Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Kemmerer Library Harding Township provides computers that may be used by its patrons.

Computer and Internet service is made available in recognition of the Library’s role as a community center for education and information. The Internet allows Library users to access information beyond the confines of the collection located in the Library.

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Access to the Internet and Microsoft’s Office software is available on public computers located in the Adult and Children’s Rooms. Unfiltered wireless Internet connectivity without printing capabilities is also offered in most areas of the building for users with their own wireless enabled laptops and devices.

All users of the Library’s Internet service (whether with your own device or the Library’s computer) are expected to follow the Code of Conduct Policy, other Library policies as well as those outlined below.

Library Computer & Internet Rules
  1. All users of the Internet are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner, consistent with the education and informational purposes for which they are provided.
  2. The following activities are specifically prohibited within the Library:
  • Misrepresenting yourself as another user (see Code of Conduct Policy)
  • Modifying or attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others
  • Introducing viruses to other users or the Library System
  • Seeking unauthorized access to any computer system
  • Damaging or altering the software components of any network or database
  • Interfering with the right of other users to use computers at the Library
  • Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or other information
  • Sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene or offensive to others
  • Using the Library’s computers in a disruptive, unauthorized, illegal or improper manner
  1. All users of the Library Internet service and computers must respect the privacy of others within the Library
  2. The Library reserves the right to set time limits on the use of any of the computers in the Library
  3. Generally, no more than two people will be allowed to use a computer at a time; library staff members may use their discretion in specific instances to allow more than two people on a computer
  4. Any adult using a computer in the Children’s Room must be accompanied by a child
  5. Children fifth grade and under must use the computers in the Children’s Room (see Child Safety on the Internet section below)
  6. You may access the Library’s WIFI with your own device, but you are not permitted to access any Kemmerer Library Harding Township network with your own device
Child Safety on the Internet
The Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents, caretakers or guardians to guide, determine and monitor their children’s use of the Internet but the Library’s policies for computer and internet use apply at all times.

Parents, caretakers and guardians should be aware that children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images.

Please read the Unattended Children Policy for further guidance.

Library Assistance

Time permitting, Library staff is available to assist a patron in his/her use of the computer, software or Internet. Staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching.

Staff can also provide information about Internet training opportunities and Internet books and manuals. However, each user is responsible for his or her own searches on the Internet.

Charges

Use of the Library’s computers is free; however, there is a charge for printing and other materials supplied by the Kemmerer Library Harding Township.

Users agree not to incur any costs for the Library through their use of the Internet service. Any costs incurred will be the users’ responsibility and the Library will pursue the collection thereof.

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