Internet Use Policy

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In introducing the Internet as an information resource, the library’s goal is to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and as a public access agency, give opportunity to any citizen who wishes to participate in navigating the Internet.   The library staff is happy to provide suggestions of websites for specific information needs, or to suggest other sources such as databases or interlibrary loan, when appropriate.

User Responsibility
The freedom to access information is also a responsibility.  The Internet enables the library to provide resources not available within the confines of its own collection.  However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. The library staff cannot control information accessible through the Internet and is not responsible for its content or accuracy.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or valid information.

Children’s Use
All Internet resources accessible through the library are provided equally to all library users.  Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by children.  Parents are encouraged to work closely with their child in selecting material that is consistent with personal family values.  The staff of the Royse City Public Library will not be responsible for any information minors may access on the Internet.

Warning
Although we use a virus checker on the computers, it will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a virus.  Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus checking software in your computer.  The Royse City Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer, for any loss of data, damage, or to liability that may occur from patron’s use of the library’s computers.

Users May Not

  1. Use computers to gain unauthorized access to the library’s network or computer system or to any other network or computer system.
  2. Obstruct other people’s work by consuming large amount of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.
  3. Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software
  4. Make any attempt to alter software configurations or install any software.
  5. Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
  6. Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  7. Engage in any activity that is disruptive to other library patrons.
  8. Violate federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

Rules

Youth under 17 years of age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to use the Internet.

  1. A current Royse City Library card in good standing will be required in order to use the Internet computers.  The Library also provides Wireless Internet Accress.
  2. Computers may be reserved up to three days in advance for 30 minute increments.  You must be present at the beginning of the reserved time period.  If you are still absent after five minutes, you will forfeit the reservation.
  3. Users are limited to 30 minutes at a time.  Exceptions will be made for persons requesting additional time for lengthy projects, tests, and employment applications.
  4. You may not use your own software programs on the Internet workstations. This prevents computer viruses that are common on public computers.
  5. The Internet computers shall not be used to access sexually explicit materials or other materials that appeal to prurient interest.
  6. Printing is allowed but counts as part of the 30 minute time limit.  Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, and 25 cents per page for color.  Patrons are responsible for all pages printed, regardless of intent or value to the patron. Cash is required since the library doesn’t accept cards.
  7. To ensure the equitable delivery of all library services, Library staff may assist patrons in the initial access to the Internet and provide basic search suggestions but cannot offer extensive personal instruction nor conduct research for patrons.
  8. In attempting to answer telephone reference questions, the Library staff will use all available resources including the Internet. However, any request for extensive research will have to be done by the patron in the library.
  9. Internet access is available during the library’s normal opening hours.
  10. Information gathered on the Internet may be inaccurate, misleading, incomplete, or outdated.
  11. Failure to abide by this policy and guidelines and failure to use the Internet stations appropriately and responsibly may result in revocation of Internet use privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.
  12. Users should be aware of the following Texas Penal Code:43.22 Obscene Display or Distribution

    (a)  A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly displays or distributes an obscene photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or other obscene material and is reckless about whether a person is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display or distribution.

    (b)  An offence under this section is a Class C Misdemeanor.

  13. Printing is allowed but counts as part of the 30 minute time limit.  Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, and 25 cents per page for color.  Patrons are responsible for all pages printed, regardless of intent or value to the patron. Cash is required since the library doesn’t accept debit/credit cards.
  14. To ensure the equitable delivery of all library services, Library staff may assist patrons in the initial access to the Internet and provide basic search suggestions but cannot offer extensive personal instruction nor conduct research for patrons.
  15. In attempting to answer telephone reference questions, the Library staff will use all available resources including the Internet. However, any request for extensive research will have to be done by the patron in the library.
  16. Internet access is available during the library’s normal opening hours.
  17. Information gathered on the Internet may be inaccurate, misleading, incomplete, or outdated.