POLO PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

The Polo Public Library’s Policy for Access to Electronic Information Networks is part of the library’s overall policy structure.

Most resources available via the Internet and other electronic information networks are “global” resources rather than “local” resources. The library does not and cannot control the information content available through global resources such as information obtained from outside sources via the Internet. Internet resources enhance and supplement resources that are available locally within a library. Library customers must be aware that this library does not exercise control over information obtained via the Internet and must keep in mind the following points when evaluating information obtained via the Internet:

1. Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be reliable and may or may not be obtained from a reliable source.
2. Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be accurate.
3. Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be current and up to date.
4. Links to information on the Internet may not always be valid, and particular information sites on the Internet may sometimes be unavailable, and this unavailability often occurs unpredictably.
5. Certain information obtained via the Internet may be considered controversial by some library customers.

The Polo Public Library urges library customers to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet. Library staff may be available to assist customers in making judgments about the reliability or currency of certain types of Internet information sources, but are unable to provide definitive analysis of particular sources due to the extremely large variety and volume of information available via the Internet.

The library is not responsible for damages, indirect or direct, arising from a library customer’s use of Internet information resources.

Library customers have the right to confidentiality and privacy in the use of electronic information networks to the extent possible given certain constraints, such as proximity of other customers and staff in public access settings.

Library customers have the right to equitable access to electronic information networks.

Library customers have the right to access and read all library service policies and discuss questions with appropriate library staff.

The Polo Public Library’s staff may provide assistance to customers in the use of electronic information networks as time and staff knowledge permits. Formal instruction in particular aspects of electronic information network use may be available.

The Polo Public Library requires that library customers using electronic information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. The following activities are unacceptable:
1. Use of electronic information networks for any purpose which results in the harassment of other users,
2. Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alteration of the library’s computer equipment software or network security procedures,
3. Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates a Federal or State law,
4. Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates licensing and payment agreements between Polo Public Library District and network/database providers,
5. Unauthorized duplication of copy-protected software or violation of software license agreements,
6. Violation of system security,
7. Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including but not limited to overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users.

The library has developed certain procedures to assist staff and customers in the use of electronic information resources. These procedures include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
1. Time limits for access to allow use of resources by the maximum number of library patrons,
2. Cost recovery for printouts using the library’s computer equipment,
3. Priority usage for accessing the library’s online catalog,
4. Specific instructions for downloading including compliance with virus protection measures,
5. Restrictions on the use of personal software on library computer equipment,
6. A registration and use agreement form which must be completed prior to usage.

The Polo Public Library supports the right of all library users to access information and will not deny access to electronic information networks based solely on age.

This library recognizes that the electronic information networks such as the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children’s use of the Internet. Library staff is unable to monitor children’s use. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and electronic information network safety.

Violation of any aspect of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges. Final decisions regarding use of library computers are the discretion of the director or the director’s designee.