Internet Usage Policy

Using the Internet at the Library

The Carpenter Library provides free public Internet access through computers as well as Wi-Fi access as an informational, educational and recreational resource.  Access is provided on a space available basis.   Patrons must sign a register at the circulation desk.

 Internet Policy              

 “Use of the Internet will be responsible and ethical, consistent with the purpose for which this resource is provided.  The library will not tolerate use of its computers and network in a way that violates local, state or federal law. 

Due to a lack of private space in the library, images and text on computer screens are visible to the public, including children. Whether using a library computer or personal laptop, patrons must refrain from viewing material that could be construed by library staff as offensive to the public.

Tampering with computer settings, attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others, attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computer system, damaging or altering software or hardware components or downloading copyrighted content are not acceptable.”

The library reserves the right for staff to monitor computer usage to ensure compliance with this policy.  Library personnel have the right to cancel or interrupt the use the use of computers at any time.


The Josiah Carpenter Library employs no Internet filters on the computers in the library.  Patrons use the Internet at their own risk.  Parents or guardians of children under eighteen (18) years of age must come into the library to sign an agreement regarding their children’s use of the Internet at the library. 

The Josiah Carpenter Library has no control over information available on the Internet.  Some of the information on the Internet can be deemed inappropriate for viewing by children.  The Library takes no responsibility for material found by patrons, regardless of the age of the patron, at any of the computers in the library – including the computer in the Children’s Room.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to the library and to show them appropriate web sites, as well as provide general how-to-find instructions.

Time Limits

Internet usage is limited to thirty (30) minutes per patron per day.  Time may be reserved by signing the Internet Usage Register, or contacting the library. The public computers are also available on a walk-in basis if they have not been previously reserved.  If no one is waiting to use a public access computer, patrons may continue to use their computer for as long as they need, or until they are asked to sign off. 

The library personnel are the gatekeepers regarding computer time, and if a patron is asked to relinquish the computer, the patron must do so.


Children attending fourth grade or higher must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip in order to use the Internet unattended.

If a person under the age of eighteen views offensive material they will be mailed a certified letter informing them that they will not be able to use library computers for 60 days.  If a minor views offensive material a second time they will be sent a second certified letter and library computer access will be denied permanently.