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Computer access at our library is free and open to all library users.
In order to preserve this open access,we ask all computer users at our
library to abide by the following rules and requirements:
The Library’s public access computers are available on a first come
first serve basis. The Library uses an automated reservation system to
ensure that this process works in an equitable manner. All Library
patrons must "sign in" (by age group-'Adult','Teen' or 'Child') at the
computer reservation terminal to reserve a computer. A waiting list for
each age group (i.e., 'Adult', 'Teen' or 'Child') will be on display at
one end of the computer bank for that assigned age group.
All computer users are required to have a Bastrop Public Library
card or 'guest card' obtained at the front desk, to sign in for computer
use. Additionally, a patron must be in good standing with the Library
(i.e., must not have unpaid fines or fees) to be eligible to use the
computers. No 'guest cards' are issued to children or teens.
Patrons must use their own library card barcode number or a 'guest
card' number to reserve a workstation. An acceptable form of
identification is required to request a lookup of a patron's library
Do not use someone else’s library card bar code number to access a
library computer. Any patron who uses someone else’ s library card
barcode number or a guest card number not issued directly to them is
subject to losing their computer privileges in the Bastrop Library.
Patrons sign-up for 30-minute blocks of computer use time. After
completing the first 30-minute reservation, a Patron may continue to use
their workstation for an additional 30 minutes if there is no one else
registered and waiting to use the computers. A patron may sign-up for a
total of (4) 30-minute time slots (or a total of two hours) of computer
use time, per day.
The Library’ s computers are designated 'Adult's', 'Teen's' and 'Child’ s' computers.
You may check and send email on the library computers only if you
have your own web-based email account (such as "Yahoo" mail or
The library has no 'plug-in access' for laptop computers with
modems, but laptop users may access the wireless Internet anywhere
inside the library at no cost with no time limitation.
It is the mission of the Bastrop Public Library to provide
unrestricted access to informational, educational, cultural and
recreational library materials and services; however, we are also
committed to protecting our youth and being sensitive to the rights of
all of our patrons.To accomplish this mission, the following rules
Accessing sites containing pornography or other offensively graphic
materials or text (i.e., Materials that are unsuitable or damaging to
children or that may offend other Library users or staff) is not
acceptable and is, therefore expressly prohibited.
Patrons who violate this computer use policy will be asked to exit
the website immediately and in the case of repeated abuse, may be asked
to leave the library.
Patrons who continue to violate this policy will lose their Library and/or library computer use privileges.
Parents are responsible for overseeing their children’ s use of the library’ s public access computers.
Do not alter hardware, software, desktop, or web browser settings on
the computers. Do not take any action that could be deemed to be an
attempt to "hack" into local or remote computers.
New diskettes may be purchased at the Check-Out desk for $1.00 each.
Downloading any files or programs to the hard drive is prohibited.
Patrons may use their own USB memory sticks or floppy disks to save
their personal data from the library computers. Any USB drive storage
of floppy devises that are left in the computers will be held by the
Library in 'lost and found' for a maximum of 12 days, and then
The Library is not liable for damages to personal data, diskettes or
other equipment that are lost or damaged when information is copied
from the Internet through the Library's computers.
Patrons are responsible for being aware of all possible copyright
restrictions while using the Internet. Most information available on the
Internet is copyrighted, and therefore is legally protected from
duplication by the public. Therefore, permission must be obtained to
use the images or text presented on the Internet. If you are not sure
that you have a legal right to use Internet materials, then you should
not attempt to duplicate it.
Black and white copies may be printed from materials found on
library computers. Color copies are not available. The charge for each
page printed is ten (10) cents and must be paid for at the Check-Out
The library does not provide CD burners, headphones, or wireless printers for public use.
Do not use the library computers to commit a crime. All violators
will be subject to criminal prosecution by the appropriate police
The Library staff reserves the right to determine whether
other behaviors that are not specifically identified herein are not in
the best interest of the Library, and if so, to ask the patron to
discontinue those actions, as well. In addition, the Library reserves
the right to periodically update and modify this Policy as it deems
appropriate and necessary. Staff will ask anyone violating the
Library's Internet and Computer Use Policy to discontinue what they are
doing immediately, and may in severe instances be asked to leave the
Library. Those who violate this policy may lose their computer
privileges for a length of time determined by the Library Director.
Repeat violators may lose other Library privileges and/or the right to
be present on Library property and/or to use Library services.
Rev. 03/26/10 Approved by the Library Board: 04/05/10 Approved by the Bastrop City Council: 05/11/10
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