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Library Policies: Computer Use and Internet Access

Computer Use and Internet Access


Forefront Library provides access to information equally among all patrons through the Library's public access computers and access to the Internet.  In support of the Library Bill of Rights, adopted by Forefront on December 15, 2016, and in recognition that filters often block patrons from access to a constitutionally protected speech, Forefront will not impose blocking or filtering software to limit access to Internet sites. 

The Library's public access computers are available for use by Library patrons on a first come, first serve basis.  If user demand exceeds available computers, Library staff may implement a time usage limit of no more than two hours per patron.

Each Library patron is responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws, including copyright law, and adhering to software licensing agreements.  Illegal use of the Internet is prohibited, however, and misuse of the public access computers will result in a loss of privileges.  Illegal or prohibited acts may include but are not limited to:

  • viewing obscene or sexually explicit material or material harmful to minors,
  • violating software licenses,
  • damaging or attempting to damage Library equipment/software/software configurations,
  • compromising system security,
  • impacting network performance,
  • solicitation,
  • harassment, or
  • cyber-bullying.

Forefront Library permits patrons to connect their own equipment to the Internet via a wireless network.  Patrons acknowledge that security errors and hacking are an inherent risk associated with wireless Internet use.  Security for personal wireless devices rests solely with the owner.

Providing access to information available on the Internet does not constitute endorsement of the content by Forefront or the Library.  Forefront expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the Internet.