Internet and Computer Use Policy

Much of the information on the Internet is timely, useful, and entertaining. Some of it is offensive. This is also the case with printed materials. The Haxtun Public Library has no control over information accessed through the Internet. The Library cannot be held responsible for the Internet’s content. As with all other library materials, supervision or restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

General Information

The Haxtun Public Library Internet policies apply to all patrons who access the library’s electronic resources.

  • Patrons are expected to behave in a civil and appropriate manner in the library. The display of visual materials that are sexual in nature or that might be considered offensive to others will not be allowed. The librarian has the right to ask the patron to cease such behavior. If he/she does not, he/she may be asked to leave the library and library privileges will be terminated.
  • Use of the computers will be limited to 30 minutes per patron. If there is no one waiting, he/she may have additional time, this is up to the discretion of the librarian. Patrons are limited to one session of electronic resources per day.
  • You will be charged for all copies printed from the computers whether you take them or not, at a rate of $.10 per page–no exceptions.
  • Library computers can not be used for chat rooms or message boards, and under no circumstances is there to be any downloading of files on the Library computers.

Unacceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Any of the following actions may result in the loss of library privileges and criminal prosecution or other legal action.  Unacceptable use of the Library’s electronic resources include, but is not limited to the following:

  • It is not acceptable to use the Library’s electronic resources for illegal or criminal acts. If a library patron is found to be accessing or downloading materials that may be, at the discretion of the Librarian, obscene or illegal, he/she may be ejected from the library and may be barred from future use of library resources.
  • It is not acceptable to violate the legal protections provided by copyright and licenses of any program or data.
  • It is not acceptable to use Library resources to infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software or hardware components of a local or remote computer system.
  • It is not acceptable to seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data or passwords belonging to other users. Users shall not present himself/herself as another user.
  • It is not acceptable to use the Library computers for on-line chat forums, playing games or gambling.
  • It is not acceptable to falsify one’s age to Internet sites.
  • It is not acceptable for more than one patron to use a workstation at a time unless you are an adult helping a child.
  • It is not acceptable to download any kind of material to a disk or CD.
  • It is not acceptable to use our Internet workstation(s) beyond the established time limits.

The Library reserves the right to monitor Web sessions in order to ensure system security. Library staff may review these sessions anonymously and remotely. All transactions will be reconsidered and kept confidential, except in those cases where illegal activity is observed, in which case Internet connects may be terminated and information may be made available to the local law enforcement agency.

Enforcement and Consequences

No one, minor or adult, has the right to use public property to commit crimes. At the same time, no policy can ensure that crimes will never be committed.sp; If library patron is found to be accessing materials that may be, at the discretion of the librarian, obscene or illegal, he/she will be ejected form the library, and may be barred from future use of the library resources.