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 ​PUBLIC COMPUTER and INTERNET POLICIES AND RULES OF USE

 
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The Sarasota County Libraries Department provides Internet access in accordance with the Libraries' Mission Statement and the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read. The Libraries Department is committed to make Internet access available for educational and informational purposes.
 
While the Internet contains a wealth of materials, some of this material might be considered offensive, controversial, or inappropriate for children.
 
Use of library computers implies acceptance of the following policies and rules.
 
The library reserves the right to terminate computer privileges of anyone abusing these policies and rules.
 

 POLICIES

 
  • ​As with all library materials, monitoring a child’s access to the Internet is the sole responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. 
  • Users are expected to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the use, transmission and dissemination of computer generated information. In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011(1)a and 847.0133(1), displaying obscene materials to minors or printing such materials may be a violation of the law and could result in penalties, including loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution. 
  • Because of limited electronic resources not all areas of the Internet may be available to library patrons. Software is used to block access to pornographic web sites. However, this software may not block all Web sites users might find offensive. 
  • To ensure that Internet sites are not blocked unnecessarily, a "Web Site Consideration Request" form is available at the Reference Desk. 
  • The Library cannot guarantee the accuracy, authority, timeliness or usefulness of information obtained on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for any damages related to use of such information. 
  • The Library is not responsible for damages to a patron’s computer, USB Flash Drive, files or devices resulting from any direct or indirect use of library computers. 
  • Libraries may reserve public computers for special programs or tutoring sessions. 
  • Sarasota County Libraries reserve the right to revise the "Internet Policy" or "Rules for Use" at any time. 
  • Individual libraries have the authority to limit the time a user remains on a computer.
 

 RULES FOR USE

 
  • ​Users must comply with the Library’s posted "Rules of Conduct." 
  • Computers must be used as provided. Users are not permitted to add, delete, or modify the hardware or software. 
  • At the end of the session, users will return the screen to the Main Menu. 
  • The number of users at any computer is limited to 2. 
  • No food or drink is permitted on or near the computers. (See Rules of Conduct). 
  • Computer users are expected to provide their own clean USB flash drive if they wish to save files. 
  • Users must use their own library card or guest pass when signing on to use a computer. Use of multiple cards or guest passes is not permitted. 
  • The library reserves the right to terminate computer privileges of anyone abusing the above mentioned policies, rules, and guidelines. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior can also result in the loss of computer privileges.

A NOTE ABOUT PATRON PRIVACY
Library card information used to log in to a computer is confidential. The information entered (library card number, assigned PC, assigned time) is used only for statistical purposes and is cleared automatically at the end of each day. No record of content (sites visited, for example) will be retained.

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Revised 3/9/15

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