Internet Access Policy
The role of the MidPointe Library System is:
- To build and maintain community libraries from which the
general public can draw. In this context, the term "library"
embraces a diverse collection of books, magazines, tapes, discs, or
other media, which may be used for the purpose of education,
information, or leisure pursuits.
- To provide information and research services within an inviting
- To provide library-related community services.
The Library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy,
encourage lifelong learning, and provide library materials and
Historically, the MidPointe Library System has made information
available in a variety of formats, from print to audiovisual
materials. Theinternet provides the opportunity to integrate
electronic resources from information networks around the world.
The MidPointe Library System offers access to the Internet through
the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). OPLIN
establishes and maintains network connections between Ohio's public
library systems and the internet. OPLIN also provides in-library
internet access to reference databases of general and special
periodical materials, readers' advisory services, homework centers
to assist customers with research assignments, and legislative,
historical, and archival materials and information.
The internet , as an information resource, enables the Library
to access ideas, information and commentary beyond the confines of
its own collection. The internet , however, is an unregulated
medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material
that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to
individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material
that may be offensive, disturbing, inaccurate, incomplete, and/or
In introducing the internet as an information resource, the
MidPointe Library System's goal is to enhance its existing
collection in size and depth. In addition to this goal, the Library
in its role as a public access agency will provide the opportunity
to any citizen to navigate the internet through the Library.
It is understood by users of the internet that most information
available is not generated by the MidPointe Library System or
Information available through the internet is not warranted by
the MidPointe Library System or OPLIN to be accurate,
authoritative, factual or complete. The availability of networked
information via the MidPointe Library System does not constitute an
endorsement or ratification of that information. The MidPointe
Library System and OPLIN are not responsible for the content of
networked information available, nor are we responsible for any
misuse of copyright or any other violation. The use of the internet
to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local,
state, and/or federal laws is
All users of this service agree to hold the MidPointe Library
System and OPLIN harmless from any and all claims, losses,
damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly
relating to the use of the internet , caused thereby or arising
there from. In no event shall the MidPointe Library System or OPLIN
have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special,
punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third
party, even if the MidPointe Library System or OPLIN is advised of
the possibility of such damages.
Conditions and Terms of Library Internet Use
- To use the internet, you must have a MidPointe Library System
card or a staff issued Internet guest pass.
- Parents and guardians who are concerned about their children's
use of the internet should provide guidance to their own
- Use of the Internet workstations is on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Internet sessions may not exceed 45 minutes at
Trenton and 90 minutes at Middletown and West Chester. Each
customer will be limited to 90 minutes per day on the Internet
workstations at Trenton and 180 minutes per day on the Internet
workstations at Middletown and West Chester.
- Internet computer workstations will be shut down fifteen
minutes before the Library closes.
- Due to the prevalence of computer viruses on public
workstations, all hard drives on the Library's Internet computer
workstations will be locked for security purposes. You will
therefore not be able to use your own software programs or
download/save files from the Internet to the Library's computer
- All print jobs are paid upon release at a print station.
Black and white printing is available for $.10 per page and color
printing is available for $.30. It is recommended to use the
Print Preview tool prior to printing.
- Use of the Internet computer workstations is limited to one
customer at a time unless otherwise permitted by the librarian
on-duty. This will ensure that all users have signed in and that a
quiet atmosphere is observed.
- Users are not permitted to add, delete, or modify the installed
hardware or software of the Library's Internet computer
workstations. In this context, even the addition of bookmarks is
prohibited. Users are not allowed to modify or gain access to
files, passwords, or other data on the Library computer. All users
are liable if they permanently or temporarily damage any equipment
- Providing connections to global information, services, and
networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing material for a
library collection. Determining the accuracy or authenticity of
electronic information may present special problems. It is,
therefore, the responsibility of each user to determine what is
- The Library's Internet computer workstations will be used for
educational, informational, and recreational purposes only, not for
unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. Be mindful and
respectful of the rights of other customers, particularly children,
not to be inadvertently exposed to material and images they, or
their parents, may find personally unsuitable. You may not send,
receive or display text or graphics which may reasonably be
construed as obscene. Access to and/or display of obscene language
and sexually explicit graphics and materials, as defined in
sections 2907.01 and 2907.31 of the Ohio Revised Code, are
- Each branch of the MidPointe Library System may vary these
policies or establish any additional policies it finds necessary to
regulate Internet access or prevent misuse. Library management will
approve all policy changes.
- Misuse of the Library's Internet computer workstations or
violation of this policy will result in loss of Internet
- Customers who owe the Library $50 or more will not be permitted
to use Library services which require a library card, including the
Internet, until the balance is paid.
LIBRARY STAFF ASSISTANCE
Library staff will be glad to assist you in accessing the
Internet and Research Databases. Library staff, however, cannot
provide in-depth training or technical instruction.
Have fun exploring the Internet , but please remember that many
times we can assist you in finding the information you need right
here, in our books, periodicals, and databases.