Internet Policy

Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all Library patrons. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Internet users must be discriminating information consumers, always evaluating and questioning the validity of information they discover. The Monson Free Library does not monitor and cannot control the information available on the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content. The Library does not disclose information about its patrons; however, the Library is not responsible for any information patrons choose to make available on the Internet while using the Library’s computers.

While the Internet serves as a vast and growing storehouse of information, its disorganization and the uncertain quality of information does not always recommend it as the first or best source. In some cases, other electronic databases or print sources may prove easier, faster, and more reliable. Using library computers or the library wireless network to copy and distribute copyright protected works may be an infringement of the copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code) and is not permitted.

Electronic Resources Guidelines Responsibility of Users

All users of electronic information resources are expected to use them in a responsible, legal, and ethical manner consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided.

Supervising Children’s Use
The Monson Free Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected materials. The Library also recognizes and affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of Library materials and resources. Parents should let their children know what materials they do not want them to use. Parents should supervise their child’s Internet sessions; this includes not only browsing the web, but also the use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications. The Library does not have this right.

1. Access

Electronic resource users must be current registered patrons in good standing with the Monson Free Library or CW/MARS library network. Transient non-resident users may check E-mail accounts without having a Monson library card.

2. Availability
Computers are normally available, subject to periodic maintenance, during regular Library hours.

To facilitate orderly closing of the building, computers will be shut down 10 minutes before closing the Library.

Use of the computers will be on a first-come, first serve basis. All users must sign in at the terminal. Sessions will be limited to one hour. If, at the end of the session, no one is waiting, users may continue at the discretion of the staff person in charge.

3. Use
The Library does not provide e-mail accounts. The library will not setup, support, or maintain on its servers or computers any e-mail accounts. Patrons may, however, use the public computers to access browser based e-mail accounts that leave no footprint or files on the computer.

Computer users are welcome to download information to a USB drive. Personal game disks and/or software are not permitted in the Library’s equipment.

WARNING: Although the Library has installed anti-virus software on the computers, this will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a computer virus. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus-checking software on your home computer. The Monson Free Library is not responsible for damage to your disks or computer or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.

Printing cost: 15¢ per page. Payment is made at the Main Circulation Desk.

No more than one person in addition to the user may be present at any workstation unless otherwise allowed by the Library staff.

4. Misuse
Users may NOT:

  • Use another patron’s library card number to sign onto a computer.
  • Download files to drives other than the drive that holds their own disk.
  • Use the Library’s workstations to gather unauthorized access to the Library’s networks or to computer systems of any other network.
  • Obstruct other people’s work by consuming gratuitously large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.
  • Make any attempt to alter hardware and software configurations in any way.
  • Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
  • Use any library workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose including violations of copyright and software agreements.
  • Engage in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, slanderous, or harassing.
  • Destroy or damage equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users.
  • Violate the computer system security.

Violators of Library policy, including those governing Internet access, may lose Library privileges. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.

5. Staff Assistance
We will be glad to assist you in accessing the Internet and we will provide you with reference materials to aid you in your search. Library staff, however, cannot provide in-depth training concerning the use of the Internet or other computer related issues. Due to limited staff and scheduling, Internet trained staff may not always be available.