XIII. CONANT PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET POLICY
The Internet brings a world of resources, including information, ideas, and issues, to the library.  By providing access to the Internet, Conant Free Public Library accomplishes two goals:
 
  1. Staff and patrons can access current and accurate resources not readily available in other resources in the library.
  2. The public, and especially those who would otherwise be without access to internet services, has free access to the Internet to search for information to meet educational, business, or personal needs.
 
The following policies apply to public use of the Internet at the Conant Public Library.
 
Eligibility
 
All library patrons are free to use the Internet.  Patrons may be required to present their library card or another form of ID at the main desk.  As anywhere else in the library, a responsible adult must directly supervise children aged nine and under, when using computers. 
 
Access
 
The expression or receipt of constitutionally protected speech will not be restricted or denied.
 
Content
 
The Conant Free Public Library cannot be held responsible for the information on the Internet.  The Library cannot control and does not block any information for content or accuracy.  It is an individual’s responsibility to judge the validity, accuracy or appropriateness of any information available via the Internet.  As with other library materials, it is a parent or guardian’s responsibility to monitor their child’s use of the Internet.
 
Training
 
The staff cannot give one-on-one instruction with the use of the Internet but will answer basic questions. 
 
Services
 
Printing is available and a donation of 10 cents per page is requested to help defray the cost.  Library Policy does not allow loading of personal software onto library computers. 
 
Suspension of Privileges

The library reserves the right to suspend the privileges of users who abuse the library’s Internet access by unethical or illegal use of the Internet or the library’s equipment.  Users are responsible for damages to equipment.  Examples of unethical or illegal use include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data
  • Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
  • Harassment of other users
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material
  • Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification codes/numbers
  • Use of computer communication facilities in ways that are intended to impede the computing activities of others
  • Violation of another’s privacy
  • Violation of computer system security
  • Violation of network or host usage policy
  • Violation of software license agreements
  • Icons and bookmarks on library computers are not to be altered by the public
 
Internet Safety Policy
 
Using computers in the library for illegal purposes is strictly prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to using the Internet in violation of Massachusetts General Law 272 Section 31, the Harmful to Minors statute or for the transmission of threatening, harassing, threatening or obscene materials.
 
Images that are deemed by the library staff to be threatening or unsafe for very young children will not be allowed on computer monitors in the children’s room.  The public is encouraged to seek the assistance of a library staff member if enforcement of this rule is necessary.
 
For their own safety, members of the public who access direct electronic communication on the Internet should not reveal private information about themselves or respond to inquiries from anyone they meet online.  Internet users may not transmit private information about any other individual on library computers.  
 
The library protects information that reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using library resources. (Massachusetts General Laws CH. 78, Section 7)
 
Violation of internet policies may result in the cancellation of the individual’s computer privileges and may also be subject to prosecution by local, state and federal authorities.
XIV. Wireless Electronic Device Policy
The library provides free wireless access to the internet during regular library hours.
 
Internet access via wireless connection from a personal electronic device is not filtered, however as the use is in a public area, people within the library are still subject to the library Internet Use Policy posted on public PCs and the library website. This policy states the limitations of internet access, and responsibilities for using that access.
 
The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent to and from your notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device may be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.
 
Library staff cannot provide technical assistance and there is no guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
 
The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data file resulting from connection to the library's wireless access.
 
Wireless connectivity is provided as-is. Other than the internet, no library resources are accessible.  E.g. printers are not available.