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Computer Use


The Durham County Library offers access to computers, the Internet and other electronic resources to provide users with informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources beyond those contained in the library’s print collection. The purpose of the Computer Use Policy is to establish regulations regarding both computer use and Internet access at the Durham County Libraries.


  1. Computer Use Guidelines
    1. Customers may sign in to public workstations with either their own Durham County Library card or their own Durham County Library Computer Use card. A PIN number is required to sign in to a public workstation. Computer Use cards are available at any Durham County Library to both residents and non-residents of Durham County, regardless of age.
    2. The library staff may limit individual computer use time as demand necessitates.
    3. Patrons who do not have their Durham County Library card, Computer Use card or PIN number must provide a photo ID to library staff to receive assistance.
    4. Downloading files to acceptable personal storage media, such as a USB Drive or a CD/R, is permitted. Downloading files and programs to the Workstation’s hard drive is not permitted.
    5. Patrons are responsible for all printing costs.
    6. Patrons who do not intend to use an existing computer reservation should cancel the reservation with library staff in order to allow other patrons to benefit from the limited resources. Unused reservations will be given away 10 minutes after the appointment begins.
  2. Computer Use by Minors
    1. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children under age 18. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    2. Durham County Library complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). All public workstations are equipped with filtering technology designed to prevent access to materials which might be reasonably construed as being either obscenity or child pornography, or to materials which might otherwise be construed to be harmful to minors. The Durham County Library cannot guarantee that all such material will always be blocked.
  3. User Responsibilities
    1. The Durham County Library cannot assure privacy or security and assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, that may occur from the use of its electronic resources. Use of the Durham County Library’s computers for purposes contrary to state or federal laws or in a manner that violates Durham County Library’s Courteous Conduct Policy will not be allowed. Such violations may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Intentionally displaying, sending, or receiving inappropriate materials in any format that may be reasonably construed as obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors (G.S. 14-190.1).
      2. Propagating malicious or harmful software.
      3. Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material.
      4. Attempting to access unauthorized files or systems.
  4. Policy Violations
  5. Failure to abide by the Computer Use policy may result in a loss of library system privileges, financial responsibility for damaged equipment, disbarment from library premises, and/or criminal prosecution.

  6. Applicability
  7. This policy applies to all computer usage and Internet accessibility in all Durham County Library facilities.


It is the responsibility of all library public service and facility supervisors to understand this policy fully so as to ensure its fair and equitable application. Interpreting and enforcing the Computer Use Policy on a daily basis is the responsibility of all library employees who interact with customers. Reviewing and revising the Computer Use Policy is the responsibility of the library’s Administrative Council with the advice of the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director has final authority on the use of library computers.


Effective Date: February 2014
Last Update: January 2014