Computer/Internet Use

(Policy revised 6/8/04, 6/13/06):

Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Johnsburg Public Library. Access to the Internet is compatible with the library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and with its collection development policy. The library makes this service available as part of its mission to inform, educate, entertain and provide cultural enrichment to people of all ages throughout its service area.

The Johnsburg Public Library uses Internet filters to protect children from pornographic or extremely obscene images as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). No filtering solution is 100% effective. The Johnsburg Public Library makes no claims that every pornographic site or image will be filtered, although the library has made a good faith effort to attempt to do this with its filters. The library’s filters may be turned off at individual stations at the request of any patron age 18 and older, as long as the request is for accessing information that is not considered illegal. The Johnsburg Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Information may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of-date, controversial or even offensive to some people.

Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. Staff will assist users as time permits.

Children age 17 and under must have a signed parental permission form on file before using the Internet. AS WITH ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS, PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, NOT LIBRARY STAFF. ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING INTERNET USE BY THEIR CHILDREN.

Internet may NOT be used for chat rooms.

Users may not add, delete, or modify the equipment or programs in any way. Library users must comply with all local, state and federal laws while using Internet. Users found to have violated any laws (including, but not limited to, those concerning copyright, fraud, privacy or obscenity) will have their computer privileges revoked. Internet users who choose to conduct fee-based services while using the library's Internet are responsible for any charges that they incur.

The library charges 10 cents a page for printing in black and white from all computer workstations. Color pages are available for $1.00 per page.

Patrons may access the Internet for no more than one hour each day, unless no one else is waiting for a terminal. Usage is available on a first come-first served basis.

The library may deny or withhold computer/Internet privileges for infractions of these policies.