Internet policy

The Champaign County Library, in keeping with its mission -  to be a vital part of our community, providing high quality library service to all, to serve as an information center, and to provide materials for leisure-time use for all ages - provides public Internet access and access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. 

Because this is a public resource, the rights of others must be respected and therefore:

  • Time will be limited to 45 minutes per session if others are waiting or 3 hours per day.  You will be alerted when your time is almost expired, and you may request additional time from the library staff.  Additional time is at the discretion of the library staff. 
  • The library reserves the right to limit the number of people per computer to two.  Both users must be registered to use the Internet, unless they are a parent and child.  
  • Users are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.  There exists the possibility of inadvertent viewing by other patrons, either by watching the user’s screen, or because a user may leave the screen unattended.   Library staff are able to view your computer screen and may send messages if deemed necessary.
  • Users will be able to reserve a computer if they are all in use.  It is the user’s responsibility to keep track of when a computer is available for them.  If a user does not log on the computer within 10 minutes of a computer being open, they may lose their reservation. 

 

This Internet may be used to access any resource, engage in any communication, or conduct any activity available on the worldwide web provided such activity can be done with standard Web browsers, with these exceptions:

 

  • You may not send, receive or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene.
  • You may not use this resource for any illegal purpose.
  • You may not use this resource for commercial use or political lobbying. 
  • You may not in any way alter, reconfigure or damage the public access workstations of the Champaign County Library.
  • You may not modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network, host server or database.
  • Do not install software or any plug-ins of any kind to the computers.

Children under the age of 18 must have parental permission to use the Internet.  Children under 8 must have a parent with them at all times when using any library computer.  The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent).  Librarians cannot act in the place of parents providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet.  The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians. 

 

Patrons will be charged for all pages printed.  You must deposit money with reference staff prior to printing.  Money you deposit will remain in your account unless you request a refund.  There is a limit of $5.00 that can be refunded from your account on any one day.  Black & White Copies are 10 cents per page.  Color Copies are 25 cents per page.  Copies may be retrieved at the front (circulation) desk.   Please ask for assistance prior to printing if you have any questions.

First time users must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy for the Public Computers.  After this, they will be registered in the self-check in system and will need their library card and their password to access the system.  Library staff will be able to view your password.

The public computers are normally available, subject to periodic maintenance, during library hours.  Computers will shut down automatically 10 minutes prior to the library closing. 

 

The computer located in the Children’s Department is to be used to access Microsoft Word, Access, Publisher or PowerPoint for juvenile users who do not have Internet permission. 

DISCLAIMERS:

All users of this service agree to hold the Champaign County Library and OPLIN harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly related to the use of the Internet, caused thereby or arising there from.  In no event shall the Champaign County Library or OPLIN have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if the Champaign County Library or OPLIN is advised of the possibility of such damages.

 

Users should not have any expectation of privacy for any information sent or received on the OPLIN/Internet computers.  Sending information, including credit card numbers, via the Internet is at the sole risk of the user.  The Champaign County Library has no control of the security of this data. Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library is the responsibility of the user.  In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the user and the parent or guardian.

Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus.  Although we use a virus-checker on the Library’s computer, this will not completely protect you from the chance of transmitting a virus.  You need to have virus-checking software on your computer at home. 

The use of the Library’s public computers to engage in any activity, which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws, is strictly prohibited.  Misuse of the Library's public computers will result in loss of computer privileges.

Library Staff Assistance:

Library staff is available to assist the user with machinery problems and simple questions regarding our software.  Library staff cannot provide PC instruction/training, answer detailed software questions or assist in the writing of patron’s resumes, reports, etc.

Recommended Guidelines for Parents for Internet Use by Children

  • Explore the wide range of available information and tell your children about sites you consider inappropriate for them. 
  • Encourage children to use sites recommended on OPLIN’s OHKids page.
  • Instruct children to NEVER give out personal information online.
  • Teach children to be good online consumers.  As with print information, consider the source, date, and accuracy of online information.   

Adopted 1/2007