Computer Use Policy

The Fountaindale Public Library District provides public access computers to serve the needs of the Library and the Fountaindale community for the purposes of education, enrichment and discovery. Use of the public computers is governed by the policy established by the Library Board of Trustees and any applicable rules or regulations adopted by the Library. The Executive Director as the executor of the policy for the Board of Trustees may exercise reasonable discretion in determining what use is “in the best interest of the Library” and is authorized to act accordingly, including limiting the use of the public access computers by individuals whose activities interfere with Library operations, adversely affect public safety, or cause public disturbances.  The Board of Trustees may modify, amend or supplement this policy, as it deems necessary and appropriate.
 
PRIORITY FOR USE
 
To use the Library’s public access computers, acceptance of this Computer Use Policy is required and will immediately appear on the computer. Declining the Computer Use Policy will prohibit access to the computer. Use of computers with internet access is available for all library cardholders in good standing, non-library cardholders and short term visitors. Privileges vary based on the library account status of the patron and whether the patron has a library card.
 
The Children’s Services Department welcomes all computer patrons under the age of 12, or younger than 6th grade, to the Computer Park. All computer patrons falling within these age ranges are strongly encouraged to use the Computer Park, but may use the Computer Commons if accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver who is at least 14 years or older.
 
Children younger than the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver who is 14 years or older and comply with the Library’s Unaccompanied Child Policy. As such, adults and teens who are 14 years or older may use the computers in the Computer Park if they are directly observing a child using the Computer Park. Adults and teens may not use the computers in the Computer Park at any time if a child under their direct observation is not also using the lab.
 
The Vortex welcomes all computer patrons ages 12 through 18, or 6th grade and through 12th grade. All computer patrons falling within these age ranges are encouraged to use the Vortex computers, but may use the Computer Commons as well. If a teen wishes to use the Vortex computers, a Vortex orientation with a parent is required, at which time a temporary Vortex card is issued. Teens may not use the Vortex computers without a temporary or permanent Vortex card.
 
The Computer Commons welcomes computer patrons of all ages. Children younger than the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver who is 14 years or older and comply with the Library’s Unaccompanied Child Policy.
 
The Computer Lab is reserved for computer classes, test proctoring, staff training, and other events. Staff may open the Computer Lab as available and as needed for general computing.

Use of the 3rd Floor Small Computer Lab is governed under the Meeting Room Policy.

The Computer Commons, Computer Lab and computers are designated as quiet zones in the library. For this reason, patrons are asked to keep headphone volume down and other noise to a minimum and to abide by the Library Conduct Policy.

Use of public access computers in Studio 300 is governed under the Studio 300 Policy.
 
LIMITS OF USE
 
A patron may not permit others to use his/her library account information to use the public access computers.
 
Public access computers may be used only for designated and legal purposes. Illegal or prohibited acts may include but are not limited to: unauthorized copyright use; viewing obscene or sexually explicit material or material harmful to minors; falsification of documents; violating software licenses; damaging or attempting to damage Library equipment/software/software configurations; compromising system security; impacting network performance; libel or slander; misrepresentation; solicitation; harassment or cyber-bullying.
 
Patrons should be aware that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Patrons should be considerate of Internet sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other library customers to use the library and its resources.

Patrons should not tamper with existing equipment and connections without authorization from staff.

The Library’s Conduct Policy and Library’s Computer Use Policy applies to all areas of the library, including, but not limited to, the Computer Commons, Computer Lab, Computer Park, Studio 300, Teen Vortex and the 3rd Floor Small Computer Lab, as well as the Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs/PACs)
 
GUIDELINES FOR COMPUTER ACCESS
 
A person’s own library card is required in order to take full advantage of the Library’s public computers. Library cards must be valid (current) and in good standing.
 
All library cardholders will receive an initial 2 hour session on a first-come, first-served basis. Extra time on public computers may be accommodated to library cardholders in 30 minute increments if no one is waiting for a computer and as long as approximately 10% of the computers in the desired computer use area remain available.
 
If a patron’s library account is not in good standing due to fines, other blocks, or because a patron’s registration needs to be verified, patrons ages 18 and older may receive no more than five one hour guest passes until their account is restored to good standing. No more than one guest pass may be allowed per day. Extra time in one 30 minute increment per guest pass may be allowed.
 
Guest passes may also be made for non-library cardholders. No more than one 1 hour guest pass may be allowed per day for non-library cardholders. Extra time in one 30 minute increment per guest pass may be allowed for non-library cardholders. In the event that a non-library cardholder needs to end a guest pass session early, computer staff can issue a second guest pass for the remainder of the time.
 
A child or a teen under the age of 18 without a library card in good standing will be granted guest passes for use in the Computer Park, Vortex, Computer Commons or Computer Lab until a parent or guardian verifies the child’s account while visiting the library.  No more than one guest pass will be allowed per day. Extensions may be made for children or teens with pressing homework assignments.
 
Reservations will be made for patrons when the computer areas are full. Session lengths will shorten one hour prior to the daily closing time. All open computer sessions will end five minutes before the library closes.  
 
Accommodations may be made for library patrons who are taking an online exam or an online class to allow up to four hours of continuous use. Please ask staff for assistance in advance.

10 minute quick print sessions are available. An extension of time on the quick print session is not permitted.
 
RESTRICTIONS ON COMPUTER ACCESS
 
If a patron does not have a library account, he/she may sign up for a shortened computer session with library staff by using a valid ID. A shortened computer session is defined as a guest pass.
 
A Valid ID includes: Drivers License; State ID; School ID; Work ID; Military ID; Passport; Traffic ticket.
 
Patrons may not misrepresent themselves by using another individual’s library card.
 
Patrons may not combine cards in order to receive longer or additional computer sessions.
 
There is a limit of one patron per computer in the Computer Commons, Computer Lab, 3rd Floor Small Computer Lab, and Vortex and two patrons per computer in the Computer Park. Staff may authorize more than one person to a computer in the Computer Commons, Computer Lab, 3rd Floor Small Computer Lab, and Vortex.
 
A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 may request that computer privileges be turned off by visiting the library and making changes to the child’s account. The parent or guardian must present a valid photo ID in order for the changes to be made.
 
ASSISTANCE WITH COMPUTER INSTRUCTION
 
Basic assistance in signing up to use computers and getting started with programs and applications is available.  Patrons needing in-depth instruction or help should set up an appointment with a librarian or other staff member. Appointments are available for up to one hour long sessions and will be scheduled by the appropriate staff member in each area.

STORAGE
 
The Library does not provide physical or virtual storage for patrons of any Computer lab areas.

Once a computer or other station has been vacated for more than 10 minutes, the Library reserves the right to remove the patron’s belongings without assuming responsibility or liability thereof and to reassign the computer or other station to an available status.
 
FAILURE TO COMPLY
 
Fountaindale Public Library District staff reserves the right to end a computer session at any time and to grant extensions of time in appropriate situations.
 
Failure to comply with Library policies, rules and regulations (including this policy) will be grounds for suspension of computer use privileges for up to six months.

DAMAGES AND LIABILITY
 
The Library is not responsible for possessions left in the Computer areas or moved by staff to another location.
 
Any individual using the computer areas shall be held responsible for willful or accidental damage to the Library building, grounds, collections or furniture caused by the individual in accordance with the Library Conduct Policy.
 
APPEAL AND REVIEW
 
The Board of Trustees of the Fountaindale Public Library District will review the Computer Use policy and regulations periodically and reserves the right to amend them at any time.  The Board authorizes the Library Director to waive regulations under appropriate circumstances.  The Executive Director is the chief person empowered to make decisions regarding the availability and use of the public computers.  The Executive Director has delegated authority to approve 3rd Floor Small Computer Lab usage to the Adult and Teen Services Department staff in accordance with the Meeting Room Policy.
 
Any appeals for changes to, or exceptions to, any portion of the Computer Use policy will be considered.  An individual wishing to file an appeal shall submit it to the Executive Director in writing.  The Executive Director will respond in writing.
 
APPROVED FEBRUARY 19, 2015

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