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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.

Public Computers
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
  • A Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form must be read and signed in order to use the Library's computers. Ask for a copy at the circulation desk. 
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must have a Nelson County Public Library Internet and Computer Use Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian prior to using library computers or observing someone else using a library computer.  
  • Computer users need their library card to get a reservation at the circulation desk.  
  • Patrons may use public access computers for a maximum of 2 hours per day. Patrons may access a computer for two sessions if needed.
  • Sessions are scheduled in one-hour increments.  If you will be needing more time, please let the staff know ahead of time and we will attempt to accomodate you. 
  • Computers are not to be turned off at any time except by library staff.     
The Library’s public computers and internet access may not be used to:
• Violate the law
• Send, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as inappropriate or obscene
• Harm or compromise the safety, security, privacy, or property of others
• Seek unauthorized access to any computer system
• Alter or damage software components of any network, host server, or database

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
  • When someone is observed, by other patrons or staff, displaying an offensive site, they are given a verbal warning and told that if they are seen viewing an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computers for 3 months.
  • If the person is observed displaying an offensive site again, they will be unable to use the computer for 3 months.  The patron is also warned that if it happens again, their computer privileges will be taken away indefinitely. 
  • Once they are observed displaying an offensive site the 3rd time, a patron's computer privileges are permanently taken away. 

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.

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