1. Before using the computer, the first time a patron must register by reading and signing a copy of this policy. Minors under 18 must have a parent or guardian co-sign. A list of registered users will be kept on file.

2. Users must sign in and out in the computer logbook at the circulation desk.

3. Computers may be used for 30 minutes at a time. Printing must be completed within this time. If no patrons are waiting to use the computers this time may be extended at the discretion of the librarian.

4. No personal discs or programs may be used on the computers.

5. Patrons may not physically or electronically attach anything to library equipment.

6. The cost of printing is 10 cents a copy.

7. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by an adult.

8. Patrons are fiscally responsible for any damage they cause to the computers, related equipment, or software used. Parents are responsible for damage caused by minors. The Hammond Free Library is not responsible for loss of data or consequent arising out of use of the computer or library software.

9. Software piracy is a crime. Anyone who is discovered duplicating copyrighted software on library equipment will lose computer privileges. The library is not responsible for a user’s illegal actions.

The Internet is a worldwide computer network which provides easy access to a massive body of information. The information and resources available on the Internet expand the library’s information services beyond traditional collections. Not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information, and some may be offensive. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Users are responsible for determining that information they access is acceptable, reliable, and suitable to their needs.

The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and library customers use it at their own risk. There are information resources which are inappropriate to a library setting. Because the library is a public place, library staff has the authority to end an Internet session when such material displays on the computer screen.

The Hammond Free Library reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.