Internet Policy

The library’s public computers allow users to search a variety of electronic resources.  The public access computers provide information beyond the confines of the library’s collection.  Our computers offer a full range of the most popular internet browser plug-ins for searching the internet, displaying files, and viewing multimedia content. Our computers also provide access to word processing (Word), Excel and Power Point.  No station provides support for all file types, browser plug-ins, or internet technologies.

Libraries are a traditional forum for the open exchange of information.  The Madrid Public Library disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the internet or from the use of the computer workstations.  This policy applies to all use of the Madrid Public Library’s wired or wireless internet service, whether privately owned or library owned devices are operated.

Access to internet resources

The Madrid Public Library is committed to providing access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds.  The library’s goal in providing internet access is to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and, as a public access agency, to give anyone who wishes to use the internet the chance to do so.

We ask that children under 8 years of age have a parent or guardian help them on public access computers in the library.  Monitoring and any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of a parent or legal guardian.

Internet filtering

The internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. However, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, illegal, inaccurate or incomplete. Users are encouraged to evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information accessed via the internet.

Tests by the library and by independent agencies have shown that filtering software may help to block access to objectionable internet sites. However, the software cannot block out all objectionable sites, and it does sometimes block useful material, including sites that are suitable for children, teens and adults.

Our public internet computers are equipped with commercial filtering software. The filters can be changed and modified for adults. These filters aim to ensure that our library is a safe and welcoming place for children, and it affirms the right and responsibility of parents to make choices for their own children and teens.  But as with other library materials, individuals must accept responsibility for evaluating the content they view, read or listen to.  Monitoring and any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian not the library.

Patron Responsibilties

Patrons handling financial transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their own risk.  The internet is not a private environment and security of electronic communication can’t be guaranteed.

Patrons are urged to respect others when accessing the images that may be offensive to someone else.  Privacy while using the internet in the library can’t be guaranteed.  There exists a possibility of inadvertent viewing by others.

Patrons will not use the wireless or library computers for illegal activity or to access illegal or obscene materials. Display of sexually explicit graphics is inappropriate.  Patrons caught viewing this type of material will be asked by staff to stop.  Failure to comply with that request will be reported to the police and will result in suspension from the library and library grounds for one week.  A second incident will result in a six month suspension.

Patrons are responsible for complying with copyright laws.

Security for personal wireless devices rests solely with the owner.  Library staff members may provide guidance for accessing library materials such as eBooks, but do not provide technical support.

Patrons will not alter any of the library’s public access computers.  Altering a computer in any way including but not limited to installation/removal of software, installation/removal of programs, and/or installation/removal of devices must be cleared by the library director before any changes may be made.  Failure to do so is grounds for suspension of library computer privileges.

Patrons are discouraged from saving documents to library computers.  If patrons need to save documents they are encouraged to use an external storage device such as a flash drive.  If patrons do save documents to a library computer they are encouraged to delete documents before logging off the computer.

Six computers have time limits of 30 minutes.  2 computers have unlimited time and are reserved for adults only.  If someone needs longer than 30 minutes, times can be lengthened by staff if asked.

Rules governing use of library computers

Sign up at the desk for an internet computer before using it.

Promptly give up the computer when requested by staff.

You may download files using supported media. The library is not responsible for damage to your media or for corruption of your data, including damage caused by mechanical malfunction or corruption caused by virus or spyware infection while using library computers. Do not attempt to run or execute programs or applications from personal storage media.

There is a charge for printing from public computers.

Stop viewing any site that creates a hostile environment for other library users and staff. If a staff member asks you to stop, you must comply.

Use headphones when listening to audio content, and keep volume low so you do not disturb others.

As a courtesy to others, log off completely when you are finished with your session. This also protects the privacy of your search.

Do not misuse computer equipment or software.

Misuse includes but is not limited to:

  • Viewing material that violates federal, state or local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing and distributing obscenity or child pornography
  • Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system
  • Mishandling, damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer settings
  • Interfering with system operations, integrity or security
  • Attempting to gain or gaining access to another person’s files or authorization code
  • Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment (at the discretion of library staff)
  • Failing to pay for printing
  • Refusing or ignoring a staff person’s request to give up a computer
  • Failing to sign up for an internet computer

Revised and adopted: February, 2017