The Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System provides computers which allow public access to a variety of electronic resources including the Internet to support its role of providing access to information and resources to meet the educational and recreational needs of library users.
Computer use within the library will be managed in a manner consistent with the Mission Statement, Behavior Policy and related policies of the ABBE Regional Library System. Computer users may not violate federal, state or local laws or regulations. Use of the computers to display or disseminate graphic pornography, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive material is inappropriate for a public and open environment and is prohibited. Use of the library’s computers is a privilege, not a right. Violations of this policy and related procedures may result in loss of computer and/or library privileges. Illegal use may result in criminal prosecution.
The Internet contains a wide variety of material from various points of view. Not all sources provide information that is accurate, complete, or current, and users may encounter materials they consider offensive. The Board of Trustees and staff of the library assume no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of the Internet at any ABBE library.
The ABBE Regional Library complies with state and federal law mandating the use of filtering software in public libraries. Adult users 18 or older may request staff to disable a filter on a computer. Filtering software may not be disabled for children or on computers in designated children’s areas.
No filtering software is totally accurate. Filters may falsely block constitutionally protected speech or they may fail to block access to illegal or objectionable material. Users with questions regarding the filtering software’s accuracy may submit a Request for Reconsideration of Internet Page Status form, available at library service desks.
CHILDREN AND THE INTERNET
The ABBE Regional Library believes that the reading and viewing activity of children is the responsibility of parents who guide and oversee their children’s development. Some of ABBE’s computers are reserved for use by children. All computers in children’s areas are filtered for pornographic pictures and texts. To further assist children and their parents, ABBE offers access to computers which guide children to specific filtered Internet sites of interest. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children when using any computer in an ABBE library.
RULES FOR COMPUTER USE
- Users are required to read and accept online this Computer Use Policy before their use of any ABBE computer except library catalogs.
- Residents of the ABBE service area must have a current library card in good standing to use a computer.
- Non-residents may apply for a temporary guest card after showing a driver’s license or photo ID.
- Users must observe the designated time limits at each computer.
- With staff approval, up to two people may be seated at a single computer.
- Users may access only one computer at a time.
- Printing must be pre-paid at libraries with print management software.
- Users may not bring their own paper for use in the library printers.
- Use of personal portable storage devices to access data files and save or download files is permitted from library computers with appropriate capabilities. Operating or installing program files from such devices is prohibited.
- Users may not change hardware or software configurations of library computers.
- Staff’s ability to assist patrons with computer and Internet use is limited.
- Library computers are to be used for legal purposes only.
- Use of the computers to display or disseminate graphic pornography, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive material is prohibited.
- Staff may end the session of any computer user who violates this policy. Users who commit violations may lose Internet, computer, and/or library privileges. Illegal use may result in criminal prosecution.
The public may use personal laptops, PDAs or other wireless devices within the building or grounds of ABBE libraries offering this service. Wireless access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week without time limits. The public may use wireless devices in any part of the library or grounds provided no obstacle or safety hazard is created. Wireless access does not include connection to any library printers.
All Internet access is filtered and users must follow the Internet guidelines of this Computer Use Policy as well as the Behavior Policy and related policies of the ABBE Regional Library System. Users may not violate federal, state or local laws or regulations. Use of personal wireless devices to display or disseminate graphic pornography, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive material is inappropriate for a public and open environment and is prohibited. Violations of this policy and related procedures may result in loss of library privileges. Illegal use may result in criminal prosecution.
Personal wireless devices may plug into any available electrical outlets, however, the library is not liable for any damage created by power loss, surges, or brownouts.
Effective Date: October 25, 2006
Board Approved Date: October 24, 2006
Supersedes Policy Dated: October 18, 2002