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Computer and Internet Use Policy Wireless Internet Policy

Computer and Internet Use Policy

The Orange Public Library offers Internet access at the Orange Public Library and History Center and at the Taft and El Modena branch libraries.  Internet access at in-library workstations is available free of charge to library users provided that they sign-on to a computer with a library card registered in their name, and that the card is active and in good standing.  Computer usage is limited to 90 minutes per day, per person.   Staff issued visitor cards are limited to a one time use of 30 minutes.

The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide electronic access to materials held by the Library and to materials and information beyond the confines of the Library’s own collection. The Internet is an unregulated global medium serving a highly diverse user population.  It offers access to information that may be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages.  It also offers access to materials that may be inaccurate, incomplete, offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal.

The Library uses site-filtering software to block obscene graphic images, pornography, and images harmful to minors but cannot guarantee its effectiveness.  Because filtering software sometimes blocks access to legitimate information, any library user age 18 or older can request that his or her computer workstation be unfiltered. Children under 18 years of age will have unfiltered access only if authorized by their parent or legal guardian. Parents and legal guardians, not library staff, are responsible for providing appropriate guidance to their children in using the Internet.

The availability of information via library terminals does not constitute the Library’s endorsement of the content of that information. Orange Public Library assumes responsibility only for the information on its homepage.

All library users are expected to access the Internet in compliance with the Library Rules of Conduct Policy and within the boundaries of the law. Viewing illegal materials (obscenity, pornography, or materials harmful to minors) is prohibited. Library users should not attempt to change program settings on a workstation, boot from external storage media (such as a floppy disk or CD), or try to run their own software. Violations may result in the loss of Internet privileges. Using a Library computer workstation constitutes an agreement by the user to these terms.

Internet stations may not be used for any unlawful purpose.  The Library has the ability to monitor users’ Internet usage.

  • Unlawful or prohibited activities include but are not limited to:
  • Violation of any federal or state law or regulation.
  • Transmitting/accessing obscene material or child pornography.
  • Interfering with or disrupting other Library computer users, services or equipment.
  • Computer fraud, hacking, spamming, or “phishing.”
  • False representation as another user., i.e., not using a library card registered in their own name to sign-on to an in-library computer.
  • Copyright infringement.
  • Acts of a threatening, harassing, or obscene nature.
  • Abuse of equipment and/or installing software or running programs that have not been installed by the Library.

Failure to comply with this Computer and Internet Use Policy may result in loss of Internet and/or Library privileges.  The Library staff will report any suspected illegal activity to the Orange Police Department for investigation.  The Computer and Internet Use Policy is also applicable to use of public wireless Internet access in all Orange Public Library facilities.  See Orange Public Library Wireless Internet Policy.

Adopted by Orange Public Library Board of Trustees, February 12, 2001;
Revised March 18, 2002, November 18, 2002, September 18, 2006 and November 16, 2009

Wireless Internet Policy

Orange Public Library (OPL) offers free wireless Internet access during library open hours to OPL library cardholders with accounts that are active and in good standing. Library users who wish to use their mobile Internet devices in the library and do not already have a City of Orange library card should first establish an account by registering at the circulation/customer service desk.

  • The library’s wireless network is filtered.
  • All wireless users are required to comply with Orange Public Library’s Computer and Internet Use Policy, which may be found at: http://www.cityoforange.org/library/services/internet_use_policy.asp.
  • Because wireless users share a network with other Internet users in the library, downloading large files is discouraged.
  • Headphones or earphones must be worn when accessing audible content.
  • Mobile Internet devices may not be used for any commercial purposes.
  • Illegal or inappropriate use of the Internet will result in suspension or termination of Internet privileges.
  • Users are responsible for knowing how to configure their own equipment.
  • Library staff cannot provide technical assistance in configuring our users’ wireless devices or in troubleshooting access problems.
  • The Wireless Internet Access brochure contains general directions for accessing the library wireless network.
  • Printing is not available through the library’s wireless connections.
  • The library’s wireless Internet access is not encrypted. Wireless users are urged not to send personal, financial or any confidential information over the library wireless network.
  • Orange Public Library is not responsible for damage or loss due to security breaches, electrical surges or disruptions of wireless service.

Adopted by the Orange Public Library Board of Trustees, September 18, 2006

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