INTERNET USE POLICY
The mission of the Montgomery City-County Public Library system is to make readily available to all residents of Montgomery County access to materials, information, and services to meet their personal, educational, cultural, and occupational needs.
The Montgomery City-County Public Library provides electronic information, services and networks, including those that are local, regional and international in scope, directly or indirectly.
The Montgomery City-County Public Library supports access to materials and information in all subjects that serve the needs of its community regardless of content of material. This access is provided equally, readily and equitably to all library users.
Responsibility of Users
The freedom to access information is also a responsibility. The Internet enables the library to provide resources not available within the confines of its own collection. Currently, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but it also enables access to some material that may be offensive and/or illegal. Internet resources are not subject to the same selection criteria that the library uses for other materials. To assist the user in his or her use of Internet resources, Library staff will provide a Montgomery City-County Public Library home page which will identify specific starting points for searches which are appropriate to the Library's mission, vision and service role. Accessing pornographic oriented sites through the use of the Library's Internet connection is strictly prohibited.
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library subscribes to a filtering service, which is found on all workstations throughout the Library system. The use of filtering technology is an important component of the Library’s efforts to limit minors’ access and exposure to inappropriate, harmful, and illegal matter on the Internet. This filtering service prevents access to pornographic or obscene materials available on the Internet, but you should be aware that no filtering service is completely effective.
On occasion, the filtering service overblocks access to information and specific websites. Librarians are trained to provide successful searches for legitimate information that may be blocked, and can provide access to unavailable sites that meet the standards of the Library’s Internet Use Policy.
Children's Use of the Internet
The Library also provides Internet stations in the Children's room/area in each of its branches. These computers are reserved for youth and provide a "Kids Page" with appealing and age-appropriate reading levels and links. Library staff are available to provide assistance and to help identify appropriate sites for children exploring the Internet, but the Library upholds and affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children's use of all library materials and resources. Library users, whether children or adults, are the final selectors in using the Internet and are responsible for their individual choices and decisions. Users should not at any time enter sites that advertise, solicit or encourage the viewing of pornographic material, obscene messages and/or material that would be considered an adult subject which should be viewed in a private setting.
Procedure for Use of Library's Computers and Internet
Access: Anyone wishing to use the Library's computers or Internet must sign in at the designated area in each branch. Patron ID is required to enable the library to trace problems to its origination.
Users under 14:
Patrons under the age of fourteen (14) must have the signature of the legal guardian on file for authorization to use the Internet.
Patrons under the age of twelve (12) must be accompanied by an adult when wishing to use the Internet.
Any patron, regardless of age, may use the computer to access the library’s many databases, card catalog, word processing software, the Alabama Virtual Library, and test databases with or without a guardian’s approval.
Patrons are asked to be considerate of the needs of others who may wish to use the computers. Patrons should plan to spend not more than 60 minutes per session using the computers. If no one is waiting, you may spend more than 60 minutes in a session; however if there is a line of patrons waiting to use the computer, you will be asked to end your session.
The Library charges a fee of ten cents per page for printing. Please be aware of the number of times that you hit the print button as you will need to pay for all pages printed during your session.
E-Mailing and Chatting:
Chatting is strictly forbidden. You may not enter a chat room while using the Library’s Internet
Receiving and sending E-mail is allowed. Patrons are asked to be considerate that the computers in the library are for the use of everyone. Patrons should refrain from sending e-mails which use offensive language. Abusers will not be allowed to continue to receive and/or send e-mail messages.
Patrons are allowed to download information, which will help them to complete their research. The Library staff can provide assistance in downloading information. The Library recommends that patrons download information to a floppy disk or to a zip disk. Floppy disks are available for purchase at the Librarian’s desk; you may not bring in a personal floppy disk. You may however bring in your personal zip disk for the saving of information.
Patrons are not allowed to attach any device(s) to the library’s computers. Only library supplied hardware and software can be used on library computers. You may not attach laptop computers, headphones, microphones, scanners or any device(s) to the network.
ADA Compliant Computer:
The Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library provides a computer, which is ADA compliant for persons who have special needs. This is a reserved computer for persons who need to print from the Internet or databases in Braille and view information in large print.
The Library's Internet is a courtesy provided by the City and County of Montgomery through the Montgomery City-County Public Library Board of Trustees. Cases of abuse of this service will be handled swiftly according to local laws. The Library Staff is responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules.
The Library assumes no responsibility or liability to information retrieved from the Internet.
Adopted August 2002