The Avondale Public Library offers access to electronic resources including computer equipment, software programs, informational databases, and the Internet via its public computers as well as the wireless networks located within the Libraries. The Library’s goal, and the purpose of this policy, is to make these resources convenient, easy-to-use, and readily available to all users of the Library.
Computer Use Procedures
Users of the Library’s computers or wireless connections are required to have a valid Avondale Public Library card on hand. The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to users arising from their use of the computers. Visitor one-day computer passes may be purchased for $1.00.
- Hours of use: Computers will be available for public use at the beginning of library business hours and will shut down ten (10) minutes before the Library closes. Users should log off before leaving the PC.
- Time Limits: Public computers are set to run for one-hour sessions, however, time extensions in one-hour increments will automatically be offered through the computer during non-busy times. Computers will automatically log off when the user’s time is up and any programs running will shut down. The computer will attempt to alert users a few minutes before their sessions are about to end. Those ignoring the alert risk losing any work that has not been saved or sent.
- Reservations: Reservation software manages the length of a user’s session. Please be aware that the patron will have five (5) minutes to log in to their reserved computer. After five minutes, the reservation will be given to the next patron.
- Blocks on computer usage: Computer access may be blocked for the following reasons; violation of the Computer Use Policy, fines of $10.00 or more, or an expired library card. Please note that all library cards expire automatically every year to ensure patron information is kept up-to-date.
- Printing: Computer generated prints are charged a $.25 fee per printed page. Patrons are required to pay for all pages printed.
- Saving Files and Documents: Avondale Public Library computers only allow the temporary saving of files to the computer during your active session. Patrons are responsible for deleting any saved files when finished with them. For privacy and security, it is highly recommended that patrons save files to a USB drive or cloud storage medium. USB drives may be purchased at the Library Service Desk. The Avondale Public Library is not responsible for loss of data that may occur when saving documents.
Courteous Computer Behavior
- Respect the computers and computer systems and do not interfere with or disrupt network users, services, programs, software, or equipment. Misuse of the computer will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution (ARS 13-2316)
- Be courteous to those around you. Conversation and audio sounds are to be kept quiet. Use of a single workstation by a small group is permitted provided that the group abides by the Library’s Behavior Policy.
- To listen to audio on a computer, patrons must provide their own headphones. Using the built-in computer speakers is not permitted as it is disruptive to other users. Headphones may be purchased at the Library Service Desk.
- As per the Library’s Food and Beverage Policy, no food is allowed at the public computers. Only drinks with screw top lids are permitted at the computers.
Illegal and Unacceptable Uses
- Patrons are expected to comply with all copyright and licensing agreements and computer protection laws. No downloading and/or installing executable files from any source, changing the configuration files of any hardware and software on the Library’s workstations or attempting to disable the Library’s filtering software is allowed.
- The Library makes every attempt to protect the privacy of its users. The Library does not record or monitor details of activity on our public computers; however, library computer activity may be in view of other library users or library staff. Therefore, computer users will refrain from displaying images in public areas that are not appropriate for public viewing. Staff may intervene upon receiving a complaint or at their own discretion. A patron may face criminal prosecution for inappropriate use of a library computer (ARS 13-3501, 13-3502, 13-3506, 13-3507)
Children and Computers
- Parents or guardians of children under eighteen (18) must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet
- Youth computers are available in the Children’s Area for ages eleven (11) and under and for parents assisting their child with homework or computer usage. Age limits may be modified at Library staff’s discretion based on library programming needs and on a case by case basis.
- In compliance to the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all public computers are equipped with filtering software that prevents access to material harmful to minors; however, we cannot guarantee that users will be protected from offensive information. Parents and guardians are encouraged to read "Child Safety on the Information Highway" produced by SafeKids.com for assistance on protecting their children.