Computer and Internet Policy

Public Use of Computers and the Internet
Adopted by the Board of Trustees July 2011

To fulfill our mission, Live Oak Public Libraries provides access to all types of materials in a wide range of formats, including public access to computers and the Internet. The Internet is a global network comprised of information multimedia resources and social networks that represent a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives.

The Library provides access to computer and Internet resources equally to all library customers. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (P.L.106-554, USC §254), all Internet access is filtered by our Internet provider, Georgia Public Library Service. Upon request of an adult, filters may be turned off for a specific session.

Computer users are prohibited from using the Library’s network for illegal activity, to access illegal or obscene materials or to display any material that violates the laws of Georgia.

Internet users are prohibited from copying and distributing (downloading, uploading, file serving, file “swapping” or other similar activities) of copyrighted materials which constitutes infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Library staff are available to assist customers of all ages to become information literate: to access information efficiently and effectively, to evaluate information critically and competently and to use information accurately and creatively.

Not all information found on the Internet is accurate, complete or up-to-date. The Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet

Anyone who knowingly visits an inappropriate site will be asked to leave the Library immediately. Repeated offences will lead to banning.

The Library reserves the right to set the number, and length, of computer sessions a computer user may have per day.

Internet Safety
It is both the right and responsibility of parents or legal guardians to guide their children’s use of library resources in accordance with individual family beliefs.

While the Library filters for obscene and sexually explicit materials, no filtering system can be considered fail-safe. The Library cannot protect users from information they may find offensive. Parents must assume responsibility for supervising their children’s use of the Internet.

As with any real world interactions, parents or legal guardians are responsible for what personal information minors give out on the Internet. Personal information should only be shared with trusted members of the Internet community.

Security and Privacy
The Library will not release information on the use of specific computer resources except as required by law or as necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

The Library is not responsible for the privacy practices or security of any web sites Internet users may access.

The Library accepts no liability for any loss of privacy or data computer users may experience, or any damage or harm arising from such a loss.

Computer users are prohibited from making any attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted files or networks or to damage or modify Library owned computer equipment or software.

Computer users may download or save items on their own peripheral storage devices but may not download or save items to Library owned computers.

Public Wireless Internet Access
The Library offers access to the Internet through a wireless network for computer users with their own personal hardware such as laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

WiFi access provided by the Library is unsecured. Anti-virus, security, and privacy protection are the responsibility of the user.

Customers are responsible for having the proper hardware, software and network settings on their wireless device to connect to the Library’s WiFi. The Library provides no technical assistance with regards to WiFi use.