Internet Policy

McIntosh Memorial Library Computer/Internet Acceptable Use Guidelines

The goal of the McIntosh Memorial Library is to connect our diverse community to services and timely resources that inform, educate, enrich and entertain.

In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of our residents, the library offers public access to the Internet.  Use of the Library’s Internet workstations are available to anyone with a McIntosh Memorial Library card in good standing, or anyone signing an Internet Use FormEveryone using the Internet workstations must read and accept the guidelines stated below.

By using a public Internet workstation you agree to the following guidelines:

  • Users are permitted to stay on the public computers for at least one hour per day.  The Express computer will be limited to 15 minutes per day with no extensions.
  • Printouts may be made for a fee.
  • Technology is to be used for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only:  not for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes.
  • Users may not misrepresent themselves as another user: by attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; by seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
  • Users must obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including copyright laws.
  • Users may not engage in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous (including obscene oriented materials and sites.)  Staff may require users to remove themselves from equipment if behavior is observed as being in conflict with the library’s policy.  Patrons will be blocked from computer access.
  • Users may not abuse the library’s equipment.  Library staff has the right to monitor the use of the equipment.

Individuals under the age of 18 must have parental, guardian or caregiver permission to use the Internet.  The Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children.  It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or caregiver to determine what is appropriate and direct their children accordingly.

Library staff cannot control or be responsible for specific information users may locate on the Internet.  In addition, the information on the Internet is constantly changing.  Just as libraries do not endorse the viewpoints of materials in their collections, they do not endorse viewpoints of materials found in their electronic information.  The library accepts no responsibility for information on screens, which may be inadvertently viewed by others.