Public Internet Usage Policy

The Franklin Park Public Library District provides Internet access to Library patrons. This supports the Library’s role as a source of information, intellectual development, and enrichment. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. It is the user’s responsibility to use the Internet wisely. Although the Library’s computers are filtered, filters do not guarantee the exclusion of all material anyone might find offensive.

General Usage Rules

All users must accept the online Internet User Agreement.

Access is available during all hours that the Library is open to the public. Each patron is guaranteed one hour of Internet use per day. Access is not guaranteed in the event of equipment failure or power outage. Library staff provides limited computer assistance.

The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal equipment used in conjunction with Library computers, nor is the Library responsible for the damage done by a patron’s computer use.

Printers and scanners are available for public use. Printouts are 10 cents per page for black and white, and 50 cents per page for color.

Adult Internet Use

The computers by the Information Desk are available for adults and young adults (ages 13 and up).

Adult library users must accept the online Internet User Agreement to use the computers. Adult Franklin Park residents without a library card will be issued a Guest Pass.

Children’s Use

The computers in the children’s room are available for children under the age of 18 and their families. Solo adults may not use these computers. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. If all the computers are in use, high school students and families may be sent to use unoccupied computers by the Information Desk. Franklin Park library card holders 9 years of age and older may sign on a computer with his/her library card number. Children ages 9 years and older without a library card will be issued a Guest Pass.

As with all library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Access to the Internet is essential in this digital age. Offering Internet access supports the Library’s and the local schools’ mission to promote life-long learning through information literacy. Minors will be allowed Internet access unless a parent or guardian signs the Internet Opt-Out form.

Non-Resident Internet Users

Non-Resident Internet Users

Non-residents may use the Library’s computers if they are not in use. Non-residents will be issued a Guest Pass for an hour of time, and must accept the online Internet User Agreement. Time will be extended automatically as long as other patrons are not waiting to use the computers.

Non-resident minors under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Restrictions

If a patron is not in good standing with the Circulation Department, his/her Internet privileges may be restricted or terminated. Patrons whose records show them owing $5.00 or more are not allowed to use the computers until their fees are paid.

Wireless Internet Access

The Library offers free wireless Internet access to all patrons. Wireless Internet access falls under the same rules as the Library’s Public Internet Access Policy.

Patrons must provide their own equipment. The Library does not provide equipment nor does it guarantee compatibility with the wireless network. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library building, but there may be spots where connectivity is weak or non-existent. Library staff does not provide technical assistance for wireless Internet access.

The wireless Internet access is filtered. Filters do not guarantee the exclusion of all material that a patron may find offensive. Parents or guardians are responsible for the monitoring and restricting of a minor’s use of the Wireless Internet access.

The Library’s wireless network is unsecured. The Library is not responsible for any consequences that may result while using wireless Internet. The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal equipment that may occur when using wireless Internet.

Internet Usage Agreement

I agree to abide by the following rules while using the Internet at the Franklin Park Public Library:

  1. I will not attempt to violate the integrity of any information on the Internet or any part of the Library’s information network.
  2. I will obey all local, state, and federal laws while using the Internet, including, but not limited to, laws regulating copyright, fraud, obscenity, defamation, and privacy. I recognize that unauthorized reproduction or use of accessed material may be a criminal offense under the U.S. Copyright Act.
  3. I realize that I may contact fee-based services and online shopping services while using the Internet. I agree to assume full responsibility for any charges I might incur when accessing such services from the Library. I recognize that any service involving the submission of a credit card number involves me in a transaction with an outside service provider, not with the Library.
  4. I recognize that the Library is not responsible for the content, validity, or currency of any information found on the Internet that the Library did not create.
  5. I agree to abide by the rules and policies regarding Internet usage developed by the Franklin Park Public Library District.

I understand that failure to comply with any of these rules may result in loss of my Internet privileges at the Franklin Park Public Library District.

Adopted June 1, 2004 Rev. 3/6/07, 8/20/08, 11/9/10, 8/13/13, 10/11/16.