The Richards Free Library offers access to the Internet as part of its commitment to the role of the public library in the Information Age.
The Richards Free Library and its staff and trustees do not control the Internet. The Internet is a global entity. Parents should supervise their children’s Internet sessions at the library. The library cannot censor your access to material nor protect you from information you find offensive. There are many sites that carry information resources which you may think controversial or inappropriate; not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the information you find.
Patrons must have a valid library card with the Richards Free Library. They will not be allowed to use the Internet terminal if there is an outstanding balance owed or overdue materials checked out on their card.
Non-card holders may use a workstation for up to 30 minutes free of charge. Laptops require a valid library card.
Before patrons may use the Internet terminal, they must read the policies and procedures and sign a document stating that they understand and will abide by the policy. Users will agree, by signing the Internet User Registration Form, to obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing copyright, licensing and content restrictions. Viewing of pages which display graphic pornography is inappropriate for a public and open environment and is prohibited.
Minors, under the age of 18, will need parental permission to use the computers. The library reserves the right to terminate or restrict the user’s Internet privileges for abuse of these conditions.
Access will be provided 30 minutes per day during regular business hours but end 15 minutes before closing. Additional times may be granted if two or more computers are available.
Patrons will sign in at the circulation desk. At that time they will need to present their library card. Staff will verify the patron ‘s status. They will receive a tag indicating the computer they are assigned to affix to the computer during their session.
Users may print pages to a printer at the posted price per page if the printer is available for use. The printer may not support sophisticated graphics or color.
Any damage to the computer or its peripheral devices is the responsibility of the user. Abuse of the equipment or the service will result in the user being denied further access to the service and charged for necessary repairs. Malicious damage to or illegal activity involving the use of Library computers may result in suspension of library privileges and prosecution.