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Computer Usage Policy

Bonne Terre Memorial Library has fifteen computers for public access—thirteen for adult users and two dedicated to the children's usage. In order to use the computers, patrons must have a current library card and be in good standing. Usage is limited to one hour per day. The fine for exceeding the one-hour limit is $.25 per hour and must be paid before patron is once again allowed to use the computer. Users must sign a computer usage policy. Parents of children under the age of 18 must sign the agreement in order for children to use the computers. Computer users are expected to abide by all rules and regulations of the library and the computer lab.

These rules are as follows:

Patron must have library card in your possession to check out a computer. Internet Use Policy must be signed before using any computer, no food or drink is allowed in the library or the computer lab. There is a ONE HOUR PER DAY limit. A $.25/hour fine will be assessed. Visitors to the area must purchase a $3.00 temporary card, good for 2 weeks. The computers will be shut down 5 minutes before the close of business daily. Cell phones must be turned to silent & cell conversation taken outside. Parents with children accompanying them will be asked to leave if disruptive. One person to a computer only Conversations between users should be kept to a minimum and very hushed. Patrons found throwing gum, spit wads, pencils, etc. will be asked to leave.


We ask that you refrain from giving other patrons reason to complain. Please be polite, considerate, and patient.  


Pages print to the large machine in the middle of the room. There is a $.25fee for black and white copies and a $.25 fee for color copies. If a patron-brings-their-own paper the fees are $.10 for black and white $.25 for color: If you have any printing problems, see a staff member for assistance. Patrons must pay for all pages printed at the time of printing not just the ones you choose to keep.

Software/floppies/flash drives/CDs

Personal games, CDs or software that must be downloaded onto our computers are not allowed. You may purchase a new floppy disk for $.50, CD for $1.00, or a used floppy disk for $.25 from the reference desk. All personal drives or disks must be scanned for viruses prior to use.

Visitors Access to Computer Lab

Definition: Visitors are those with a permanent address outside of Bonne Terre or the surrounding area. Out of Town users shall be required to present a valid driver's license in order to determine residency. The visitor's name and address will be logged on the visitor's sheet. The visitor will be assigned a barcode number in the circulation system. Each visitor shall be required to sign an internet usage agreement. The barcode will be recorded on the visitor's log as well as the line number of the Internet agreement. A temporary card will be issued that will be valid for a two-week period. The temporary card must be presented each time in order to use the computers. A $3.00 processing fee will be charged. The card will not be renewed unless an additional $3.00 fee is charged. The visitor is responsible for all fines generated and is expected to pay for all printing.

Shelter Referrals

Visitors with a referral form from a shelter will be granted a one month pass for internet usage only. A second referral will be required for an extension.

Shelter Referral Form

I __________________ certify that ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________ will reside at __________________ shelter from _________ to _________.  Please grant one-month computer access at the Bonne Terre Memorial Library with the understanding that this pass only includes computer usage. Resident agrees to read and sign the internet usage policy and abide by all policies and procedures of the Bonne Terre Memorial Library.

Since access to library materials is not provided, resident will be allowed to select 2 items per visit from book sale on a rotating basis. When one item is returned, he or she may select another.

Referrer Signature ________________________________

Resident Signature ________________________________

Bonne Terre Memorial Library Computer/Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Adopted on 8/1/2002; Revised 7/1/2004; Revised 1/15/2010

Mission Statement: Bonne Terre Memorial Library uses the Computer/Internet as an information resource and provides Computer/Internet access, with limitations, to its patrons. Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs.

Expectations: Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the policies below, which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette, Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet Use privileges. Network integrity will be maintained at all times.

Access by Minors: Access to the Internet is available to all patrons. Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement.

Internet Filtering: As required by the Children's Internet Protection Act (“CIPA"), in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the Library has implemented software filtering on all internet-accessible computer terminals. This includes, but is not limited to sexually explicit or extremely violent content. All users are individually responsible for observing the rules regarding offensive content, and parents are responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet.

Acceptable Use Guidelines

• Computer/Internet access is for patrons in good standing only (i.e. no overdue books or unpaid fines. A valid library card is required. This Acceptable Use Policy must be signed before using the Computer/Internet. Patrons younger than 18 years of age need a parent/guardian signature.

Signatures will be accepted on the Patron Application for a library card,

• Patrons must present their library card at the circulation desk (No card - No computer)

• Internet use is offered in one-hour sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each user is allowed one session per day--if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once another patron requests use of the station, the first user must relinquish its use. Patrons may not use their own software Fines will accrue at $.25 per hour for exceeding the computer-usage limit

Patrons with fines of $5.00 or more may not use the Internet computers

Files may not be saved on the hard drive.  

• Patrons may inquire about purchasing storage media

• Personal storage media must be scanned for virus prior to use on our computers.  Library staff reserves the right to monitor the computers and their use. Physical abuse of hardware or inappropriate access will result in the loss of computer usage for (2) weeks, and permanent loss of computer privileges if a second warning is issued.

The Library's Computer/Internet resources may not be used for personal profit of commercial purposes.

Rules of Common Courtesy shall be followed: i.e. no cell phone use, no loud talking. The complete list is posted:

• One person per computer please

• Please avoid any activity that might damage the computer. Food and/or drinks will damage computers and therefore, are not allowed. Patrons are expected to pay for all pages printed---not just the ones you decide to keep. Copies may be picked up at the reference desk.

Disclaimer: The Library reserves the right to take measures to ensure compliance with this policy including but, not limited to, charging fines and/or termination of Computer Internet access. The Computer/Internet access may not be available due to maintenance and/or technical problems. The Library cannot be held responsible for downtime.

The Library accepts no responsibility for damage to patron's storage media or other equipment.

Users should be advised that no filtering software is perfect. BTML does not warrant or guarantee that Internet filters will block all content that is illegal, inappropriate for children or possibly offensive to some. Further, BTML does not warrant or guarantee that Internet filters will allow access to some valuable resource materials that a user may wish to view.

BTML takes no responsibility and does not accept liability for any of its patrons computer activities that violate federal law (including copyright infringement), state, local law or BTML policies. Further, BTML does not accept liability for the occurrences that result from calling local law enforcement when it appears that any of these laws or policies are being broken.

This usage policy may be revised at any time.

I understand and will abide by the above Computer and Internet Policy, I understand that I may lose Computer/Internet privileges if I do not follow the rules.



Printed Name (Printed legibly)


Age (if under 18 years old)


Parent's signature required if less than 18 Must be signed in presence of Library Staff  


Bonne Terre Memorial Library

Wireless Access (Wi-Fi) Policy

Adopted Jan 1, 2010

Connecting to the Library's Wireless Network: The Bonne Terre Memorial Library offers free wireless access to the Internet via wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity throughout the entire building at all times the library is open. No library card is required. Patrons accessing the wireless network agree to abide by the Bonne Terre Memorial Library's Internet Access Policy. This policy prohibits abusive, offensive and illegal activities while inside the facility or while using the Library's internet connection. Library patrons will need to provide their own equipment with an installed Wi-Fi network card.

Limitations and Disclaimers: Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a library connection. The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network. Patrons will not have access to the library printers through the Wi-Fi connection. To print, work should be saved to a disk or e-mailed to the patron's account and then accessed on a device that is connected to a printer. Wi-Fi users should not unplug any other library equipment to plug in their own devices. Wi-Fi users are expected to abide by federal and state copyright laws.

This Internet Use Policy may be amended from time to time.

Bonne Terre Memorial Library January 12, 2010

I, ______________________________ agree to abide by all regulations and policies of the BTML Internet and Wi-Fi Policies.