The Milne Public Library provides access to the Internet in keeping with its role as a source of information, intellectual development, and enrichment to the community.
The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed and cannot be held responsible for the content or quality of the information retrieved on the public computers.
It is the responsibility of the parents/caregiver/guardian to monitor and provide guidance to ensure that their child uses the Internet in an appropriate and safe manner. The library recommends education of its users about the Internet for the success of this information resource. The library will assist with offering Internet training and safety classes, and the staff is available for educating our users and recommending safe sites.
Rules for Internet Use
- All Internet users must know how to use the Internet or attend an orientation session for access to the Internet.
- Parents/ caregivers/guardians of minors must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet and public access computer.
- Everyone is required to sign the logbooks at the Reference Desk (Adults) or the Children’s Desk.
- Reservation of the computer can be done by phone or in person and is limited to one hour sessions.
- Unacceptable use for Adults and Children:
- Electronic discussion groups including “chat rooms”.
- Harassment of others.
- Destruction of equipment, software or data.
- Copying of copy-protected materials.
- Accessing pornographic or violent material.
- Downloading of files.
- Violators of the Internet Use Policy will have their library privileges revoked for three months.
- Printouts cost $.10 per page and payment is by the honor system.
- Only one user is allowed at a computer at a time, unless the librarian grants permission.
Children’s Internet Use Policy
The Milne Pubic Library provides the same access to the Internet for children and adults with the following exceptions:
1. Children under the age of 12 should use the Children’s room computer or have permission to work unsupervised in the Y.A. or References areas of the library.
2. The children’s room computer will not be available if the librarian is not in the room.
3. The Internet machines are available for educational, informational and recreational use only. It is not possible for library staff to control specific information children may locate on the Internet. Just as we do not vouch for or endorse certain viewpoints in our written collection, we cannot be held responsible for exposure to particular electronic information. We will make every attempt to educate and inform children through informal instruction, draw attention to informational sites through lists, and monitor use but the ultimate responsibility belongs to the parent, guardian, or caregiver.
4. The library prohibits the use of “chat rooms”. Transmitting personal information, using foul language, sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that are offensive to the public is expressly forbidden.
The Milne Public Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:
The Library Bill of Rights
Freedom to Read Statement
Freedom to View Statement
Free Access to Libraries for Minors and Access to Electronic Information Services and Resources – Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
Board of Trustees adopted this policy on 7/14/99