Internet and Computer Use
The Colusa County Free Library
provides public access to the Internet as part of its mission to deliver
services and materials to meet the information needs of its patrons. Access may
be revoked or suspended by the Library and its Staff at any time in their sole discretion.
Computer Sign-in and Usage
· The Library’s
public computers are available on a first come first serve basis. The Library
uses a manual reservation system to ensure that this process works in an
equitable manner. All Library patrons must “sign in” at the service desk to
reserve a computer. Patrons do not need to “sign out.”
· Computer use does
not require a Colusa County Library card.
· Patrons sign-up
for 30-minute blocks of computer use time. After completing the first 30-minute
reservation, a patron may continue to use their workstation for an additional
30 minutes if there is no one else registered and waiting to use the computers.
The Library’s computer
workstations are in public areas. Since others may be involuntarily exposed to
what is viewed, the Library asks that each user exercise good judgment and
consideration of others. Please bear in mind that some materials, such as
sexually graphic materials, may well be more appropriate for viewing in the
privacy of your home, rather than in a public library setting.
If Library Staff becomes aware
of subject matter that would interfere with the maintenance of a safe,
welcoming and comfortable environment for the other patrons, the offending
Internet user will be asked to end a search or change a screen.
The Library wishes to make the
Internet and all computer resources available to anyone who respects the rights
and property of others, and who abides by the Library’s rules and procedures.
Failure to appropriately consider the rights of others may lead to the loss of
computer privileges for a finite period.
The Colusa County Free Library
offers filtered access to the Internet by default. Unfiltered access is
available on a per session basis. Juvenile patrons under 17 years of age are
required to obtain parental consent for unfiltered access on a per session
Computer use is at the
discretion of Library Staff. Staff is available to facilitate use of the
Internet and to answer questions or concerns. At times of heavy computer use by
the public, recreational computer use will be suspended to allow students to
complete homework assignments.
The Library provides access to
the Internet for the purpose of researching electronic information resources.
Users may us the computer workstations to browse, print, or transfer files to
personal storage devices.
The Library does not provide
e-mail accounts. However, patrons may access free, Web-based e-mail accounts
through library Internet stations.
Colusa County Free Library
disclaims any warranty as to the quality or accuracy of electronic information
via the Internet. The Colusa County Free Library shall have no liability for
any direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the information
The computer work stations and
Internet are public and open to any and all patrons at the library; therefore,
the Colusa County Free Library does not guarantee privacy nor should anyone
using Library computers or accessing Library Wi-Fi have any expectation of
privacy or confidentiality. Use of Library computers and its Wi-Fi network is
subject to monitoring by the Library and its Staff in their sole discretion.
computer stations or Internet may not be used for any unlawful purpose. Users
must respect all copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to software
files and other resources obtained via the Internet.
not attempt to alter or damage computer hardware or software. Software must not
be installed or run from any drive. The Library does not allow the use of
equipment may not be unplugged, moved, removed, or otherwise modified. Users
may not attempt to reconfigure systems or software or in any way interfere with
the system set-up.
Users may not
use the network to make unauthorized entry or hack into other computational,
informational, or communication services or resources. Users may not invade the
privacy of others or engage in any activity that is harassing, defamatory or
threatening; or receive or display text or graphics which may reasonably be
construed as obscene as defined by law.
activities will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement
users are expected to use library resources, including the Internet, in a
responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the educational and
informational purposes for which the resources are provided.
All Library users
must abide by the Library’s Rules of Conduct and Internet rules and procedures.
Please read those rules and familiarize yourself with their requirements.
result in the loss of Internet use and/or library privileges.