Barrington Area Library Computer Policy

The Internet makes accessible a world of information. Access to the Internet is available in accordance with the mission of the Barrington Public Library District to provide and disseminate information for lifelong learning, cultural development, and the enrichment of leisure. Some of the information on the network may be deemed of questionable nature. A filter has been installed to support the library's mission of providing and disseminating information for lifelong learning, cultural development, and the enrichment of leisure. Adult cardholders (18 years of age or older) may have expanded Internet access upon request. Proof of age and patronage may be required with a library card and photo ID.

The Barrington Public Library District recognizes that the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for the library environment. Responsibility for what children read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians. Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children's use of the Internet. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and Internet safety. A parent or guardian may request expanded Internet access for his/her child by appearing in person to make this request each time expanded access is to be provided.

Due to its vast resources, staff cannot be familiar with all the sources on the Internet. The Barrington Area Library maintains a home page with links selected primarily for their reference value. The staff will periodically monitor these selections. Please be aware, however, that these sites can change rapidly and unpredictably without the staff's knowledge.

Persons who use the library's Internet access to engage in transactions that involve disclosure of personal information and/or the transfer of money, do so at their own risk. Staff shall not conduct business for library patrons. In addition, public use of the library's Internet access may subject such transactions to security or privacy breaches. The library also is not liable for actions that may be taken by other users of the system that result in such breaches.

The Barrington Public Library District requires that patrons using electronic information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use.

The following activities are prohibited and may result in loss of library privileges and charges for any damages:

  • using electronic information networks for any purpose which results in the discomfort or harassment of other users;
  • distructing, damaging, or altering the library's computer equipment software, configurations, or network security procedures;
  • using electronic information networks in any way which violates a federal, state, or local law;
  • using electronic information networks in any way which violates licensing and payment agreements between the library and network/database providers;
  • duplicating copy-protected software or violating software license agreements;
  • violating the system security;
  • behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including but not limited to overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users;
  • gambling, including Internet gaming;
  • "hacking" and any invasion of privacy;
  • sexual, religious, racial, or ethnic harassment.

Use of the Internet and other electronic information resources will be limited to half an hour if people are waiting.

Violators of any aspect of this policy may lose library privileges. Illegal acts involving library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities. Policy set by the Board of Library Trustees of the Barrington Public Library District.