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Our COMPUTER / Internet Policy

In keeping with its mission to provide needed and wanted information, the Long Beach Public Library offers free Internet access to all residents of the school district and, if schedules permit, to non residents. The Internet enables the Library to deliver resources which are beyond the confines of building collections. The Library does not restrict or filter user access to Internet information and thereby affirms the following principles and user rights.

* Electronic information and service should be equally and equitably accessible to all library users.

* Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to information because of controversial content or personal beliefs.

* Information retrieved or utilized electronically shall be considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

* Responsibility for and use of the Internet rest solely with a child's parents or legal guardian except as noted herein.

Users are reminded that Internet sources are not subject to selection criteria used to purchase other library materials.

The Youth Services Department will provide Internet access to young people through the age of fifteen 15). However, users under the age of thirteen (13) must be accompanied by an adult or such users must furnish written permission from a parent or guardian. In the Youth Services Department, staff will monitor, as possible, use of the Internet, discouraging access to inappropriate sites. If such sites are repeatedly accessed by a minor, computer use will be suspended until such time as a parent or guardian has discussed the matter with the Head of Youth Services.

The Internet provides electronic access to many valuable sources; however, it is not subject to any form of regulation. As a result some sites may be offensive or controversial, contain information that is out of date, inaccurate or incomplete. Since the Library does not control such information, this agency does not endorse or sanction the contents or points of view that may be found, Thus, patrons must select and evaluate the content and accuracy of all Internet information.

User Responsibilities:
All users, regardless of age, are expected to employ this resource in a responsible, courteous manner, consistent with the purposes for which it is provided. User shall follow all Internet related procedures and rules established herein, including:


* The Library's Internet resources are for educational, cultural and informational purposes only. They shall not be used for advertising, commercial or lobbying purposes.

* Like all Library resources, the Internet must be shared and used
in a manner which respects the rights of others and refrains from activities that prevents others from using it.

* To that end, all users must comply with all procedures, rules and regulations established by the Library. Computers are available on a first come/call first serve basis with 120 minutes for adults and 45 minutes for young people per day; however, the Library may formulate such additional procedures that insure equitable access to computers.

* Personal software may not be used on Library computers to prevent virus infection.

* Patrons using their own disks to download from the Internet may get viruses; consequently, the Library shall not be responsible for personal files/disks used with Library computers. Every user should maintain virus checking software on their home or office computer.

* The Library's Internet shall not be used for illegal purposes or to intentionally download such material that violates the Laws of New York, Penal Law, Chapter 40, Article 235, attached hereto, and any other Federal or State statute. Illegal use may be subject to action by law enforcement agencies whom the Library will cooperate with upon the presentation of proper and appropriate court orders. Such illegal or inappropriate use shall result in immediate termination of computer privileges.

Users may not tamper with Library computers by altering computer settings and configurations; attempting to gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others; and by seeking disallowed access to any computer system. Such attempts shall result in the termination of computer privileges.

Chat Rooms:
In the adult Technology Center, chat rooms in compliance with this resource's purpose; educational, cultural, informational, shall be permitted. In the Youth Services Technology Center chat rooms are not permitted.

Netiquette:
This item refers to an emerging set of guidelines and norms for Internet use to ensure courteous and professional use. The Library encourages users to learn and practice proper netiquette, which includes the prohibition against the transmission of threatening, harassing or abusive language and images. Further, patrons are advised not to disclose their passwords and/or personal identifications.

Staff Assistance:
Public use of the Internet and computers is offered on a self serve basis. While users assume full responsibility for learning the equipment and applications, please report any technical problems to the reference desk as some assistance may be available. Library staff are willing to help users; however, the level of expertise regarding computers and the Internet varies. In addition, activity and staffing levels at the reference desk may mitigate against such help. As a result, from time to time, the Library will offer classes to the public on computer and Internet use.

E-Mail:
The Library shall not offer individual E-mail accounts but can provide information on low/no cost Internet providers. Accessing E-mail, however, is acceptable.

Wireless Internet Policy

As a technological extension of Long Beach Public Library's mission to provide accurate, timely and useful information and a complement to the Library's Internet Policy, wireless access (WiFi) to the Internet is now available for public use in the main building. Access to wireless technology is through properly equipped, personally owned equipment; laptops, PDAs or other wireless devices, and use of such technology is subject to the rules and regulations set forth in the Library's Computer and Internet Policies. Please be advised that the Library shall not be responsible for any loss of data or damage to personal equipment.

Guidelines:
1. To use the wireless network, patrons must have a laptop or handheld device equipped with either a WiFi adaptable card or built-in wireless capability. No registration is needed.
2. Wireless access points, located on the first and second floor, communicate with your wireless device. You should be able to connect anywhere in the building. When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message appears on your screen indicating the wireless network is available. (LibraryHotSpot)
3. The Library's hotspot transmits using WPA-2 encryption. It requires a password to log on. The password is longbeach. WiFi users may elect not to transmit credit card information and/or passwords, as the Library cannot assure the security of your data. Similarly, users are cautioned, that wireless transmissions, like non SSL encrypted login pages, can be easily intercepted.
4. Printing is not yet available. If you need to print, save to a disk or e-mail files to yourself, which can be accessed via a library computer and printed there from.
5. Library staff cannot configure your computer, since everyone's device is different. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your settings to access the wireless network.
6. The Library's catalog and databases can be searched by clicking onto our home page at http://www.longbeachlibrary.org.
7. If your laptop battery is low, first floor tables near the Technology Center have outlets for recharging.
8. To be consistent with the Library's Internet Policy, WiFi users are advised that access may not be used for illegal purposes or to intentionally download such material that violates the Laws of New York, Penal Law Chapter 40, Article 235 and any other Federal or State statutes. Illegal use may be subject to actions by law enforcement agencies.


Adopted February 2005
Updated January 2009