Internet Use Policy

Orange Beach Public Library

Internet Public Use Policy

 The Orange Beach Public Library provides access to the Internet in accordance with our mission to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of our patrons.

 Not all information found on the internet is accurate, up-to-date, legal or acceptable to all individuals.  The internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be biased, inappropriate or offensive.  The library does not control information found on the Internet and therefore cannot be responsible for its content.  Patrons may inadvertently see materials on the Internet which they find objectionable.  Users are advised to use caution when sending personal or financial information over the Internet.   In all cases, patrons use the Internet at their own discretion.

 It is the policy of the Orange Beach Public Library that parents or legal guardians of minor children are ultimately responsible for the child’s use of the Internet at the library.  Furthermore, library staff are not responsible for supervising minors while they are using the computers at the library.

 Orange Beach Public Library is committed to providing an environment free of sexual harassment.  Patrons may not display on screens or printers materials with sexually explicit graphics.

Use which damages or disrupts software or hardware is prohibited and may result in legal action.  Patrons are solely responsible for obeying all copyright law and for any infringement of that law.  Use of the Internet to engage in any illegal activity is prohibited.

 Orange Beach Public Library reserves the right to regulate use of the workstations to include the amount of time a workstation may be used, printing charges or restrictions for that workstation, chat room use, e-mail use, sign-up requirements and further reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.

 Use of the Internet at this library signifies acceptance of this policy.  Internet users who violate the library’s policy on Internet use are subject to losing Internet, computer and library privileges.  In addition, patrons who make prints from the Internet and do not pay for them are subject to the same loss of privileges.   The library reserves the right to modify this policy and to develop corresponding procedures which are in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the intent of this policy.