Computer Access Policy


Mission Statement for Computer Use
Access to computers and the internet at the Broadview Public Library District is an extension of the Library’s commitment to meeting the community’s information needs. The library does not guarantee the security of individual Internet sites and is not responsible for or liable for any resulting damage. In addition to using the Internet as an information resource the library also seeks to provide the opportunity for Internet use to members of the public. We make internet service available as part of our mission to provide materials, information and services responsive to the evolving needs of our diverse community.


Purpose of the Internet
The Internet is a worldwide computer network, which provides easy access to a massive body of information. It is ungoverned and unregulated. Not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete or current information and some may be offensive. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Library users retain full responsibility for the choices they make and the way they use the Internet. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activity on the Internet. They should work closely with their children to select appropriate material, teach their child appropriate Internet behavior and supervise their child’s use of the Internet.


Registering for the Computer
A. Computer users must present a valid library card in good standing to register for and use the computers.
B. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activity on the computer.
C. There is no charge for Broadview residents to use the Internet. Non-residents must pay $1 per hour of use.


Fees
A. Broadview residents with valid library cards may use the computers at no charge.
B. Non-residents with valid library card may use the Internet for a fee of $1 per hour.
C. Users may print for $.10 a page black and white or $.25 a page color.


Time Restrictions
A. Computers are available for use until 15 minutes prior to closing time. Users must be ready to quit all computer applications at that time.
B. Time on the computers may be reserved in one hour blocks of time.
C. Only one hour per day and up to two hours per week may be reserved. More time may be used when computers are available.
D. Reservations are taken up to one week in advance.
E. You may use the computers for one hour or longer if no one is waiting. If someone wants to access the computers you must be ready to relinquish the computer on 10 minutes notice after the first hour of use.
F. Reserved time will not be extended for latecomers. After 5 minutes, reserved time will be relinquished to anyone who is waiting.


Children and the Internet
A. Children may access the computers without a parent or legal guardian being present with a valid library card. All parents or legal guardians are encouraged to discuss with their children appropriate use of computers.
B. Parents or legal guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their children. Parents or legal guardians may restrict their children and only their children, from access to Internet resources available through the library. They must request that their child’s card be blocked for computer access.


Unacceptable Use
Users may not:
A. Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software; alter software configurations; cause degradation of system performance.
B. Use any library workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose.
C. Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
D. Engage in any activity which is disruptive, offensive, libelous or slanderous.
E. Install software.
F. Use sound or visuals which might be disruptive to others.
G. Violate another user’s privacy.
H. Retrieve any information from the “C Drive”.

Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in loss of computer privileges.


Acceptable Use
A. A maximum of two (2) people at a time may use a computer. One of the two must be registered for the computer.
B. The workstation must be used in a responsible manner respecting the rights of others and taking care with use of the equipment.
C. Users may save files to USB flash drives. Users may not save to the CD-ROM drive or the C drive of computers.
D. Users may access files on USB flash drives, and CD-ROM.
E. Users may access Microsoft Office applications and the Internet.
F. Users may print at a cost of $.10 a page for black and white and $.25 a page for color.


Computer Instruction
A. Library staff can provide brief help when using the computers. For more in depth assistance, computer users may be referred to a computer class.
B. The library assumes people have some basic knowledge of computer operations prior to use. The library reserves the right to cancel a user’s session if that user is unable to meet the minimum requirements.
C. The library offers computers classes, and has books and other materials that may help users become better acquainted with the computers.