Computer and Internet Use Policy

Computer and Internet Use Policy

The Round Lake Area Library provides free access to the Internet, electronic information sources, and various software packages to supplement and enhance the informational sources in our collection and support the Library mission.

    The Round Lake Area Library provides current information, formal education support, independent learning opportunities and life enrichment materials to a highly diverse public in a warm and welcoming atmosphere through a highly trained team of individuals committed to quality service and who will nurture a love for reading and learning.

The Internet is an ungoverned and unregulated source of information. The Round Lake Area Library cannot control what information others provide on the Internet and, therefore, disclaims any responsibility. Internet users are required to limit use to viewing sites that are appropriate in a public setting. Library staff will report any illegal activity on the Internet workstations or in the library to the proper authorities.

Because the Library’s mission is educational and informational, and resources are limited, Internet users are required to limit use of chatrooms and games on the Internet. The Library also requires that patrons limit their time on public access computers to one hour when other patrons are waiting to use the computers. Computers in the library’s Digital Lab may be used by Round Lake Area Library cardholders who are registered digital lab users for up to three hours on three occasions throughout one day. Computer users will be required to have a valid, unblocked library card in the CCS database to use the computers. Patrons must pay all fines and fees over $3 and return overdue materials before computers may be used.

Parents are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet. Children nine years old and under must be accompanied by a parent/adult caregiver. The Round Lake Area Library provides filtered access to the Internet in the Youth Services Department. Filtering software is not guaranteed to be effective in blocking objectionable sites. Filters also block some useful information.

Children 15 years old and younger must use the computers in the youth area. They may also use the computer in the digital lab if they are properly registered by parents. No one over 15 may use the computers in the youth area except parents working with children. Children may be required to provide proof of age including but not limited to library card registration.

 

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