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IV. Internet Use Policies and Guidelines

 The Cabot Public Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the Library’s service area.  The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines.  Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Library’s Internet service.  All users must sign the login chart prior to beginning their session and, by signing, agree to abide by the Internet Use Policies and Guidelines.

A. Expectations

Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.  The user shall be held responsible for their actions using the Internet.  Users are expected to abide by the policies below that include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.

B. Warnings

The Internet is a decentralized, un-moderated, global network; the Cabot Public Library has no control over the content found there.  The Library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information, and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.

The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free.  The Library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the Library’s Internet service.

The use of the Internet and email is not guaranteed to be private.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.

C. Guidelines

  • Users may use the Internet for research and acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.
  • Users may use the Internet for receipt and transmission of email as long as they use a free email service that will establish and maintain an account for them; the Library is unable to manage email accounts for any organizations or individuals.
  • Internet use is offered in 30 minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis; each user is allowed one session — if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once having had the service for 30 minutes he user must abandon use of the Internet if another patron requests use of the service.
  • Internet computer may, by mutual agreement, be shared by two or more patrons.
  • Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes.
  • Users will not access material that is pornographic or “harmful to minors” consistent with any applicable local or state law.
  • Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files and will refrain from attempting to view, read, or censor material being used by others.  Likewise, users are responsible for demonstrating judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using Library resources.
  • Users agree not to incur any costs for the Library through their use of the Internet service.
  • Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet.
  • Users may not install, download, or modify software.
  • Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters.

Library employees are authorized to terminate any user’s access session or prohibit a user from subsequent access sessions given cause to believe that the use has failed to comply with the Computer Use Rules (Appendix C, Part A).