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Computer/Internet Use

 1. The computer is available for 2 hours use per day per patron. The patron may use the time in any increment they wish. If demand is high, use may be limited to 30 minute increments.

2. The computers will be made available on a first-come first-serve basis.

3. No more than two people may work together at a computer.  No lounging, looking on, or socializing will be permitted around the computers.

4. The library recognizes that the Internet contains some material that is inappropriate for children.  Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their child’s use of the Internet.  Library staff are unable to monitor children’s use.  Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and electronic information network safety.

5. All Internet users must monitor their own use of the Internet.  This is a public place.  No one should be at any website that contains violent, sexually offensive, dangerous, unlawful, racially demeaning, or pornographic materials.  Patrons are ask to be very careful in this regard.  There will be no warnings in this matter – any violation in this regard will result in immediate and permanent loss of Internet use at this Library, with no appeals.

6. Patrons may not use  chat rooms.

7. The computer will not allow patrons to download or save to the hard drive.  You may only save to a flash drive.

8. Patrons may not violate copyright laws.

9. Patrons should be aware that information obtained from the Internet may or may not be reliable, accurate, or current.

10. E-mail is permitted, but no attachments may be opened because of virus danger.

11. The Library does not endorse the viewpoints found within information accessed through the Internet.

12. The Library is not responsible for any illegal activity or commercial activity conducted while using the Internet or E-mail.

13.  Patrons must have their library card to use the computers.  Computer use without a library card is $5.00 per hour. 


Wireless Access Policy

Wireless Networking Policy – West Frankfort Public Library
Support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Staying Connected Grant

  1. The West Frankfort Public Library provides free Internet access points or “hot spots” for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals, during normal library business hours. These access points allow users to access the Internet from their laptop computers when sitting within range of the access points.
  2. Library staff are not responsible for any changes users make to their computer settings and cannot guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the library’s wireless connection.
  3. The Library accepts no responsibility regarding the ability of patron owned equipment to connect to the wireless network. Library staff will not change settings on patron equipment.
  4. The Library’s wireless connection is not secure. Use of the wireless connection is done at the patron’s own risk. By using this connection, patrons acknowledge that security errors and hacking are an inherent risk associated with any wireless service. For that reason, patrons expressly agree that they knowingly assume such risk, and further agree to hold the Library harmless from any claim or loss arising out of, or related to any such instance of hacking or other unauthorized use or access into the patron’s computer.
  5. The Library accepts no responsibility for any software downloaded and/or installed, e-mail opened, or sites accessed while patrons are on the wireless internet connection. Any damage done to the patron’s equipment or self from viruses, identity theft, spyware, plug-ins, or other Internet-borne programs is the sole responsibility of the patron. The patron indemnifies and holds harmless the Library from any such damage.
  6. All users are expected to adhere to a “good neighbor” policy and should avoid extended periods of high bandwidth usage or any needless network traffic. The wireless network is for client access only; it is not to be used to connect servers to the network nor as a means to provide network services. Any form of File Sharing or peer-to-peer applications is strictly forbidden.
  7. The library provides access only to Web-based email. For Outlook or other email services, you must connect with your own Internet provider.
  8. Access to printers via patron-owned equipment is not supported. If you need to print, please email files to yourself, then login to a wired library workstation and send jobs to the public printer.
  9. Our Internet Policy governs use of these access points. All users are expected to use the library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users should not violate federal, state or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.
  10. Any restriction or monitoring of a minor’s access to the library’s wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
  11. The use of power cords with laptops is prohibited. Users must have their battery charged before they use their laptop in the library.