To achieve an atmosphere conducive to the best use of its resources, the library has developed the following rules regarding the use of public computers
• Use of the Internet is governed by the Library’s Patron Behavior Policy. The user may not use the Internet for any illegal activity or place any material on the Internet related to any illegal activity.
• Users may not invade the privacy of others or engage in any activity that is harassing, defamatory, or threatening; or receive or display graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene as defined by law.
• It is the responsibility of the user to respect copyright laws and licensing agreements and assume responsibility for payment of fees for any fee-based service.
• By using a public Internet workstation at the Boston Public Library you agree to the following guidelines:
Signing up for
- In our branch locations and many Central Library departments you must sign up with the Pharos Computer Reservation system before using an Internet computer; a valid library card and PIN number is necessary for computer use.
- If you are doing subject specific research in some Central Library research departments you must sign in with Library staff before using an Internet computer; a valid library card and PIN number is necessary for computer use.
- There are time limits on computer use per day; the limit may vary according to location, and level of demand.
- You may download to a pre-formatted disk, writable CD/DVD, or storage device.
- You must provide your own storage device.
- The library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal disks or storage devices when downloading.
library does not offer electronic mail
may download your e-mail if you know the
Internet address of your private
account, or if you are using a web-based email account such as Yahoo or Google mail.
Unfiltered Access for Adults:
- A limited number of unfiltered computers are available for use by adults.
- Registration for unfiltered machines is on a first come, first serve basis.
- All adults using unfiltered access computers must use privacy screens.
- Parents may give their children approval to use unfiltered computers for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.
the library's workstations as a staging ground
to gain unauthorized access to the library's
networks or computer systems or to any other
network or computer system.
the work of others by consuming gratuitously
large amounts of system resources or by
deliberately crashing any library computer
- Display images, sounds, or messages in a way that will negatively affect those who find them objectionable or offensive.
any attempt to damage computer equipment or
any attempt to alter software configurations in
a malicious manner.
any attempt to cause degradation of system
any library workstation for illegal or criminal
in any activity which is deliberately and
maliciously offensive, libelous or
yourself as another person for purposes of fraud
or other illegal activity.
ACTS INVOLVING LIBRARY RESOURCES MAY BE SUBJECT TO
PROSECUTION BY LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL
The Library reserves
the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.
Access Policy, approved September 2007