Internet Access and Acceptable Use Policy
The Weston Public Library (WPL) is committed to providing access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources in many formats for library users of all ages and backgrounds for lifelong learning and enjoyment. Understanding that Internet access can expand and enhance the existing collection at the WPL, the WPL provides public workstations, Wi-Fi, and other internet enabled devices to allow all users who wish to use the Internet the opportunity to do so.
Patrons accessing the internet using the WPL’s wireless access (including mobile hotspots) must comply with this policy.
No Guarantee of Privacy
Given that the computers are shared and the library provides open, public Wi-Fi, the WPL tries to protect users’ privacy to the extent possible. The WPL does not maintain permanent records of what individual users view or the content created on library workstations. Browsing history is erased when an individual exits their computer session or after a specified time of inactivity.
The Weston Public Library assumes no liability for loss of user privacy while using WPL equipment or accessing the internet through wireless access proved by the WPL.
The WPL must make any information stored on its computers available if it is subpoenaed pursuant to law. It should be noted that some search warrants or subpoenas can come with a “gag order” preventing staff from informing patrons or the public that information has been provided to law enforcement.
At times, demand exceeds the Library’s supply of available workstations. When this happens, the length of computer use sessions may be limited.
The Library prohibits use of its computers and networks in a way that violates, local, state, or federal law. Illegal activities or activities that interfere with or disrupt the network, users, services or equipment are prohibited and not protected by any Library Policy. Staff is authorized to take action to protect the security of computers and the network, including requiring a user to leave a computer or the premises, and contacting law enforcement authorities. Unacceptable or inappropriate uses include:
- Violation of copyright or licensing agreements;
- Violation of another user’s privacy;
- Engaging in any activity that is reasonably deemed to be libelous or slanderous;
- Representing yourself as someone else;
- Transmitting harassing, threatening or obscene material;
- Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Weston Public Library or Town of Weston or Minuteman Library Network or any other network or computer system;
- Disruption or interfering with network services and users, including: using malicious software or hardware, hacking or phishing;
- Any operation of the equipment, system or software not reasonably deemed acceptable.
- Users are responsible for any damage to equipment or the network resulting from improper use.
Whether using a WPL computer or a personal device, users are expected to refrain from displaying graphics which are inappropriate for public viewing, or playing audio that may bother other patrons. Users must use headphones to listen to audio content.
Saving documents and Data Loss
The Weston Public Library is not responsible for a user’s data loss. Users who wish to save documents must use their own data storage device. Anything saved to a Weston Public Library computer’s hard drive will be automatically deleted when the computer unexpectedly crashes, or when the patron completes their session and logs off. The staff cannot retrieve data once this happens.
Printing is available for a fee.
Copyright and Licensing
Users are responsible for complying with copyright law, licensing agreements and the policies of individual sites and content viewed.
Computers located in the Youth Services Department are for the use of children and young adults only. Adults are permitted to use these computers only when assisting or accompanying a child. Parents and caregivers are responsible for supervising computer use by their children. Library staff is not responsible for the Internet content viewed by children.
Quality of Information
The Weston Public Library and the Minuteman Library Network assume no liability for inaccurate or out-of-date information found on the Internet.
Staff may intervene upon receiving a complaint or at their own discretion. The Library reserves the right to terminate a user’s computer session at any time.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, March 13, 2023