Computer & Internet Policy

Revised - January, 2019

Computer & Internet Policy

Converse County Library offers free access to the Internet in accordance with its mission, the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" and the associated interpretation "Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks."

The Internet offers access to many valuable information sources. However, not all sources provide accurate, complete, unbiased, or current information. The library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet, and the library does not endorse or control the viewpoints of electronic information. The library does not filter computers. Library users accept the risk that some sites may include explicit or otherwise offensive material. It is the user's responsibility, or that of the parent or guardian, to determine what is appropriate. Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed. Please ask a librarian for more information on how to be better information consumers.

Any patron is welcome to use the library computers. Every effort will be made to accommodate special needs.

As with other library materials, any restriction of a minor's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the minor's parent/guardian. To ensure a positive and productive experience, parents/guardians are encouraged to use the Internet with the minor in their care.

Computers with Internet capability will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The library reserves the right to impose time limits on the use of library computers. Library staff may be able to answer basic computer or Internet questions, but are not able to provide in-depth computer or Internet training.

Internet computers will not be used for illegal activity, to access illegal materials or to access materials which would be considered obscene under Wyoming statute. Library patrons are free to access the Internet, but must be respectful of the rights of others. If the material being viewed is not publically viewable material, patrons will be asked to turn off the computer.  If this becomes a problem, patrons may be asked to leave or if appropriate law enforcement will be called.

While the library gathers statistics on computer and Internet usage, in accordance with the Wyoming State Statute #16-4-203 governing patron confidentiality, the library does not gather or maintain records of any individual's use of a library computer or the Internet.

All items downloaded to the computer hard drives will be deleted upon computer shut down. Users must observe all laws relating to copyright, trademark, export, and intellectual property rights. Illegal activities, as well as any other activities intended to interfere with or disrupt network users, services, or equipment are prohibited.

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. The library reserves the right to terminate any computer session. Violations of library policy may result in suspension or loss of computer privileges and may lead to financial responsibility. Users are expected to abide by all applicable state and federal laws. Illegal acts involving library computers may result in prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.