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Effective April 15, 2010, All residents living within the Central Massachusetts C/WMARS service area must have a library card, either from the Leominster Public Library or another C/W MARS library in order to use our computers.

The ONLY guest passes issued are for out of state residents or
Massachusetts residents outside of C/WMARS service area who are in the area temporarily.

If you have forgotten your library card or do not wish to apply for one, you may have one use of a 15-minute computer.

All Massachusetts residents with proof of current home address are eligible to obtain a free library card
 

ImageThe library provides computers for public use with Internet access and word processing software. Time is available by reservation and on a walk-in basis. Printing is available for a nominal fee.
 
Public Computer and Internet Access Policy
 
Statement of Purpose
The Internet is a global telecommunications network that offers its users an extraordinary range of information that is vast, unique and ever-growing. The Leominster Public Library provides access to computers and the Internet in support of its mission to provide free and convenient access to information in various formats to residents of Leominster and the surrounding communities. The Reference Staff use authoritative resources on the Internet as part of the library’s Information/Reference Service, since resources on the Internet can enhance the materials owned by the library and often go beyond what is locally available.
 
The following portions of this policy apply to the public use of computers and the Internet at the Leominster Public Library.

Eligibility
 
Patrons using the library’s computer terminals may be required to present a library card or alternate identification. Reflecting the library’s commitment to offering services in age-appropriate areas, children age 11 and under unaccompanied by a parent or guardian must use computers in the Children’s Room. Teenagers (ages 12-18) should use the computer in the library’s Robert Cormier Center for Young Adults. When this computer is already in use or during hours the Center is not open, teens are permitted to use computers in the Adult Department.
 
Content
Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk. The Leominster Public Library does not have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Information accessed via the Internet may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out of date or unavailable at times. Some sites may carry information that a user finds controversial or offensive. The individual user is responsible for judging the validity, appropriateness and value of material found on the Internet.
 
The Leominster Public Library offers unfiltered Internet access for teenagers and adults. The Children’s Room offers filtered access only for children age 11 and under.
 
Training
Staff will assist patrons with basic questions about Internet and computer use as time permits but cannot offer individualized instruction. Users are encouraged to learn more by reading books or viewing videos from the library’s collection about computers and the Internet. Library staff and trained volunteers may offer sessions of formal instruction or information on Internet use from time to time. Such sessions will be publicized and the public is encouraged to inquire at the Information Desk about future sessions.
 
Rules Governing Use
Use of computers and the Internet at the Leominster Public Library is a privilege and should be treated as such by all users. Patrons accessing the Internet are reminded that the library’s computer terminals are located in public areas which are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images.
Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to the Internet, the library may set limits, for example, on use of large files of still or moving images or sound, or on downloading files in any medium. Patrons may use only software installed by the library. The public must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet.
Library staff make every attempt to ensure that all interested patrons have an opportunity to use electronic resources by enforcing, as necessary, the time limits posted at computer workstations. Patrons should plan and use their time efficiently so that saving and printing of work is completed before the end of their session. Patrons who routinely exceed these time limits may lose their computer privileges.

Users may not:
• Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
• Remove the computer privacy screens.
• Engage in any activity that is disruptive, harassing or defamatory.
• Use the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright, viewing child pornography,   attempting to use sexually explicit images to entice a child, or in a manner inconsistent
with the library’s proper operation.
• Invade the privacy of others.
• Leave web sites open at the end of a session.
• Use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational or communication   services or resources.
• Distribute unsolicited advertising.
 
Violations may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
 
Safety Guidelines for Minors
As with other library materials, a child’s use of the Internet is the right and responsibility of that child’s parent or legal guardian. Parents or guardians concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines, and the library encourages parents/guardians to visit the library with their children and supervise their Internet sessions.

The library has taken certain measures designed to assist in the safe and effective use of Internet resources by all minors, including:
• Guiding children and teens to authoritative and age-appropriate sites;
• Encouraging staff to guide minors away from materials that may be inappropriate;
• Posting safety guidelines at computer workstations; and
• Distributing publications to parents on child safety on the Internet.

The library urges minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines
• Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name or telephone number.
• Let parents or guardians decide whether personal information such as age, marital status or financial   information should be revealed.
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via the computer without parents’ or guardians’   approval.
• Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make one uncomfortable.
• Have parents or guardians report an incident to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
at 1-800-843-5678 if one becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography.
  Please inform a librarian immediately so that local police can be contacted.
• Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.
• Remember that everything one reads may not be true.

Procedures
Procedures regarding time limits and reservations are approved in concept by the library’s Board of Trustees and may vary within library departments. The library director, in consultation with responsible staff, may change these procedures to adapt to changing needs and circumstances.

Adult Department Procedures updated January 19, 2006
•The library has adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy against viewing pornography or obscene materials. Users in violation of this policy will have their computer privileges revoked immediately.
•Computer reservations and time management are handled through PC Reservation software.
•Patrons may make reservations for sessions of either 15 or 55 minutes in length.
•Patrons may reserve and use two sessions per day.
•PC Reservation software will hold a reservation for 5 minutes and then it be cancelled.
•Patrons must read and accept the library’s Public Computer and Internet Access Policy at the start of each session. Refusal to accept will end the session, which will count towards daily usage totals.
•PC Reservation software may extend a session’s time period if no other patrons are signed up to use the computer.
•No more than two people may use a computer at one time.
•Printing is managed through LPTOne software. There is a nominal fee for printing. All printing fees are managed by the Friends of the Library.
•Patrons may bring in compatible storage disks or devices and copy material on them. The Friends of the Library also offer floppy disks for sale.
•The library is not responsible for any damage or loss to a patron’s storage disks or devices or data files during use of the library’s computers.
•These procedures are subject to periodic review and change.

This policy is subject to periodic review.

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Approved 6/10/02
Amended 1/23/04
Procedures updated 1/19/06

 
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