Computer and Internet Use Policy
The Dubuque County Library provides public access to the Internet in order to augment the resources made available to our users. These policies apply to the use of library-owned equipment as well as to the use of patrons’ personal electronic devices to access the Internet via the library’s public Wi-Fi or circulating hotspots.
- Use of the Library’s equipment and Internet connection in an illegal, disruptive or destructive manner may result in the loss of Internet or library privileges.
- A first violation of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges for a minimum of five business days.
- A second violation of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges for 15 business days and the loss of library computer privileges for 30 days.
- A third such instance may result in the loss of library privileges or library computer privileges for a period of up to one year.
- These penalties may be appealed to the Library Board of Trustees.
- Time limits are placed on library equipment in order to provide access to as many users as possible. Users are expected to comply with posted and verbal instruction regarding time limits.
- The Library does not filter Internet content. Staff may, however, limit images displayed on screens in order to ensure the secure and comfortable environment of the Library.
- The Library is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor’s use of the Internet or library equipment.
- The Library is not responsible for the accuracy and/or authenticity of information discovered through the Internet.
- The Library is not responsible for work or information lost due to computer, network, or software malfunction.
- The Library cannot guarantee privacy or confidentiality of information transmitted over the Internet.
- Users are expected to be knowledgeable in basic computer use. While the Library may occasionally present computer classes or other instructional programming, in-depth computer assistance is generally not available.
- Users are responsible for the configuration of their personal electronic devices for use with the Library’s Internet connection.
- Users are responsible for complying with United States Copyright Law, and all other applicable federal, state and local laws relating to the use of the Internet and electronic media.