The library provides access to the Minuteman Library Network catalog, a collection of electronic databases, and the Internet on public access computers in the library. Many of these services, where copyright allows, are also available from home computers via the Internet.
Rules governing use of these machines in the library are designed to address the following goals:
Therefore these rules apply to use of the library computers:
Laptops are available at the circulation desk and can be used in the library for up to 4 hours.
Concerns about this policy should be addressed to the Library Director.
Policy adopted by Library Trustees 10/12/99; Revised 10/15/02; Revised 6/14/05; Revised 5/02/14.
The Bedford Free Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the diverse educational, cultural, informational and recreational needs of Bedford residents. The Library makes information available in a variety of formats (including print, audiovisual, and electronic materials) and provides access to the information resources of the Internet via the Minuteman Library Network's computer system.
The Internet allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. It offers a wealth of material which enables the Library to enhance and supplement its existing collection. However, these resources are not selected by the Library's professional staff as traditional library materials are.
The Minuteman Library Network Home Page directs users to specific sites on the World Wide Web which are authoritative, helpful to users, and appropriate to the Library's mission and goals. They are meant to serve as starting points for individual explorations. It is the nature of the Internet to encourage easy movement from one link or Web site to another. Users often move beyond the Minuteman Home Page to other Internet resources. The Library does not monitor and has no control over what information is accessed on the Internet at library computers.
Much of the information on the Internet is authoritative, accurate, and culturally enriching. There is also material that may be considered offensive or disturbing, or that is illegal. Some information is neither accurate nor current. Parents should be aware that some information found on the Internet may not be suitable for children, or may not reflect their personal values. A URL-based software program, designed to help block unintentional access to sites which may be inappropriate for young children, has been installed on the Children's Room computers. It is important to acknowledge that no program can provide total protection. Parental supervision is strongly recommended. As with other materials, parents and guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected and accessed by children.
The Bedford Library supports the ALA Library Bill of Rights and a supplemental document entitled "Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks". The Bedford Library adheres to the Acceptable Use Policy of the Minuteman Library Network's Internet provider, Genuity, which states that it is not acceptable to use the Internet access provided through MLN for illegal purposes or to transmit threatening, obscene, or harassing materials. The Library expects all who use the Internet to comply with all applicable U.S. laws, including current copyright laws. The Library does not retain records of individual patron computer use.
Rules and procedures for using library computers are stated in the Computer Use Policy, which may be found at the Reference and Children's service desks and posted near public computers.
Amended 10/12/99, Confirmed 5/8/01; Amended 2/12/02
Computer Use Policy