Internet Policy

 

To access the Internet a person must use his or her own library card number.  Out of state residents may use one of the library's 20-minute Express Terminals without charge. For use longer than 20 minutes and for access to all software available on the library's main public computers, out-of-state residents, except Cloquet, Minnesota, must purchase either an annual library card or a daily guest pass to use the internet.

Just as cardholders with fines or fees on their card are blocked from checking out library materials, they will also be blocked from using the library internet computers.

Each individual is limited to 90 minutes per day of Internet access with a one hour limit if others are waiting.  However, your time may be extended by 30 minutes, if there is no-one waiting for a computer. There are two express computers at the back counter with a 20 minute time limit, intended for checking e-mail. 

The library’s computers are set up for use by a single individual. Permission for additional people to use a single computer must be authorized by library staff on a case-by-case basis.

Internet use is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If all the computers are in use, sign up for the next available computer at the reservation station near the adult computers.  You will need to put in your library card number.  The password is your birth date in this format:  00-00-0000, using month, day, year.  Computers in the adult computer area are for people age 16 and older.  Computers in the YA area are for people age 13-15.  Computers in the Children’s Room are for people under the age of 13.       

The sign-up monitor will list your last name and the last four digits of your library card and the maximum amount of time you will wait.  When your name is at the top of the list and a computer becomes available, it will change to red, and you will have 5 minutes to log onto your computer.

Persons who wish to print will be charged 15 cents per page.  All computers are networked to a black and white laser printer located on the back counter.  You will need to use the print release station and the coin-op to pre-pay.

Persons may not install their own software programs on the workstations, nor run their own software products.  Persons may not use a personal laptop computer or mobile computer device on the local area network. 

If you intend to use thumbnail drives, flash drives, or compact discs in library computers they must be brought to staff at the Front Desk to run against an anti-virus program. 

Be sure to log off completely when you are finished with your session.  The internet is not a secure environment.  Log out of sites and clear out your history before you log off. Customers handling financial transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their own risk. 

  • Activities prohibited under this policy include but are not limited to:
  • Violation of any federal or state law or legislation.
  • False representation of another user.
  • Copyright infringement.
  • Acts of a threatening, harassing, or obscene nature.
  • Displaying or printing images that may create an intimidating or hostile environment for other library users or staff.
  • Sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that may reasonably be regarded as obscene, harmful to minors or illegal.
  • Unreasonable noise or disorderly conduct.
  • Tampering with computer hardware.
  • Attempting to violate system security.
  • Abuse of equipment.
  • Installing software or running programs that have not been installed by the library.

We expect people to use good judgment concerning their activities and what is displayed on the screen.  The intent is to allow as much access to information as possible, while respecting the right of everyone to enjoy his or her visit to the library.  By using the computers of the library, the computer user agrees to comply with the policies contained here.

Violations: For the most part, the library staff is confident that these policies will serve as sufficient guidelines for most people.  It is not within the policy for staff to specifically monitor the use of the library’s computers.  However, when a patron is viewing images which others find offensive they will be reminded of the library’s public setting and asked to consider the needs of others.  When library staff observes activities which are of a disruptive nature, the patron will be directed to discontinue these activities.  Failure to comply with these policies may result in revocations of computer privileges.  In the most extreme circumstances, patrons violating these policies may be required to leave the library and may be banned from the library for a period of time as determined by the library director.  Banned patrons will be charged with trespassing by the police if they return to the library.

Assistance and Training: Library staff are not able to provide in-depth training on the use of the computers and programs.  Staff will, however, provide some informal assistance (typically five minutes) to individuals. 

Children’s Room Computers

Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children to select material that is in keeping with their value system.  Parents may find some of the material on the Internet inappropriate for their children.  The Library has books and other materials that will help parents use the Internet with their children.  As with all other library materials, any restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. If you do not wish to allow your child any access to the internet, let staff know so they can block your child’s card from being able to log on to the internet.

Approved by the Library Board 6/11/03

Last amended by the Library Board 6/12/13