Public Computer Access Guidelines

Jefferson County Library District
Public Access Computer Use Guidelines

November 16, 2010

Prior to using the Public Access Computers, all users 18 years and older must have a valid JCL library card or must present a valid state ID and pay $2.00 per hour to utilize the PACs. Users under age 18 must have the signature of a parent or guardian on their library card registration giving the minor permission to use the PACs.  Even though the library employs safeguards including an Internet filter, it is suggested that parents monitor their minor children’s use of the public access computers closely. A JCL cardholder whose account has been blocked or barred due to unreturned materials and/or excessive fines will not be permitted to use the public access computers until their account is no longer blocked or barred.

Time Limit: Computers for public access Internet use and document processing are provided on a first come, first serve basis. One sixty minute session per person per day will be enforced if all computers are in use and additional person(s) are waiting to use the public access computers. When there is no waiting queue, the maximum amount of time that a person may use the computers is 6 hours per day. When a waiting queue forms, those individuals having used the computers the longest will be asked to vacate the computers first and will be given a five minute grace period to save work and close programs. Public access computers may on occasion be reserved for library use for training programs or maintenance.

Saving Files: Users may save documents onto removable storage media. These can be provided by the user or obtained at the Information Desk for a fee. Files can be downloaded from the Internet and saved to removable storage media. The library assumes no responsibility for the loss of data during computer usage. Patrons are encouraged to SAVE WORK OFTEN to prevent data loss. If you need assistance with saving files, please ask for help at the Information Desk. Jefferson County Library is not responsible for any storage devices left by patrons.

Unacceptable Use: Public access computers for Internet use and document processing are provided primarily for educational purposes. The following user activities are considered unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and may result in the revocation of one’s computer user privileges:

• using the Internet to access any sites considered unacceptable as defined by community standards in accordance with policy established under the Section 182.825 through 182.827 of the Missouri Revised Statutes

• treating the computers in a malicious manner or otherwise attempting to inflict damage on library equipment

• installing software (inquiries pertaining to software not available on public access computers should be made at the Information Desk)

• altering or deleting computer hardware and/or software configurations

• wasting computer resources via excessive printing and/or non-payment for printed documents

• unruly, loud or obnoxious behavior that disturbs other computer users and/or library patrons

• using of the computers for illegal purposes will not be tolerated. Such use will result in the immediate revocation of one’s computer user privileges. In the event that a public access computer is utilized for illegal purposes, local law enforcement officials may be contacted and provided with relevant information. Individuals may not use the public access computers for any purpose that will violate local, state or federal laws or any regulations of the library district including, but not limited to, the Missouri Revised Statutes Chapters 573 Pornography and Related Offenses, 565.090 Harassment, 565.225 Stalking, and 566 Sexual Offenses.

• Using the public access computers for the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material is strictly prohibited.

Disclaimer: Jefferson County Library does not accept responsibility for any individual’s use of the Internet. The Internet is a world wide electronic computer network with no single governing body controlling users or content. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Some Internet Web sites may provide information that users find offensive, objectionable or inappropriate. Jefferson County Library exercises no control over and assumes no responsibility for information or services that reside outside the Jefferson County Library computer network.