Computer, Internet, & Wireless Policy

The Butler Public Library provides access to the Internet as a means to fulfill lifelong educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs for the citizens of the Library’s service area.

The Butler Public Library provides access to computers with Internet, and Wireless Internet (WiFi) connections. All those using Library computers or accessing the library WiFi from their personal devices are subject to this policy. Users must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Butler Public Library Computer, Internet, and Wireless Policy before being granted access to the Library computers and wireless (WiFi).  Misuse of the computers, Internet, or failure to observe the guidelines set forth here may result in suspension or loss of the user’s computer, WiFi, and/or library access. Illegal acts involving Library resources may be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution by such agencies.

Examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to:

  • Any illegal activity
  • Invading the privacy of individuals, including taking photos, videos, or sound recordings of other people in the library without their express permission
  • Harassment of others or violation of their privacy
  • Listening to audio or video files without the use of headphones
  • Engaging in any activity that is offensive or creates an intimidating, hostile, or inappropriate environment, including the access or dissemination of threatening, obscene, explicit, or pornographic material
  • Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the library
  • Unauthorized copying, reproduction, or distribution of copyrighted materials
  • Vandalizing the data of any other user
  • Making unauthorized changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware
  • Unwillingness to follow Library staff instructions

The Internet is a decentralized, unmoderated global network; The Butler Public Library has no control over the content found there. The Library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information, and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.

The Library cannot ensure that data or files downloaded by users to their own devices are virus-free. The Library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal device that has been accessed through the Library’s Internet service.

The Library does not use filtering software on Library computers or WiFi. Individuals are responsible for their own appropriate use of the Internet in a public place. The Library’s Internet and wireless connection is not secure and not guaranteed to be private. The Library’s computers and wireless connection are public, and users should have no expectation of privacy.

As with all Library materials, it is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to determine and monitor their child’s use of library materials and resources. If a minor under the age of 18 brings in his/her own device in order to access the WiFi, it is implicitly understood that the parent or legal guardian has given consent to accessing the Internet via this device. Parents and legal guardians may block access to Library computers for their minor children. Please contact Library staff for information on this procedure.

All persons using Library computers must sign in with their own Library card number or with a guest pass. Before each new session on a computer, users must read and accept the Butler Public Library Computer, Internet, and Wireless Use Policy displayed on the screen.

The Library reserves the right to set usage time limits on the Library’s computers to ensure that all users have an opportunity to access the computers. Time limit for a Library Card Holder is 1 hour (60 minutes) with the option to renew for another 60 minutes up to two times if no one else is waiting to use the computer. Guest Pass users will have a time limit of 1 hour (60 minutes). Computer users will be automatically logged off 5 minutes prior to the Library closing.

Library staff is available for general assistance in using the computer. Staff is unable to train patrons in the use of application programs. Patrons are expected to know how to configure their own device for wireless use. The Library does not offer wireless access support.

The Library reserves the right to disconnect any device and to deny Internet access to any individual if they fail to comply with any part of this policy.