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Internet Policy

BRRL does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet. BRRL assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its Internet connections.

Library users and employees are forbidden to use the library's computers equipment and communications for sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading illegal material by way of the Internet. Persons who violate this provision of the policy may be reported to the relevant legal entity.

WHO CAN USE INTERNET WORKSTATIONS?

Registered patrons of the library who are 18 or over may use the Internet after reading the rules and agreeing to abide by them. If the patron has a card, staff will scan it and then return it to the patron.

Residents of other communities who are 18 or over may use the Internet after reading the rules and agreeing to abide by them.

Registered patrons between the ages of 13 and 17 whose cards are in good standing must have their parent's permission to access the Internet. Permission will be indicated by the parent or legal guardian's signature on the application.

Children under the age of thirteen must be under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, teacher, or adult child care provider who has signed in for a session.

ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES

  • Users must sign in before logging on.
  • The Internet computers are in public places and can be viewed by other people. Privacy and confidentiality cannot be assured. Users should be sensitive to others when choosing Internet sites to explore or may be asked to move to another site or to leave the computer if they have chosen sites which are offensive to other library users.
  • Users are limited to 60 minutes if others are waiting. If no one is waiting, the person may continue until someone else needs to use the computer.
  • Users may print electronic files or copy them to diskettes or USB flash drives. The charge for printouts is the same as the per page charge for other forms of copies (15¢ for BW and 25¢ for color).
  • If you experience a problem while using the workstation, ask for assistance. DO NOT attempt to FIX it. DO NOT TURN OFF or REBOOT the computer.
  • E-mail accounts are not provided for library users.
  • Direct links to news groups or news servers are not provided.
  • No more than two people may use an Internet terminal at any given time.

UNAUTHORIZED USES

To comply with the federal Child's Internet Protection Act, the Blue Ridge Regional Library has installed filtering software on Internet-connected computers. Unauthorized use of the Internet via BRRL computers may result in the loss of Internet privileges. Any person making unauthorized use of workstations or the Internet in violation of applicable laws may be prosecuted. The following uses are UNAUTHORIZED:

  • Using a BRRL computer or network resources for illegal or criminal purposes. 
  • Using a BRRL computer  or network resources to "hack" the BRRL system or any other system. 
  • Reading, or attempting to read, any protected file, including another person's e-mail. 
  • Installing personal software on a BRRL computer. Obstructing other people's work by consuming excessive amounts of system resources and time. You must respect the privacy of others using BRRL computers by not interfering with their use. 
  • Any modification or installation of the system or programs is forbidden. This includes installation of programs, bookmarks, and favorites. Suggestions for additional bookmarks, shortcuts or links are appreciated and should be made in writing to the libray staff.





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