Computer Use, Internet and Wifi Policy

3.  The Library District establishes this Computer Use and Internet policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources.


3.1 Residents of Pawling must have an active MHLS library card to access computers; visitors must sign in with staff showing appropriate identification.

3.2 The viewing of lewd or offensive material will result in loss of computer privileges.

3.3 The Library reserves the right to regulate the amount of time patrons may use the computers, based on demand, as well as the right to charge for printing. The Library also reserves the right to limit the type and nature of peripheral devices, including storage devices, used in order to maintain computer functionality.

3.4 The Library takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information on the Internet or ideas, points of view and images expressed.

3.5 The library takes no responsibility for the safety or security of information transferred via the internet or saved on a storage device attached to library equipment.

3.6 The library does not store data for patrons, and takes no responsibility for lost data due to system failure.

3.7 Responsibility for and any restriction of a child’s use of the Internet rest solely with the child’s parent or legal guardian.

3.8 Damage to public computers due to physical damage or transfer of malware, spyware or viruses to public computers by download or physical media will result in loss of library privileges and are subject to financial liability for damages.

3.9 All illegal activity, including all rules of copyright and personal property must be honored. Information in the form of text, graphics, music, video, software, and other media retrieved or utilized electronically should be considered protected.

Accepted by the Library Board of Trustees 5/12/2011


4. Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is provided free of charge by Pawling Free Library for patrons who have the required hardware and software needed for this service. Use of this service is governed by Pawling Free Library’s Computer Use and Internet policy.

4.1 Use of the Library’s Wi-Fi service is your agreement with the terms and conditions of this policy.

4.2 Wi-Fi access is provided as a free public service on an “as is” basis with no guarantee of service.

4.3 Users are responsible for setting up their equipment to access the Library’s Wi-Fi network. Library staff can provide general information or handouts to help you connect to the Wi-Fi network.

4.4 All Wi-Fi users should have up-to-date antivirus software installed on their computers.

4.5 As with most public Wi-Fi networks, the Library’s wireless network is not secure. Any information transmitted (including credit card numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information) could potentially be intercepted by another computer user.

4.6 The library assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times.

Accepted by the Library Board of Trustees 5/12/2011