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Historic Carnegie Library of Ballinger

Internet use

A.  Eligibility and General Use

  • Internet access is granted by the librarian.  Patrons must have a signed Internet Access Agreement on file and check in at the main desk.
  • Use of the Internet stations is on a first come basis.  Patrons are limited to 60 minutes when someone is waiting.
  • Users must log off 15 minutes prior to library closing.
  • The equipment is not setup to take floppy disks.  'A' drive is not available.
  • Printing is available for fee of .20 cents a page.

B.  USE BY MINORS (Under age 18)

  •  The library must have on file a Parental Consent Form and an Internet Access Agreement for any patron under age 18.
  • Parents assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet and must be at the computer with children under age 12.  The library does not have the right or responsibility to act in the place of the parent.
  • All users under the age of 18 will be subject to filtered access.  Exceptions require parental signature.


  • Legal usage:  Computing resources may not be used for any illegal purposes.  Examples include, but are not limited to configurations, or files belonging to Carnegie Library, other users, or external networks.
  • Engaging in activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, slanderous, or harassing to others.
  • Intentional propagation of computer viruses.
  • Violation of copyright or communication laws.

     U.S. Copyright law (Title 17. U.S. Code.) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of coyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principals of 'fair use.'  The responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user.  The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for such use.

D.  UNACCEPTABLE USAGES  includes but is not limited to:

  • Hacking
  • Use of computer communications facilities in ways that interfere with, or impede computer use by others.
  • Intentional violation of another patron's privacy.


  • Violations of the rules described above will result in the user losing library computer privileges for 30 days.  A 2nd occurrence will result in the loss of computer use privileges for 90 days.  A 3rd occurrence will result in the loss of computer use privileges for 1 year.
    • Illegal acts involving library-computing resources, in addition to the sanctions listed above may also be subjecct to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.  (The proceeding may be considered a misdemeanor or felony crime under Texas State law. - section 1. Title 7, Chapter 33, section 33.02a)
    • Users are financially responsible for any damage caused either directly or indirectly to any library equipment or software.
The Library reserves the right to terminate a patron's Internet/computer session at any time the library staff deems the use to be in conflict with the Library Internet Policy.