Internet and Computer Use Policies

Internet Use Policy

Internet Access

The library provides information in print, digital, and other formats. As a matter of policy, the library does not restrict access to any resource on the Internet for reasons of content.

Parents or guardians are responsible for information selected and/or accessed by their children via the Internet and World Wide Web. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to family values and boundaries with their children, and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

The library offers content filters on several public workstations in the Youth Services Department. However, parents and caregivers should be aware that filters cannot block all objectionable content and images. Filters do not take the place of parental supervision and responsible Internet use.

Internet Use Agreement

All library customers are expected to use the Internet in a responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the purposes for which it is provided, and to follow all rules, regulations and procedures established for its use.  Library customers who use the library’s Internet workstations will:

  • Recognize that the workstations must be used in a manner that respects the rights of others and therefore should refrain from activity that prevents others from using the Internet at the library.
  • Not use the Internet for any illegal activity or purpose.
  • Not violate copyright or any other law.
  • Not damage or alter the setup of the equipment used to access the Internet at the library.
  • Refrain from the deliberate propagation of computer worms and viruses.
  • Refrain from the transmission of threatening, harassing, violent, obscene, or abusive language and images using the Internet or email.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 2010

Use of Public Access Computers

Public Computer Use Policy

(Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 2010)

Public access to the Internet is available to all users of the Princeton Public Library on most library-owned computers and via a wireless connection for personal laptops. The library provides Internet access to support and expand the library’s role in providing information and educational resources in all formats. Library customers are required to review and agree to the library’s Internet Use Policy before using the Internet at the Princeton Public Library.

The Princeton Public Library extends its privacy and confidentiality policy to all users of the Internet. The following principles and user rights as delineated in the American Library Association’s Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights are incorporated into this policy.

  • Electronic information, services, and networks provided by libraries should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.
  • Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to information available via electronic resources because of its controversial content or because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation.
  • Information retrieved or utilized electronically should be considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.
  • Responsibility for a child’s use of the Internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardians.

More information on our Public Access Computers

  • The Library provides PCs for public use. PC reservation software, TBS, allows users to log on to the libraries computers using their library card number and PIN code.
  • Individuals without library cards may request a visitor pass that allows them to use the library’s computers.
  • All printing and/or downloading must be completed within the time limit of your computer session. You will receive a warning 10 minutes prior to the end of your session and another five minutes prior to the end of the session. You will be automatically logged off at the end of each hour long session. Any work not saved will be lost at that time.
  • Library computers designated for public access will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If all computers are in use you will have an option to reserve the next available computer.
  • You may establish an account on the TBS system to cover the costs of your computer printing. Black and white printouts are $.15 per page; color printouts are $.25 per page.
  • For security purposes, only library-provided software may be used on the library’s computers. Software owned or supplied by users may not be installed or used on library computers.
  • Users may not alter or attempt to alter the setup of library computers.
  • Users may not save their data on the hard drives of library computers. Users must supply their own formatted data disks or flash drives. Formatted disks and flash drives are available for purchase at our service desks.
  • Users are asked to respect the privacy of other computer users.
  • The computers in the Youth Services Department are reserved for use by children when the Princeton Regional Schools are not in session. They are available for library users of any age while school is in session.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damage done to computer users’ disks, data, hardware or software by any virus which may have been contacted on or through library equipment. Although the Library has installed virus protection on its computers it is always possible for a new virus to appear and therefore protection can not be guaranteed.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damage done to computer users’ disks, data, hardware or software as a result of the malfunctioning of library hardware or software.
  • Misuse of library computers may result in the suspension or loss of the privilege to use them.

Wireless Users

The Princeton Public Library is a wireless “hot spot”. Follow these easy steps to establish a wireless connection to the Internet.
Note: To access our system your laptop must have a wireless card.

  • Set your system up as “DHCP.” This will allow the library network to assign an IP address your computer.
  • If your system is not set up for DHCP: go to “network properties” on your settings menu, click on TCP/IP and click on DHCP.
  • If you have more recent software, it may have a wizard connection that will guide you through this.
  • When you turn your laptop on, the wireless card should detect a hotspot and our wireless network which is called “public library”
  • Your laptop should then connect to the network automatically.

Plug In Laptops

The Princeton Public Library also provides plug in ports for laptop users at many of our study tables.
To access the Internet from a data port follow these easy steps:

  • Users are asked to supply their own Ethernet cable, however we have a small supply available for loan at our service desks..
  • Plug the cable into your laptop and into our port.
  • If you need power, plug your power cord into the electrical outlet located next to the port.
  • You should then get a network connection that allows them to use your own browser for web searching.