Responsible and Courteous Use of the Internet

To be used in conjunction with BHPL’s Internet Access Policy

The Internet is intended for educational, informational and recreational purposes only. This document serves to define appropriate Internet use at Berkeley Heights Public Library. Due to rapid changes in the use of the Internet and electronic sources, this list is not intended to be complete.

Library staff is not responsible for monitoring use of the Internet. Computer workstations are located in public areas that are shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individual Internet users are expected to consider this if accessing potentially controversial information and images. Inappropriate patron behavior while accessing the Internet will not be permitted to interfere with or disrupt library operations or create an offensive, intimidating or hostile environment for library users or staff. BHPL reserves the right for staff to terminate Internet sessions at any time. Staff will report potentially illegal activity of which they become aware to the appropriate authorities.

Responsibility for (and any restriction of) a child’s use of the Internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardians. Internet access computers in the Children’s Department are filtered. Because no commercially available filtering software is effective in all cases, BHPL cannot unequivocally state that all objectionable materials will be filtered. Internet access computers in the Children’s Department are limited to students up through 8th grade, parents/caregivers accompanied by young children, and parents assisting children

The following activities are not permitted and will result in the termination of an Internet session:

• Email use is restricted to Web-based Email accessed through the web browser with HTML (i.e. Hotmail).
• Modifying the configuration settings of any program on a BHPL computer is prohibited.
• Illegal or unethical use of the Internet
• Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted, licensed or otherwise controlled information and/or software residing on the Internet
• Seeking disallowed access to any other computer system via the Internet
• Damaging or altering the setup of any equipment used to access the Internet
• Displaying, sending, receiving or printing illegal or obscene content
• Transmission of threatening, harassing or abusive language and/or images
• Downloading files to the hard drive
• Introducing or installing any software to BHPL computer equipment
• Deliberate propagation of computer worms and viruses
• Displaying, sending, receiving or printing text, images or graphics that violate laws relating to child pornography (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4)

Professional staff members of BHPL are able to answer basic questions about use of the Internet and offer searching suggestions to help locate information resources and popular sites. Due to time constraints, they may not be able to offer in-depth training in Internet or personal computer skills.

Adopted by the Board on May 18, 1998, modified April 19, 1999, modified May 12, 2003, modified June 13, 2005, modified July 31, 2006