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Internet Access

Hartland Public Library has four public computers and three laptops with Internet access.

Everyone is welcome to use a computer. Please review the library's Internet and Computer Use policy.

High speed Wi-Fi is available 24/7. The password is openaccess

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE
A. Overview
This policy provides guidance for the use of the Internet and computer services available at the Hartland Public Library.

B. Internet and Computer Use Policy
The Library Board provides access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the community it serves. The Board of Trustees has established an Internet and Computer 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. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Library's Internet service. Prior to being granted access to the Internet everyone must agree to the standards of the Library's Internet and Computer Use Policy and sign the Internet & Computer Usage Agreement. A parent or guardian of anyone under 18 years of age must also sign the Internet & Computer Usage Agreement.
Potential users shall be made aware that inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user shall be made aware that he/she will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the use standards listed on the Internet & Computer Usage Agreement and unacceptable use of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.

C. Acceptable Uses (examples)

    The public is encouraged to use the workstations for the following purposes:
  • Research and Educational information
  • Unstructured navigation of the Internet to locate sites of interest

D. Prohibited Uses
Disks for saving documents must be purchased from the library and may be left at the circulation desk for future use. Patrons may not bring disks into the library for use in the computer, not even disks that were previously purchased from the library.
    Patrons may not:
  • Manipulate the internal hardware or software of the workstation computers,
  • Use the computers for illegal purposes, or
  • Transmit or download any material in violation of state or federal laws, including the following: Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene.
Workstation use is a privilege and should be treated as such by all users of the system. The Librarian has the right to determine the appropriateness of workstation use and can at any time monitor its use and, if necessary, require a patron to leave a workstation. Prohibited uses will result in loss of workstation privileges. Appeals of such loss should be addressed in writing to the Librarian who will confer with the Board of Trustees as to what future action should be taken. Perpetrators of malicious damage to the system will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

E. Limitations
Age:
Children under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent or adult guardian sign their Internet & Computer Usage Agreement form. These agreements will be kept on file.
Time:
Users of electronic resources must sign up at the circulation desk. Time will be limited to 30 minutes per person or group during peak usage periods. No workstation shall be used for over one hour unless prior arrangements have been made at the circulation desk.

F. Filtering
The Hartland Public Library will participate in the filtering service provided by the Maine State Library Network (MSLN). This filtering service is to prevent images at filtered sites from being displayed. Adults have the right to request the filter be turned off. Adults do not need to specify which sites they wish to access or why. The adult shall make the request to turn off the filter to the Librarian, and shall specify a time limit for the filter to be turned off. If the user completes use of the Internet before the time limit has expired the Librarian shall be informed that the use is complete so that use of the filter can be resumed.

G. Costs
There is no cost to access the workstations and the information therein. However, patrons shall assume the printing cost at the rate noted in the Fees for Services Policy. Users are responsible for misprinting errors.
The Hartland Public Library Board of Trustees encourages patrons to make use of the electronic resources and welcomes comments and suggestions regarding policies and governing use.
The Internet & Computer Usage Agreement will be evaluated on a yearly basis, and as usage needs and changing technology necessitates. Changes made to the Agreement must be reflected in this policy. The Library Board of Trustees must review policy changes upon recommendation of the Librarian.

Adopted: October 27, 2004
Amended: October 12, 2005
Updated 8/26/2016