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What are the conditions for accessing the Internet at the library?

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2016  |  136 Views

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The library offers three different ways to access the Internet:

  1. Wireless Internet access using personal computer or other devices -- filtered (no registration required)
  2. Internet access in the Internet workstation area -- unfiltered  (one 90 minute session per day, registration required with a Thousand Oaks Library card; OR 15 minutes Express Pass for adults without a library card (no fee).
  3. Internet access at designated research workstations -- filtered (no registration required; no email, chat or Instant Messaging)

All users connecting to the Internet using the library's network must abide by the Internet Use Contract.

Internet Use Contract:

Patrons are welcome to access the Internet in the library under the following conditions and restrictions. Failure to comply with these restrictions will result in the immediate loss of library Internet privileges.

Users are required to be sensitive to the public nature of shared facilities and may not display sexually explicit, hate-related or intentionally harmful/disturbing graphics or images, on library Internet workstations, or on personal wireless capable devices.

The Library does not monitor and has no control over the content of the Internet. User discretion is advised. Each user is solely responsible for evaluating the validity and usefulness of information found on the Internet and the Library has no liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of Internet resources.

Wireless Internet users must agree to the "wireless network terms of use" before accessing the library's network with their own wireless (802.11 b/g) capable devices.

Internet users must not:

  • Use another's password or identity.
  • Transfer or download programs and executable files to library workstations.
  • Violate U.S. Copyright laws.
  • Load personal software onto library workstations.
  • Use the Internet workstations or the library's network for any illegal activity or to harass others.
  • Tamper with library Internet equipment or try to exploit gaps in system security.
  • Gain access to unauthorized resources or entities.
  • Invade anyone's personal privacy.
  • Use library Internet workstations for more than one hour per day.
  • Remain in the Internet workstation area after their session ends.

    To protect their privacy, Internet users must log off at the end of their Internet session.

    To log off, click on the “End Session” button in the upper right corner of the screen.

    The library reserves the right to investigate any improper use of shared computing resources.

    Due to the high volume of computer users, if a computer user leaves the Internet workstation area for more than 10 minutes during an open session, the session may be closed and the computer made available to another user.  Unattended belongings left at computer workstations may be transferred to the Lost and Found.

Wireless Network Terms of Use:

  • Thousand Oaks Library's wireless network is unsecured.  The library cannot guarantee the safety of data transmitted across its wireless network.
     
  • When accessing the Internet through an unsecured wireless network there is the possibility that data sent to or from your wireless device is monitored, captured, or altered.
     
  • Thousand Oaks Library assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security or changes to personal data files resulting from your connecting to the Library's network.
     
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times.
     
  • Library staff does not provide technical assistance. There is no guarantee that users will be able to make a wireless connection.
     
  • In using this free Internet access, I agree and hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless, the City of Thousand Oaks, its officers and employees, and any affiliate, from any damage that may result from use of this wireless access.
     
  • While using this wireless access, I acknowledge that I am subject to, and agree to abide by all laws, and all rules and regulations of the City of Thousand Oaks, County of Ventura, the State of California, and the federal government that are applicable to Internet use.
   
  It is the mission of the Thousand Oaks Library to serve the community's informational, educational and recreational reading needs. The Library supports the individual's right to have access to ideas and information representing all points of view in a variety of formats. In keeping with this mission, the Library offers three levels of Internet access to the community at both the Grant R. Brimhall Library and the Newbury Park Branch Library.
   
 

Requirements for Using the Unfiltered Internet Workstations

Adults :

  • Must have a Thousand Oaks Library card.

  • Must register at the Reference Desk.

  • May use the Internet for up to 90 minutes per day.

  • May make Internet reservations in person up to 48 hours in advance.

  • Must agree to abide by the Internet Use Contract displayed on the screen and printed below.

Adult Guests:

  • May use Express Internet workstations for up to 15 minutes without charge.

  • Must register at the Reference Desk.

  • Must agree to abide by the Internet Use Contract displayed on the screen and printed below.

Children:

  • Children in grades 6-12 may register to use the Internet upon the formal consent of their parent or legal guardian.

  • Parents who wish to grant their permission for their juvenile children to use the Internet must go to the Information Desk, with the child, for assistance.

  • Children in preschool through grade 5 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian when using a library Internet workstation.

Note to parents: Parents should be aware that the Internet is not regulated by any U.S. laws regarding content of written or graphic materials and that by signing the Library's “Internet Parental Consent Form” they have given their children access to the entire world of information available on the Internet, including material which some may find objectionable. Parents are encouraged to review the guidelines and Internet safety literature.  For further information, please visit the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department's Internet Safety information.

The Library makes no warranty or guarantee and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of service interruptions or changes, even if these disruptions arise from circumstances under the control of the Library.

Materials obtained or copied from the Internet may be subject to copyright laws. United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials. Responsibility for any consequence of copyright infringement lies with the user. The Thousand Oaks Library expressly disclaims any responsibility for, or liability for copyright violation by a user.

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