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In support of its public service mission, the library provides free access to computers and to internet resources.
The internet offers access to many valuable information sources. However, some information found on the internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some. Customers must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found on the internet. The library does not monitor or control the accuracy of information accessed through the internet and assumes responsibility only for the information it creates and provides on its home pages.
Parents/guardians are responsible for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Consequently, parents must guide their children in use of the internet and inform them about sources they should not use. The library will not monitor a child’s internet use on behalf of the parent. Computers designated for public use in the children’s area of the library are not internet access computers and are therefore safe for use by children.
Users should be aware that the internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, the library does not keep information on the use of specific internet resources by the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the library.
The library staff is unable to assist library customers with solving technological problems relating to their personal computer or specific computer programs or services they may wish to purchase.
The Nelson County Public Library’s website provides information about the library system’s collections, services, events and ongoing activities, directories, and a variety of databases and resource materials. It also contains useful links to other websites.
In choosing sources to link to our home pages, the library staff follows its materials selection guidelines. However, the library is not responsible for content or changes in content of the sources to which its home pages link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. The library strives to make its website, current, informative, and easy to use.
The library uses a public computer reservation system to manage reservations and printing from public computers. Cardholders in good standing may use their library card to log on to any available computer. Computer use is limited to one hour during peak times. During slow periods, customers may request that staff extend their session if other reservations have not been made. Customers are limited to two (2) sessions per day.
Customers may print black and white letter-size pages from the internet or their own documents at a cost of $.15 per page. Color printing is $.30 per page.
Online public access catalog (PAC) computers
Library customers may use the PAC computers to search the catalog. Only library staff may use the PAC computers to search databases in response to reference questions.
Download the Internet and Computer Use Agreement form here! This must be filled out and brought to the library before a computer reservation can be made.
Computer Use Policy
• Violate the law
As part of the computer usage agreement customers must abide by these policies and are advised that failure to do so will result in the loss of computer and internet privileges at the library. This includes use of another customer’s library card number to log on to a computer.
Patrons cannot use the computers if there is more than $20.00 on their account.
If there is less than $20.00 on a patron's account, they may use the computers with a minimum payment of $.50 on their fine.
Computer Usage Violations
The purpose of these procedures is not to control the sites patrons select but to protect the rights of other patrons and staff utilizing this public facility.