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Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

The Perry Public Library is pleased to provide access to electronic resources via the Internet through the use of our public access computers.  Computers are available for public use during regular business hours, except during times of routine or emergency maintenance.  The purpose of providing public Internet access is to expose the public to the world of information available on the Internet and to provide equal access to that information for all individuals in the community.  We currently have twenty two computers for public use.

Since the Internet is a global electronic network, the Perry Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The Internet and its available resources may contain material of a controversial nature.  The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information and is not responsible for the availability or accuracy of information accessed from remote network sites.

The following rules govern the use of the library computers:

    1. Access to the computers is available by entering your patron library barcode and unique pin into any available computers. Guest passes are available for those visiting the area who are in need of computer access.
    2. Each computer session is for a 30-minute period. When there are no pending reservations additional time is granted as needed.  Extended times are also granted for computer projects that require longer periods of time to finish or complete.
    3. Printing is available for 25 cents per page for color printing and 15 cents per page for black and white printing. Please select the print preview option prior to printing to determine the number of pages that will be printed. Each user will need to enter a unique user id and a unique password in order to retrieve prints from the self service coin operated printer/copier/scanner/fax multi-use machine.
    4. A flash drive may be used to save information from a computer.  The library is not responsible for any damage to flash drives when used in library computers.  Although the library uses anti-virus software on its computers, absolute protection is not guaranteed.   Software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses.  The library encourages the Internet user to install and use anti-virus software on his/her own computer and equipment.
    5. Individual software may not be installed or used to alter or attach equipment to the library's hardware or to attempt to bypass security features.
    6. Each user is responsible for complying with copyright law and adhering to software licensing agreements, as well as all local, state, and federal laws including, but not limited to, those concerning fraud, privacy, or obscenity.
    7. Library staff may be able to help with basic computer use and start-up procedures, but may not be able to provide information on the use of each software program.  If one has never used a computer or if one has specific questions about a software program, reference books and user guides are available. In addition, the library offers Tech Tutor appointments to familiarize individuals with computer basics. If you are interested in this service, please contact the library at 515-465-3569.
    8. Misuse of the computer may result in suspension or loss of computer privileges. If use of a computer results in disruption of library services or if behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end the session at any time.

 

The following rules govern access to the Internet from the library:

  1. Internet communications shall be considered private, and confidentiality will be encouraged within the limits of public environment, the technology of the equipment, and the requirements of law.
  2. The Internet user may encounter closed or restricted databases and resources for which the library accepts no responsibility:
    • The host computer has been "overloaded" by Internet visitors and has closed down or limited access.
    • The host computer is no longer maintained or has changed its address or Universal Resource Locator (URL).
    • The database or computer is only accessible to users affiliated with a specific licensed organization.
    • Perry Public Library's Internet connection may be temporarily closed down for maintenance or due to technical difficulties.
  • The library does not offer electronic mail (e-mail) accounts or access to chat rooms, news or discussion groups. However, there are many Internet providers who offer free e-mail access.
  • As is the case with other materials in the library's collection, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Perry Public Library cannot act as a censor or substitute parent.  It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the oversight to ensure their children's use of the Internet in a safe and appropriate manner, including the proper use of expensive computer equipment.
  • Violations of these rules may lead to the suspension or revocation of Internet access through the library.
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