A. Computer Use
Residents of Webb County, Texas wishing to use a computer at the Laredo Public Library must present a valid Laredo Public Library borrower’s card in good standing (clear record of any fines and/or overdue materials). Non-residents must present a valid picture ID to obtain a visitor’s pass.
1) General Statement
To fulfill the mission of providing public access to information in all type of formats, the Laredo Public Library provides access to Internet resources. All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all users.
The Laredo Public Library does not control URLs known as Internet access links, which often change rapidly and are unpredictable. The Library is not responsible for inaccurate, incomplete, dated or offensive information that may be obtained through the Internet.
As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library has implemented filtering software on ALL of its public use, Internet accessible computers. This is the Library’s protection against access to visual depictions of pornography and in the case of persons under the age of 17 years, material that is harmful to minors. The Library cannot guarantee that the filtering software will block all pornography or material that is harmful to minors; nor can the Library guarantee that Internet filtering will not restrict access to legitimate Websites. Patrons may request that access to these sites be added to the unrestricted list by filling out a Reconsideration of Web Site Access form (Attachment Y).
4) Rules and Regulations
Parents or legal guardians of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of Internet services via Library resources. Library staff cannot and will not act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read and view on the Internet rests solely with parents or legal guardians.
Internet access is offered to the public as an information and research tool. Accessing pornographic material or illegal materials on the Internet is strictly prohibited. The Library’s Internet service cannot be used for commercial purposes. Violators will be warned once before losing access privileges permanently.
Internet use is on a first-come first-served basis. Usage is limited to a one (1) -hour session. No telephone reservations are allowed.
The Academic Lab allows two (2) hour sessions, but it is subject to change depending on demand. Preference is given to use for educational and employment purposes including job searching, school work, testing, online forms and PDF printing. During times of high demand, using computers for social media or gaming purposes may result in assignment to another computer.
Questions or problems regarding the Internet should be referred to the librarian at the Reference Desk. Reference staff will provide basic technical assistance.
Printing is allowed. Printouts are $.10 per page for black and white. There will be no refunds. Printouts may be retrieved from a network printer located at the circulation desk. All unclaimed printouts will be lost at Library closing.
Library will not be responsible for erasure or damages to the patron’s files while using Library computers or any data storage devices left behind (e.g. pin drives).
Installation, downloading, or modification of software or computers is prohibited.
Users must end their session and leave the computer workstations when asked to do so by authorized Library staff.
Users will respect the privacy of others, and will refrain from attempting to view or to read materials being used by others.
Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.
Misuse of Internet access or any violation of the Rules & Regulations stated herein will result in the loss of computer privileges for the day or longer. Repeat violations will result in possible loss of computer and Library privileges permanently.
Library Internet Policy is subject to revision.