INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

POLICY STATEMENT:  The Livingston Public Library is committed to its role in serving the information and lifelong learning needs of all of its citizens.  Providing access to the Internet can enable the Library to expand greatly its information services beyond the traditional collections and resources.

APPLICATION:  This Policy concerns patron rights and responsibilities.

PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTATION:

Disclaimer - The Internet offers unlimited global access to information, however, before using the Internet, patrons should be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, legal, or philosophically acceptable to all persons and some Internet sites contain material that some people may find to be controversial or offensive.  The Library has no control over the information available on the Internet and, therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content, accuracy or currency.  The Library also does not monitor patrons’ use of the Internet, and does not install filters, which limit access to certain sites or materials, on its Internet computers made available to the public.

By using a Library computer, patrons agree to hold Livingston Public Library (Including the Library’s Board of Trustees, the Township of Livingston, and all of their employees, agents, elected and appointed officials, contractors, people and representatives) harmless and to indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly, relating to the patron’s or another person’s use of the Library’s Internet computers.

Child Safety on the Internet - Parents/guardians of children under the age of 18 are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss with their children the use of the Internet in relation to their own family values, and to set any boundaries they deem appropriate, and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

Restrictions - Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it.  The Library firmly believes that the valuable information available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library.  Nevertheless, the Library reserves the right to prohibit the accessing and/or viewing of any material that the Library determines is in violation of this Policy or contrary to the Library’s mission and operational objectives.

Use of the Library’s computers and Internet resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate usage may result in termination of an Internet session, and a suspension or permanent cancellation of this privilege.

Examples of inappropriate use of the Library’s computers include, but are not limited to, the following:

Compromising the integrity of the Library’s computer network;

Unauthorized tampering with the Library’s computer hardware or software;

Attempting to or downloading and/or installing software onto a Library computer;

Storing data to a Library computer or to anything other than a personal, portable information storage device;

Violating software license agreements or copyright laws;

Viewing sites or pages which display child pornography or other unlawful content;

Violating another user's privacy;

Viewing Internet sites or pages, which display graphic sexual content, as determined by the Library in its sole discretion;

Engaging in conduct that is disruptive to the Library or to other Library patrons or staff;

Exceeding the time limits established or enforced by the Library; and

Using the Library’s computers and/or Internet resources for commercial purposes, such as conducting a commercial or business enterprise or engaging in any type of commercial activity (although patrons are permitted to use the Library’s resources to find information and materials for later use outside of the Library, even if the later use has a commercial or business purpose).

Individuals performing unlawful acts involving Library computing resources also may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal law enforcement authorities.

The Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's portable information storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the patron's use of the Library's computers and/or Internet resources.

Computer Use - No more than two persons may use a computer workstation at one time.  The Library will establish time limits, which will vary based on demand, however, the Library reserves the right to end any patron’s Internet session at any time.

Patrons should notify the Library of any viruses or suspicious messages they encounter while using a Library computer.  The Library is not responsible for the unavailability of resources on the Internet computers due to technical difficulties or any other reason.

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in termination of an Internet session at any time, and also may result in suspension or permanent cancellation of computer use privileges.

Staff Assistance - Staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching.  Staff also can provide information about Internet training opportunities and Internet books and manuals.

The Library staff and Board of Trustees support the principles and user rights delineated in the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights in Cyberspace.”

ENFORCEMENT/IMPLEMENTATION:  The Director is responsible for implementing and enforcing this Policy with the assistance of Library staff.

Approved by Board of Trustees.  10/30/14

Revised:    February 9, 2016