Computer & Internet Use

Approved March 30, 2009
by the Gretna Library Board

DISCLAIMER:  When patrons access the Internet they are no longer within the jurisdiction of the Gretna Public Library or the Library’s collection development policy.  It is the responsibility of the patrons to determine what is accurate, current, complete, and appropriate for their needs.  Providing access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of the content.  Staff does not monitor the public’s use of the Internet.  The Gretna Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of communications and/or information obtained through its electronic information systems.  Use of the library’s computers is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct or violation of the following policy.

Acceptable Use

Use the library’s computers only for activities not prohibited by federal, state, or local law.  Activities such as viewing child pornography, committing fraud, hacking, harassing others, invading personal privacy, spreading libel or slander, or misrepresenting yourself are thus strictly forbidden.  The Library will cooperate with local, state, and federal authorities in the prosecution of crimes committed while accessing the Internet or using the library’s computers.

Users may not attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others, nor may users seek unauthorized access to any computer system on the network.

Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.  Any responsibility for consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user.

It is the responsibility of the user to determine what are appropriate web sites for research or entertainment.  Users are reminded that the computers are part of a public environment shared by people of all ages, with a variety of information interests, needs, beliefs, and comfort levels.

Procedures

1.  All minors under the age of 18 wishing to access the Internet must have a consent form signed by the parent or guardian on file at the Library, as of November 10, 2003.  The parent must come to the Library and sign in the presence of the Librarian on duty.

2.  All users will sign in for computer use at the Circulation Desk.  Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Users will also sign out at the Circulation Desk at the conclusions of their sessions.  Users needing to leave their station before their session is over should advise the Librarian on duty, otherwise will forgo their turn if others are waiting.

3.  All sessions are limited to 30 minutes, with each user not to exceed 90 minutes per day.  When others are waiting, users are notified and encouraged to sign up for another session if needed.  If the user is doing research for a school or personal project, daily computer time may be extended by the Librarian on duty upon request and availability of computers.

4.  Printing is allowed at a suggested donation of $.10 per page for most pages (some color allowed).  $.50 is the suggested donation for pages printed in solid color.

5.  Do not restart computers without notifying the Librarian on duty.  Users are responsible for any damages caused by tampering with or harming any Library equipment.

6.  Advise the Librarian on duty of any equipment problems or inappropriate and out of the ordinary experiences during a computer session.

Be aware that use of the Internet at the Gretna Public Library is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct in the Library or while using the Library’s online connections.