Lake Benton Public Library Internet And Computer Use Policy
The Lake Benton Public Library provides library users with computers for document creation and for Internet access.
Access to the Internet from the Lake Benton Public Library is a privilege, not
a right. Be considerate of others when viewing materials that may be considered
offensive by other library users. The Lake Benton Public Library Board is
committed to providing a safe and comfortable working environment for all
library users including library employees.
1. Internet use is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Internet
sign-in sheet is located on the librarian’s desk. Only those signing in are
guaranteed at least a 30-minute session. Those who do not sign-in may have
their session ended at any time without warning.
2. Computer users may only be on for an hour max per day.There is absolutely no gaming or chatting
allowed (that includes messenger). The computers are for e-mail or research
only. You may not download any programs unless you have permission from the
3. Computer users may sign-up for a session in advance by telephone or in
person. Reservations have priority over walk-in users. The computer will be
held for only 5-minutes past the appointment time.
4. If it becomes necessary to leave a computer during your session,
please inform a library employee.
5. The Internet is not a secure environment. Users handling financial
transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their
6. Although the library uses anti-virus software, this does not provide
complete protection. Downloaded data and e-mail may contain computer viruses
and computer users must be responsible for protecting their own data. The Library
Board, Library Employees, and the City of Lake Benton are not responsible for
damage to a user’s USB Flash drive, or for any loss of data, liability
that may occur when using a library computer, or the actions you or your
children may take while using the Internet and our computers.
7. Your personal work on the computer should be saved on a USB Flash drive. The hard disk drive is erased regularly.
8. Printing fees are $0.15 per page. Payment for printing
charges is collected at the circulation desk.
9. If a library employee feels that the web site being viewed is
disruptive or harassing to employees or users, the viewer will be asked to exit
10. Children under 18 years of age in the library must have parental
permission to use library Internet resources. All copies of parental permission
will be kept at the library. The Lake Benton Public Library does utilize
filtering software but it does not always catch everything.
11. Library employees are available for basic assistance as time allows,
but must also serve other library users. Because of the many different Internet
applications available, library employees cannot provide technical support.
12.Adults 18 years
of age and older must sign the Internet and Computer Use Permission Slip in
order to be able to use the computers and the Internet. All copies of the
Internet and Computer Use Permissions will be kept at the library.
User’s Responsibilities When Using Library Computers
The following activities are prohibited:
1. Violating federal, state, or local laws.
This includes, but is not limited to,
a. disregarding copyright laws or licensing agreements,
(1) U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code)
prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution or copyrighted
materials, except as permitted by the principles or “fair use.” All
responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the
user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting
from such violations.
b. sending unsolicited chain letters or broadcast messages,
c. assuming another’s identity,
d. sending threatening or harassing materials, and
e. viewing, printing, distributing, displaying, sending, or receiving
images, text or graphics of obscene materials or material that violates laws
relating to child pornography.
2. Knowingly displaying obscene graphics or
graphics that may be harmful to minors is not allowed under Minnesota Statues
944.21 and 948.11.
3. Disregarding the rules of network etiquette and interfering with the use
of the network. These rules include using appropriate language, respecting the
privacy of other users, not sending hate mail and discriminatory remarks, and
not disrupting the use of the network.
4. Invading privacy of individuals by accessing their data or by
harming, modifying, or destroying their data.
5. Installing personal software on the computer.
6. Disseminating or displaying to minors materials that are harmful to
7. Gaining unauthorized access to any computing, information, or
communications devices or resources. Illegal acts involving Library computing
resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal
8. Damaging, altering, or degrading computer equipment, peripherals,
software, or configurations will result in the cancellation of library computer
privileges and may result in criminal prosecution. If there is a problem with
the computer, please notify a library employee.
Failure to Comply
Library employees will determine what constitutes inappropriate use of the
Internet or violation of this policy. Failure to comply with the Internet And
Computer Use Policy will result in a request from a library employee to
discontinue the activity. Continued violations will result in a request to
leave the library facility and may lead to revocation of library privileges
including the right to visit the building and grounds for a period up to
6-months or permanently at the discretion of the Library Director. Repeat offenders
or persons ordered from the premises who do not comply may be subject to arrest
and prosecution for trespassing.
Approved by Lake Benton Public Library Board of Trustees, May 2007.
110 W Benton St.
PO Box 377
Lake Benton, MN 56149
507-368-4641 Ext. 4