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Using the Computer


The Internet

The Abbeville County Library System provides a wide variety of resources to meet the needs
of the community it serves. Internet access is an integral part of those resources and
is available at each location. Wireless access is available at all locations.

The Internet is a constantly evolving resource and the information and links
change quickly and unpredictably. Some material may be controversial or incorrect,
so we ask that you carefully evaluate the information found when using this resource.

Guidelines for Use

Access to our computers is open to all library cardholders in good standing.
To use a computer, you should first sign a computer use agreement
at any branch of the library system. This agreement verifies that you will
follow all library guidelines and policies as regards computer use.

Once we have your computer use agreement on file, you can use
the computer for up to two (2) hours each day. Simply have
a library assistant scan your library card and sign you up for
a computer every time you come in to use this resource.

Young adults ages 13-17 can use the computer by themselves as long as a parent
or legal caregiver has previously signed a Computer Use Agreement for them.

Children under the age of 12 can use the computer when a
parent or legal caregiver is present and has previously signed
a Computer Use Agreement for them.

Out-of-county visitors are welcome to use the computers upon presentation
of a picture I.D and with the understanding that they must follow
the same policies regarding computer use as in-county cardholders.

To facilitate closing procedures, we will begin shutting down computers ten (10) minutes before closing.

Saving Files

You can save files to your personal USB or to a formatted floppy disc.

Filtering

The Abbeville County Library System complies with the Federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA),
which requires the use of filtering software for adults, teens and children.
Filtering software may not block all material that patrons find offensive.
Parents are expected to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

It is your responsibility to respect copyright laws and licensing agreements
and to assume responsibility for payment of fees for any fee-based service.

It's the Law

Pursuant to South Carolina Code Title 16 Chapter 15 Article 3 Section 16-15-305,
it is unlawful to use computers to send, receive or display inappropriate materials, defined as
text or graphics, which may be construed as obscene. Invasion of the privacy of
others or partaking in any activity that is harassing, defamatory or threatening, or receiving or displaying graphics
which may reasonably be construed as obscene as defined by law is also prohibited.

The Abbeville County Library System reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.

Computer Assistance

Though we cannot offer complete tutorials in specific software applications,
we are happy to offer assistance in using the computer as staffing allows.


Approved by the Abbeville County Library Board
July 2009