Computer & Internet Use

12.  Internet Use

1. Disclaimer of Responsibility

The Beaver Valley Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The Internet may contain inaccurate material or material of a controversial nature.  The Beaver Valley Public Library cannot censor access to material nor protect users from inaccurate or offensive information.  Parents of children under the age of 15 must assume responsibility for the children’s use of the Internet.

2. Misuse

Anyone misusing or damaging the computer, reprogramming the Library’s computers, tampering with the equipment or software or using the Internet for illegal or unethical purposes will have their Internet access privileges suspended, may be prosecuted and will be financially liable for any damage.  The Internet access computers are located in public areas, which must be used by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities.  Individuals are asked to be respectful when accessing potentially offensive information and images.  The Library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images, which cause a disruption.

3. Internet Access Procedures

a) Number and type of stations

There is a commitment to providing access to the Internet with a connection to a printer as space and funds permit.

b) Registration

All Internet users must register with the Beaver Valley Public Library and must read the posted Internet Policy before accessing the Internet.

c) Availability

The Internet computers are available during the hours that the Library is open to the public. Patrons may access the computers for a maximum of one (1) hour per day.  Reservations may be made up to one (1) day in advance with access on a first come, first serve basis.

4. Security

WARNING:  Although the Library uses a virus checker on the Internet access computers, this may not completely protect against the chance of getting a virus.  The Beaver Valley Public Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from patron use of the Library’s computers.  In addition, it is the patron’s responsibility to ensure their private information is protected.

5. Software

Patrons may not use their own software programs on the Library computers.  This will help prevent computer viruses that are common on public computers.

The Beaver Valley Public Library will not allow downloading of programs or file transfer protocol (FTP) privileges for the public.

6. Staff Help

Staff will assist in initially signing onto the Internet and will instruct on Internet use as time permits.  Because of Library scheduling, trained staff will not always be available to help.