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Internet Policy
Computer Access
The Osawatomie Public Library provides six public access computers.

Internet Policy
  • Policy Background: The library is committed to the principles of intellectual freedom and the freedom to access information from a variety of sources. The Internet is an information resource that enables public library users to access a diverse variety of information beyond that contained in the library’s own collection. Some content which the library does not control may be offensive or may be illegal under the laws of the State of Kansas.
  • Library Responsibilities: The library provides Internet access for education and research in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws. Library staff may assist patrons in accessing the Internet. Library staff also may offer searching suggestions and may answer basic questions. However, library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning Internet computer jargon or personal computer use.
  • Basic Requirements: Patron should have a current Osawatomie Library card. Exception will be made for one-time visitors or for those using the computers for a short amount of time while visiting friends or relatives in the area. Patrons may have no overdue materials or outstanding fines. 

Internet Availability
  • Internet terminals are available during library hours to all patrons on a first come, first served basis.
  • Users are limited to one half-hour of use per person per day. Exceptions will be made if no one is waiting for a computer or for a patron filling out online forms or taking exams.  
  • Internet users are required to register at the circulation desk.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must have parental permission to use the Internet. Underage children and their parent or guardian must request a permission form at the circulation desk. Signed forms will be kept on file, and a notation made on the patron’s library card data indicating parental permission.
Internet User Responsibilities
  • The library does not have the legal authority to act “in loco parentis” (in place of parents) and library staff members are not responsible for your child’s use of the Internet.
  • Users may download files from a website directly to any supported portable storage media.
  • Users shall:
    • Respect the legal protection provided by copyright license to software, books, articles, and other electronic files.
    • Respect the privacy of others.
  • Users shall not:
    • Access illegal Internet sites as defined by state and federal laws.
    • Access webpages or sites that contain materials that are defined in Kansas statutes as “harmful to minors” (KSA 21-4301c) or “obscene” (KSA 21-4301).
    • Gain or try to gain unauthorized access to restricted resources or entities.
    • “Hack into or interfere” with other users, system operations, integrity or security of the library computer system of any other computer system.
    • Attempt to gain access to another person’s files or passwords.
    • Intentionally obtain copies or modify files, passwords, or data that belongs to the library or its users.
    • Harass others with messages, prints, images, cyberbullying, or software programs.
    • Load or run any software other than that which resides on the library’s computers.
    • Tamper with, mishandle, damage, or attempt to damage computer hardware or software.

Filtering of Inappropriate Material
The Osawatomie Public Library is opposed to censorship. However, because our Internet computers are in full public view, patrons walking by or seated nearby are exposed to any material visible on the screens or on the printer. Therefore, the library prohibits websites containing sexually explicit material, violence or hate speech, illicit drugs, alcohol or gambling.

Saving Information
Do not save your information to the hard drive of the computer and expect it to still be there when you return another day. All of the library computers return to their original settings when rebooted, so any information added during the day will disappear when the computer is turned off.

Please ask for staff assistance if you need help saving to a disk or Flash drive.

The library makes printing from library computers available at a nominal charge.

Limitation of Liability
The library assumes no liability for loss or damage to the user’s data, the user’s portable storage media or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the user’s privacy or from viruses that may infect the user’s portable storage media or files.

There are several ways in which you may use email at the library. Since most websites that sell things or offer to send information require an email address, we encourage patrons to set up their own email account though the Internet. Library staff can assist patrons with getting onto these sites and beginning the process. The library computers do not have email accounts through Outlook Express.

The public access Internet computers also offer all of the Microsoft package programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, and Access). No software may be brought from outside the library to be used in any of the library computers without permission of the library supervisor.

Enforcement & Consequences for Violating Policy
The library monitors public computers for violations of this policy. Library staff is authorized to take immediate action to protect the security of computers and the network or to enforce any part of this policy. This includes requiring a user to leave the computer or the premises and contacting law enforcement authorities. A user may request the library board reconsider this policy by making a written request to the library director.

User Agreement
Use of the library’s computers constitutes agreement with this policy.

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