Computer & Acceptable Use Policy
The library provides access to many electronic resources, including the Internet, which contain a wide variety of material and opinions from varied points of view. Many web sites contain valuable and timely information; however, other web sites may contain material that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, or offensive to some people. This policy shall define appropriate uses and restrictions of publicly accessible electronic devices owned by the library.
Access to library computer systems is a privilege and requires a valid library card, Computer Use Only card, or a temporary pass. (A library card is not required for the online catalog, Inspire periodical database use, or use of a personal electronic device on the library’s wireless network.) Library cards used to access computer systems must be registered to the patron accessing the systems. Use of cards registered to other patrons is prohibited. Generally up to two patrons are permitted to use one library computer at a time as long as they do not disturb or interfere with other patrons using computers. Computer sessions are limited to one hour, but may be extended past an hour if no one else is waiting to use a computer. Please be aware that there is no guarantee for a time extension. A library card is required to access the Print Release Stations and the Computer Reservation Stations. All Computer Usage Policies will be applicable when using the devices mentioned above.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library also provides public wireless access to the Internet. Patrons must provide their own electronic devices to connect to the public wireless access points. Technical support will not be available to users. Users of the wireless access points are subject to the terms of this policy; however, a library card is not needed to use the wireless network. The library cannot guarantee the privacy or safety of data and communications while using either wired or wireless services. Patrons need to be aware that wireless networks are inherently insecure and it is strongly recommended that patrons secure their computers with firewall software and data encryption.
The library enforces an Internet safety policy that supports CIPA, which addresses issues pertaining to minors (any person younger than 18 years of age):
- access to "inappropriate matter";
- safety and security when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communication;
- unauthorized access, including hacking and other unlawful online activities;
The library offers education to minors about appropriate online behavior, including cyber bullying awareness and response, and interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
While the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library attempts through filtering software to prevent direct access to materials that would not be generally acceptable in a public library, it is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable resources. Filtering software also occasionally blocks acceptable sites; therefore, a library staff member will disable the filtering software upon request by an adult user provided the site is not prohibited by policies set by the library. Library rules and restrictions as listed below apply at all times. The filtering software will not be disabled for users who are minors. If a website filter is disabled, it is the responsibility of parents, stepparents, and guardians to monitor and guide their own children in the use of library computers and the Internet. Those who do not want their children to access library computers and the Internet may fill out a form at the circulation desk. Filtering software will not be disabled for patrons using personal computers or devices while connected to the library’s public wireless network as the library does not own these devices.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library provides printing services to patrons through the use of library computers and mobile devices. Users are responsible for retrieving their printouts in a timely manner. The library is not responsible for misplaced, lost, or stolen printouts. Unclaimed printouts will be destroyed at the closing of each day.
User errors, typos, formatting issues, printing the wrong document, or printing too many pages of the document will not be refunded. If output is significantly smudged, faded, streaked, spotty, or creased, a request can be made to a KHCPL staff member to reprint the job for no fee. Print jobs are kept in the system for up to an hour.
Account balances on prepaid print accounts are not refundable, but will be kept on the account and will be available for future printing.
A library card is not needed to access the wireless printing mobile apps or the wireless printing website; however, to print from these services a library card will be required.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library makes no warranties of any kind, either the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through library-provided Internet access.
In consideration of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library providing patrons with access to the Internet, patrons agree to hold the library harmless and agree to indemnify the library from any and all liability. The library will retain computer usage information for a period of three months, at which time these records will be destroyed.
Rules and Restrictions
All KHCPL computer use is subject to monitoring by library staff. The use of library computing resources is a privilege and is subject to rules and restrictions. All devices that can be checked out to library patrons (mobile hotspots, Chromebooks, etc.) are subject to library computer usage policies, rules, and restrictions. The following intentional actions are considered unacceptable and may result in loss of computer resource privileges, library privileges, and/or prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities in the case of illegal acts.
- Accessing, transmitting, uploading, downloading, or distributing material or language that is pornographic, abusive, defamatory, sexually explicit, obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors, or any material that is intended to annoy, harass or alarm another person;
- Engaging in any illegal activities using library computers or networks;
- Vandalizing, damaging, modifying or disabling library computers, networks, software, electronic resources or any library property, including installing and/or modifying any software on library computers;
- Attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computing, information, or communication devices;
- Unauthorized copying of copyright or other protected material;
- Violation of another person's privacy;
- Disrupting others' use of computer resources in any way.
- Disclosing personal identification information on the Internet by minors (any person younger than 18 years of age).
In addition, minors (any person younger than 18-years-of-age) shall not disclose personal identification information on the Internet.
Last revised February 2016