Internet Acceptable Use Policy

    Welcome to the Daviess County Public Library’s Internet Access. Information and
    resources available via the Internet enhance those already held in the library
    and often go beyond what is locally available. While users are encouraged to
    take advantage of Internet resources, keep in mind that the library is a
    public place visited by people of all ages and as such, it is important to exercise
    good judgment and discretion in its use.

    1. Users must have a valid library card in good standing. Access will not be
      permitted to individuals who do not have their library card with them.
    2. Use of any DCPL card issued to another individual constitutes fraud,
      and may result in loss of Internet privileges.
      NOTE: Use of another individual’s card, even if said individual is present is a violation of library policy.
      Any customer thought to be using another individual’s card will have the card
      confiscated. The actual card holder will be required to provide
      identification to reclaim the card.
    3. Users must accept the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
      If under 18 parental permission is required.
    4. Users under age 18 must use the computers on the
      second floor. Parents may accompany their children.
    5. Users age 18 and older must use the computers on the first floor.
      Children may accompany their parents.
    6. Users are required to make a reservation to use an Internet terminal.
      A terminal will be automatically assigned. If all terminals are in use the
      next available terminal will be reserved. Reservations are forfeited
      five minutes after the scheduled time.
    7. Internet use is allotted in 30 minute sessions with a maximum of
      180 minutes (3 hours) per day.
    8. Users must pay for all pages printed. No refunds will be given.
    9. Internet resources may not be used for illegal purposes.
    10. Misuse of the computer or Internet will result in loss of your
      computer privileges and may result in loss of library privileges.
    11. Due to the emerging nature of these services, policies are
      subject to change without notice and at the library’s discretion.

    The following are not permitted:

    • sending, printing or displaying offensive messages or pictures
    • sending, printing or displaying sexually explicit materials in public areas in violation of state obscenity and federal sexual harassment laws
    • harassing, insulting or attacking others
    • damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks
    • unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors
    • violating copyright laws
    • attempting to gain access to or change files, passwords or data

    The Internet is a global electronic network that provides dynamic resources and facilitates communication. Library staff cannot control access points that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the validity of the information you find. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse viewpoints of written materials in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information. It is the responsibility of the user (or the parent/legal guardian) to determine what is appropriate. Parents are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

    WARNING: Although the library uses virus detection software on library computers, this will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a virus. Files downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus detection software on your own computer. The Daviess County Public Library is not responsible for damage to a user’s computer or for any loss of data, theft of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the library’s computers.

    Approved by the Daviess County Public Library Board of Trustees on March 17, 2010

     
     
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