The Old Bridge Public Library (OBPL) provides a wide variety of computing resources to the public. This Policy directs the use of these computer resources including, but not limited to, the network and stand-alone computers and the resources they make available to the public. Interpretation, application, and modification of this Policy are within the sole discretion of the Library. The Library reserves the right to set rules as needed to promote equitable computer use and to revise this Policy in response to changes in or concerns about the computing environment. By using a Library computer, customers agree to the following terms and conditions.
The Library has several distinct areas with computers for public use. As a result, procedures may vary depending on computer location. Procedures may include, but are not limited to, time limits, sign-up sheets, identification, age limits, residency and Library account status. Library use of the equipment takes precedence over customer use at all times.
Customers are responsible for:
- Complying with the OBPL Computer Use Policy, as well as other applicable Library policies, including but not limited to, the OBPL Acceptable Library Behavior Policy.
- Observing all local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing computer use.
- Any and all access, use, or dissemination of information by means of the Internet. In the case of a minor, the customer and the parent or guardian are responsible jointly.
- The resolution of problems related to their computer use, including, but not limited to, access, loss, or damage of data, invasion of privacy, electronic transactions or damage to equipment.
- Awareness of computer viruses, worms and other destructive computer programs in order to avoid being a victim or distributor of these processes.
- Any and all printouts resulting from their computer use and applicable charges upon completion of such use.
- Basic personal knowledge of computer use, software applications and some knowledge of the Internet at the time the Library’s computers are used. Library staff will provide limited assistance as time permits when asked but cannot enter data for patrons. To enhance patrons’ information literacy skills, the library offers a continuing program of free computer classes, which include instruction on using the Internet, email and other computer applications.
- Saving work to the cloud or to removable storage devices. Storage devices are available for purchase at the Computer Help Desk.
- Configuring personal wireless devices. Library staff may provide general information about the wireless network and applicable device settings.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses
- Must use Library computer resources for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only.
- May not violate or damage, equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or others, including, but not limited to, altering existing computer settings, configurations or software.
- May not download software onto Library computers.
- May use non-Library provided paper at the sole discretion of the Library.
- Should respect the rights, property, and sensibilities of all Library customers, and must refrain from computer activities that disrupt, disturb or prevent others from using the Library and its resources or violate another customer’s privacy or sensibilities. Computer content should not be displayed which may be offensive to other Library customers, including minors.
- Should not make use of sounds or images that might disturb others.
- Are prohibited from using Library computers for illegal or unlawful activities of any kind.
- May not misrepresent themselves as another customer, attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others, or make unauthorized use of accounts, access codes or identification numbers in an attempt to obtain unauthorized access to other computers, networks or information systems, or engage in “hacking” activities of any kind or nature.
- Must respect intellectual property rights by making only authorized copies of copyrighted, licensed or otherwise controlled software or material.
- Are prohibited from sending lewd or threatening messages.
- Are prohibited from sending unsolicited email messages to large numbers of people.
Failure to comply with this Policy or with Library staff directions may result in restriction or termination of the customer’s Library privileges, or, if applicable, require compensation to the Library. Illegal acts involving Library resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
The Library subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements and its interpretation of these documents. The Library does not monitor, control, or restrict anyone’s access to equipment or resources, within the limits of this Policy, and local, state and federal law. Customers of the Internet assume the responsibility of evaluating accessed information. Restricting access is the responsibility of the customer or the customer’s parent or legal guardian. The Library encourages parents to discuss the Internet with their children and monitor their children’s Internet use. Child Safety on the Information Highway, jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association, is a useful resource.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees: October 14, 2015