INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
(Internet Use Policies for
Albemarle Regional Library System)
The Albemarle Regional Library is pleased to be able to provide its patrons
with free access to the World Wide Web. The purpose of this service is to
augment existing library materials by providing access to information not
otherwise available. The Albemarle Regional Library Board of Trustees believes
that in accordance with the library's mission as an educational institution
that access to Internet be limited to research and
informational uses only. Due to limited resources and the nature of some
materials available through Internet, it is necessary to impose some
restrictions on its use.
The library has no control over materials available on the Internet, and can in
no way be held responsible for its content. Should you find any of the
information retrieved through the use of the Internet as being offensive or
inaccurate, we suggest that you contact the original creator or producer of the
STAFF ASSISTANCE: Library
staffs are available to provide limited assistance to patrons with connecting
to the Internet and to answer basic questions to the best of their ability.
However, because they are not experts and do not hold themselves out as such,
they are limited in the amount of instruction they can provide. The majority of
the responsibility for learning how to navigate the Internet and the computer
will be yours. If you would like more in-depth training, you might consider
contacting a community college of your choice.
AND REGULATIONS: By signing to use an Internet terminal you are also agreeing
to abide by the following:
The Albemarle Regional Library Board of
Trustees believes that it is the responsibility of the parents/legal guardians
or authorized caregivers to monitor their children's access to the Internet
while in the library and to determine what is appropriate for their own
- Children under 13 MUST
be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian while accessing Internet. For
those patrons under 13 not accompanied by a
parent/legal guardian or caregiver the library staff will be available to
assist in their research needs, subject to reasonable time limitations.
- A valid photo Identification (ID) with
date of birth must be presented upon request for patrons 18 and older when
first signing up for Internet privileges.
- Young adults, ages 13 through 17, may
access Internet with signed approval by a parent/legal guardian/authorized
caregiver. The necessary agreements must be signed in the presence of a
- Authorization to use Internet shall be
noted on the individual’s automated Patron record (for patrons age 13 and
- All Internet users
must be registered patrons of the Albemarle Regional Library with the
following exceptions: adults not residing in the four-county region doing
genealogy research; or tourists passing through who wish to check their
e-mail. However, they must read and sign the “Contract for Acceptable
Use of Internet” policy.
- As all library staff may not recognize every
patron within our region, Patron ID cards should be presented EVERY TIME
you sign up to use Internet to confirm user authorization, and user
- Due to the limited
number of terminals patrons must sign up at the Circulation Desk in order
to use Internet on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, all first
time Internet Users must sign a “Contract for Responsible Use of Internet".
Time slots are for 30-minute intervals. Patrons may sign up for additional
30 minute slots if no one is waiting. Total time for any one individual
shall not exceed two hours per day.
- No more than two
individuals should use one Internet workstation; exception for example, a
parent accompanying/accompanied by more than one child.
- Use of e-mail by
patrons with existing e-mail accounts will be allowed. However, the
library staff will not be available to establish individual e-mail
- The library's Internet
terminals may not be used for Internet Relay Chat or other types of CHAT
LINES, MUDS, GAMES or web pages that interface to or emulates these services.
the Internet computer's hard disk drive is not permitted because files and programs
downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses. If they wish to download
information, patrons may purchase a disk from the library or bring one of their
may not use their own software on library computers.
- Internet users may not
save personal bookmarks or personal files. Staff will check computers
regularly, and all such bookmarks and files will be deleted.
- Printing is available
at each location for printing information retrieved on the Internet for a $.15
cents charge per page for black and white copies and $1.00 charge per page
for color copies, or such different amount as the Library Board may
- Laptops may be used in
the libraries; they cannot be plugged into any library jack.
- Use of copyrighted
materials unless authorized is not allowed.
- Because these
terminals are in a public place, patron confidentiality is not assured;
therefore patrons may not visit pages containing images that may
reasonably be construed as obscene.
- Deliberate destruction
or damage to equipment or software will result in loss of Internet
privileges and possible legal action.
- All research/printing
should be completed at least fifteen minutes prior to closing.
VIOLATIONS of the Internet
Usage Policy will be dealt with as follows:
First offense: Staff informs patron of violation of policy;
issues oral warning; documents date in patron’s record
Second offense: Internet privileges are revoked for 30 days;
documented in patron’s record.
Third offense: Internet privileges are revoked for one full
year; documented in patron’s record.
Internet privileges are permanently revoked unless, upon hearing a
formal request for reinstatement of privileges, the Regional Library Board of
Trustees during a regularly scheduled meeting grants a waiver.
Approved by the Regional
Board of Trustees, July 28, 2004;revised May 9, 2005.