Complete Internet Access and Use policy
Explanation of the rules for kids
In order to use Monterey Public Library's Internet service, you must follow the rules established by the Library Board of Trustees. If you do not
follow these rules, you will not be permitted to use the Internet and you may be required
to leave the Library.
Monterey Public Library does not monitor, control, sponsor
or endorse the material you find on the Internet. The Library does not edit or restrict
Internet information. Only you and your family have the right and responsibility to define
what material or information is consistent with your personal and family beliefs.
If you are a child's parent or guardian, only you have the
right and responsibility to restrict that child's use of Library resources, including the
Internet. You are encouraged to supervise and to participate actively in your children's
Library staff will help you use the
Internet and locate the information you need. Because of other customer
service responsibilities, staff members cannot
provide Internet training, or help you set up, configure, or troubleshoot
your wireless hardware or software.
The Library cannot guarantee your privacy when using the
Internet. Respect the privacy of other Internet users, and do not attempt to show
displayed material to passersby. Library staff must take appropriate actions to resolve
problems which arise during use of the Library's Internet service and to enforce Library
policies and rules. To this end, Library staff members may need to observe Internet
use, question Internet users, and restrict conduct by Internet users which violates this
The wireless network is not encrypted.
Other wireless users may intercept any information you send or receive
using the wireless network, and web-based security controls may not be
sufficient protection. Therefore, the Library recommends that you do not
enter credit card numbers, passwords, or other personally identifiable
Other wireless users may also be able to
view or change files on your computer. The Library recommends that you install
and use anti-virus software, firewall software, and current security patches or upgrades on
The Library makes no representation or
guarantee that any part of the Internet service, including the wireless
service, will be uninterrupted, error-free, virus-free, timely, or secure,
nor that any Internet content is accurate, reliable or safe in any manner
for download or any other purpose.
You use the Library’s Internet service,
wireless network, and electronic information resources entirely at your
own risk. Monterey Public Library and the City of Monterey shall not be
liable for any damage that may occur to any computer, peripheral
equipment, or storage media, loss of data, loss of confidential
information, unauthorized access to or alteration of data transmissions,
and/or any other direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or
exemplary damages resulting from or arising out of use of the Library’s
Internet service, wireless network, and/or electronic information
resources, or inability to use these services, or any other matter
relating to these services.
You agree to indemnify and hold Monterey Public Library and the City of
Monterey harmless for any claim or demand, that may be made by any third
party due to or arising out of your conduct in connection with any use of
the Library’s Internet service, wireless network, and electronic
information resources, your provision of content, your violation of this
Policy, or any other violation of rights of another person or party.
The Library's Internet workstations are primarily for
research, educational and informational use. Time limits are in place to ensure that all
customers have the opportunity to use the Internet. Specific ports and
protocols such as FTP, file share, and insecure e-mail protocols (SMTP,
POP, IMAP) may be disabled on the wireless network in order to limit bandwidth and
Any use of the Internet which violates
Federal, California, or local laws is prohibited on both Library and
customer computers. Examples of illegal activities include but are not
limited to fraud--which includes disguising or falsifying sources of
electronic mail and other electronic communications with the intent of
misleading, defrauding or harassing others--displaying or distributing child
pornography or other obscene materials, libeling and slandering other
persons, and sending “spam” e-mail including identical or nearly identical
messages sent to a large number of recipients who have not granted
deliberate and explicit permission for the message(s) to be sent.
You must follow Library rules while using the Internet (ask to see Policy No. 515, Disruptive Behavior in the Library). You must be quiet, courteous
toward others and respectful of Library equipment.
You may not modify Library or other customers' hardware or software, change configurations, attempt to access
non-public files or accounts, or attempt to intercept, monitor, disrupt, or impede other users' wireless communications. You may not use personal software, download
software, or bookmark sites on Library workstations. Use the
Suggestion Box if you wish to suggest sites for the Library's Web pages.
You may not violate software license agreements or infringe on copyrighted material. United States Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as
permitted by the principle of "fair use." You may not copy or distribute many electronic materials without the permission of the copyright holder. You
are responsible for any consequences of copyright infringement.
The City of Monterey and the Monterey Public Library are committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. Please help by refraining from the display of material which may be interpreted as part of an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Do not attempt to show displayed
material to passersby.