Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The Library provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling its mission to provide information 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.

The Internet contains many different kinds of material, some of which may be deemed to be of a controversial or offensive nature.  In offering Internet access, the Library staff cannot control nor assume responsibility for:

•     Access points reached

•     The content of interactive communication such as e-mail and newsgroups

•     The validity of information

•     Accessibility due to technical difficulties or Internet reliability

•     Privacy of information from any websites left open by a patron

By choosing to use this free wireless service, patrons need to abide by the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits abusive or illegal activity.

By using the Library’s network and computer stations, patrons agree to the following:

1.    Users may not run their own software, customize files or change configurations.  These workstations are part of the Library’s Local Area Network (LAN). Each workstation in the network is set up to run pre-installed software only.

2.    Computers and peripherals are not to be opened or disassembled for any reason. 

3.    Deliberate altering of any aspect of any computer, peripheral, or associated hardware/software in a manner that defeats security measures protecting the integrity of computers, software configurations, or network systems will result in the loss of library computer privileges and possible legal ramifications.

4.    The MUPL assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its website or from its connections to other Internet services nor can the Library guarantee the security of your wireless interactions.

5.    Due to liability concerns, Library staff may not provide technical assistance nor troubleshoot problems with patrons’ private wireless devices.

6.    Users shall not use the Internet for transmission of threatening, obscene or harassing materials, not 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.

7.    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.

8.    Users must comply with the United States copyright laws and all other applicable laws.

9.    Users may not violate any other local, state or federal statutes.

Patrons will also follow the guidelines listed below:

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

2.    Each computer user is allowed one hour of computer use.  If no one is waiting to use a computer, a library patron may remain online until computer time is requested by another user. 

3.    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 printed.

4.    To secure privacy of online service accounts, such as e-mail, electronic ordering, etc., log out of each such service when finished.

5.    When finished with the workstation, be sure to remove any personal storage devices.

6.    Do not turn off the computer; ask a Library staff member for assistance if necessary to close out your computer use.

7.    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 library computer use.

Parental Responsibility

Due to the controversial nature of Internet sites, a parent or legal guardian must sign a permission form for any child under the age of 18 to use the Internet, and the child must sign an agreement to abide by proper usage.

Parents are responsible for their children's use of the Internet; the Library accepts no responsibility for a child's Internet use.

Approved by the Milton-Union Public Library Board of Trustees

March 17, 2021