Internet Use Policy

The Glen Ellyn Public Library provides information resources to its staff and patrons through the Internet. The Library also provides a limited selection of software on public computers.

We make these services available as part of our mission to make valuable information sources democratically accessible.

The Internet poses significant challenges as an information resource. The Library cannot monitor or control the content of the Internet. You may find some sites controversial or inappropriate. Internet sites should be evaluated regularly for their content, accuracy and availability. Users are encouraged to take advantage of the vast body of information on the Internet, but to exercise good judgment and discretion.

Use of the Internet at the Library is a privilege, not a right; verified inappropriate use will result in cancellation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of computer system integrity, or “hacking”
  • Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software
  • Storage of data to anything other than a personal diskette
  • Harassment, libel or slander of other persons
  • Accessing sites containing illegal material such as child pornography and obscenity
  • Violation of software license agreements and copyright laws
  • Violation of another user’s privacy
  • Use of Internet workstations for purposes other than Internet access and specific functions authorized and promoted by the Library.
  • Logging on to an internet workstation with an unauthorized card number.

Viewing of pictorial sexually explicit web sites creates a harassing/ hostile/uncomfortable atmosphere for many fellow library users. If you are observed engaging in this behavior, you are subject to loss or suspension of your library privileges.

  • The Library is not responsible for any commercial transactions conducted by registered users on Library equipment.
  • The Library does not provide patron email accounts.
  • Users are not permitted to load personal software on, or attach equipment to, Library equipment.
  • Illegal acts involving Library computing resources are subject to prosecution by local, State or Federal authorities.
  • The Library’s staff will assist patrons with Internet use and other software packages as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction. Staff is always available to locate books, periodicals and other sources describing the Internet and its uses and the functionality of publicly provided software.
  • As with all other Library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Internet contains much information frequently considered inappropriate for minors. Parents should supervise their children’s Internet sessions if they wish to assure protection from materials they consider harmful to minors.
  • Parents are advised to have a discussion about safe and appropriate Internet use with their children, which would include guidance about use of electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications. Parents should stress that no child should share personal identifying information over the Internet.
  • The Library has additional resources to assist in making your child’s use of the Internet a safe, positive experience.
  • Users of the Internet under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • All patrons under the age of 18 must have a parental waiver of Library responsibility for independent access to the Internet.
  • The Library’s behavioral policies apply to use of the Internet.
  • The Library staff reserves the right to determine if an individual’s use of the Internet constitutes an inappropriate monopolizing of community Internet resources, and may restrict the individual’s use accordingly.
  • Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders are permitted use of the Internet stations for a maximum of three hours per day. Adult Non-residents may request a guest card at the Adult Services Reference desk by showing a state ID. Adult Non–residents are then permitted use of the Library’s Internet stations for a maximum of three hours per day. Internet users are required to log onto Internet stations using their own card numbers, and may not log on using a card issued to someone else. Logging on with an unauthorized card may result in termination of the session and loss of internet privileges.
  • All users of the Library’s Internet connection are required to abide by the current Glen Ellyn Public Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

By admin
Created 05/29/2008 – 19:20
Revised 12-13-2010