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Internet Policy and Use


Internet and Computer Use Policy

Policy Statement

MCFL, as a public agency in a democratic society, upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. MCFL supports the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, the Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks document, and the Freedom to View Statement of the American Library Association.

The Library does not monitor the information accessed over the Internet and is not responsible for its content.

The Library cannot guarantee users' rights to confidentiality and privacy when accessing the Internet on Library premises or working on Library computers.

Access to the Internet in the Library does not imply Library endorsement of any material found on the Internet.   

Parents or guardians are responsible for their own children's use of Library computers and the Internet. MCFL encourages parents to review information on Internet safety and provides resources to support this effort.

Terms of Use

                     Public computers are available during normal Library open hours. Workstations and printers turn off 15 minutes before closing.

              Public computers are managed by Library software to regulate computer time and printing fees. Users must log into this system with their Library card number and pin, or visitor pass and accept the user agreement to begin a session.

              Public computer users must have an MCFL card in good standing.

              There are no fees for a Library card and no fees to use the computers.

              Visitor passes are available for infrequent visitors to the Library.

              There is a fee for printing. Users may maintain a balance up to $20 on their printing account. Money deposited on a visitor pass is not refundable and only available for the day the pass is issued.

              Public computers are available for one hour per day per person. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of Library staff based on availability and fair access.

              The Library maintains the right to reserve select computers for special programs.

              he Internet and Computer Use Policy and Behavior Policy are posted in the Library and on the website. Patrons must comply with all Library policies.

              One person at a time may use a computer. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of Library staff.

              Files can be saved to portable storage devices. Files saved on hard drives of public computers will be erased upon workstation reboot.

              Installing personal software programs is not permitted. Users may not modify Library software, hardware or change computer settings. Any attempt to damage or hack computer equipment, software or the stability or security of a workstation or its connection to the Internet will result in the loss of computer privileges and may lead to criminal prosecution.

              A person using a computer to display content which causes a disruption in the Library may be asked to clear the display or move.

              MCFL is not responsible for persons using its Internet service or computers for illegal activities. Illegal use of the Internet, including accessing child pornography, will be reported to law enforcement.

              Internet filtering is available on public computers.

              Any violation of Library policies and guidelines may result in the loss of computer or Library privilege.

              Users are responsible for any consequences of copyright infringement. U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principle of "fair use." Copyrighted materials may not be copied or distributed without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

Related policies: Library Behavior Policy.


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