Policies and Procedures for Public Use of In-House Electronic Resources

Wireless Internet Use Policy


The Pearl River Public Library is pleased to provide information resources to the public by providing free wireless Internet access for the use of our patrons.  Wireless access is provided for use by the library patron’s personal computing equipment and is subject to the conditions outlined below. To learn how to access our wireless internet click here.


  • Patrons must accept the library’s basic Internet Use Policy.
  • Patrons are responsible for setting up his/her laptop and software to permit wireless access through the library’s network.  Library Staff are not permitted to configure a person’s laptop or provide assistance with the installation of hardware or software.
  • WiFi users assume all risks and responsibilities to provide anti-virus protection and appropriate security settings on their laptops.  The library’s wireless connection is not secure.
  • The library assumes NO responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, costs, claims, loss of data, service interruptions or damages arising from the use of electronic information resources and wireless access.
  • Use of the Library’s wireless Internet connection is intended for private, non-commercial activities, and does not permit unauthorized sales, purchases and marketing.
  • It is strongly advised that wireless communication not be used for the transmission of sensitive or personal information.  The library cannot vouch for the success of any online transactions.  The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss.
  • Printers are NOT available to wireless users in the library.  You may save documents to an email account and print them using one of the Library’s Internet computers.  Printouts are 15 cents (per page bw) and 35 cents (per page color).
  • The wireless Internet access may not be used to harass, disrupt, or embarrass other users, library staff or the public.
  • Accessing Internet material considered offensive in a public building is not permitted.  The Library Staff shall determine what materials are considered offensive.
  • As with other library materials, parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children.
  • The Library’s wireless network may require periodic maintenance and the library cannot be held responsible for unforeseen down time.

Use of electronic resources not consistent with the Library’s policies and procedures will result in the loss of privileges.  All copyright and licensing agreements must be respected.  Any violation of local, state, federal or international laws will be handled with appropriate action.


Policies and Procedures for Public Use of In-House Electronic Resources

Internet Use Policy

In response to the advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Pearl River Public Library endeavors to develop electronic collections, resources and services that continue to meet cultural, informational, recreational and educational needs. To access information about using our in-house computers click here.

  • The Library does not monitor or control electronic information and cannot be held responsible for its content.
  • Library staff cannot control access points that often change rapidly and unpredictably or be responsible for service interruptions.
  • The Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy or usefulness of information accessed via the Internet.
  • The Internet stations may not be used to harass, disrupt, or embarrass other users, library staff, or the public.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for costs, liabilities, claims, loss of data, service interruptions or damages arising from the use of electronic information resources.
  • As with other library materials, parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children.
The Pearl River Public Library provides access to a broad range of electronic resources.  Use of these resources not consistent with the Library’s policies and procedures will result in the loss of privileges.  All copyright and licensing agreements must be respected. Any violation of local, state, federal or international laws will be handled with appropriate legal action.
 

USER RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

  1. Computer stations may not be available for use during the first and last 30 minutes of the day.
  2. All Internet users must sign in at the sign-in station. Reservations must be made in person. Each Internet terminal must be reserved individually.
  3. Patrons must use their own library cards for all transactions related to computer workstation access and use.
  4. Limited guest passes are available for visitors.
  5. Patrons will abide by all time limits and session length restrictions in place.
  6. Two users per station is the maximum number permitted at one time.
  7. Patrons may not use personal software programs on library computers, alter or attach equipment to the library hardware or alter library software configurations.  Patrons may save documents to a personal external memory stick or thumb drive.  Patrons may not access the hard drive.  Patrons may not turn off computers or tamper with or remove headphones.
  8. Library staff provides only basic assistance for use of electronic resources and equipment.
  9. A printing fee of  15 cents (bw) and 35 cents (color) per sheet of paper will be charged.  Printing must be completed within the allotted time.
  10. No food or drink is permitted in the vicinity of library computer workstations.

ADDITIONAL RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR INTERNET USE 

  1. Users should have no expectation of privacy for any materials residing on the workstation or server.
  2. Accessing Internet material considered offensive in a public building is not permitted. The Library staff shall determine what materials are considered offensive.
  3. Users who wish to access e-mail accounts must realize that e-mail is not a private communication. 
  4. Use of the Pearl River Public Library Internet connection is intended for private, non-commercial activities.
  5. Information and resources on the Internet enhance those already held in the Library, but may not be the most appropriate medium for every search. Please ask a librarian for assistance with other library resources.