The use of Library computing resources is a privilege and is subject to the following rules and restrictions. The following intentional actions are considered unacceptable and may result in loss of computer resource privileges, library privileges, and/or prosecution by local, state, and federal authorities.
- Accessing, transmitting, uploading, downloading, or distributing material in violation of local, state or federal law, such as obscene material, child pornography, and material harmful to minors;
- Developing, transmitting, or distributing material that is intended to annoy, harass, or alarm another person, or material that insults, or potentially defames, slanders, or libels another person;
- Engaging in any illegal activities using library computers or networks;
- Vandalizing, damaging, modifying or disabling library computers, networks, software, electronic resources, or any library property, or violating or attempting to violate a computer’s security system;
- Attempting to gain unauthorized access to, or to distribute, any of APL’s confidential personal information, computing information, or other private information;
- Unauthorized copying of copywritten or other protected material;
- Using chat rooms;
- Attempting to obtain from another Internet user, or to provide another Internet user with, personally identifying information about a minor;
- Violation of another person’s privacy;
- Disrupting others’ use of computer resources in any way.
The use of Alexandrian Public Library computer systems and public access Internet is open to the public. Anyone interested in using APL’s workstations will be required to enter their library card barcode number to access a terminal. Patron library cards must be in good standing in order to access the terminals. Guest passes will be available for use for non-residents.
In keeping with the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) the library employs filtering on all of its computers with Internet access. The purpose of these filters is to guard against accessing, inadvertently or otherwise, visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.