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LIBRARY iNTERNET POLICY 

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The Library staff may assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instructions.

Illegal acts involving library computing resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

Use of library computers is a privilege - not a right - and inappropriate use will result in a suspension of privileges until further notice.

Examples of such inappropriate actions leading to suspension include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Changing any of any pre-set computer settings.

  2. Unauthorized tampering with the computer software or hardware.

  3. Violation of software license agreements and copyright laws.

  4. Violation of another user’s privacy.

  5. Loud and unruly behavior and/or using offensive language.

The Library staff reserves the right not to print or assist patrons with any subject matter that violates another user’s and/or staff’s right not to be offended verbally, sexually or be exposed to obscenity. 

Internet Policy for the Public

The staff of the Library maintains a homepage with recommended links in order to facilitate use of the Internet. Users should recognize that the Library is not responsible for changes to the content of linked sites, or for the content of sources accessed through subsequent links.

Since the Library computers on which the public can access the Internet are located in public areas which are shared by users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities, individuals are asked to consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Library staff reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images which may cause a disruption.

Internet Access

The Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. The Library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their own children's use of library materials and resources.

Conditions and Terms of Use for Library Computers

  1. Library computers will not be used for illegal activity, to access illegal materials, or to access materials, which by local community standards would be obscene.

  2. Installation, downloading, or modification of software is prohibited.

  3. Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

  4. Users will not make any attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted files or networks, or to damage or modify computer equipment or software.

  5. Users will respect the privacy of other users, and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.

  6. By mutual agreement, two persons may share one access session as long as their behavior or conversation does not disturb other users or Library staff.

  7. Library computers may not be used for spamming.

  8. Fees for the use of Library computers, if any, will be determined by the Board of Trustees.

The Library reserves the right to apply restrictions as outlined in Library procedures.

Internet Privacy

The Library avoids collecting or maintaining records that could compromise the privacy of patrons. Nevertheless, Internet users must also exercise caution when using the internet to avoid unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information. Parents must caution their minor children that personal personal facts are not to be shared on the Internet.

Internet Disclaimer

When you use the Internet, you access a world of resources and organizations far beyond the confines of the Markham Public Library. Our home page offers a selection of Internet sites which we think you'll find informative and useful. However, we cannot take responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of Internet sources not created by the Library. As a user, you should be aware that some material on the Internet may be considered offensive, controversial, or inappropriate for children. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for monitoring the Internet use of children under 18.