Computer and Internet Policy

Equipment Use Policy

Computers which are available to patrons are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There is no charge for the use of a computer.  However, in order to make the service available to as many patrons as possible, a time limit for usage must be imposed.  Time limits are set for thirty (30) minutes.  A patron may use the computer for longer periods of time if no one is waiting.  computers may not be reserved over the phone for specific time slot.  The library staff is available for general assistance in using computers.  However, staff members are not expected to provide training in the use of the application programs.

A printer is available.  Printer paper will cost fifteen cents ($.15) per sheet and must be paid at the conclusion of the session.

A copy machine is available to patrons who wish to have copies made by the staff.  The rate is fifteen cents (.15) per sheet.  Copy machine users are advised that there are restrictions on copyrighted materials.  Any violation of copyright is the responsibility of the patron requesting the copies.  Limits may be placed on the number of copies which may be made on the copier.  Maximum number of copies is approximately twenty (20).  The staff will assist patrons in the use of the copier to avoid damage and misuse of the equipment.

A fax machine is available as a service to the public.  The staff will send fax transmittals for the general public.  costs are $2.50 for the first page sent and $1.00 for each page following.  To receive fax transmittals the costs are $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. 

Typewriters are not available for the general public use.

Internet Use Policy

The Woodbury County Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities of the library's service area.  An Internet Use Policy has been established to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.  Access to the Internet is now available to all qualified patrons.  However, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines.  Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the library's Internet service.  Prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under the age of thirteen (13) years of age, along with the parent or guardian must sign the Internet Use Agreement or be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.  All users must sign the log-in chat prior to beginning the session. 

  1. Expectations Regarding Computer Use
  • Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state and federal laws.   The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the internet in the library.  Users are expected to abide by the policies which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges. 
  • Warnings Regarding Computer Use
    • The Internet is a decentralized, global network.  The Woodbury County Library will not be responsible for the availability and the accuracy of information found on the Internet.  The library cannot assure that data or information found on the Internet.  The library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by suers are virus-free.  The library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on user's personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the library's Internet service.  The use of Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to proper authorities. 
  • Internet Access Policy
    • The Internet which is a natural extension of traditional library service, is available at the Woodbury County Library in Moville and at the branch libraries.  It will provide access to the same types of materials already found in the libraries, but access will be much broader and faster.
  • Waiver
    • Patrons must understand that information found on the Internet is input from all over the world, and in some cases sources cannot be documented.  During a search you may come across objectionable material.   The Woodbury County Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  patrons need to be good information consumers, always questioning the validity of the information found on the Internet. 
  • Staff Assistance
    • Staff experience using the Internet varies.  Generally staff members will be able to help patrons access the Internet and offer suggestions on where to start a  search.  However, the staff has other responsibilities which come first.  patrons are encouraged to spend time exploring the Internet since this is the only way to become proficient in its use.
  • Guidelines.
    1. To use the computers, Woodbury County Library patrons must be qualified, registered and in good standing with the library.  Fines must be paid in full.
    2. Internet service provided by the library as an educational and informational source.  Patrons may send and receive e-mail using "Hotmail" or other similar services, but the library e-mail address is NOT available for patron use.
    3. Patrons will not be allowed to order merchandise over the Internet.
    4. Patrons may download files from the Internet to floppy disks, if the disks are purchases from the library for $.50 each.  Patrons will not be able to save files on the hard drive.
    5. Printing charges are fifteen cents ($.15) per page.  Color printing is not available.
    6. Time is assigned to computer workstations in thirty (30) minute increments for research and educational purposes.  A patron must immediately vacate the computer at the discretion of the staff. 
    7. The following are NOT PERMITTED:
      1. Sending or displaying offensive or sexually explicit messages or pictures.
      2. Using obscene language.
      3. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
      4. Damaging computers, computer systems, computer networks, or furniture.
      5. Employing the network for commercial purposes.
      6. Using another's folders, work, or files.
      7. Intentionally wasting limited resources.
      8. Using materials obtained over the Internet without proper citation of all quotes, sources, and references.
      9. Downloading programs or files without approval.
      10. Printing without the approval of library staff.
    8. The patron or guardian will be responsible for the following:
      1. Any service via the Internet which has a cost.
      2. Printing costs.
      3. Damaged computers, computer systems, printers, or furniture.
    9. A patron must be twelve (12) years of age to use the Internet or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    10. Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in loss of all computer privileges.
    11. The Woodbury County Library Staff reserves the right to adjust all guidelines for all computer usage and Internet access.