Internet and Computer Use Policy
The Internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. Resources contained within the global electronic network cover a wide variety of material and opinions from diverse points of view, which may or may not be accurate, current or reliable. The Aurora Public Library, in providing Internet access to the community, has established the following general guidelines for use:
- The Library cannot guarantee the privacy of personal information submitted during an Internet session. Patrons are encouraged to log off the computer after each session.
- Internet access is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions on the Internet may be limited depending on demand.
- Size of a group using a computer at one time may be limited.
- Nothing may be downloaded to any hard drive. Printing is available (at cost), and saving is permitted to portable storage devices.
The Aurora Public Library reserves the right to monitor patrons’ use of the Internet to reasonably ensure compliance with the Library Internet Use Policy. The library reserves the right to classify any action, access, or operation on the Internet as inappropriate. The Library reserves the right to suspend or revoke Internet use privileges if a patron fails to comply with the following use guidelines:
- Computers shall not be used to access pornographic materials.
- It is not acceptable to disclose, use or disseminate any personal information regarding minors under the age of 17 without authorization from the minor’s parent or legal guardian.
- It is not acceptable to use the computers for any purposes that violate U.S. or State laws, or to interfere or disrupt network users, services or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: propagation of computer viruses and worms, and using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the network.
- The Library reserves the right to exercise any appropriate measures necessary to protect the computer systems and cannot guarantee the integrity of data on personal disks.
- Installation of software or making changes to system software is prohibited.
- Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials and/or restricted sources is forbidden.
Minors (Age 17 and under) Internet Use Policy:
The Library is mandated by federal law to monitor a minor’s use of the Internet. All access and use restrictions applicable to adults are also applicable to minors. The following restrictions apply to minors:
- Children of any age may use the Internet if accompanied by an adult. In order to use the Internet independently without an adult, children age 11-13 must have a signed Internet Parent Permission form on file. A parent must be present in the library to sign the form.
- Minors shall not access materials deemed harmful to minors.
- Use of direct electronic communication (e-mail, instant messaging, or chat) by a minor may be monitored from time to time. In the event the library staff believes a minor’s safety or security is at risk, such privileges will be suspended or revoked.
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