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Computer and Internet Access and Use
CHAPTER 11: Services
COMPUTER ID: SEEQ-2
Title: Computer and Internet Access and Use
Effective Date: 11-24-86
Authorized By: Library Board of Trustees/Library Director
Date of Last Revision: 5-2016
Computer and Internet Use in the Library
Patrons must furnish a valid Marathon County Public Library card when using Internet
connected library computers. All residents of Wisconsin are eligible for a library card.
See Library Card Registration Policy and Transient Registration Card Policy.
To use a library computer a patron must use his or her own library card number. A
visitor who does not have a library card may receive an Internet guest pass by showing
identification at any services desk.
A valid library card will entitle the user to one hour per day of internet access with
indefinite renewals. Time renewals will be available at the discretion of the staff. A
guest pass will entitle the user to a one-time login for up to two hours. Time limits
cannot be extended for guest passes.
A library cardholder may not receive an Internet guest pass, and no visitor may receive
more than one Internet guest pass per day.
When a patron reaches $25.00 in total fines owed to the Library, access to the Library's
public Internet computers will no longer be allowed.
The Library patron must pay for all printing charges to offset the cost to the Library.
Internet Access Policy
Internet access as an information source significantly supplements the Library's existing
collections, and enhances the resources available for meeting the community's
The Internet is largely an unregulated medium, and the Library does not monitor, and
cannot control information that can be accessed by patrons through the Internet. The
Library considers it important to assist its patrons in understanding that the information
access through the Internet may contain material that is incorrect, unreliable, illegal or
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Access by Minors
Parents, guardians, and caregivers of children are responsible for overseeing their
child's use of the Internet. The Library's Kids Corner and Teen Zone pages are
designed by staff to bring together those sites believed to be useful to young children
and teens. But as with all library materials, parents, guardians and caregivers are
responsible for their children's use of the Internet. Library staff does not control the
Websites children and teens may select.
Children under age 12 may not use the Internet terminals in the adult areas of the
library unless sharing a single terminal with a supervising adult. Children under age 12
may use the Internet terminals in the children's area. Children age 8 and under must be
accompanied by an adult when using an Internet terminal, to assure proper use of the
equipment. Library staff will not assist a child under the age of 12 in setting up an e-
The Internet workstations in the Children's Room are for use by children and the
parents who are supervising them in the room. Children have priority at these
workstations, so an adult may be asked to end his or her session if a child is waiting.
Adults using these workstations are expected to be sensitive to the presence of children
in the room and may be asked to use an adult workstation.
An adult who is using an Internet workstation in the adult area, and who is accompanied
by a child under the age of 12, may be asked to move to the Children's Room if the
child is disruptive.
Staff will monitor use of Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy.
Because security of files is technologically difficult to achieve, and the scope of law
enforcement searches varies, Internet users are advised that electronic transactions
and files could become public.
No Food or Drink is allowed at the computer stations
Users must present a valid library card, or obtain a library card. Those not
eligible for a library card may obtain an Internet guest pass if they can provide
a valid picture ID.
A valid library card will entitle the user to one hour per day of internet access
with indefinite renewals. Time renewals will be available at the discretion of
the staff. A guest pass will entitle the user to a one-time login for up to two
hours. Time limits cannot be extended for guest passes. Marathon County
Public Library does not offer e-mail accounts. Free web-based accounts are
readily available to everyone.
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Patrons should be aware that they are working in a public environment
shared by people of all ages and sensitivities. Users should refrain from the
use of Internet sounds and visuals that might disrupt the ability of other library
patrons to use the Library and its resources.
All patrons must abide by the Library's policy on acceptable use.
Computers are available free of charge, on a first come first served basis.
Computers in the Career Connection at Wausau have no time limits, but are
to be used exclusively for job search purposes.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
At each log-in, library computer users must complete a click-through agreement
acknowledging these rules and must agree to the following rules.
To use the electronic information resources at the Marathon County Public
Library in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and
informational purposes for which they are provided.
To access the Internet a patron must use his or her own library card number or
Internet Guest Pass.
To not use the Internet for any unauthorized, unethical, commercial or illegal
To respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user.
To not provide unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal
To not attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to
To not seek unauthorized access to any computer system, or damage or alter
software components of any network or database.
To not send, receive or display text or graphics which may reasonably be
construed as obscene.
To not make any changes to the setup or configuration of the software or
To be aware of the display of any notices concerning the copyright of information
on the Internet and to respect the copyright laws of the United States.
Compliance with Library Internet Policy
Violation of the policies and rules that govern the use of the Library's Internet
resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these
resources and/or eviction from the library. See also Notice of Ban from Using the
Illegal activity involving the library's Internet resources or equipment will be
subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.
The Library reserves the right to take appropriate actions to ensure compliance
with this policy.
This policy is subject to periodic review by the Library Board.
In applying and interpreting this policy, the same standards of intellectual
freedom, privacy and confidentiality endorsed by the American Library
Association and incorporated in the Marathon County Public Library policies
applied to print and other formats will also be applied to electronic resources.
Marathon County Public Library provides unfiltered wireless Internet connectivity offered
for patrons with Wireless enabled laptops, and other Wireless enabled devices.
By choosing to use this free wireless service patrons agree to abide by the Internet
Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's
It is the responsibility of the patron to understand this Internet Acceptable Use Policy
and it is his or her obligation to refrain from viewing inappropriate websites, spamming
or any illegal activities.
Marathon County Public Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment
or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or
data files resulting from connection to the Library's wireless access.
Each patron's computer is different and they are responsible for knowing how to
configure their own equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes
made to personal computer settings.
Wi-Fi is less secure than a wired network. Signal strength may vary in the building.
There is no printing capability.
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