INTERNET USE POLICY - Note: this page under revision
The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to offer Internet access to the public as an information, education and recreational resource. Users should be aware that the Internet is an unregulated, interactive medium. It contains vast amounts of useful and valuable information. It also contains much that is inaccurate, misleading and offensive. The Red Bank Public Library does not control information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.
Internet Access, time limits, charges, e-mail
Internet use is free to Red Bank Public Library members or members of other LMXAC libraries.
Non-members may purchase a one-time use guest card at a cost of $1.00 per session. Guest users must show ID issued by a government agency, employer or a financial or educational institution.
Patrons who have fines or charges of more than $5 on their library records will be denied access to the Internet until payment is made.
Public access to Internet workstations is on first come first served basis.
Internet sessions are one hour in length.
Patrons are limited to three one hour sessions per day. Sessions will be automatically renewed if computers are available. If not there is a one hour wait between sessions.
Printouts cost $.10 per page for black and white, $1.00 per page for color.
The library does not provide E-mail accounts. Patrons are welcome to use their own e-mail accounts or establish accounts on any of the free e-mail services.
Downloading is restricted to removable disks. Personal files or software downloaded or saved to computer hard drives will be removed.
The Red Bank Public Library is not responsible for damage done to private systems through downloads from library computers.
Internet Access by Minors
Parents must indicate the level of computer access they deem acceptable for their child on the child’s registration card or sign a separate permission slip before the child is allowed to access the Internet.
Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children.
Confidentiality and Security
The library does not use filtering software. Patrons are responsible for the content that they access. Parents are responsible for the safe use of library computers by their children.
The library upholds the right of patrons to use the Internet in a safe, confidential, manner, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium. The library cannot guarantee complete privacy and security for any user. Patrons should use caution especially when accessing personal and financial information especially e-mail, bank accounts, credit card accounts, etc.
No patron may disclose personal information about a minor through interactive online media i.e. e-mail, chat, etc.
Patrons may not use the identity of another patron to gain access to library computers.
Unacceptable uses of library computers
Viewing pornographic images or engaging in obscene chatting.
Criminal activity including but not limited to: hacking, uploading or downloading computer viruses, sexual exploitation of minors, online stalking or harassment.
Altering settings, downloading software or making permanent changes to computer systems.
Conducting a business or commercial enterprise.
Uses which cause damage to the system's components including damage to software, hardware or data may result in termination of user privilege.
The library views Internet access as a privilege, not a right. The Red Bank Public Library reserves the right to cancel any patron’s session or to deny access to computers by patrons who repeatedly violate Internet policy or the library’s patron conduct policy for a period to be determined by the library director. In the case of serious, deliberate damage to library computer systems, or other criminal activity, the library reserves the right to contact law enforcement.
Approved by Board of Trustees Jan. 27, 2011