Internet Safety Policy

  • Using resources for educational, informational and recreational purposes only, not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.
  • Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, password, or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network.
  • Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.
  • Not sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics that may reasonably be construed by library staff as offensive to the public.
  • Not sending, receiving, or displaying graphics that may reasonably be construed as harmful to minors, as defined by Federal and State statute.
  • Not making unauthorized changes to the setup or configuration of the computer's software or hardware.
  • No installation of software, programs or downloading is allowed. (The workstation has anti-virus software loaded but may not completely protect users or the library from contracting a virus.)
  • Further respecting the privacy of others using public access workstations at the library by not interfering with their use.

The library reserves the right to monitor an individual's use of the library's workstations and server if inappropriate use is suspected. Failure to follow the Internet Use Policy or inappropriate use of the workstation equipment or internet access will result in suspension or revocation of internet access privileges.  This applies to users of both the library's workstation equipment and access to the internet via the library's wireless access point (Wi-Fi).

U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S.C.) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibilities for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with users. The Carter Memorial Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.