Public Network Access Acceptable Use Policy

In fulfilling its mission to provide information, education, and cultural enrichment for the Newington community through a commitment to excellence in library services, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library provides its patrons with the latest information technology.

Therefore, Internet access is available in the Adult, Teens and Children’s departments. The Internet is a global and unregulated information network. As such, it allows patrons to access information and images beyond the scope of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library’s collection, selection criteria, and collection development policies. The Library cannot control the information accessible through the Internet and does not accept responsibility for its content.

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library, hereinafter, Library, offers Internet access via dedicated computers in the Adult, Teen and Children’s departments as well as wireless access to the library’s Internet service for properly equipped laptops and handheld devices. The network is maintained by the Town of Newington, hereinafter, Town. Access to this managed network is provided as a service for casual Internet browsing and research. Network performance and operational integrity are monitored to ensure the shared resources are not impacted in a negative manner by bandwidth consuming applications or abusive behavior.

Under no circumstances is a user of our public network authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law. Resources are not to be used for commercial gain. Resources are not to be used for commercial gain. Copying or downloading or distributing (which includes peer to peer file sharing) of material found on the Internet may infringe on copyright or other intellectual property rights. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

If inappropriate activity is detected on the network the Library and /or Town reserves the right to enforce corrective actions to protect the integrity of network. Suspected unlawful or improper use of this network may be reported to law enforcement agencies.

When you access the Public Network in the library you are accepting the library’s “Public Network Access Acceptable Use Policy.” It is the responsibility of anyone accessing this network to read these policies since use of the network constitutes acceptance and compliance to these terms.

As with other library materials, a child’s use of the Internet is solely the responsibility of the child’s parent or guardian. Parents are encouraged to provide guidance and explore the Internet with their children. For recommended sites for children, see the Children’s section of the library’s homepage.

The library’s Internet workstations are in public areas and are shared by patrons of all ages. Therefore, all patrons are asked to refrain from accessing potentially offensive information or images. Internet privileges will be suspended if the use of and behavior at the Internet workstations is not in keeping with this policy.

Patrons are required to have a valid library card before being able to log on the Internet. Proper identification is required in the Children’s Department. Use is limited to one hour per person per day for the library’s dedicated Internet computers. Please be advised that computer sign-up sheets are a matter of public record.

Adopted September 13, 1999,

Revised November 2000,

Revised June 2003

Revised December 2010

Revised April 2013

Lucy Robbins Welles Library Board of Directors