Internet access is available at the Bangor Public Library. Access is open to everyone in the Slate Belt area. Copies of the complete rules and policy statements are available at the library. Policy statement must be abided by or the privilege will be withdrawn from the individual. Written permission is required before access is allowed to anyone.
Anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent come in to the library, review the rules and procedures, and sign the form.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
ACCEPTABLE USE AND POLICY GUIDELINES
AT BANGOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bangor Public Library is pleased to announce Internet access to all residents of the Slate Belt. Access to the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. The Internet will be used in conjunction with the traditional books and reference works already housed in the library.
Please read the following rules and guidelines before registering to use the Internet.
- Bangor Public Library will provide Internet access to all residents of the Slate Belt registered to use the service. Patrons of the library must have no overdue books or outstanding fines to register for and/or use the Internet.
- The Internet will provide access to different types of information for the primary purposes of education, research and lifelong learning.
- A filter has been installed on both internet computers. If you need an unfiltered site please see the Librarian.
- Internet access will NOT include access to chat rooms. Interactive Chat and instantmessagingare not permitted. This includes chat in game sites. Web-based e-mail is allowed on the system.
- Office applications are available such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
- Users may not alter files or install software.
7. You may use only the floppy disks or CD-Rs that the library provides. If the disk is removed from the library, it may not be reused. Disks and CD-Rs are $1.00 each. The library does not assume responsibility for any damage to a patron’s disk or computer, or for any loss of data.
- Connections may fail or computers may “freeze”. Such occurrences are unfortunate, but the library is not responsible for any losses due to computer operation, viruses or other equipment failure. Also note that Internet sites may be unavailable at times due to technical difficulties.
- The information over the Internet might not always be the most accurate or reliable. The Bangor Public Library accepts no responsibility for any damages resulting from use of this service. The Library advises every user to use critical judgment and expert verification when using Internet information to make important decisions.
- The Library may monitor usage and reserves the right to terminate a session if, in the library’s sole judgment, the session is creating a disturbance.
- While every attempt is made to keep all information passing to and from our systems private, you must assume that any information that you transmit or receive may not be private. The Library does not monitor normal usage of the system. However, the Library will fully cooperate with any authority in investigation of illegal activity and may turn over logs and records upon receipt of proper orders or subpoenas. The Electronic Communications Act of 1986, the Telecommunications Act of 1998 and the USA Patriot Act contain important privacy and confidentially information.
- One hour registration is permitted. Registration time will be on the quarter hour. If you sign up at 10:05 (as an example) your signup time will be 10:15. If no one is waiting, then the patron may continue using the Internet. The Internet may also be reserved by calling in advance and scheduling a time. If you do not arrive within ten (10) minutes of your reserved time, your time will be forfeited.
- Bangor Public Library personnel have the right to limit the number of users at any terminal and to request that the users work quietly.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the computer areas.
- Bangor Public Library will charge $.25 per page when printing information off the Internet. The charge will be on every page you print so be careful what you print.
- In the event that you experience difficulty in using the computer or this service, IMMEDIATELY contact the Library staff.
- Bangor Public Library staff will provide limited assistance at the present time. Internet reference materials are available to provide assistance to the user.
- At the first offense of this policy a patron will be denied internet use for two weeks. If the patron has a second offense, internet privileges will be removed for two months. After the third offense, internet privileges will be terminated permanently.
- Rules and procedures for Internet access may be formulated or revised at any time. Changes will be posted near the Internet computer.
CHILDREN’S ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
- All of the above rules also apply to children’s access to the Internet.
- Patrons accessing websites depicting or discussing information that by Pennsylvania State Law is considered “harmful to minors” will be asked to close them down.
Pennsylvania Obsenity Statute – 18 Pa. C.S. 5903 reads:
“Harmful to minors” involves materials or performances that involve explicit sexual materials that depict nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse and appeal predominately to prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is offensive to the prevailing standards in the adult community and taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational or scientific value for minors.
- Children under the age of 16 must have parental permission to use the Internet. The parent or guardian must be present at the library to review the rules and sign the consent form.
- It is the responsibility of the parent, and not the Library, to monitor the use of the Internet by their child.
The intent of the Internet Policy is to protect both the freedom and rights of the individual (adult and child) in his or her pursuit of education and information. The Library recognizes that these policies do not solve or end the issue of inappropriate Internet use. They do serve as guidelines for users and staff. These policies do not supersede or eliminate the parental responsibility with regard to monitoring children’s Internet use.