Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

The Milton-Union Public Library provides our community with access to resources that inform, entertain, and enrich in the support of lifelong learning.

The Library provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling its mission to provide informational and educational resources to its community.  The Internet is an unregulated medium, and its content can change rapidly and unpredictably.  Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the sites they reach. Ultimately, MUPL takes no responsibility for the veracity of the accessed material.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.

As with other materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  The Library staff is available to provide assistance as time and skill allow.  The user, however, is the selector in using the Internet with individual choices and decisions.  Due to the controversial nature of some Internet sites, a parent or legal guardian must sign to grant permission for any child under the age of 18 to use the workstation, and the child must also sign an agreement to abide by proper usage.

Uses must comply with the United States copyright laws and all other applicable laws.  Users shall not use the Internet for the transmission of threatening, obscene or harassing materials nor to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others, nor to seek unauthorized access to any computer system, or to damage or alter software components of any network or database.

Courtesy to others using computers is maintained by quiet, private computer use, and the utilization of headphones or ear buds for audio material.

Users must refrain from displaying profanity, sexually explicit graphics or other sites that violate community standards as set forth in the U.S. Code Sec. 1460 of Title 18 and the U. S. Code Sec. 2256 of Title 18.

Misuse of the Library’s OPLIN computers or Internet access will result in loss of computer privileges.  The first incident will result in a one-month suspension of computer use.  The second incident will result in permanent suspension of computer use.

The MUPL assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its World Wide Web site or from its connections to other Internet services.

Each computer user is allowed one hour of computer use.  If there is no one waiting to use a computer, a library patron may remain online until computer time is requested by another user.  The library charges a fee for printing to cover the cost of paper and replacement printer cartridges, and each patron is responsible for the pages they print.

Approved by the Milton-Union Public Library Board of Trustees

December 15, 2009