Internet and Public Computer Use Policy

1. The Verona Public Library provides Internet access for educational, recreational and informational purposes only.

2. Computer time is limited to 60 minutes if others are waiting for access and up to a total of 2 hours per day. Computers will automatically shut down 15 minutes prior to the library’s closing. Users must finish their sessions 15 minutes before the library’s closing.

3. If Internet use results in disruption of Library services or is inappropriate for a public library setting, the Library reserves the right to end the session and/or revoke computer privileges.

4. Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children. Library staff cannot monitor and will not be held responsible for Internet usage by minors.

5. Staff will offer assistance to Library users with use of the Internet and Library-supplied technology, including suggestions for effective search strategies, basic navigation of websites, and troubleshooting technical issues. In addition, the Library offers technology-related training to further assist our patrons. Library staff will also provide general assistance with personal electronic devices that are used to access library-supplied digital content. Library staff are prohibited from assisting a user when that requires handling a user’s personal information such as social security number, credit card information, bank account information, loan information, tax information, or other such sensitive information.

6. Computers and the Internet may not be used for an illegal activity or purpose. Users may make only authorized copies of copyrighted materials or licensed software or data. Anyone using the Verona Public Library computers for illegal activities will be prosecuted.

7. The Verona Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, arising from use of the Internet. The Library specifically disclaims any warranty as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose.

8. The Library is not responsible for any damage done to Library users’ data, hardware or software by any virus, malware or other harmful code that may have been contracted on or through Library equipment.

9. Users must refrain from the deliberate or reckless propagation of computer worms, malware or viruses.

10. Users must refrain from the transmission of threatening, harassing, violent, obscene or abusive language or images using the Internet, mobile applications or email.

11. Users may not damage or alter the setup or configuration of the equipment or software used to access the Internet at the Library. Users may not install or modify ANY hardware device, software application, program code, either active or passive, or a portion thereof, without the express written permission from the Library. Users may not upload, download, or otherwise transmit commercial software or any copyrighted materials belonging to parties outside of the Library, or licensed to the Library. Users shall observe the copyright and licensing restrictions of all software applications and shall not copy software from internal or external sources unless legally authorized.

12. Misuse of public workstations, software, or the Internet will result in the suspension of the privilege to use them.