Bayport-Blue Point Public Library

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Adult Public Internet Computer Usage Policy

Computer Desk

PLEASE NOTE! (April 2006, Revised – September 2006)

The mission of the Bayport Blue Point Library is to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs and interests of its diverse population through books and other formats. In keeping with this mission, the Library provides users with access to the Internet.

This access is designed for independent educational and research purposes. The Bayport Blue Point Library reserves the right to cancel any Internet account that is in violation of the following policy.

  1. Any Bayport Blue Point Library adult who has a valid residential library card in his/her name, and whose card is in good standing (valid, with no overdue items and/or fees), may access the Internet at the Library. Patrons who are eighteen years of age and over are considered adults. Patrons may be asked to show proof of age.
  2. Patrons who are fourteen years through seventeen years must have a valid Bayport Blue Point Library card that is in his/her own name and in good standing and an Internet account established with parental consent. Patrons under fourteen years who need to use the Internet for special reasons (homework, school projects, etc.) may do so only with parent-guardian signed Internet Access Form or library card displaying “NET” sticker. The Bayport-Blue Point Library does not filter Internet access in any way and has no control over this research tool and assumes no responsibility for its content, quality, accuracy, or currency. It is the responsibility of parents/legal guardians to monitor their children's selections while using the Internet at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.
  3. Internet computers are available for one (1) hour sessions. Patrons may log on using their Bayport Blue Point Library card. Patrons are limited to three (3) sessions per day. Extensions may be granted at the Reference Librarian’s discretion. Patrons are not guaranteed additional time after their three (3) sessions have been utilized. Patrons that do not have a valid Bayport Blue Point Library card will be subject to the same restrictions as “guests”; please see rule number four (4).
  4. Any adult (18 years or older) who requests Internet access but does not have a valid Bayport Blue Point Library card is considered a “guest.” A “guest” may use the library computers for such access, if a computer is available. However, use by “guests” will be limited to one (1-hour) session per day. A “guest” must be logged on by a Reference Librarian.
  5. No more than two people may be at an Internet terminal at a time without permission. If one or more of those patrons are under fourteen years, they must be accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian.
  6. Printing Rules are as follows:
    1. The first ten (10) pages are free, with a $.10 charge for each additional page printed. Please see the Reference Librarian for assistance with paper or printing.
    2. Patrons are responsible for unintended multiple copies.
    3. Patrons pay for their printing at the Circulation Desk.
  7. Installing software, running programs from cd/dvds, attaching additional hardware, downloading/saving files to the hard drive, and changing any configuration of the computer software is strictly prohibited.
  8. The Bayport Blue Point Library is a public place. Viewing material of a generally inappropriate or offensive nature is not allowed. Public display of offensive sexual material is a Class A misdemeanor ( New York State Penal Law Section S 245.11). Any patron viewing content inappropriate for a public building will be asked to leave for the day. If the misuse continues the patron will be banned from using the Internet at the Bayport Blue Point Library.
  9. Any use of the Internet for unlawful purposes or transmission of any material in violation of any United States or New York State regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material; threatening or obscene material; expressions of bigotry, racism, or hate; or material protected by trade secret.
  10. The Internet is an unregulated electronic medium and therefore may contain material of a controversial nature. Patrons may find some of the material on the Internet to be inappropriate or offensive. The Bayport Blue Point Library assumes no responsibility for the content, quality, accuracy, or currency of any information accessed via the Internet.
  11. The Bayport Blue Point Library assumes no responsibility for any damage which may occur as a result of the use of these systems. Damage may include, but is not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions, as well as damages resulting from unintended transfers or disclosures of user file information.
  12. No food or drink is permitted in the library. This includes water bottles and other containers near the computers.
  13. All computers and printers shut down automatically fifteen (15) minutes prior to the Bayport Blue Point Library closing.

Statement on Internet Filtering from the Board of Trustees
(Revised, June 9, 2004)

It is the belief of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library Board of Trustees that users of the Internet within the library building are not served by the application of filtering devices of any kind. To the best of our understanding, Internet filters provide an unpredictable and unreliable method of screening illegal or otherwise undesirable Internet sites. In some instances filters can compromise or infringe upon a patron’s right to freedom of information.

Specific Reasons

Ironically, the filtering software currently being made available by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System allows the library to turn off the filter to accommodate patron access to the full Internet, but to do so, one must first go to a prohibited site and be blocked. This, at best, produces an awkward situation at the point of service for staff and patrons alike. Also, it has been reported that the filtering software markedly reduces the speed of Internet searching.

A provision of the Child Internet Protection Act requires that all children’s workstations that access the Internet must be filtered. This gives parents a sense that their child is safe from the dangers of Internet use, but the fact that filters in many cases do not work or can be bypassed indicates that this sense of security is a false one.

It is for this reason that the Library Board has expressed its opinion in the Library’s Internet Use Policy that the responsibility for choosing appropriate Internet access in the library for children under 14 is that of a parent or guardian.

Summary

The Library Board has decided that Internet filtering is not in compliance with the library’s philosophy of freedom of information and that filtering is an unreliable and misleading method of protecting children who use the Internet.