Computer Policy

Library Computer Usage Policy

Internet resources available in the J.H. Wootters Crockett Public Library are provided by the City Of Crockett through a Cable connection to patrons wishing to access the Internet.

Patrons are limited to one hour per patron per day on the computer.

If you are in the middle of a project, you may request extra time at the front desk.

It the countdown timer goes under 3 minutes we cannot add time to the session.

Parents or guardians must give written permission for children under 18 to access the Internet.

Because filtering software may not be 100% effective, parents are expected to exercise control over their children’s internet access.

The Internet is a forum for many people and cultures. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Patrons are asked to please try to be vigilant and to avoid sites that may make them uncomfortable. There is no control over the subject matter on the Internet. The Library cannot have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Internet users should be advised that security is technologically difficult to achieve electronic transactions and files can become public.

As with other Library resources, providing access to electronic information does not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the Library. It is, therefore, left to each user to choose what is individually appropriate and for parents or legal guardians to assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet.

Internet Access Rules

1. Patrons are granted internet use on an honor scale.

2. The time limit on a computer is one hour per patron per day. Additional time may be granted by library staff unless other patrons require use.

3. The user may not use their own software programs or download programs from the internet on the library’s computers. This will help prevent computer viruses that are common on public computers. The user may not store files on the library computers hard drive. If you wish to transfer files over the internet ask library staff for assistance. We do not allow large files to be transferred for is slows down the internet speed for everyone. If you upload or download without staff approval, your computer time will be terminated.

4. Library staff will be monitoring use of internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from the Library if they observe any behavior that they judge to be in conflict with this policy. Misuse or abuse of Library computers or internet access will result in suspension of Internet access and Library privileges.

5. The use of messenger service or chat rooms is not allowed.

6. No more than two people are allowed at the same PC at the same time.

7. The user may send or receive web-based e-mail (electronic mail) hot mail – yahoo — etc.

8. The Library is not responsible for the accuracy of the information found on the Internet.

9. The library is not responsible for the security of the exchange of information or transactions performed on the Internet.

10. Use of Internet PCs is to be primarily research; limited game playing is allowed when the PC is not needed for research.

11. Copyright law prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Any responsibility for consequences arising from copyright infringement or any other illegal use lies with the user. The J.H. Wootters Crockett Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its Internet connection.

12. Printing from the library’s computers is .25 cents a page. Color Printing is $1.00 per page.Please ask library staff for assistance if you are unsure how to print only the pages you need.

13. Use of the Internet PCs for illegal or inappropriate purposes is strictly prohibited. Library staff may monitor your internet activity.

14. To maintain service for all we do not allow large files (over 10 meg)to be uploaded or downloaded –
We will revoke your computer time if you violate this rule.

Failure to abide by the above guidelines will result in immediate termination of use.

Failure to abide by the library’s guidelines will result in loss of ALL library privileges.

HOT SPOT USAGE at J.H. Wootters Crockett Public Library.

The Library’s wireless Hotspot is not secure, and the Library cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic across its wireless network. The Library assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security, or data files on your laptop resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless network. Information sent to or from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

Transmitting any personal information such as passwords, credit card, or Social Security numbers while using any wireless “hotspot”, including the Library’s, is not recommended.

Anti-virus, privacy, and security protection is the responsibility of the patron.

The Library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of any kind to a user’s equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into or used at the Library.

The Library is not able to provide technical assistance to you, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection. If you need assistance, contact the manufacturer of your laptop or software. The Library is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer settings.

The Library cannot guarantee that the Wi-Fi service will be available at any specific time or that the connection will have any specific quality or speed.

The connection shall not be used for illegal purposes, nor shall it be used in such a way as to violate library policies.  To maintain service for all we do not allow large files (over 10 meg) to be uploaded or downloaded.

We will turn off the wireless access point if you violate this rule.

Hotspots do not produce viruses. They come from the Internet, often as attachments to email. It is strongly recommended that all users have virus protection and personal firewall installed on their laptops.