Morris Public Library
Internet Use and Safety Policy
The Morris Public Library provides access to the internet as a service to fulfill our mission to provide information in a wide variety of formats to a diverse audience. Selected online resources, online databases (paid for by the library), children’s games, and word processing software are available in addition to the internet. At the same time we attempt to protect users from unwanted exposure to visually depicted obscenity and child pornography.
In order to offer such protection and to comply with Public Law 106-554, Title XVII, the library has installed filtering software which is intended by the manufacturer to block access to possible illegal and inappropriate sites. The user should be aware, however, that no device or software can block every site which contains illegal or inappropriate content; and sites may be blocked that do not contain illegal or inappropriate content. The library does not accept responsibility for these incidents.
Please be aware that some information found via the internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, or dated. Some sources may be offensive or disturbing, to some audiences. It is up to the user to evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found in this setting. Parents and/or guardians are responsible for the online activities of their children/minors.
At this time, anyone may sign-up to use the computers (you do not need to have a library card). Anyone who uses the internet computers is required to sign-up as a way of gathering statistics and tracking time. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Computer sessions may be limited to one hour, if people are waiting. Fifteen minutes before closing, you should finish up what you are working on (staff may give a fifteen minute notice). Five minutes before closing the internet stations will be shut down.
In addition, to use the internet computers at the Morris Public Library you must agree to comply with the following rules before signing up:
1. Internet computers will not be used for illegal activity, to access illegal materials, or to access materials that by local community standards would be inappropriate.
2. Users will obey copyright laws and licensing agreements.
3. Users will not make any attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted library or internet files or networks, or to damage or modify computer equipment or software at the library or at another location using library connections.
4. Users will not disclose, use, or disseminate personal information regarding minors without written authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minor involved.
For your convenience, a black/white printer is available from the internet workstations. Copies are $.15 / page and can be paid for at the desk.
The library also has WiFi wireless internet access for anyone who wants to bring in and use their own laptop.
Library staff does not monitor how the internet is used, and no attempt is made to censor or comment on what users are viewing. Remember that you are in a public space and what you view online may be viewed by others.
Please respect the rights of others and refrain from using the cell phone. Conversations should be kept to a minimum with no more than two gathered around any one workstation.
The library staff is committed to helping people with their information requests; please ask for assistance if you are not finding what you need, or alert staff with any computer problems you may encounter.
I have read the above policy and I agree to its terms. I acknowledge that failure to follow these rules of conduct may result in loss on internet privileges.
I am the parent or guardian of the above-mentioned minor child. I hereby give my consent for my child to access the internet at the Morris Public Library. I understand that I will be responsible for my child’s internet behavior. I have talked with my child about giving out personal information over the internet.
Signature of parent or guardian
Updated March 2009