Internet Use Policy

Internet Use
Updated: 4/12/2018

The New Carlisle Public Library, a participant in the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), offers access to information resources on the Internet. Internet access is one component of the Library's objective to meet residents' educational, cultural, and recreational needs by providing timely and convenient access to materials, programs, technology, and services.

Patrons need to be aware that for various reasons visiting some Internet sites may not be possible. Some reasons might be: host computer may be down; host computer limits access to control the number of visitors at its site; host computer has changed its address; backups or maintenance work may be in progress; there can be technical difficulties with phone lines, network connections, or other equipment on either end.

Sending of any information, including name, address, and credit card numbers, via the Internet is at the sole risk of the user.

Accuracy Disclaimer - Not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information, and some may be offensive or dangerous. The Library neither monitors nor controls the information accessed on the Internet, nor is it responsible for its content. Users are responsible for determining that the information they access is acceptable, reliable, and suitable to their needs. Patrons use it at their own risk. It should also be understood that use in a public environment prevents any guarantee of privacy.

Children on the Internet - As with all Library materials, parents, guardians, or caregivers are responsible for their children's use of the Internet. Library staff cannot control the content that children may select on the Internet. Parents are encouraged to work with their children to develop acceptable rules for Internet use.

Virus Protection - Because computer viruses are so prevalent, patrons have limited access to the USB ports on the computers. Patrons, therefore, will only be able to save/open files to/from the USB port only while working in a program (i.e. Word, Excel, Internet Explorer). Patrons must supply their own USB devices. The Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's USB device, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from use of the Library's computers.

Guidelines for Use - The Library provides free access to the Internet as part of its mission. Unacceptable use of the Library computers or of Internet access WILL RESULT in the loss of computer privileges. The decision to revoke these privileges is at the sole discretion of the Library staff.

Restrictions - Individuals are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner. Restrictions include the following:

  • Patrons must have a current Library card. Patrons under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian in-person signature consent for Internet usage when they signed up for their Library card.
  • Patrons must register at the circulation desk each time he/she wishes to use Library computers.
  • If another patron is waiting, users are limited to 30 minutes of computer use.
  • Users may not display graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene.
  • Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage, abuse, or sabotage computer equipment or software; alter configurations, upload information to a Library computer’s hard drive, or install any software.
  • Users are liable for costs arising from malicious damage to Library equipment or software.
  • Users may not use any Library computer for illegal purposes.
  • Users may not use Library computers for any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
  • The Library reserves the right to charge for printing.
  • Use of the Library computers is limited to one person at a time unless otherwise permitted by a staff-member on duty.

The New Carlisle Public Library Board of Trustees reserves the rights to amend, add to, or delete from any and all of the provisions of this Policy without notice, and such amendments, additions, or deletions shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the Board, unless otherwise stated in the resolution of adoption.