Computer and Internet Policy
revised and approved Nov. 9, 2009
Paris Carnegie Public Library provides public computers and wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) to expand access to information and resources beyond the library’s physical collection.
Paris Carnegie Public Library is not responsible for the content, timeliness, accuracy, or quality of information on the Internet. The library is not liable for direct or indirect damages users may incur as a result of using public computers or Internet access.
Wi-Fi is available during library hours; like most public hotspots, it is not secure. The library is not responsible for the ability of personal equipment to connect to the network.
Library staff may provide computer assistance as time and their computer knowledge permit, but cannot provide in-depth computer instruction or technical support for personal laptops.
Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for their minor children’s access to the Internet.
By signing in to use the computers or by connecting to the WiFi, users agree to refrain from inconsiderate, disruptive, or criminal behavior, including but not limited to:
1. tampering with the network, hardware, or software
2. downloading or installing software to a library computer
3. disturbing other library users
4. obstructing others’ usage by consuming large amounts of system resources
5. displaying or sending offensive images, video, or text
6. violating local, state, or federal law (including copyright).
The Board authorizes library staff to develop rules and procedures allowing fair use of the library’s computers, to observe use of public computers for the purposes of enforcing library policies, and to suspend or terminate computer privileges for violation of library policies and rules.
Rules and Procedures
Computer users sign in at the main desk. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Copies of this policy are posted on the library website and are available at the desk.
A person may use a computer one time per day, which will be limited to one hour if others are waiting. All computers close 15 minutes before the library closes.
A parent or responsible adult must accompany children under age 8 who wish to use the Internet; ages 8-17 must have a parent/guardian in the building or their signed permission on file.
Fees ($0.10 B&W, $0.30 color per page) are charged for all pages printed. Please ask library staff if you need assistance with printing.
No more than 2 people may be at one computer. That number may be further limited if the computer area becomes too noisy or overcrowded.
The Legal Self-Help Center computer is intended for legal research; it may be used for 15 minutes or less for other purposes. Legal documents may be printed at no cost from this computer.
Parental permission form below. Parents, please fill in blanks, sign, and return to a librarian.
Print Child’s name _________________________
Child’s birthdate ___________________________
Parental Permission Form
(one child per form)
As parent or legal guardian of ______________________________________, who is aged 8 or older, I have read and agree to the library’s Computer and Internet Policy.
I accept responsibility for any damages and will not hold the library responsible for inappropriate materials viewed or acquired on the Internet by my child.
I give permission for my child to use the Internet and computers at Paris Carnegie Public Library.
Print parent or legal guardian name ___________________________________________
Parent or Guardian signature ________________________________________________
Today’s date _________________