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Computer Use

A. PURPOSE

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 Durham County Library.

Computer Use Guidelines

  1. Customers may sign in to public workstations with 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. Customers 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. Library card numbers will not be given to customers, but library cards may be replaced for a $1.00 fee.
  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. Customers are responsible for all printing costs.
  6. Customers who do not intend to use an existing computer reservation should cancel the reservation with library staff in order to allow other customer to benefit from the limited resources. Unused reservations will be given away 10 minutes after the appointment begins.

Computer Use by Minors

  1. 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 obscene or 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.
  2. 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.

User Responsibilities

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.

C. POLICY VIOLATIONS

Failure to abide by the Computer Use Policy may result in loss of library system privileges, financial responsibility for damaged equipment, being banned from library premises and/or criminal prosecution.

D. APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all computer usage and internet accessibility in all Durham County Library facilities.

E. RESPONSIBILITY

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. It is the responsibility of the Library’s Executive Leadership Team, with the advice of the Board of Trustees, to interpret, monitor and recommend updates to the policy. The Library Director is the final authority in regards to enforcing this policy.

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Revised: August 2016