Conneaut Public Library
Internet Use Policy
Conneaut Public Library provides access to the internet and other electronic resources to further our mission of satisfying the evolving needs and recreational pursuits of our patrons.
Not all information found on the internet is accurate, up-to-date, legal or acceptable to all individuals. The internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be biased, inappropriate, or offensive. The library does not control information found on the internet and therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content. Users are advised to use caution when sending personal information such as name, address, social security number, credit cards, etc. over the internet.
It is the policy of the Conneaut Public Library that parents or legal guardians of minor children are ultimately responsible for the child’s use of the internet at the library. Furthermore, Conneaut Public Library staff cannot be held responsible for supervising minors while they are using the computer/internet.
Conneaut Public Library is committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. Patrons may not display on screens or printers sexually explicit graphics or other materials, which may be objectionable. This includes users of our wireless connections within the building and on the grounds of the Conneaut Public Library.
Conneaut Public Library reserves the right to regulate the use of workstations to include the amount of time a workstation may be used, printing restrictions for that workstation, social media, etc. and further reserves the right to terminate an internet session at any time.
Conneaut Public Library reserves the right to modify this policy and to develop corresponding procedures that are deemed appropriate and in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the internet of this policy.
Users violating the guidelines will be asked to stop. If the violation continues, the user will forfeit to use the workstation/internet and may be asked to leave the library.
All users of the electronic resources the library agree to hold the Conneaut Public Library harmless for any and all claims, losses, damages, obligation, or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of the internet or workstations.
Computer / Internet Use Rules
Guidelines for use:
*All computer/internet users must present their library card at the
reservation station. Scan card and computer will designate a computer
*Patrons may use the computers/internet 2 times a day
*Computers/Internet is for single use only.
*Use of computer/internet is on a first come, first served basis. If
someone waiting time limit is enforced by “Envisionware” to 1 hour
*These workstations are part of the library’s local area network (LAN)
each workstation in network is set to run pre-installed library software
*Do not attempt to run your own software, customize files, or change
*Do not turn off the computer or reboot system. Ask staff member for
*Individuals should use the internet in a courteous, reasonable and
*Patrons may not interfere with or disrupt others, nor invade the privacy
* We ensure the comfort and safety of our employees and visitors by
encouraging an environment free from smoke, fragrances, unpleasant
smells. These odors are distracting and may trigger allergic reactions
or create health problems for sensitive individuals. This policy is meant
to cover noticeable odors from any source, including foods, personal
items, perfumes, and grooming.
*Staff provides assistance as time and knowledge permits
*Download files using flash/thumb drive at your own risk
*Exceptions to the computer/internet policies are at the discretion of the
*Individuals are expected to use the computers/internet in a responsible
manner. In order to comply with contemporary community standards
regarding obscenity as defined in 2907.01 of the Ohio Revised Code,
the library deems inappropriate the following use. Restrictions are as
*Display of sexually explicit graphics
*Display or transmission of profane, abusive or threatening language.
*Juveniles may not view or print materials unsuitable for minors.
*In addition the following practices are deemed inappropriate and
*Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage, abuse, or
sabotage computer equipment or software configurations, or install
*If found using another patron card this is considered theft and
possibility of internet privileges
*Users are liable for cost arising from malicious damage to library
equipment or software
*Users may not use any library terminal for illegal purposes
*Users may not violate copyright laws of the United States (Title 17
United States Code)
*Users may not use library terminals for any activity that is
deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile
*Users may not disregard time limits on the use of a library terminal
while others are waiting
*Users may not violate any local, state or federal statue
*Parents and/or legal guardians must share with the library the
responsibility for their children’s use of the computer/internet in the
*Access to material that is considered harmful to juveniles as described
in the “OBSCENITY” section of the Ohio Revised Code 2907.31 will
not be permitted.
*Restriction of a child’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the
parent of legal guardian. If a juvenile is not being monitored by an
adult, library staff will instruct juveniles to choose another internet site
or terminate the internet session if they are observed viewing a site that
might be considered unsuitable for juveniles.
*Free copies of Child Safety on the information highway are available
*Deliberate altering of any files or modifying the configuration of any
Computer or peripherals is considered a violation of the computers
system security and will result in the loss of computer privileges, with
possible legal action
*Destruction or damage of equipment due to willful misuse will result in
*Willful removal of any part of the computer will be considered theft
and will result In legal action
*All computers shut down 15 minutes before library closing
*Internet users should have a minimal level of computer experience and able to
Use a mouse
*Books and manuals are available for self-instruction. Please ask staff member
*Patrons who access “pornographic” sites are subject to losing computer, internet
privileges and perhaps library privileges. Library staff will also intervene by
ending session using “Envisionware” software installed at front desk. Patron card
number will be secured into “Envisionware” system so it is no longer a valid card.
*Patrons who otherwise violate the rules and guidelines as set forth by the Board
of Trustees of The Conneaut Public Library are subject to losing computer,
internet, and perhaps library privileges. Library staff will intervene by terminating
use of the library card and/or use of the building
*Library staff will intervene by terminating computer/internet access to those
patrons who disregard warnings.
*The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States code) governs the regulations, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user; The Conneaut Public Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting thereof.
*Displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures could be in violation of
State or Federal obscenity laws.
*The user agrees to hold The Conneaut Public Library harmless from any claims, loses, damages, obligations, or liabilities relating to the use of information obtained from the library’s electronic system.
*Software downloaded from the internet may contain a virus and users are cautioned to have virus-checking software on their computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to a users travel drive or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from an individual’s use of the library’s computer/internet service.
*As important national debate in courts and Congress continues balancing
intellectual freedom with protection of minors from pornographic and sexually
explicit materials, we will revise our policies and practice to comply with those
*Time will be limited to one hour (unless no one is waiting.) Then unlimited
*Assignment of computer(s) is determined by Envisionware software.
*All computers shut down 15 min. before closing by Envisionware software
Printing & Downloading :
*Printouts are .25¢ (twenty-five cents) per page including mistakes
*If you wish to download files, it is at your own risk. You must bring your
own jump drive.
Adopted by the BOT Date: 3/26/15