The Conway County Library provides public access to computers and to the Internet as part of its mission to “provide information, materials, and services to stimulate ideas, advance knowledge, and enhance the quality of life for all members of the community.”All electronic resources users must agree to the terms of the Library’s Computer and Internet Access Policy and, in accordance with Arkansas State Code 13-2-103(a)(3), must sign a computer-use agreement form prior to use of any Library computer equipment. By continued use of the Library’s computer services, users agree to continue to be bound by the specifications of this policy. COMPUTER USE MAY BE SUSPENDED TO ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THIS POLICY, AND WILL BE REVOKED IF VIOLATIONS OCCUR REPEATEDLY.

USER ELIGIBILITY

  • Any adult who has their own current library card in good standing and has signed a Computer and Internet Use Agreement will be allowed to use the Library’s electronic resources.
  • Persons 5 to 18 years of age must have their own current library card in good standing and have signed a Computer and Internet Use Agreement themselves, and had the agreement signed by a parent/legal guardian, to be allowed to use the Library’s electronic resources. Restriction of a minor’s access to the Internet is solely the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

COMPUTER USE

  • Computer use is normally on a first come-first served basis. USE IS LIMITED TO ONE SESSION PER DAY PER PATRON, WITH A MAXIMUM OF ONE HOUR OF USE. Library patrons may reserve a computer while in the library or by phone. When necessary, library staff will use advance scheduling, time limitations, and/or priority allocations to insure that all patrons have equal access to electronic resources.
  • Computer users must register at the library circulation desk before beginning use.
  • All electronic resources must be used in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided. Users will not disrupt or monitor other persons using electronic resources.
  • Misuse of or tampering in any way with Library hardware or software is strictly prohibited.
  • Use or installation of personal software or hardware is prohibited.

THE INTERNET

The Internet is a global entity, and an unregulated medium. The Library has no control over its content and is not responsible for the accuracy or sources of its information. Please be aware that some information may be biased, outdated, or incorrect. The availability of such information does not constitute endorsement of the content by the Library. Users should critically evaluate all information found on the Internet.

Some Internet sites may contain controversial, disturbing or individually offensive material. The Library will not censor or protect users from such information. Library patrons must use the Internet at their own discretion. Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is the joint responsibility of the user and the parent/legal guardian. As with all Library services, only parents/legal guardians may restrict their children, and only their own children, from access to the Internet or other Library materials.

Parents are advised to closely monitor and supervise their children’s Internet use.

INTERNET USE

  • Use of chat rooms, news or discussion groups, or use of library computers for commercial purposes is prohibited.
  • Displaying, sending or receiving material inappropriate for viewing in a public place is strictly prohibited, in accordance with Arkansas Code 5-68-205. Inappropriate material is defined as pictures or text which could reasonably be construed as obscene or pornographic, as defined by Arkansas State Code 5-68-302.
  • The Library reserves the right to monitor use of its electronic resources to the point of ensuring compliance with Arkansas state law, and to end any Internet session that results in violation of the Arkansas State Code, or in disruption or inappropriate behavior.
  • A person using another’s library card to gain access to the computers may be asked to discontinue his or her computer session and may be temporarily banned from using the Library’s computer resources. DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITYLibrary patrons use electronic resources, including the Internet, at their own risk. The Conway County Library will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through electronic services. The Library does not guarantee that its system will function error-free or uninterrupted, or that it will meet any specific requirements of the user. The Conway County Library makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it provides. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of electronic resources, including, but not limited to, loss or damage of the user’s data or damage or injury arising from invasion of the user’s privacy. The Library will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from Library-provided access to the Internet.