Access OPLIN and the Internet

Microcomputers that provide access to OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network) and the Internet are to be used for educational, informational, and recreational purposes. Users are expected to follow the guidelines provided in the Electronic Resources & Equipment Acceptable Use Policy : Overview. The OPLIN connection directs users to a number of resources including online databases. It does not support public E-mail accounts. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of people using a microcomputer to one at a time.

Library staff can assist in getting users started but cannot provide in-depth training on use of OPLIN and the Internet. Furthermore, Library staff cannot control the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users are encouraged to question the validity of the information found on the Internet.

Inappropriate Use

Patrons will be informed of inappropriate use of Library computers in accessing OPLIN and the Internet. Inappropriate use may result in loss of library privileges. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Engaging in any illegal activity (violation of local, state, and/or federal laws).
  • Conducting commercial activity.
  • Disrupting others using the network
  • Sending, receiving or displaying material that may reasonably be construed as obscene.
  • Using personal software programs or diskettes on the microcomputers.

Time Limits

Use of the Internet Stations is on a first-come, first-served basis. In the interest of providing access to OPLIN/Internet resources for as many patrons as possible, the Library limits internet usage to one hour per day.

Reserved time slots may be offered at specified stations as determined by the Library. Reservations, if taken, will be filled in the order in which they are received.

Downloading

Some of the computers that have OPLIN/Internet access will allow patrons to download files. Patrons who want to download files to diskette are required to obtain a diskette from library staff, for a minimal donation. Once a diskette has been taken out of the library it can not be used for saving files on a subsequent visit.

Software downloaded from the Internet may contain computer viruses. Every user is responsible for maintaining virus-checking software on his/her home computer.

Uploading

Patrons are not permitted to use the library’s computers to upload material to the Internet.