Technology Access Policy

Use of any computer in the library or its wireless service is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of this privilege. Library staff has the authority to determine whether sessions should be interrupted or privileges revoked.

Violators of this policy or the Technology Access User Agreement will lose computer, wireless access, and/or library privileges and will be legally and financially responsible for any and all damages.

Privacy is not guaranteed and others may see what is displayed on computer monitors or have access to records of what has been viewed on library computers or accessed via the library’s wireless service.

It is the library’s intent to prevent problems from occurring as a result of providing public access to computers and the Internet, not to monitor use of the workstations, although it is within the library’s right to do so.

Users of the library’s computers or wireless service agree that the Hermiston Public Library and the City of Hermiston assume no liability for any loss or damage to the user’s data, software, or hardware, or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in the user’s computer accounts, programs or files. The library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from connections to Internet services.

Public Access Computers:

The library provides several general use computers in its public access computer area. These computers provide general office application software and Internet access.

Access to the library’s public access computer area is allowed only by signing in at the front desk and presenting one’s own library card to library staff. Use will not be granted to those that do not have their library card with them or if their card is not in good standing according to the library’s circulation policy. If the patron does not have a Sage Library System library card, they must present a government issued picture I.D. that includes their date of birth.

Children aged 17 and under must have a signed permission form on file with the library before using public access computers. This form must be signed in person by the child and their parent or legal guardian. Both must present their library card or I.D. as outlined above.

Public access computer sessions are one hour. A second session may be granted by library staff if there is not a waiting list for computer use. No more than two sessions per day are permitted. At the discretion of library staff, time limits and sessions may be further restricted during times of high-use or long waits.

There may be no more than two people at one public access computer at a time. Both must sign in and present their library card or I.D. as outlined above and have a permission form on file if they are under 18. This counts as a session for both the user and the assistant.

Children of elementary school age or younger must by accompanied and directly supervised by an adult or child 16 years or older to use a public access computer.

Dedicated Purpose Computers:

The library also has several computers that are dedicated to specific uses including self-checkout and catalog access. These computers may be used without prior consent or presenting your library card to library staff but are still subject to this policy and agreement to the library’s Technology Access User Agreement.

Internet Access:

Hermiston Public Library provides public access to the Internet in keeping with its role to offer equal access to information and resources that meet the educational and recreational needs of the community.

The library has no control over information found on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. All should be aware that they may find objectionable or offensive material on the Internet. The library recognizes that parents have the authority to determine what material should be available to their minor children consistent with their personal and family values and boundaries. Therefore, parents are responsible for monitoring their children’s access to the Internet at the library.

Wireless Internet Access:

The library also provides wireless access to the Internet.

The library may restrict bandwidth and access to Internet protocols, and enforce download, access times, and time limits on its wireless network. Library staff has the authority to determine what these restrictions are and they may be changed at any time.

Wireless access may be suspended without notice if it is believed a user is causing a disruption of service to other users or to the network.

Patrons are fully responsible for updating or changing settings on their computers to access the library’s wireless service. Library staff does not provide any support for personal computers.

This policy and the Technology Access User Agreement will be reviewed periodically. Future changes in this policy or user agreement will be considered acceptable to the user if s/he continues to use any library computer or accesses the library’s wireless service after changes are posted.

(Effective 11-6-08)