Jackson County Public Library
Computer and Internet Use Policy
Purpose or Intent
The Jackson City and County Libraries provide free use of computers and
access to the Internet to all users, with the understanding that it is
the individual user’s responsibility to demonstrate judgment, respect
for others, and appropriate conduct while using Public Library
resources. The purpose of the Computer and Internet Use Policy is to insure the best use of computers and access to the Internet by the greatest number of people.
Internet Use Guidelines
Library workstations may not be used to view sexually explicit
material, illegal drug-related, gang related, hate group related or
violent materials. Library computers may be used to visit chat sites or
other forms of electronic communications. Users will not disclose, use
or disseminate personal information regarding minors without
authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minors involved.
Users will obey copyright laws & licensing agreements. Users may
not change the settings and configuration, use non-library software, or
save anything to the hard drive of a library workstation. It is not
acceptable to use the Library’s computers for any purpose, which
violates U.S. or state laws, to transmit, obscene or harassing
materials, or to interfere with or disrupt network users. The Library’s
Rules of Behavior on Library Premises policy
applies to the behavior of patrons using library equipment and
resources. Failure to follow this policy could result in revocation of
library privileges. Library employees are authorized to terminate any
users access session, or to prohibit a user from access given cause
that the user has failed to comply with the policies of the library. A
second violation may result in permanent termination of the users
Time Limits Computer
workstations are available on a first come basis whenever the library
is open. Workstations may be reserved by signing up at the circulation
desk, or by telephone. Workstations may be reserved up to one week in
advance. Use of the Internet is limited to a single one-hour session
per day. Use of a computer workstation for word processing will be
limited to a single two-hour session per day. If no one is waiting to
use a computer/Internet workstation, use may continue until it is
needed for another person. If a person does not show up at the
scheduled time, the workstation will be available for other persons use
15 minutes after the originally scheduled time. Two persons may share
one access session as long as their behavior or conversation does not
disturb other users or library staff. Extended use of a computer
workstation is up to the discretion of the librarian on duty.
Charges and Fees
Charges and fees for printing are the same as those stated in the Jackson County Library Photocopying and Other Services Policy #140.
Pre-formatted disks/CDs are available for sale at the circulation desk
for $1.00 per disk. All fees must be paid at the time of service.
Parents and legal guardians have responsibility for their children’s
use of the Internet, including e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of
electronic communications. Parents should caution their minor children,
which personal facts are not to be shared on the Internet. Parents are
strongly encouraged to work with their children to develop acceptable
family rules of the Internet. Children under the age of 16 must have a Laptop Computer Loan Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian before being allowed to check out a laptop.
To comply with Federal and State laws, the Board of Library Trustees
has approved installation of software designed to filter sexually
explicit content on all computers. The blocking software filter is
inherently imprecise and flawed. It inevitably will block access to a
vast array of constitutionally protected material on the Internet.
Because of its technological limitations, the filter is also incapable
of protecting against all access to Internet material that is obscene,
child pornography, or harmful to minors. The library can unblock
individual web sites that have been blocked by the filter. The library
will disable the entire filter for adult users 17 and over upon
request. The requesting user will not have to explain why he or she is
asking that the site be unlocked or that the entire filter be turned
off. The library encourages users to request that the filter be
disabled as needed.
The library avoids collecting or maintaining records that could
compromise the privacy of patrons. Sign-up sheets are maintained on
paper locally to manage access to computer workstations. Those lists
are shredded weekly. There is no electronic tracking of workstation use
that would enable the library to determine who that user is or what
they did on a library computer after the customer logs off. Users must
also exercise caution when using the Internet to avoid unauthorized
disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identifiable information.
Users are encouraged to respect the sensibilities of others when
accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.
Absolute privacy for people using electronic resources in the library
cannot be guaranteed.
The Jackson CountyLibraryComputer and Internet Use Policy #230 applies
to any laptop used to access the Internet through the library’s Wi-fi
connection. As a result, your Internet connection will be filtered and
prohibited websites are blocked. Users are responsible for making sure
their computer has the correct settings and necessary hardware. Library
staff cannot assist users in configuring their equipment or
troubleshooting problems. Library staff will provide limited
instruction for access. The library cannot guarantee that user’s
hardware will work with the library’s wireless connection. Printing is
not an option for Wi-fi users.
Library Laptops All
users are required to present their library card each time they wish to
borrow a library laptop. All users are required to read and sign a Laptop Checkout Agreement form prior to checkout. The Jackson County Library Computer and Internet Use Policy #230 and Circulation Policy
#130 applies to all library laptops. Computers are to be used in
the library only. The user bears responsibility for damage to the
laptop due to neglect, abuse or loss. Repair or replacement costs will
be assessed to the user that has the laptop checked out.
Responsibility of the Library The
library is obligated to comply with federal and state law regarding the
use of computer resources in the prevention of exposure to certain
explicit images and material. Library staff is available to introduce
Internet access and provide limited instruction only. If more
instruction is needed, Introduction to Internet Access classes are held on an as needed basis.
The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of
material and opinions from varied points of view. Users need to be good
information consumers, questioning the validity of the information. Not
all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current
information. The user is the selector in using the Internet with
individual choices and decisions. Users may encounter material that
could be considered inappropriate. Parents of minor children assume
responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the
Library’s connection. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or
responsibilities arising from access to or use of information obtained
through its electronic information systems or any consequences thereof.
Laptops and other devices should never be left unattended in the
library. The library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft or
loss of any kind to a user’s equipment, software, or data files.
Policy Number 230
Jackson County Library Policy Manual
Adopted May 2004
Revised September 2005
Revised July 2006
Revised September 2007
Revised January 2009
311 3rd Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Hours Monday, Tuesday,
10 AM to 7 PM
10 AM to 5 PM Saturday
(Closed Saturday June-Aug)
10 AM to 3 PM