Nevins Memorial Library Internet and Computer Use Policy
The Nevins Memorial Library provides internet access as a part of its information services. The Internet is an important source of valuable information which may not be otherwise available. Due to the unique nature of this information, the user is advised to use care and judgment when applying this information. This library does not access the internet through the use of filters but staff may monitor patron usage. Parents are urged to monitor their children’s usage on the internet and to educate them regarding security on the net.
Patrons are reminded that the library’s computer terminals are located in public areas that are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially sensitive material. Patrons may not send receive or display text or graphics which may be deemed pornographic according to state, local or federal laws.
Please be aware of the following requirements:
There is a 3 hour per day limit for all MVLC cardholders and guest pass users.
Patrons are guaranteed 1 hr. and may request time extensions in increments of 30 min up until the 3hr. limit. If there is someone waiting for a computer, this will not be allowed and the user will have to log off and go to the reservation station to be put in line for another computer. Warnings will show at 15min, 5min. and 1min remaining then the computer will automatically log off. Please pay attention to these warnings.
There are two computers specifically assigned to be express computers, limit 15 min. Patrons will be unable to extend the time at these computers.
Patrons log into the computer using their own unique MVLC library card number.
Patrons are reminded of the need to SAVE work onto some external drive (usb stick etc.) Work may not be saved onto these public computers. Library is not responsible for work lost, BE SURE TO SAVE YOUR WORK!
Patrons must provide their own headphones, listening to media is not allowed without them.
When the computers are full, patrons are requested to reserve one using the reservation station. (please see a librarian for instructions)
Computers will be shut off automatically at 8:55pm. Please be sure to save or print prior to that time.
Printing is available from all computers: .15/b&w page and .45/color page. Double sided is considered 2 pages ($.30).
10. Patrons are responsible for previewing and printing the correct pages they require. Once the prints have been made the library is not responsible for mistaken printing jobs. PLEASE USE PRINT PREVIEW!!
Patrons will retrieve their own print jobs at the print station using their own unique card number.
Library staff will assist with basic issues but patrons should have a minimal competency on the computers. Staff is unable to devote unlimited time to resolving individual issues. Please see a Reference librarian for information on classes for computer use.
Children 10 or under must be accompanied by parent when using the internet.
Nevins Memorial Library Wi/Fi Usage Policy
The Nevins Memorial Library provides an unfiltered wireless Internet Hot Spot. This service is for patrons with Wireless-capable devices, such as wireless-capable laptops and handheld computers. This service is intended to be available during the normal operating hours of the library. However, the library cannot guarantee that wireless service will be available at any specific time.
Wireless networks are not secure and use is at the individual’s own risk. Virus, security and privacy protection are the responsibility of the patron and are not provided by the library.
The library is not responsible for any damage to data files, alteration to file systems, or functionality of the computer resulting from connecting to the wireless network.
The library is not responsible for damage, theft, loss of property, personal information, software or other personal property used in the library.
The library cannot guarantee Internet speed or quality of the connection.
The library does not supply electrical power for patron equipment. The patron is responsible for supplying charged batteries.
The library does not supply printing on the wireless network. Patrons are encouraged to save all material for printing to accessible applications and use the public computers to print any required documents or images. B&W printing is available for .15 and Color prints are .45 per page.
The Wi-Fi connection cannot be used for illegal purposes, nor shall it be used in any way that violates library policies.
Submitted for approval 7/21/16
A copy of the Nevins Memorial Library Internet Policy is available at the Reference Desk. All patrons using the Internet are required to read and sign the Internet Policy before use. All patrons accompanying another ( just sitting or watching) must read and sign and Internet Policy and are subject to the same terms of the Internet Policy. All patrons under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian sign this form in the presence of a Reference Librarian. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Internet User Guidelines:
1.All persons wishing to use a computer must read and sign this Acceptable Use Policy and present some form of identification. A sticker will be placed on your ID for future computer use. This ID must be presented before every session.
2.Patrons under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian read and sign this policy in the presence of a librarian before they may use a computer. Parents are responsible for their children and their use of the computers. Children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult while in the library and on the computers.
3.All federal, state, and local laws regarding computer use must be followed Display of materials from sites that may be deemed obscene and/or unlawful under federal or state statues (Massachusetts General Laws 27:28 et seq.) is forbidden. Patrons are reminded that the library�s computer terminals are located in public areas that are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images. You may not send, receive or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene by any local, state or federal laws. The deliberate display of obscene materials is prohibited as a violation of Massachusetts General Law.
4.No food, drink or cell phones are allowed at the computers.
5. One-sided, black and white printing is available for 15 cents per copy.
6.Only two persons are allowed at one computer. All persons at a computer must have an ID and have signed the Acceptable Use Policy.
7.Patrons may download to a floppy disk or flash drive. Documents may not be saved on the library�s computers.
8.Computer use is limited to 1 hour when other patrons are waiting for the computer. Maximum use is 2 hours per day.
Users May Not:
1.Damage equipment; alter setup of computers in any way.
2.Install or run personal software.
3.Use Chat Rooms.
The Nevins Memorial Library does NOT:
Guarantee privacy or confidentiality.
Guarantee Internet information to be accurate, complete or current.
Provide one-on-one patron assistance beyond a basic introduction.
Take responsibility for damage to personal disks or other computers.
Take responsibility for technology failures, patron error or Internet content.
Library staff will intercede when this policy is violated and violators will be given a verbal warning. If the offensive behavior continues, the violator will be asked to leave. Violation of this policy may result in discipline including, but not limited to, loss of access to the computers and, in appropriate cases, exclusion for the library and payment of damage. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may become involved.
Approved by the Nevins Memorial Library Board of Trustees on 5/1/07.