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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

As part of Poestenkill Library Board of Trustee’s mission to meet the information needs of Town residents, the Library offers public access to the Internet. Access to the Internet enables patrons to explore a vast array of information beyond that contained in the Library’s collection.

While the staff can offer guidance to a wide array of useful and interesting Internet sites, some sites may contain inaccurate, controversial, and even offensive material.  Internet use is not monitored by the library staff. The staff has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content.  

Users are asked to remember that they are in a public building and to show consideration for others when viewing Internet sites.  Patrons must respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.  Violation of any U.S. or state law or regulation including, but not restricted to acts of a threatening, harassing or obscene nature is not permitted.

Parents/ guardians are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of the Internet. Any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, not the library staff.

Users are required to sign in at the Circulation Desk to use an Internet workstation. Access to the Internet workstation is limited to one ½ hour session per day. A maximum of two users at one workstation at a time is allowed, if necessary.  If the computer is shared, all users must abide by the Library’s Internet policy.  Users should finish work and log off 5 minutes before the library closes.

Files cannot be downloaded to the library computer’s hard drive.   Patrons must save files by downloading to a USB flash drive/memory stick. Hardware and software on the Internet computer may not be altered.

The library is not responsible for any personal information that is sent out through the internet. Communications through the Internet should not be considered secure. Any personal information that is sent through the Internet, may potentially be intercepted by a third party using the Wireless network.

Misuse of the Internet computer by not complying with these procedures and policies will result in the following consequences:

  • First Offense: A verbal warning will be given.
  • Second Offense: Adult User – lose Internet privileges for two (2) weeks. User under 18 – Director will call parent/guardian to notify of loss of Internet privileges for two (2) weeks. (If the Internet is needed for research purposes for reports or school work, the user must be accompanied at the computer by his/her parent/guardian at all times during this 2-week period.)
  • Third Offense: Adult user – permanent loss of Internet privileges. User under 18 – Director will call parent to notify of permanent loss of Internet privileges. (If the Internet is needed for research purposes for reports or school work, the user must be accompanied at the computer by his/her parent at all times.)

Adopted by the Board of Trustees June 25, 2001
Amended by the Board of Trustees December 17, 2001
Amended by the Board of Trustees February 23, 2009
Reviewed by the Board of Trustees December 28, 2015
Amended by the Board of Trustees May 22, 2017
Reviewed by the Board of Trustees January 25, 2021