Internet 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.

    Users must accept the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.

    Users under the age of 18 must use the computers on the second floor. Parents may accompany their children.

    Users aged 18 and older must use the computers on the first floor. Children may accompany their parents.

    If all computers are in use the next available computer will be reserved. Reservations are forfeited five minutes after the scheduled time.

    Internet use is allotted in 30-minute sessions with a maximum of 180 minutes (3 hours) per day.

    Users must pay for all pages printed. No refunds will be given.

    Internet resources may not be used for illegal purposes.

    Use of any DCPL card issued to another individual constitutes fraud and may result in the loss of Internet privileges.

    Misuse of the computer or Internet will result in the loss of your computer privileges and may result in the loss of library privileges.

    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.

    Revised by the Daviess County Public Library Board of Trustees on November 15, 2018.

    Revised on February 20, 2020.

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