Internet Usage Policy

Bonne Terre Memorial Library

Computer/Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Adopted on 8/1/2002; Revised  7/1/2004; Revised 1/15/2010

Mission Statement

Bonne Terre Memorial Library uses the Computer/Internet as an information resource and provides Computer/Internet access, with limitations, to its patrons. Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.


Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.  The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the policies below, which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet Use privileges.  Network integrity will be maintained at all times.

Access by Minors:

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons. Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children.

Prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement.

Internet Filtering

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the Library has implemented software filtering on all internet-accessible computer terminals.  This includes, but is not limited to sexually explicit or extremely violent content, but users are individually responsible for observing the rules regarding offensive content, DO NOT go looking for these things on our computer or you will be asked to leave and your computer usage time will be terminated for the day. Multiple offenses can result in loss of all library privileges. Parents are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet.


Acceptable Use Guidelines

  • Computer/Internet access is for patrons in good standing only (i.e. no overdue books or unpaid fines.) A valid library card is required.
  • This Acceptable Use Policy must be signed before using the Computer/Internet.

Patrons younger than 18 years of age need a parent/guardian signature.

Signatures will be accepted on the Patron Application for a library card.

  • Internet use is offered in one-hour sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Each user is allowed one session per day—if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once another patrons requests use of the station, the first user must relinquish the its use.
  • Patrons may not use their own software
  • Patrons with fines of $5.00 or more may not use the computer lab
  • Files may not be saved on any library computer hard drive.
  • Patrons may inquire about purchasing storage media
  • Library staff reserves the right to monitor the computers and their use. Physical abuse of hardware or inappropriate access will result in the loss of computer privileges for (2) weeks, and permanent loss of computer privileges if a second warning is issued.
  • The Library’s Computer/Internet resources may not be used for personal profit or commercial purposes
  • Rules of Common Courtesy shall be followed: i.e. no cell phone use, no loud talking etc… and may result in loss of privileges for misbehavior
  • One person per computer please
  • Please avoid any activity that might damage the computer. Food and/or drinks will damage computers and therefore, are not allowed.
  • Patrons are expected to pay for all pages printed—not just the ones you decide to keep. Copies may be picked up at the reference desk.

Disclaimer : The Library reserves the right to take measures to ensure compliance with this policy including but, not limited to, charging fines and/or termination of Computer Internet access.  The Computer/Internet access may not be available due to maintenance and/or technical problems. The Library cannot be held responsible for downtime.

The Library accepts no responsibility for damage to patron’s storage media or other equipment.

Users should be advised that no filtering software is perfect. BTML does not warrant or guarantee that Internet filters will block all content that is illegal, inappropriate for children or possibly offensive to some. Further, BTML does not warrant or guarantee that Internet filters will allow access to some valuable resource materials that a user may wish to view.

BTML takes no responsibility and does not accept liability for any of it’s patrons computer activities that violate federal law (including copyright infringement), state, local law or BTML policies. Further, BTML does not accept liability for the occurrences that result from calling local law enforcement when it appears that any of these laws or policies are being broken.

This usage policy may be revised at any time.

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