Internet Use Policy
The Bigelow Free Public Library supports the cultural, educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community by providing access to a variety of resources. Electronic databases and networks such as the Internet offer access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the world, enabling libraries to enhance and supplement their traditional print collections.
By simply being a provider of access to the Internet, the Library does not select, control, or monitor any information on the Internet for accuracy, content, or quality. As with other library materials, the responsibility for determining what is useful and valuable lies with each individual user.
Bigelow Free Public Library subscribes to the ALA policy that protects the constitutional rights to have full access to information, so the library computers do not have filtering software. However, patrons are expected to follow the acceptable use policy.
All electronic resources are provided equally to all patrons, assuming all behavior is appropriate and adheres to all posted policies.
Access to and use of the Internet is a privilege and should be treated as such by all users of the system. Examples of unacceptable, unethical, and illegal behavior include the following:
- Destruction or damage of equipment, software, or data
- Gaining unlawful access, including hacking and other unlawful activities
- Invading the privacy of others
- Violating software license agreements and copyright laws
- Violating other federal, state, or local laws
- Vandalizing or unauthorized use of other users’ accounts or data
- Accessing material that meet the definitions of pornography
- Absconding with library materials, including peripherals and/or hardware
Library staff will intercede when this policy is violated and violators will be asked to cease use of the Internet at the Library. Violation of this policy may result in discipline, including loss of access to the computers and, in appropriate cases, exclusion from the Library.
Patrons register for one hour of usage at a time; however, if no one is waiting, time may be extended indefinitely, provided that acceptable use policies are being followed.
Patrons must pay for their printer use, at the rate of $.10/b&w and $.25/color sheet.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, August 2014