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Greenwood County Library System Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

Free public access to electronic resources enables the Library to reach beyond its physical limits to provide information for its customers through electronic databases and the Internet. The Internet allows access to ideas and information that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching. However, it is an unregulated medium that may allow access to websites that are inaccurate, controversial, or offensive to the viewer, and illegal or inappropriate for children. Each user must accept personal responsibility for determining the accuracy and suitability of information found through the Internet.

As required by South Carolina Law (Code 16-15-305), the Library System uses filtering software designed to eliminate access to sites considered obscene. Terminals may be monitored by Library personnel to ensure that Internet use is in accord with general community standards and this Library System's policy.

It is the responsibility of parents, guardians, and legal caregivers to determine and monitor the use of all Library materials for their own children. Library System staff cannot act in the place of parents, guardians, and legal caregivers in deciding whether the information found through these resources is suitable and/or appropriate.

Use of the Library System's computers is a privilege, not a right. The Library System has established these guidelines for the use of computers, software, access to databases, and the Internet. Violations of these rules may result in the cancellation of computer use privileges.
Adopted November 15, 2005
Updated and adopted September 16, 2008


Procedures for Computer Use
1.Customers demonstrating and/or instructing others in methods of bypassing the Library's web-filtering technology will have computer use privileges revoked.
2. Users who gain unauthorized access or attempt to gain unauthorized access to or cause disruption of the Library's computer system or any other computer system may have their computer use and Library privileges revoked, and may face criminal prosecution.
3. Computers may not be used to send, receive, or display inappropriate materials, defined as text or graphics, which may be construed as obscene. (South Carolina Code 16-15-305).
4. All users of electronic resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner. All users are expected to meet the standards described in the Library System's Standards of Behavior policy.
5. Use of Library computers to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal law is strictly prohibited.
6. Greenwood County residents who wish to use the Library's computers must have a library card. Library users with fine of $5 or more may not use the computers.
7. Non-residents may use the Library's computers by showing a picture I.D. (driver's license, etc.) and by agreeing to the conditions of computer use.
8. Parents, guardians, and legal caregivers, through signature, are responsible for the computer use of their children. Parents, guardians, and legal caregivers must remain with children in grade 5 and under while children are using the Library's computers. Students in grades 6-12 may use the Library's computers independently.
9. Individuals may use computers for up to 2 hours each day.
10. Users may download to removable/portable storage media (e.g. floppy disks, CDs, USB/Flash drives).
11. The Library installs only software to which it holds appropriate licenses. Users may not install or use personal software on Library computers.
12. Users giving a false name and signature will have computer use privileges revoked.
13. Computer stations are limited to 2 users at a time. If two people need to work on a joint project, they may do so only with permission of library staff.
14. Users may access only one computer at a time.
15. Library computer users are required to use headphones when using applications with sound effects. Headsets are provided, and it is the responsibility of the user to clean the headphones. Alcohol wipes are available at the sign-in desk.
16. Internet transactions involving the use of credit cards are conducted strictly at the risk of the user.
17. Use of the Library's computer system may be monitored.


Wireless Procedures
Limitations and Disclaimers
1. Users demonstrating and/or instructing others in methods of bypassing the Library System's web-filtering technology will have computer use privileges revoked.
2. Users who gain unauthorized access or attempt to gain unauthorized access to or cause disruption of the Library's computer system or any other computer system may have their computer use and Library privileges revoked, and may face criminal prosecution.
3. Computers may not be used to send, receive, or display inappropriate materials, defined as text or graphics, which may be construed as obscene. (South Carolina Code 16-15-305.)
4. All users of electronic resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner. All users are expected to meet the standards described in the Library System's Standards of Behavior policy.
5. USE OF THE LIBRARY'S WIRELESS NETWORK TO ENGAGE IN ANY ACTIVITY WHICH CONSTITUTES VIOLATION OF LOCAL, STATE, AND/OR FEDERAL LAW IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
6. NO WIRELESS NETWORK IS SECURE. Information sent to or from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software up to 300 feet away. Internet transactions involving the use of credit cards are conducted strictly at the risk of the user.
7. Wireless users must bring their own laptops, headphones, etc.
8. Library is not responsible for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.
9. Library staff cannot provide technical assistance.
10.Library cannot guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection or that a certain level of bandwidth will be available for use.
11. Users accessing applications with sound effects must use headphones.
12. Use of the Library's computer system may be monitored.
13. There may be Internet resources which are inappropriate to a Library setting. Library staff has the authority to end an Internet session, because the Library is a public place.

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