Internet and Computer Use

We offer:

  • 3 computers for internet access and Microsoft Office
  • 1 computers reserved for Homework
  • 2 computers for game playing
  • 2 computers dedicated to accessing the library catalog

There is a 30 minute time limit per patron. Adults may use the computers in the children's room if there is no child waiting. Children doing school work are given priority.

Parents and guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected and accessed by their children on the Internet. Please see the Belmont Public Library Children's Room Internet/Computer Acceptable Use Policy. We also offer a brochure entitled "Kids and Parents Online: Using the Internet with Your Child."

CHILDREN’S ROOM INTERNET/COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

The Belmont Public Library does not control or monitor access to material which may be accessible from other Internet sites. The Belmont Public library adheres to the Minuteman Library Network’s Internet policy which states that In accordance with the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights and a supplemental document entitled Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks, the Minuteman Library Network does not control or monitor access to material which may be accessible from other Internet sites. Parents may find that some information on the Internet may be unsuitable for their children, or may not reflect their personal values. Parents and guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected and accessed by their children. In addition to this, the library does not monitor any direct electronic communication (email, chat rooms). Parents should instruct children NEVER to give out personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, credit card number) online. The MLN policy also states that it is not acceptable to use the Internet access at MLN terminals for illegal purposes or to transmit threatening, obscene, or harassing materials. This includes unauthorized access, so-called "hacking", and other unlawful activities online. In addition to this, the following internet/computer acceptable use guidelines must be followed:

  • Obey copyright, software and data laws and regulations.
  • Do not misrepresent oneself nor attempt to gain unauthorized access to any computer system
  • You may not change the setup of the computer, add computer programs, or use any software that does not belong to the library.
  • You have the right to privacy in using the computer. You must also respect the privacy of other computer users.
  • Do not disturb others while using the computer or stay in the area after your time is up.
  • Before 1:30 p.m. you may use the computer for one hour. After 1:30 p.m. you may use the computer for one-half hour.
  • If you have a problem with the computer, DO NOT try to fix it. Please ask a librarian for help.
  • You may sign up to use the computer one day in advance by telephone or in person.
  • You may use the computer for one time slot per day.
  • Usually, no more than two people may use one computer at a time. Exceptions may be made when the computer is being used for teaching purposes.
  • You may download to a floppy disc. Discs may be bought at the circulation desk for $1.00 each.
  • You must leave the computer when your time is up. Printing should be completed before the end of your turn. The library charges $ .10 per page for printing.
  • DO NOT turn off the machine.
  • Children have priority in using the computers in the Children’s Room of the Main Library.

The Library is pleased to offer you access to the Internet. All users of the Library’s computer resources must use them correctly and only for legal purposes. Violation of this policy and procedures will result in loss of internet access.

Approved 11/17/98
Revised 6/28/02