Public Wireless Use Policy

 

Introduction

All four members branches of the Mountain Regional Library System now provide wireless internet access service for users with properly equipped portable computers or mobile devices. Wireless connection to the library's internet serivce is free of charge and available around the clock to users within broadcast range of an access point. Signal coverage varies by site and the user's device, but most users should even be able to connect from the library parking lot when the library building is closed.

 

All users of the MRLS public wireless service are required to abide by the same policies and rules of behavior as users of our in-house Public Access Computers, discussed in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy and the Internet Use Rules of Conduct.

 

Restrictions

There is no time limit for a wireless sessions but users may need to reconnect to the public wireless to renew their session if using it for more than an hour.

 

All Internet traffic across the library's network is filtered to comply with CIPA regulations. All users are expected to use the library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users may not violated federal, Georgia, or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, ot the downloading of copyrighted material.

 

Caveats

MRLS makes every effort to ensure that our wireless acccess points stay operational; however, due to intermittent outages and occasional equipment problems, the library cannot guarantee that wireless serivce will be available to users at all times, especially during closed hours.

 

Most wireless- equipped devices wil be compatible with the libraries' access points, but the library cannot guarantee that your hardware will work with the library's wireless network. If a user experiencesproblems connecting to a wireless access point during business hours, staff will verfy that the library's network is operational, but staff are not trained to configure or troubleshoot laptop computers or mobile devices. Please refer to your owner's manual or other support services offered by your devices manufacturer.

 

Documentation available at the Circulation Desk will provide general information on the procedures for accessing the Internet wirelessly; however, library staff cannot provide technical assistance to patrons using the library's wireless network. Users are solely responsible for any changes made to their computer's settings. If you choose to alter your device's configuration, it is always a "best practice" to write down your current settings so you can restore them later.

 

The wireless network is not meant as a replacement for the wired network and is not to be used as a primary network connection. Users are expected to avoid using applications that will use large amounts of bandwidth. These include, but are not limited to servers and file sharing applications.

 

The library's wireless network provides no security between the access points and your device; therefore, someone in the library vicinity can potentially capture information sent to or from your devices. The library cautions wireless users against transmitting credit card information, password, and any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless "hot spot". It is strongly reommended that your have up to date virus protection on your laptop computer, apply all security patches for your operating system, and take other appropriate precautions when using this service.

 

Use of the MRLS wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. The library assumes no responsibilty for the safety of equipment or for device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library's network or the Internet, or liability for any consequent damage to hardware, software, or data.

 

Printing service is not available through our wireless networks at this time. If you need to print, you can save your work to a storage devices such as a floppy disk or USB memory stick, email files to yourself; then log on to an in- house library workstation and send jobs to the public network printer.

 

Approved by the Mountian Regional Library System Board of Trustees, February 3, 2006

Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, August 1, 2013

 

Some content adapted from Terrebonne Parish Library Wireless Network Use Policy.

http://mytpl.org/about/library-policies/#wireless (Accessed August 1, 2013)

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Mountain Regional Library System

698 Miller Street / PO Box 159
Young Harris, GA 30582

​Telephone: 706-379-1327 ​Fax: 706-379-2047   

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