- Electronic Resources
Public Internet Access User's Agreement:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is pleased to offer Internet access as another service that helps to fulfill its mission of providing equal access to materials and services in a variety of formats that meet the educational, informational and recreational interests of a diverse community.
Internet usage is free to patrons with a valid Library card. Computer Access is a limited resource at the Library, for this reason, patrons are encouraged to use these computers for informational and research purposes rather than for recreational use. [ Dollar Day Pass ] are available for purchase for Non-Registered Patrons needing Internet access or other library electronic services.
The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content, accuracy, reliability or security. The Library, through its [ Ready Reference ] page, does provide links to useful Internet sites using the same criteria as it does for selection of Library materials. Because the Internet is unregulated, there may be links to subsequent sites on these links. The Library disclaims any responsibility for the content or availability of those sites. The Library is not responsible for lost data.
Public Internet Access by Minors Under 18 Years of Age:
Any card holder under the age of 18 must have a Robert J. Kleberg Public Library Card Application on file signed by parent, legal guardian or caretaker in order to access the Internet independently. By signing the library card application, parents, legal guardians or caretakers agree for the minor to obtain a library card allowing access to the Internet and other electronic services without adult supervision. It is the responsibility of the parent, legal guardian or caretaker to read and understand the [ Children's Internet Access ] policy and [ Computer Lab Guidelines ] for computer use. There may be some material on the Internet that the user deems offensive or in some way objectionable. Although filtered Internet children computers are provided, no filtering software can control access to all materials that an individual may deem inappropriate. Therefore, parents may wish to supervise their childrenâ€™s Internet sessions. Parents, legal guardians or caretakers must assume responsibility for deciding which library electronic resources are appropriate for their children. The parent, legal guardian and/or caretaker signing the library card application for their minor agrees NOT to hold the library responsible for any misuse of the Internet or Wireless Network by the child.
Public Internet Access User's Guidelines:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is committed to providing an environment appropriate for its patrons. Patrons using the lab computers or the Wireless (Wi-fi) Network for access to the Internet, are subject to and agree with the library's Public Internet Access User's Guidelines as set forth in the following:
- All users must comply with library's [ Wireless Internet Access ] policy and [ Computer Lab Guidelines ] for computer use.
- All users of the Internet computers designated as UNFILTERED must be registered with Library and be 18 years of age. When using an Adult Computer Lab terminal, only those patrons who are registered to use the computer may view the accessed material.
- The user might find some materials offensive and should take personal responsibility to avoid such materials and preclude disclosures to others.
- The display of obscene materials (harmful matter) to minors (under 18 years of age) is illegal. The exhibition or display of such materials over the Internet can constitute a crime.
- If a parent, legal guardian and/or caretaker wishes to show accessed material to their minor, the parent, legal guardian and/or caretaker must be the registered user and stay with his/her minor.
- The user has privacy rights and due to the security risks associated with the use of wireless networks may choose not to send personally identifying information about themselves or others over the Internet.
- Users must respect the privacy of others and may NOT invade the privacy of others or engage in disruptive use of the computers.
- Users must NOT distribute unsolicited advertising.
- Users must respect intellectual property by only downloading information or computer files with proper permission.
- Users must NOT misrepresent themselves, or attempt to gain unauthorized access either inside or outside the library.
- Users must NOT install any software on library computers.
- Users must NOT alter, remove, or damage configurations, software, telephone lines, or other facilities of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library.
- Users must NOT use any of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library computers for any unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purpose.
- The user is responsible for observing all copyright laws, patents and licensing agreements.
In addition, by using the library's computers for access to the Internet, the user is subject to and agrees with the User's Guidelines as set forth in the following:
- The user agrees to abide by the time limits posted in the [ Children's Computer Lab ] area, and the [ Adult Computer Lab ] room.
- Users are limited to 45 minutes of computer use. Additional time may be granted if a computer is available.
- Use of the computers for Internet access and word processing is allocated in time slots of 45 minutes.
- The Library does not provide access to chat rooms.
- Users may NOT save personal files or software applications to the Library's computers. Files may be saved to the patron's personal USB storage device. Diskettes, Jump Drives and CDs are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.
- Users may NOT use personal software nor alter or reconfigure the library's computers or software programs.
- The downloading of files is prohibited, except on computers designated for that purpose. Downloading of personal software is prohibited.
- Staff will provide limited assistance to patrons as time allows.
- Headphones are available for computer audio access. Headphones are for individual use and, for sanitary reasons, should not be shared by other users. The headphones will be disinfected after each use.
- The user shall report any hardware or software malfunctions to staff.
- In-house printing services from computer lab terminals including [ Wi-Fi Printing Access ] is available for a nomimal fee. Copies will print either in black & white or color as displayed on the screen. Payment must be made at the Circulation Desk. All print jobs not released or paid for will be deleted at the end of the next business day.
- Computer Lab terminals are shut down promptly at fifteen (15) minutes before closing.
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance with these procedures. Abuse of Library equipment or the Library's Wireless (Wi-Fi) Network, any attempt to access or tamper with the operating systems of the Internet computers, illegal activities or failure to follow these use policies, including observing time limits, may result in the loss of Internet privileges. The user may also be held financially liable for any damage to the equipment.
Public Internet Access Disclaimer Notices:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library has Public Internet Access [ Disclaimer Notices ] regarding the electronic resources and services the Library provices its patrons. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. However, the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.
The Library cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Library patrons are advised, as with all library materials, to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet.
Although many potentially valuable sources of information are located throughout the Internet, some resources and destinations contain material that some patrons may find offensive or inappropriate for children. There are sites that are inappropriate for use or viewing in a public setting. The library cannot control the content of sources found on the Internet. Therefore, patrons must evaluate the validity and desirability of the information found. The Library is not responsible for Internet content, for changes in content of the sources to which the library's Webpage links, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library utilizes virus-checking software, but this does NOT guarantee that everything will be completely protected from viruses. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. The library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal disks when downloading, or to a user's own computer. Further, the library is not responsible for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from a patron's use of the library's computers.
Violations of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library Policy and Procedures may result in suspension or loss of privileges to use computer resources at the Library. Any illegal activity involving the use of the Library's computers, including the Internet, will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities. In addition, patrons shall agree to hold harmless, indemnify, and unconditionally reimburse the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library for any damage, liability, costs, claims, or expenses that the Library may incur or that arises in any manner from any use or misuse of the Internet access by a patron.