Internet Use Policy

Consideration for others must govern your selection of Internet sites. The library is a public place with people of all ages free to use any part of the facility. Remember that your viewing of Internet sites is taking place in this public setting and may be monitored by library staff.

Library staff is available, as time permits, to provide basic assistance to help patrons access the Internet and begin a basic search. Training sessions will be provided periodically for interested patrons. 

Internet Use by Minors

As with all library materials, parents, guardians and caregivers are responsible for monitoring their children's access to information on the Internet and World Wide Web. Library staff cannot control the Internet resources children may access. 

Illegal Use Probibited

The use of the Internet and World Wide Web to engage in any activity, which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws, is strictly prohibited. Inappropriate use of the library’s computers includes but is not limited to violation of copyright, conducting a business, running scams, plagiarism, identifying oneself as another, and violation of obscenity standards as defined in Section 2907.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

Guidelines for Use

Use of the Internet and World Wide Web shall be guided by the following principles. Failure to abide by these policies will result in the loss of the use of Library Internet/World Wide Web resources or other Library privileges.

  1. Patrons must use their library card number and PIN to sign-in at the computer of their choosing.
  2. Use of the computers will be on a first come, first-served basis.
  3. When multiple users are waiting for the limited number of computers available, a reasonable limit will be enforced on workstation use time.
  4. Computer printing costs are $.10 per page. Paper must be purchased at the Circulation Desk. Patrons may not bring their own paper for printing on the library computers.
  5. Chat, Instant Messaging, and online gambling will not be allowed.
  6. Patrons may access their own personal e-mail accounts. The Girard Free Library does not provide e-mail accounts.
  7. Credit card and other purchases, and/or payment of bills are not allowed on library computers.
  8. The use or installation of personal software is prohibited on library computers.  Only those programs and functions provided by the Girard Free Library may be used. Any attempt to violate the library network security will result in loss of computer privileges.
  9. Patrons must have their own flash drives or memory sticks to save documents.