Internet Use Policy
All users of the library’s Internet connection are required to abide by the current Glen Ellyn Public Library Internet Use Policy.
The Glen Ellyn Public Library provides information resources to its staff and members 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. Users 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 while exercising good judgment and discretion. Library members use services at their own discretion and the Library is not responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, including but not limited to loss of data or any violation of privacy, arising from a Library member’s use of electronic resources.
Members and guests are permitted use of the Library’s internet enabled equipment as follows.
- Monday through Saturday – three hours, longer if no one is waiting. We reserve the right to ask users to leave after three hours if someone is waiting;
- Sunday – one hour, longer if no one is waiting. We reserve the right to ask users to leave after one hour on Sundays if someone is waiting
- The library’s staff will assist users with internet use and other software packages as time permits but cannot offer extended 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. The Library’s behavioral Code of Conduct applies to use of the Internet.
- The library is not responsible for any commercial transactions conducted by users on library equipment.
- The library does not provide email accounts for library users.
- Users are not permitted to save work on library computers. All user work will be erased upon logging off.
- 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.
- Library staff reserves the right to determine if an individual’s use of the Internet constitutes an inappropriate monopolizing of community internet resources and shall suspend or cancel the individual’s use accordingly.
- To ensure adequate resources for all, users may only access one computer at a time. 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
- 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
- Viewing of pictorial sexually explicit web sites. This creates a harassing, hostile, and/or uncomfortable atmosphere for many fellow library users. Users observed engaging in this behavior shall be subject to loss or suspension of computer privileges.
Children and the Internet
As with all other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Parents should supervise their children’s internet sessions if they wish to assure protection from materials they consider harmful.
While reasonable attempts are made to prevent teens and youth from viewing inappropriate content on computers in the library, no filter or other method is fail-safe. 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, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Parents should stress that no child should share personal identifying information over the internet.
The library is not responsible for content viewed by minors on computers or mobile devices in the library.
Library staff reserves the right to limit computer access for minors to those computers located on the first floor.