Internet Use Policies

INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
POLICY AND GUIDELINES

Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Internet and Electronic Use Policy applies to all users of Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Computers or networks. Use of the Internet or electronic resources at Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library automatically constitutes acceptance of the Policy and Guidelines.

PURPOSE

As part of its mission to offer a broad spectrum of information and a variety of educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for its users, Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library offers access to the Internet's international network of databases. Veterans Memorial Library provides a graphical (text, pictures, and sounds) web browser. The Library does not provide electronic mail accounts, Internet Relay Chat or Newsgroups. Access at the library to these services is available to library card holders in good standing who follow electronic service registration procedures.

I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES AND GUIDELINES IN THIS POLICY. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I DISREGARD OR VIOLATE ANY OF THESE GUIDELINES, I MAY FORFEIT THE PRIVILEGE OF USING THIS EQUIPMENT AND MAY BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO SOFTWARE OR EQUIPMENT RESULTING FROM MY ABUSE OF THE ITEMS I USE.

NOTICE OF LIABILITY

For the privilege of using the electronic resources, including Internet access at Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library, you hereby release and hold harmless the City of Lancaster, its officers, agents, servants or employees, the Veterans Memorial Library, its staff, volunteers, representatives or advisors, from any and all liability or responsibility for any and all claims or expenses arising either directly or indirectly from the use of the Library, whether or not caused, in whole or in part, by alleged negligence of the City of Lancaster, its officers, agents, servants, employees, volunteers, representatives or advisors.

Illegal acts involving the Library's Internet and electronic resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

CHOICES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF USERS

Veterans Memorial Library only assumes responsibility for the information provided on its website. While the Internet offers access to an incredible number of local, national and international sources of information, it is impossible to guarantee that information on the Internet is accurate, complete, or current. Evaluate critically the information you find and don't hesitate to ask our Librarians for assistance in locating other library sources.

The Internet is a massive and complex global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. The library cannot block material on the Internet, censor access, or protect users from materials they may find offensive. Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library operates in accordance with the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights."

Texas Penal Code 43:24. Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to Minor:

(b) A person commits an offense if, knowing that the material is harmful: (2) he displays harmful material and is reckless about whether a minor is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display;

CHILDREN'S USE OF THE INTERNET

Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library policy requires that parents or the legal guardian assume responsibility for governing a child's choices in the use of library materials. The Library does not have the right or responsibility to act in loco parentis. Some sites carry information that is sexually explicit, controversial or inappropriate for children. Restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Parents are responsible for monitoring the Internet activity of their children. Find more information on children and the Internet by viewing Child Safety on the Information Highway, produced by the National Center for Missing and exploited Children and Interactive Service Organization.

COPYRIGHT

U. S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material, except as permitted by the principle of "fair use". Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library specifically disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.

RULES OF THE ROAD FOR USE OF INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC DATABASES ON VETERANS MEMORIAL LIBRARY COMPUTERS

Computers are available on a first come first served basis.
Users must register at the reservation computer to reserve a computer.
Users will be limited to a time limit if others are waiting to access the computers.
Users must relinquish a work station at the end of their assigned session.
If a computer or software malfunctions, stop use and notify library staff immediately.
Copies may be printed from the network for a per page charge.

USERS MUST NEVER:

Use the workstations to gain access to the Library's network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
Attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
Turn a computer off, on, reset, or attempt to break into or alter the operating system, software or maintenance functions.
Deliberately crash any library computer or system.
Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
Engage in illegal or criminal activity.
Install personal software or copy software from the Internet.
Engage in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
Download from the Internet.
Engage in disruptive or destructive behavior that violates the Library's Rules of Conduct.
Use the Library’s computers for illegal activity, to access illegal materials, to access materials that by local community standards would be objectionable, or to create a hostile work environment for the Library staff. (Illegal materials include, but are not limited to, obscenity and child pornography as defined in U.S. Code 18 and State Penal Code Chapters 42 and 43).