INTERNET ACCESS POLICY

The Springfield-Greene County Library District provides Internet access as an extension of its commitment to meeting the informational needs of the community. The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet is a worldwide community with a highly diverse user population and it is the public's responsibility to use this resource wisely.

Access to the Internet through the Library must be used in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others, and taking care with use of the equipment. Computer and Internet settings may not be changed. Computers may not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Missouri, or local laws. Violation of current Missouri law (Missouri Revised Statutes 573.010 and 573.060) and Springfield City Code (Sec. 78-227) in regards to accessing and displaying pornography and/or obscene materials will result in suspension of computer privileges. All users must abide by MOREnet's Service Policy.

All computers within the Library, including staff computers, are filtered for pornographic and sexually explicit websites in accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act. Patrons connecting to the Library's network with their own laptops or PCs will also be filtered for pornographic and sexually explicit websites.

Use of the Library's Internet computers is limited to a total of 2 hours per day. This time limit includes activity at all branches. Extension of the time limit may be granted at the librarian's discretion and only if the computer is not reserved for another patron. Patrons are responsible for all printing from computers, including the Library catalog. Patrons may lose Library privileges for violating General Conduct Policy and/or Internet Access Policies.

Patrons owing $10 or more in fines and fees will be blocked from using the Library's Internet computers. Patrons are encouraged to return overdue items or work out a payment plan with Circulation Department staff. Minors 17 and under are exempt.

Library cards or computer day passes are required to use an Internet station. Patrons are required to use their own library card or computer day pass. Using multiple cards and/or computer day pass is against policy, is considered identity theft, and can lead to a loss of computer and/or Library privileges.

Approved 4/27/12
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