PCL Internet Policy
Pahrump Community Library Internet Policy and User Agreement Form
The Pahrump Community Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library's service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.
Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines. Librarians can and will at times monitor the activities of the computer through the use of remote monitoring software. Prior to being granted access to the Internet, all users must acknowledge the Internet Usage Policy. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the library's Internet service. All Internet users must have a valid library card from Pahrump Community Library, and must have no overdue materials or fines owned.
Use of one-hour Internet Stations is available for a fee of $1 per one-hour session for non-residents of the Pahrump Community Library.
Access and Usage
The Pahrump Community Library does not provide e-mail accounts to users The Library assumes no responsibility and shall have
no liability for any claims or damages that result from the provision of such access to
Use of the Library’s Internet workstations for the transmission, dissemination
and/or duplication of information is regulated under various state and federal laws.
The Library expects all users to comply with such laws. All adult users of the Internet are required to comply with the provisions of the Library’s Internet and Wireless Use Policy, the Library Rules of Conduct and administrative procedures for use of computer workstations developed in accordance with this policy. Failure to comply with these policies or guidelines may result in Internet use privileges being suspended.
The Internet is a decentralized, non-moderated global network; the Pahrump Community Library has no control over the content found there. The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information, and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.
The library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free. The library is not responsible for damages to personal equipment or data on a user's personal computer.
The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.
Users may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail (e-mail). The library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organizations or individuals.
Internet use is offered in sixty (60) minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis; each user is allowed one session—if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session. Library staff members will assist patrons, as time permits, with basic navigational functions.
Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use the library for illegal purposes.
Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files.
Users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the Internet service.
Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet using library property, equipment or services.
Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to library property, computer equipment, programs, or wireless access
Use which creates a disturbance or interferes with the ability of other patrons to use the library will not be tolerated.
Internet access by Minor Children
Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for their minor children’s use of
all library materials, including the Internet. Library staff cannot monitor the
Internet resources that minor children may select. A collection of age-appropriate
Internet sites selected by Young People’s Librarians is included on the Library’s web
Site and at Youth Services. These sites meet the same selection criteria used for the selection of other
library materials for youth.
The Library will provide filtering software on Young People’s Library
computers in an attempt to limit access to age-appropriate Internet sites by minor
children to the extent that is feasible given technical requirements and support.
However, the Library cannot guarantee that filtering technology will
successfully block all inappropriate sites. Such controls cannot be absolutely foolproof
and parents and guardians must ultimately accept responsibility for
determining appropriate use of the Internet by their minor children. Any restriction
of the minor child’s access to the Internet remains the sole responsibility of the
parent, guardian, or caregiver.
Minor children may use filtered workstations without parental permission. No children age 17 and under will be permitted to use unfiltered adult computers, without parental/guardian supervision.
By providing wireless network access to the Internet, the Library expands its
ability to provide information resources to the public.
Wireless access to the Internet in the library is to conform to the general
provisions outlined in this policy and use by library patrons is subject to the Library Rules of Conduct. Failure to comply with these policies or guidelines may
result in wireless network access privileges being suspended and the patron may be
asked to leave library premises.
Use of Personal Equipment
The Library is not responsible for any damage to personal equipment or software
that may occur as a result of using the Library’s wireless network. In light of
security issues and the variety of equipment that can be used to access wireless
networks, the Library urges patrons to incorporate appropriate protection systems
such as anti-virus, firewall software, and updated patches when accessing the
Library’s wireless network. The Library does not provide encryption services and
does not guarantee privacy of data transmitted across its network.
Wireless Internet Access by Minor Children
The library is not responsible for any sites that are accessed by minor children using personal laptop computers in the library when using the library’s wireless Internet connections.
Adopted by the Pahrump Community Library Board of Trustees 2/13/06 3/11/08 11/15/10 reviewed 3/1/15 3\8\21