Internet and Computer Policies

Internet and Computer Policies

The Internet is a global network of computers, which offers unlimited information of every kind, both educational and recreational. The Troy Public Library seeks to provide access to this vast resource in keeping with its mission of making information available to the community. The Library, however, does not monitor the Internet and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found there.

Due to the nature of a public computer network and the location of the computers in the library, privacy of usage is not guaranteed. Users displaying any material which is inappropriate for viewing in a public setting may be directed to not access that material by staff. Multiple warnings by staff will result in loss of computer privileges.

Any criminal or otherwise illegal conduct is prohibited, including the public display of offensive sexual materials as restricted by NYS Penal Laws, 245.10, 245.11, 263.11 and 263.16 when using a public PC.

Access:
To use a library computer, patrons must have a Troy Public Library or UHLS card in good standing. Patrons with fines exceeding $10 may purchase a one-day guest pass for $1. Users who do not have a library card may obtain a one-day guest pass with proper ID, but are strongly encouraged to obtain a library card at their next visit.

Exceptions can be made for individuals (including those under the age of 18) seeking access to government information resources online. Please ask at the Information Desk for more information.  Access to library computers is limited to two sessions per day per patron. Computer sessions are limited to one hour if others are waiting.  No more than two people may use a computer at one time.

Computer Use Guidelines
No training is provided. Limited assistance is available by staff. Patrons are expected to know how to use computers and Windows based programs.
Patrons may not alter, remove, copy, or damage configurations, software, or hardware on library computers.

Files downloaded to the computer’s hard drive will be deleted after logging off. Patrons who wish to save work must use their own digital storage device. USB flash drives are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.

Printing is available from the library computers. Users are responsible for all printing fees.
The library reserves the right to deny privileges to anyone who misuses library computers or does not follow computer policy. Users are responsible for any damages done to computer hardware or software.

The library is not responsible for damage or loss of data or consequential damages arising out of the use of the computers, or the library’s software.

Minor’s Computer Use

The Library does not have the resources to regulate your child’s use of the Internet. Any restriction of a minor’s Internet access is solely the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Computer use is restricted to minors between the ages of 8 and 17 who:
• have a valid Troy or UHLS library card
• have a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian for computer access

Minors under the age of 18 are restricted to computer use on the first floor.
Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors who are not signed in to use the computers may not sit or stand in the computer area.
Those who are working on homework or school assignments will be given priority in using the computers on the first floor.

Approved by the Troy Public Library Board of Trustees
November 8, 2016

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