Internet and Computer Policy

Manatee County Public Library Internet Use Policy and Procedures

The Manatee County Public Library System provides public access to the Internet as part of its mission to deliver services and resources to meet the information needs of its users.  Access is made available equally to all users.  There are no age restrictions for use of the library workstations.  Users requiring ADA accommodations should request assistance at the reference or circulation desk.

 

Manatee County upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected materials.  Manatee County also affirms the right and responsibility of parents and legal guardians to determine and monitor their children’s use of the Internet as well as library resources and materials.

 

Manatee County disclaims any warranty as to the quality or accuracy of electronic information via the Internet.  Manatee County assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the connection to or use of the Internet because public computers are neither private nor secure.  Every effort is made to provide consistent reliable service, however the Library cannot be held responsible for loss or corruption of data.

 

Every location provides limited wireless access.

 

Computer users are expected to have a basic understanding of computer use and Internet searching.  Staff is available for limited assistance only as time allows.  User may make suggestions with regard to adding/deleting access to specific sites on the Internet by completing the Library’s “Request for Reconsideration” form available from staff.  The Library may reserve workstations for use by tutors, special programs or classes.   

 

Guidelines for Use

Personal use of computers is on a first come, first serve basis. 

 

Workstations are designed for a single user, and no more than two users per computer.

 

Users select their own printing and should do a “print preview” before sending a request for printing.  A fee is charged per page printed.

 

Users must comply with the library’s posted Behavior Policy.  Computer use is a privilege and users may not behave in a disruptive manner, which includes introducing any offensive noise (such as loud talking, singing or cell phone use) or odors, abusing staff or leaving children unattended.  Failure to appropriately consider the rights of others may lead to the loss of those computer privileges for a finite period.

 

Library workstations are in public areas, therefore the Library asks that each user exercise good judgment and consideration of others.  Users may be asked to end a search or change a screen if they are viewing subject matter that would interfere with the maintenance of a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment. Computer privileges will be revoked for anyone persisting in viewing material considered too graphic (sexual, pornographic , controversial, disturbing or obscene) for public use. 

 

Print jobs may not exceed 50 pages or $5.00 as the coin box will not accept a higher dollar amount.

 

Computers will automatically log off five minutes prior to the close of library business daily.

 

Drinks should not be placed anywhere they can damage computers. 

 

Violations

Tampering or reconfiguring of computer equipment is not allowed. 

 

Overriding the sign up system is prohibited. 

 

No software or hardware may be installed, altered, added or implemented.

 

Illegal activities, copyright and licensing violations, hacking, and privacy violations will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

 

The Library reserves the right to terminate a computer session at any time to anyone suspected of violating the Library policy, Federal, State or local laws based on observation by library staff.  The library will also determine when a violation, or continued violation, warrants suspension or termination of computer privileges of anyone abusing the above mentioned policies, rules and guidelines. 

 

Computers at Our Locations

Central Library

2 Children's computers

35 General Use computers (30 minute session)

5 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

 

Braden River Library 

16 General Use computers (30 minute session)

2 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

 

Island Library

11 General Use computers (30 minute session)

2 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

  

Palmetto Library

16 General Use computers (30 minute session)

2 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

 

Rocky Bluff Library

2 Children's computers

14 General Use computers (30 minute session)

2 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

 

South Manatee Library

14 General Use computers (30 minute session)

2 Extended Use computers (2 hour session, see Extended Use Computer policy)

 

 

Extended Use Computers were provided with generous funds from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.