The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Use of the Pennsauken Free Public Library's Internet computers provides people with access to the vast amount of information available through these connections.
The aims of the Pennsauken Free Public Library Internet policies are to:
To obtain a Pennsauken Library card, part of the process will require the reading and signing of the Pennsauken Internet Policy as the indication of acceptance thereof. The Internet is available to all Pennsauken Free Public Library cardholders on computers in the Library. The Pennsauken Library requires that all individuals that desire to utilize the Internet/Computer Workstations in the Library have a current, valid Pennsauken Library Card. The card must be available to present at the beginning of any given work session. Those individuals that do not live in Pennsauken need to either purchase a full Library membership or pay the posted price for one-computer-session card and be able to produce either of those current, valid cards before beginning a work session at the library. Users will need to follow posted procedures to begin their work sessions. Time limitations on Internet/Computer use are posted at the workstations. Computers are turned off 20 minutes prior to closing time. Printing from the computers is not a free service; patrons will need to follow posted printing and payment procedures.
The quality of information on the Internet varies, and each user must consider the validity and reliability of the information found. Library staff cannot control the availability of information links, which change rapidly and unpredictably. If information is important to you, verify it in another source. The Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction on Internet operations or personal computer skills. The Library will frequently hold computer classes that are available to the public. Staff may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet access, although they have the authority to end a session when material on the screen is inappropriate to our public setting. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right; and inappropriate use will result in suspension and/or eventual cancellation of this privilege. Children up to and including those currently enrolled in Grade Four should be supervised by a parent or guardian when surfing the Internet in the Library. Parents or guardians, not the Library nor the staff, are responsible for Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Some materials may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. As with other Library materials, parents and guardians who are concerned about their children's use of the Internet should provide guidance to their children and should monitor their use of this resource.
The Library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Patrons must refrain from using the Library's Internet resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage in commercial activity such as the distribution of advertising. Staff may ask users to end their session if they observe any behavior that they judge to be in conflict with this policy.
Users should be aware that proper computer technical etiquette is expected of all Library users. Users should be aware that computer viruses and other destructive computer programs could damage Library computers and software. To avoid this possibility, we insist that patrons refrain from conduct that is potentially harmful to our computers. Patrons must follow practices as outlined on the workstations by the Librarians, e.g., the banning of personal disks on certain marked workstations. The Pennsauken Free Public Library is not liable for damage to a patron's disk or computer, or for any loss of data that may occur from use of the library's computers. No downloading of any program or software to the computer and its hard drive will be allowed. Violation of computer system integrity by altering, removing, or damaging configurations, hardware or software will not be permitted.
Unauthorized access to any computer system to obtain files, passwords or data of others and illegal or unethical use of the Internet will not be tolerated. To reiterate, the use of Library services is a privilege, not a right; and inappropriate use will result in suspension and/or eventual cancellation of this privilege.
Illegal activity involving the Library's Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities. Normal regulations governing conduct in the library and library use must be observed by all Users.
The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every User; however, this privilege cannot be guaranteed. Think before you write; other people can read information that you enter into the Internet.
The Library is not liable for any consequences of copyright infringement.
Time limitations on Internet PC's: Posted at stations.