Requirements for Internet Use

  1. Patrons must have a valid library card from the Library System of Lancaster County or another Access PA Library, and must have no overdue materials or fines owed. Member Libraries may choose to grant permission to use library computers to a visitor to the area after the visitor agrees to abide by this policy.
  2. An “Internet Usage Agreement” must be signed. If under age 18, a “Parental Permission Form” must be signed by the patron’s parent or legal guardian in the presence of library staff.
  3. Computer users must be able to employ the computer on their own, and may be asked to demonstrate their ability to use the computer without damaging it.
  4. Patrons must leave a workstation immediately when asked by a staff member.
  5. Patrons may not download materials onto the computer’s hard drive or attempt to add, modify or remove any system element.
  6. Patrons may download only that information which is legal to copy.
  7. Patrons may not systematically employ Library computers for commercial activity.
  8. Patrons will refrain from using sounds or visuals which might be disruptive to others.
  9. The Member Libraries do not offer email accounts but patrons may use library computers to access email from outside providers such as AOL, MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.
  10. Patrons may not alter or attach equipment to the library’s hardware, or alter, add or attempt to alter programs or device settings.
  11. Patrons are responsible for any damages they do to the machines or software.
  12. Misuse of computers or Internet access will result in the loss of computer privileges. A letter will be sent to parents or guardians of minors regarding any revocation of privileges, and a signed permission form will be included.
  13. The individual Member Libraries will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Library computers, including, but not limited to, fees for printing or purchase of disks and the length of time a patron may use the computer.

Response to Violations

The patron’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A patron violates this policy by his or her own action. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the patron’s access to computers at any of the Member Libraries of the Library System of Lancaster County. The first offense will result in a loss of computer privileges for one month. The second offense will result in a loss of computer privileges for six months. After the third offense, the patron will lose all computer privileges indefinitely. Decisions regarding the appropriate response to violations will be made by the Director of the Member Library at which the offense occurred, or by his/her designate. Appeals should be made in writing and submitted to the Member Library Director’s attention.


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