Lowe Public Library
40 Bridge Street Shinnston, WV 26431

Computer Use & Internet Policy

The following is an abridged version of the Lowe Public Library Internet Policy. The full version is on file in the library, and it may be viewed by any person upon request. Suggestions and questions on the Internet Usage Policy are always welcomed.

Mission:

It is the mission of the Lowe Public Library to provide materials, resources, and services which help patrons meet their personal, educational, cultural, and professional information needs.

Guidelines:

The purpose of the following guidelines is to foster the users' independent use of the Lowe Public Library electronic network while concurrently preserving the rights of others to examine all information formats, including the Internet. Failure by any user to preserve the rights of other patrons, through willful or accidental means will result in the suspension of library privileges. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Internet Resources and Rights & Responsibilities:

Internet usage by the patrons of the Lowe Public Library is for personal, education, cultural, and professional information needs. No commercial use is allowed.

Internet resources contain valuable information. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, offensive, or illegal. Parents are responsible for their children's Internet usage at the library.

Children under the age of 11 will be required to have a parent or adult guardian present when using the Internet.

Children under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to use the library computers. Since screens are in full view of other patrons, users are not permitted to display any nudity, obscenity or graphic violence.

Patrons may use the computer for thirty minutes after signing in at the circulation desk. If another person is waiting to use the computer, the computer will be relinquished to the next person in line once the 30 minute time limit has been reached.

Patrons may print documents for 10 cents per page.

In order to prevent the spread of computer viruses and protect the integrity of the electronic network, usage of floppy disks, CD-R's, CD-RW's, jump drives, and other storage devices not provided by the library is prohibited on the library computers.

Staff members are available for assistance where and when possible. However, the user must be aware that it is not always possible for everyone on the staff to be knowledgeable in all facets of electronic resources.

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