Computer/Internet Policy

Computers are available for public use in the Blair Public Library.  The uses for these computers include searching the Library’s catalog, word processing and Internet access.

It is the responsibility of the patron to demonstrate good judgment, respect for others and appropriate conduct while using the computers.  Using the computers is a privilege which may be revoked at any time for conduct which, in the sole discretion of Library management, is inappropriate, irresponsible or disturbing to other patrons or otherwise inappropriate in a public setting for a Library.  The Library does not guarantee privacy.  Additionally, any of the Library staff is entitled to directly monitor the content or use of a computer at any time.  When you access the Internet you leave the Blair Public Library.  The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.

The Library does not endorse the content, accuracy, or various viewpoints accessed through the Internet.  The Internet content is filtered but the Blair Library is not responsible for the effectiveness of the filtering system.  Patrons age 18 and older may ask to have the filter disabled.

     Authorization for Internet Access:  Patrons, age 18 or over, must register at the front desk for authorization to use a computer.  Patrons under the age of 18 must have a valid Library card or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with appropriate identification.  All patrons under the age of 18 will use a filtered computer unless they are accompanied by a parent of legal guardian and said parent or guardian allows the filter to be removed.  Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their children.  Parents may request children under the age of 18, with a valid library card, be restricted from Internet use without parental supervision.

     Time Allocation:  Computer sessions are for 30 minutes on a first come first serve basis.  If no one is waiting, the patron may continue to use the computer.  If a patron is asked to vacate a computer, the patron must wait 30 minutes before beginning a new session, unless a computer becomes available and no one is waiting.  Users must promptly vacate a computer when asked by Library staff.  A maximum of 2 hours per day is enforced, unless no other users are present or waiting for an available computer.

     User Assistance:  The Library does not routinely provide computer training.  The Library staff may not be able to assist computer users because of limited training or other demands on the time of the staff.

     Prohibitions:    The following activities are prohibited:

  1. Destruction or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the Library;
  2. Unauthorized monitoring, or disruption of electronic communications;
  3. Unauthorized use of destruction of data of others;
  4. Unauthorized copying or transmittal of copyright protected data;
  5. Harassing, libeling or slandering of others; and
  6. Sending spam, malware, spyware, ransomware or other inappropriate or damaging script.

Any illegal usage involving Library resources may subject the patron to prosecution by local, state or federal officials.

You agree to the above terms and conditions when you use a computer at the Blair Public Library.

Policy approved by the Blair Public Library Board 10/08/02
Revision made 10/2010
Policy revised and adopted 08/2013
Policy revised and adopted 4/2016
Policy revised and used as of 6/2017; not approved by Council at this time.
Reviewed 8/2018
Reviewed 8/2019
Reviewed 7/2020