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The Ellsworth Public Library will offer access to electronic resources as an integral part of the library’s commitment to provide services based on changing technology and the needs of patrons. Wireless access to the internet is available.


    Ellsworth Public Library patrons in good standing will be allowed to use the computer with Internet capabilities, limited to 30 minutes.   As with other library material, restriction of children’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or Legal guardian.  E-mail will be available to patrons who use a personal account.  No food or drink allowed in the computer area.
    Users should be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.  The library denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained.  The library urges patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet.
    Internet users should be aware that viewing of certain materials in the public library may be considered improper in time, place or manner.  They must respect the rights of other library patrons not to be inadvertently exposed to material and images, which could be considered offensive.  The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.  The Library reserves the right to grant the use of the Library computers, Internet Access and other electronic service to the general public.
    All users of the library’s Internet connection, whether using library computers or their own hardware, must abide by this policy.

    The library staff will assist and guide patrons, but will not censor use.  Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet.  It is assumed that persons under 18 using wireless access to the Internet have parental permission by virtue of their possessing a wireless device.   Children under the age of 8 may not use the library’s computers unless supervised by a parent or guardian.


    Patrons of the library will check in before using the computer on the check-in sheet, the date, A (adult) or S (student), time in and time out will be recorded.  Time limit is 30 minutes if there is another patron waiting to use the computer.  The computer is limited to one user at a time except for parental supervision of children’s use. 
    Patron’s wanting to save data should bring a disk or USB flash drive, or purchase a blank disk ($1.00) at the circulation desk.  Patron’s wishing to print copies may do so for the fee’s stated (Black and white .10 - color .25).  There will be no downloading.
    The library’s Internet connection and wireless service may be used only for lawful purposes.  Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material.  Internet users agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Ellsworth Public Library from any claims resulting from their use of service, which damaged the user or another party.
    The Library is not responsible for lost data and does not guarantee any supplied program.  Users will be held financially responsible for any damage or alteration to equipment or software.  Misuse of any equipment or failure to follow any of these guidelines, including failure to abide by time limits, will result in loss of Internet privileges.  The library cannot accept liability for any risk taken by the patron who chooses to connect their own device to the library’s wireless service.

Computer Area

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.