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Computer Use Policy

Revised April 2013

Purpose

The Orange County Public Library offers access to computer workstations equipped with Internet access and basic office applications to provide customers with informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources.  The purpose of the Computer Use Policy is to establish regulations regarding both computer use and Internet access at all Orange County Libraries.

Computer Use Guidelines

By using a Public Internet workstation at the Library, you agree to the following guidelines:

  1. Customer Access - A library card is required for Orange County residents to access public computers and printing. Customers must resolve library fees over $5.00 before using the public computers.  Visitors with a picture ID may register for a Guest Use Card. This card does not allow check-out privileges or access to library databases. Guest Use Cards expire after one month, but may be renewed.
  2. Session Length - The library offers 60 minute public computer sessions.  Customers will be given the option to extend their session in 30 minute increments as long as no additional customers are waiting to use a computer. Customers may use the public computers up to 120 minutes per day.  All public computer sessions will end 10 minutes prior to closing.
  3. Downloading Files - Downloading files to personal storage media is permitted.  Downloading files and programs to the public computer’s hard drive is not permitted.
  4. Saving Work - Library customers are responsible for saving work to a personal storage device.  The library is not responsible for the loss of saved or unsaved work, including loss due to technical malfunctions.  In addition, the library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal disks or storage devices, including damage caused by technical malfunctions or corruption caused by virus or spyware infection while using library computers.
  5. Printing - Black and white printing is available at the cost of $.15 per page.  Patrons must send materials to the printer before the library closes or before their session ends.  It is the responsibility of the customer to properly format documents sent to the printer. 
  6. Content - Library customers, adults and children, are responsible for determining the suitability and appropriateness of information accessed through the Internet.  The library assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, usefulness, or currency of Internet resources accessed while using the public computers.
  7. Security - Customers should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium.  The library cannot guarantee that patrons who use the Internet will have privacy in their communications and other Internet uses.  The library assumes no responsibility for any damages arising from the invasion of the user’s privacy or data while using a public computer.  The library does take measures to remove the customer’s Internet browsing history and form data after each computer session has ended.
  8. Inappropriate Use - Customer use of the public computers is governed by the library’s Conduct and Courtesy Policy and is subject to Chapter 14, Article 60 of the North Carolina General Statues. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, displaying materials that violate federal, state or local laws; propagating malicious software; violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements; damaging computer equipment or software; and attempting to access unauthorized files or systems.
  9. Staff Assistance - Library staff may answer basic computer and Internet questions as time permits. Staff cannot provide on the spot, in depth individual training in computer or Internet use.
  10. Session Termination - The library reserves the right to terminate a computer session at any time.

Computer use by Minors

  1. Parent Responsibility - The library does not supervise the use of public computers by children.  Parents/legal guardians are responsible for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children.  As with other library materials, it is the right and responsibility of parents or legal guardians to set guidelines for and supervise their child’s use of the internet.
  2. CIPA – Orange County Library System complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  All public workstations with Internet access are equipped with filtering technology designed to prevent access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors, as defined by Chapter 14, Article of the North Carolina General Statues (14-190.1 – 14-190.15). The library cannot guarantee that all such materials will always be blocked.

Use of Wireless

The library provides access to the Internet via a wireless network (WiFi) for customers to use with their own personal laptops and other mobile devices. By using a public wireless at the library, you agree to the following guidelines:

  • Content - Library customers, adults and children, are responsible for determining the suitability and appropriateness of information accessed through the Internet.  The library assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, usefulness, or currency of Internet resources accessed while using the public wireless.
  • Security The public wireless provided by the library is unsecured.  Anti-virus, security, and privacy protection are the responsibility of the user.
  • Inappropriate Use - Customer use of the public wireless is governed by the library’s Conduct and Courtesy Policy and is subject to Chapter 14, Article 60 of the North Carolina General Statues. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, displaying materials that violate federal, state or local laws; propagating malicious software; violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements; and attempting to access unauthorized files or systems.
  • Staff Assistance - Library staff does not provide technical assistance related to customers’ wireless devices or assist in making changes to network settings, software configuration or hardware configurations on personal devices.  Library staff does not install any equipment, accessories or software onto customers’ devices.
  • Printing - Printing is not available through the library’s wireless service.
  • Library Responsibility - The library is not responsible for any theft, damage or misuse of customers’ personal notebooks, laptops and other mobile devices while in use in the library.

Consequences of Violating Policy

Violations of this policy may result in loss of library system privileges, financial responsibility for damaged equipment, disbarment from library premises, and/or criminal prosecution.   

Policy approved by Hyconeechee Board January, 2012