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Amador County Library Internet Use Policy

Patrons have access to millions of Internet sites via the World Wide Web. Although blocking software is installed on all public access computers it is not perfect. There may be some sites that some may find objectionable. The Library's workstations are in public areas. Since others may be involuntarily exposed to what is viewed, the Library asks that each user exercise good judgment and consideration of others.

Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing printed material or images. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet with their children and to monitor their computer usage.

Neither the library nor its Internet services providers guarantee the truth or accuracy of any information that may be found on the Internet. Library computers cannot be used for personal business, commercial, or nonprofit ventures.

Patrons may access their e-mail accounts to read or send e-mail. The library is not responsible for the administration or support of a patron's personal e-mail account.

Patrons are asked to use the Internet for legitimate educational or informational needs and to be considerate of other patrons. Patrons are responsible for choosing the sites they access and for using  these resources in an appropriate manner, thus complying with the United States Copyright Law and all other applicable laws.

Internet time is provided on a first come first served basis.  A library card is required to use the public access computers. A total of 2 hours per day is granted to each individual with a library card. Visitors to the library, who wish to use the public access computers must obtain a guest pass at the front desk. A guest pass entitles the user to 30 minutes of computer time. Guest passes are only issued to one time library visitors and may not be used in place of a library card. Only one guest pass a day is allowed.

Printing from the computer is .10 cents per page and must be paid before the pages are released. Please note that all pages, even blank pages printed are your responsibility to pay for. To avoid printing unwanted pages, please use the print preview function prior to printing your pages.

For more information about the library's computers please contact us 209-223-6400.

 

Computer Use at the Amador County Library

The Amador County Library offers computers for public use. Library Staff's availability to help computer users, however, is limited. Users must have basic computer skills including the ability to use a mouse. Daily use is FREE and computer time is given on a first come first served basis. A total of 2 hours per day is granted to each individual with a library card. 

Visitors to the library must obtain a guest pass to use the computer. Guest passes are only issued to one time library visitors and may not be used in place of a library card. Only one guest pass a day is allowed. Guest passes entitle the use to a maximum of 30 minutes of computer time a day.

No more than two people may be present on the same computer at any one time. Children less than eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult while using the computer.

Printing from the computer is .10 cents per page and must be paid before the pages are released. Please note that all pages, even blank pages printed are your responsibility to pay for. To avoid printing unwanted pages, please use the print preview function prior to printing your pages.

The library does not supply flash or thumb drives for saving your documents. Please make sure you bring the appropriate device to save to. Personal software programs cannot be used on any of the library computers.

Users may not attempt to modify, alter, or damage library software or equipment. Any abuse of library equipment will result in the loss of library privileges.

Unacceptable or disruptive behavior, for example, loud talking or laughter, invasion of the privacy of or bothering others, or failure to follow any library policies will result in the immediate termination of computer and/or library privileges for a time determined by Library Staff.

All public computers will be turned off 15 minutes prior to the library's closing time; your computer session will automatically end at that time.

PUBLIC WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS POLICY:

The Amador County Library provides free Internet access points or "hot spots" in designated areas in each of its branches during normal library business hours. Use of the Library’s wireless Internet network constitutes acceptance of and an agreement to abide by the following rules and limitations:

Acceptable Use

All patrons are expected to use the Library's wireless network in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Wireless access is filtered and users shall abide by all applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the State of California, the Federal government, and the Amador County Library.

Parents and guardians are responsible for determining what information is appropriate for their children. Children under the age of eight should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when using the computer.

Violation of the Library's Wireless and Internet Use Policy or abuse of networking equipment may result in the denial of access to the wireless network in all Amador County Library branches. Unlawful activity will be dealt with in an appropriate manner up to and including referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Equipment and Technical Assistance

Laptops and other devices should be equipped with a wireless card that supports the WiFi standard (IIEE 802.11b/802.11g). Users are responsible for configuring their equipment and the Library makes no guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the Library’s wireless connection. Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance. Users would need to contact technical support as applicable to their personal equipment.

Printing is not available for wireless users.

Safety and Security

As with most public wireless networks, the Library's wireless connection is not secure. Information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Wireless users may choose not to transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords, and any other sensitive information) while using any wireless network. Wireless users should take appropriate precautions when using this service.

All wireless access users are encouraged to have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices. The Library is not responsible for any information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to a user’s hardware or software such as electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.

Limited electrical outlets are available for patrons using their laptops or notebooks, in certain sections of the Library, instead of using their computer’s battery power exclusively. However, users may not unplug Library equipment to use an outlet. Users may have Library privileges revoked or suspended and may be held financially responsible by the Library for creating unreasonably unsafe conditions, such as a tripping hazard with power cords or transformers, which cause damage to property or injury to Library employees or other patrons.

WARNING: This wireless service is not inherently secure. We cannot guarantee the privacy of your data and communications while using the wireless service. When using this service, you are doing so at your own risk.

The County and Libraries assume no responsibility for damages that occur when using this service.

 

Book Donation Policy

Does the Library accept donated materials?

Yes - we are happy to accept donations of new and used books, CD's, videos or audio-books.

No - we do not accept the following kinds of materials: magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books, National Geographic, records, and encyclopedia sets that are older than 5 years.

Note: We offer a free magazine exchange bin inside the library.

Does the Library accept all books?

No--we cannot use and will not accept books that are not in good condition; e.g., yellowed, musty, water-damaged, moldy or mildewed pages, signs of rodent damage. What happens to the materials I donate?

All materials are reviewed by Library Staff and checked with our collection requirements and guidelines. Those materials not added to our collection are given to the Friends of the Amador County Library who sell them at book sales. The proceeds are used to purchase new books, etc., for the Library.