The Internet provides access to a wide range of materials and opinions from various points of view from around the world. However, not everything found on the Internet is current, accurate, or complete. Some information available on the Internet may be considered offensive or inappropriate for certain age groups. While the Oconomowoc Public Library is sensitive to the concerns about Internet content, no one, including the library, can control the information available through the Internet. Each individual is responsible for their own appropriate use of the Internet in a public place. The Oconomowoc Public Library offers free wireless access to the Internet. When patrons use the library’s Internet service, they are accepting the library’s Internet Acceptable Use rules, shown upon connecting to the library’s wireless network.
Procedures for Computer and Internet Use:
- Before connecting to the library’s wireless Internet, patrons must read and accept the Acceptable Use Rules (as contained in this policy), which are displayed upon connection.
- While respecting an individual patron’s right to privacy whenever possible, staff have the right to monitor use of the library’s wireless network to ensure compliance with library policy.
- The library does not guarantee that all personal electronic devices will be able to connect to the wireless Internet service. Response speed, bandwidth, and continuity of connection are not guaranteed.
- Library staff is available to assist patrons in their use of the Internet, but may not be familiar with every device or application patrons might wish to use. Due to scheduling constraints, there may not be a librarian available to help at all times. Because of the many different devices and Internet applications available, library staff cannot provide complete technical support.
- Patrons may connect their wireless devices to any available electrical power outlet provided the cord(s) do not create a hazard. Library staff shall have the authority to determine what constitutes a hazard. Patrons may not unplug library equipment.
- Patrons using personal electronic devices may not connect to the library’s computer network or to library computers by means of a wire or cable.
- Patrons must use headphones when using applications that require sound.
- The library is not responsible for personal electronic devices, or for any damage that may occur to personal electronic devices while connected to the wireless network. Anti-virus and security protection are the responsibility of the patron. The patron understands the wireless Internet connection is unsecured and open to everyone.
- Patrons are responsible for consequences of any copyright infringement.
- The library is not responsible for any financial loss that may occur while using the wireless Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, loss due to improper use of online financial tools, personal information intercepted while being transmitted, and identity theft.
- The library’s Internet access is unfiltered. It is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians of minors to choose whether to purchase filtering software for their computing devices.
- Inappropriate, illegal, or unacceptable use of this resource is prohibited and can result in loss of Internet privileges, loss of library privileges, and/or legal action.
- Parents of minor children must assume full responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s wireless Internet service.
- Children Under the Age of 18
- The Oconomowoc Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. All library resources, including Internet access, are provided equally to all library users. Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring the information selected, viewed, and/or accessed by their children.
The wireless internet connection at the Oconomowoc Public Library is a resource intended to provide users with access to knowledge, information, and diversity of ideas. All users are expected to use this resource in a responsible manner consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.
Patrons may not use the wireless Internet connection for any illegal or inappropriate purposes. The following activities are illegal or considered inappropriate and are therefore prohibited:
- Viewing, sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene, offensive, or “harmful to children” as defined by Sec. 948.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes, which lack serious artistic, literary, political, educational, or scientific value. Transmitting and/or receiving of child pornography is a crime.
- Failing to abide by federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations.
- Disregarding the privacy of others.
- Misrepresenting oneself.
- Attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; seeking unauthorized access to any computer system.
- Damaging or altering software or hardware components or any network or database.
- Making any changes to the setup or configuration of the library’s Internet resources.
- Interfering with or disturbing other library patrons.
- Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data. United States copyright law governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user; the library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting thereof.
Consequences of Misuse of the Public Computers and Internet
Misuse or abuse of wireless Internet access will result in the following:
- 1st Offense: 1-week suspension of wireless Internet use at the Library.
- 2nd Offense: 1-month suspension of wireless Internet use at the Library.
- 3rd Offense: 1-year expulsion from the library and suspension of all library services.
- Serious and/or repeated violations of the Public Internet Computer Use Policy may result in full suspension of library services, expulsion from the library, and/or criminal prosecution.
The Library reserves the right to disconnect any device and to deny patrons the use of wireless Internet access if they fail to comply with any part of this policy.