liability for directly configuring the users system. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to know how to connect their equipment to the libraries’ wireless connection.
Failure to abide by this policy will result in computer privileges being suspended for 30 days or being revoked.
The Saline County Library offers FREE wireless access (aka "hot spots" & "WiFi") for library patrons to use with their own personal notebooks, laptops and other mobile devices. These access points are unsecured, accessible only during normal library hours and filtered to comply with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) regulations. A patron's use of this service is also governed by Saline County Library’s Internet Policy.
· As with most public wireless "hot spots," the library's wireless connection is not secure. There can be untrusted parties between you and anybody with whom you communicate with, and any information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should choose not to transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information) while using any wireless "hot spot." Please take appropriate precautions when using this service.
Library staff can provide general information or handouts for connecting your device to the wireless network, but cannot troubleshoot problems related to your wireless device or assist in making changes to your device's network settings and/or hardware configuration. The Library cannot guarantee that your device will work with the Library's wireless access points.
All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices. The library will not be responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.
Users will need to download a print application in order to print from their laptop. This may be accessed through the Saline County Library website.
All users are expected to use the library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.
Use of Saline County Library’s wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss.