500 Computer Use Approved 3/20/2012 Reviewed 2/20/2018
500.1 Wireless Access
Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is provided free of charge by Dormann Library for patrons who have the required hardware and software needed for this service. Use of this service is governed by Dormann Library’s Internet Use Policy.
Connecting to the Library’s Wireless Network
- You must have a computer or other device equipped with a wireless card.
- Using your computer’s network utilities, look for the wireless network named “Dormann”
- The “Dormann” wireless network does require a password to connect. Please ask for help at the Circulation Desk.
- All Wi-Fi users should have up-to-date antivirus software installed on their computers.
Limitations and Disclaimers Regarding Wireless Access
- As with most public Wi-Fi networks, Dormann Library’s wireless network is not secure. Any information transmitted (including credit card numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information) could potentially be intercepted by another computer user.
- Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
- The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s network.
- Printing access is available via the Wi-Fi network.
- The library assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times.
- The library filters all Internet access. This filter blocks those sites that violate the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and/or Dormann Library’s Internet Use Policy.
- Any attempt to circumvent library procedures or any unauthorized attempt to access or manipulate library equipment, will result in permanent disconnection from the library’s Wi-Fi network. If you do not agree to the above terms, please disable your wireless connection or turn off your computer
500.1 A Internet Use Policy Approved 3/20/2012 Use of the Internet computers is your agreement with the terms and conditions of this policy.
- In accordance with Dormann Library’s mission statement, the Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services that meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the Bath community. The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Dormann Library.
- The Library offers pointers or links to a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its home page. Some internet sites may contain controversial or offensive material. The Library has no control over the information available on the Internet and, therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content, accuracy or currency. Patrons agree to hold Dormann Library harmless and indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly, relating to their use of the Internet computer.
- Users are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it. The Library firmly believes that the valuable information available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library. However, the Library staff reserves the right to prohibit material that in their judgment is inappropriate for viewing in a public area.
- As with other Library materials, parents are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. Parents of children who have not reached age 16 must acknowledge, in writing, their reading and understanding of the library’s Acceptable Use Policy and authorize their child’s use of the Internet computers. Children who are not yet 8 years old must have a responsible adult sit with them when using an Internet computer.
- Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Violation of computer system integrity;
- Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software;
- Storage of data to anything other than a personal diskette;
- Violation of software license agreements or copyright laws;
- Violation of another user’s privacy;
- Use of Internet computers for purposes other than Internet access.
Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
- The Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction. Library staff are always available to help patrons locate books, periodicals and videos/DVDs about the Internet. Patron must present a valid Dormann card, or if not on hand, a photo I.D. Patron must not have fines of $5.00 or more, or any block on their card. Patrons must be 16 to use the public computers in the adult area. Printing is available at a nominal cost per page.
- Patrons may save files to their own device. The Library is not responsible for damages to patron devices or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the patron’s use of the Library’s computers. The Library is also not responsible for the unavailability of resources on the Internet computers due to technical difficulties.
500.2 Computer Use
Patrons must sign in at the Circulation Desk
Computers are available for 30-minute sessions (time may be extended if there is no one waiting.)
Commercial or business use of the computers is not allowed.
Patrons wishing to print will be charge $.25 per page ($.50 for color).
Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult when using the computers.
Any person under the age of 16 must have an Acceptable Use Policy agreement form on file at the library to use the Internet.
A patron’s failure to honor these rules may result in revocation of computer privileges.
As a computer user, I agree to follow the Acceptable Use Policy in all of my work with computers while a patron at the Dormann Library.
- I recognize that all computer users have the same right to use the equipment.
- I will not save on or alter in any other way the program disk or the hard drive (C drive.) The disks are library property and must not be altered.
- I will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs or other computer equipment.
- I will not use computer systems to disturb or harass other computer users or to send unwanted mail.
- I will not download programs onto ANY physical drives of any library computer.
- I will not violate the property rights and copyrights in data and computer programs.
- I will not use the network for slanderous, abusive, intimidating, vulgar, profane, pornographic, or otherwise offensive messages
- I will not use the network for commercial purposes. This means I may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the Dormann Library computer system.
- I will promptly disclose to the library staff any message I receive that is inappropriate or makes me feel uncomfortable.
Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy described above will be dealt with as provided by law. Violators will loose computer privileges at Dormann Library.
The library makes no guarantee that the functions or services will be error-free or without defect. The library will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer, including but not limited to loss of data or interruptions of services. The library is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The Library will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.