Use a Computer

The library has public computers with Internet access. This describes what we have and how to use them.
Ethical Use
There is information on the Internet that may be inappropriate to our library setting/public.  Library staff reserves the right to end an Internet session when such material displays on the screen.  The Internet and public access stations may ONLY be used for legal purposes.

Staff Assistance
Staff may assist the patron to access the Internet, answer basic questions, or help locate resources.  However, staff cannot provide in-depth training to patrons.  There are also Internet-related books in the library.

Priority of Use
The computers/Internet are available on a first come, first served basis.  Using the computers/internet for school, business or word processing will take priority over recreational use.

Time limit
The librarian may assess a 30 minute time limit on computer use per day if computers are in demand.  The computers may be used up to five minutes before closing time.  Patrons are expected to be conscientious of others waiting to use the computers/internet.  Patrons must sign in before use and/or accessing the internet.

E-mail
The library does not offer e-mail accounts.  Patrons may sign up with an e-mail provider such as Hotmail or Netscape to send and receive e-mail through a browser.

Privacy
Users are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.  However, absolute privacy for patrons using electronic resources in the library cannot be guaranteed.  There exists a possibility of inadvertent viewing by other patrons, either by watching the user's screen, or because a user may leave the screen unattended.

Internet
The Stanwood Public Library has no control of the Internet and its resources, and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any Internet resource.  Patrons should question the validity of some of the information found on the Internet.  Every current cardholder, parent, or guardian must sign an Internet Usage Agreement.

Responsibility of user
Internet resources are provided equally to all patrons.  Children and adults have the same access to resources.  Minors must have proof of Internet training to use the computer without a parent or guardian's supervision.  As in book selection, it is the policy that parents or legal guardians must assume total responsibility for deciding what resources are appropriate for their children.  The Public Library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent).  Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet.  The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians.

Chat
Chat rooms are not allowed on the computers.  The library does allow instant messaging through providers such as MSN Messenger or Yahoo Messenger.

Printing
The printer is available to patrons.  A cost of $0.10 per page will be calculated for copies made.

Downloading
There will be absolutely no downloading or copying of any programs.  Any protocol or program not already installed on the Library computers is prohibited.  Patrons may not install or use personal software, or alter or attach any equipment to the library's hardware

MISUSE OR ABUSE OF THE COMPUTERS RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF COMPUTER PRIVILEGES.

PATRONS USING THE EQUIPMENT AGREE NOT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE SETUP OR CONFIGURATION TO THE SOFTWARE OR HARDWARE.

UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES WILL BE DEALT WITH INA SERIOUS AND APPROPRIATE MANNER.