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Internet Use Policy

CHEROKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY

POLICY

INTERNET


The Internet connection at the Cherokee Public Library is provided for public use primarily as an information source. All patrons are expected to use it in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Any site accessed that is not considered by library staff to be visually appropriate in a public library setting will result in a warning. Subsequent occurrences will result in suspension of privileges for the user as detailed in the library’s conduct and safety policy.

Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting information and materials that are consistent with personal and family values. Parents are strongly advised to monitor their children’s Internet use. The library staff is not responsible for information on the Internet selected and/or accessed by children. Parents need to be aware that there are no filtering programs installed on the library’s computers.

Compliance with the following guidelines is expected:

Library use of the Internet (classes etc.) will take precedence over patron use.

Patrons using computers or Internet access will not be allowed to make any changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware. Patrons will not be allowed to use their own software on the Internet computers.

All copyright laws of the United States are to be observed.

Due to the computers’ location, privacy from staff or other patrons is not guaranteed.

The library computers may not be used for unauthorized access, modification, hacking, cracking and other unlawful activities, including but not limited to accessing the library’s network and other networks.

E-mail may be sent or accessed using a hotmail or other commercial account. The library’s e-mail address is to be used only by staff and Library Board members or other city officials as authorized by the director or Library Board.

There will be a $.10 page fee for any text material printed out. A charge of $.25 per page will be made for printing that includes large graphics. A charge of $.50 will be made for color printouts. Patrons will be charged for all pages printed including those that are considered errors unless they have asked for assistance from the staff.

Computers are available on a first come/first serve basis. A two hour limit of computer use is suggested. Anyone who has been on a computer for that length of time may be asked to vacate the computer if all other machines are full and use of a computer is requested by another patron.

Use of the Internet computers is subject to the Library Conduct & Safety Policy.



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