Internet Public Use Policy
Internet Access Policy of Essex Public Library
You must sign your name on the sign-up sheet at the circulation desk.
You are only guaranteed 30 minutes at the computer for which you signed. If you need more time for bona fide research you must tell library staff when you sign up. Computers automatically log off if they are idle for 5 minutes
Children under 16 are limited to 30-minutes per day. Proof of age may be required by librarian.
All computer use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may continue using the computer and Internet access so long as there is any other available computer. When there is no available computer the person who has been on longest will be the first person asked to leave.
You must sit at the computer for which you signed up. If you must leave the computer briefly, let the staff member on duty know. Otherwise, the computer may be given to another patron.
Appropriate, courteous behavior is expected from all library patrons. If you refuse to cooperate with librarian or to leave a computer when asked you will have your computer privileges revoked.
The library does not restrict access to any resource on the Internet for reasons of content except as required by Virginia Code § 42.1-36.1 regarding software filters. Library staff may disable or otherwise bypass filters required by this section at the request of a patron to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Computer users are bound by local, state, and federal laws relating to copyrights, security, obscenity, pornography, and other statutes regarding electronic media. Unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted material is against the law. Violations of the law will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
*Failure to follow the Library Access and Use Policy, guidelines or procedures can result in a loss of the patron’s access privileges. Illegal or disruptive behaviors can result in immediate termination of computer access and may involve intervention by law enforcement authorities. The Library reserves the right to terminate any computer session.
By logging on to this computer I state that I have read and understood and agree to abide by this policy.