Computer/Internet Policy

The library does not serve in the role of parent or guardian.  Library staff cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the internet.  As with private usage of all other library materials, monitoring a child’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  As a recipient of federal funds through the government’s E-Rate program, the library’s computers are filtered in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The library cannot guarantee that the filtering software will work 100% of the time, nor that it will deny access to sites that parents may find questionable. 

Patrons between 10 and 18 years of age must have a signed internet permission slip on file in order to use the internet.  Children under 10 years of age must be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian when using the internet.  There are areas of the internet that contain questionable material and there is always a risk that obscene material could be accessed.  By giving your child permission to go online, you are accepting that risk and absolve the Mayville Library of any responsibility. 

Patrons using the computers are expected to follow all local, state, or federal ordinances, regulations, or laws.  Included in this list are the policies of the Mayville Library and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which bans the display, printing, sending or dissemination of obscene or pornographic material.  Users engaged in illegal activities involving library computers may be subject to prosecution. 

The library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, or loss of privacy, arising from use of the internet workstations.  The library is also not responsible for any loss or liability that may occur as a result of the disclosure of financial or other personal information over the library’s public computer services, including the Internet and electronic mail use.  Users should be aware that use of public computers is not a private or secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding the user’s activities. 

Only one person per workstation will be permitted unless helping a child under 10 or if the library staff approves special circumstances.

The computers are available on a first come, first-served basis and must be used within the confines of currently installed software and hardware.

Food and drinks are not allowed by the computers.

The library staff has the authority to remove those who do not follow the laws/policies.  Violations of procedures may result in loss of any library privileges up to a permanent banning from the library.  Patrons will also be required to make restitution of any damages to any computer components, hardware and/or software. 

Approved by the Board of Directors   5/16/2016