*The following is the Internet Use Policy of the Morristown Public Library and has been reviewed by the Board of Trustees September 9th, 2019.
All users of electronic resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible and ethical manner consistent with the standards and rules of the library and of the community.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
The library offers access to the Internet as an electronic means of releasing ideas and information and greatly expanding its information services beyond the traditional collections and resources. Because of this, the library has been organized by the New York State Department of Education as an Electronic Doorway Library.
The Internet provides access to many valuable local, national, and international sources of information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. The library cannot control the accuracy of information, the validity of the information, availability of links, nor the availability of material that some may find offensive. A user MUST evaluate the validity of the information sources.
Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for any access points they reach.
Rules Governing use:
– A user must sign an attendance/signup sheet to have access to the computers.
– Computer time is limited to thirty minutes.  The time limit may be extended if no one is waiting.
– The library maintains 6 computers and one OPAC for public use.
Library staff is available to help navigate the Internet by offering suggestions for sites and searching assistance. If a user needs specific training he/she will need to make an appointment with the staff.
Library staff reserves the right to remove inappropriate materials from the computer and to instruct the patron to refrain from seeking similar sites.
A User Must NOT:
– Use the PCs to gain unauthorized access to the Library’s network or computer systems or to any other network or computer systems.
– Obstruct other peoples’ work by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.
– Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
– Make any attempt to alter software configurations.
– Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
– Use any library computer for any illegal or criminal purpose.
– Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements in their use of library computers.
– Engage in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
– Install or download any software.
The library may deny or withhold computer/internet privileges and other library services for infractions of these policies. The parents or guardians of minors may also lose their computer privileges and other library services for infraction of these policies.
Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Access by Minors
1. It is the policy of the library that parents or legal guardians are responsible for monitoring what library materials and resources, including Internet access, are appropriate for their minor children.