Approved by the Board of Trustees June 25, 2012

 ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY

 WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS POLICY

The St. Joseph Public Library offer free wireless Internet access to patrons using their laptop computers or other mobile devices.

The Library provides wireless Internet access to Library users to support its mission and goals.  The Library expects that users shall make no effort to interfere with the operations and integrity of its systems, and may develop appropriate procedures to ensure their ongoing efficiency, reliability, and security.  Internet sites and other graphic material that could be defined as pornographic, harmful to minors, or inappropriate for viewing in a public setting should not be accessed while using the library’s wireless connection.  If such sites are accessed, users may be asked to terminate their Internet session.  If accessing inappropriate sites is seen as an ongoing problem, users may be banned from using the wireless Internet connection on library property.  Allowing minors to view inappropriate materials may be a crime under Missouri Law and may be reported as such.

The library filters the content of wireless Internet access.  However, no filtering measures can be guaranteed 100% effective.  Access to inappropriate content should be reported to library staff immediately.

The library’s wireless network is secured by encryption using the access key provided.  While this measure provides security no wireless connection can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  Wireless users transmit credit card information, passwords, or any other sensitive personal information at their own risk. Anti-virus and security protection are the responsibility of the patron.

Patrons observed attempting to hack into another user’s computer or using their computer in a manner deemed inappropriate by staff may be asked to terminate their Internet session.  If such inappropriate use is seen as an ongoing problem, users may be banned from using the wireless Internet connection on library property or reported to the proper authorities.

The library is not responsible for any loss of data, identity theft, or for theft or damage to personal equipment or software.

Printing is not available over the wireless network.  Patrons may print from a library-owned computer, and applicable printing fees will be charged.

Library staff cannot provide technical assistance to  patrons using the library’s wireless network.

There is no guarantee that a wireless connection can be made or maintained.

I have read the above policy.  By entering the access key provided I agree to abide by the library’s “Wireless Internet Access Policy.”