The internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Use of the Allegan Public Library’s wireless computer network provides patrons with access to the vast amount of information available through these connections. Although the internet provides access to valuable sources of information, the library can make no guarantee regarding the accuracy or completeness of information found there. There are sites on the internet which may be considered controversial or inappropriate. The library cannot protect users from information that the user may find offensive.
Parents or guardians are responsible for the supervision of their children who use the internet, and for information accessed by their children. They should discuss internet safety with their children. The library will provide users with information on this topic.
User Responsibilities and Guidelines
- Persons utilizing the wireless connection agree to comply with all provisions of this Wireless Internet Policy.
- The library’s wireless connection is unencrypted and unfiltered. Use of the wireless connection is done at the patron’s own risk. By using this connection, patrons acknowledge that security errors and hacking are an inherent risk associated with any wireless service. For that reason, patrons expressly agree that they knowingly assume such risk, and further agree to hold the Library harmless from any claim or loss arising out of, or related to, any such instance of hacking or other unauthorized use or access into the patron’s computer.
- The library accepts no responsibility for any software downloaded and/or installed, email opened, or sites accessed while patrons are on the wireless internet connection. Any damage done to the patron’s equipment or self from viruses, identity theft, spy-ware, plug-ins, or other Internet-borne programs is the sole responsibility of the patron; and the patron indemnifies and holds harmless the Library from any such damage. In light of security issues and the variety of equipment that can be used to access wireless networks, the Library urges patrons to incorporate appropriate protections systems such as anti-virus, firewall software and updated patches when accessing the Library’s wireless network.
- Be respectful of those around you, remembering that this is a public library, used by people of all ages. The library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images which are inappropriate in a library setting. Failure to comply may result in loss of privileges.
- The library will provide configuration specifications about its wireless network for patron access but does not provide technical support for individuals wishing to use their own equipment. Library staff are not allowed to configure, diagnose or modify a library patron’s equipment to enable access to the Library’s wireless network.