Red Wing Public Library Internet access policy & usage rules

The ideals for Internet access at the Red Wing Public Library are expressed in the American Library Association’s publication Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (adopted January 24,1996) and are quoted here in part:

“Electronic information, services and networks provided directly or indirectly by the library should be equally, readily and equitably accessible to all library users.”

“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. Some information accessed electronically may not meet a library’s election or collection development policy. It is, therefore, left to each user to determine what is appropriate. Parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children’s use of electronic resource should provide guidance to their own children.”

“Electronic resources provide unprecedented opportunities to expand the scope of information available to users. Libraries and librarians should provide access to information presenting all points of view. The provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement”.

Please observe the following rules when accessing (whether via a wireless connection on your own computer or device or from one of the library’s public computers) the Internet at the library. Rules and guidelines specific to wired or wireless access follow in the sections below.

  • Respect the privacy of other individuals who are searching the Internet.
  • Use of the Internet access provide by the library for any unlawful purpose, including but not limited to the display of obscene materials as defined in Minnesota Statute 617.241, software piracy or violation of copyright or license agreements, is prohibited.
  • Attempting to damage or alter equipment, software, or configurations is also prohibited.

Wireless access

Simply bring your wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the library and turn it on. When your device senses a signal, a message should appear on your screen indicating that a wireless network is available; the name of our network is Red Wing Public Library.

  1. Wireless users agree to abide by the Red Wing Public Library Internet Access Policy and understand that attempting to damage or alter Library equipment, software, or configurations is prohibited, and that use of the Internet access provided by the Library for any unlawful purpose, including but not limited to the display of obscene materials as defined in Minnesota Statute 617.241, software piracy, or violation of copyright or license agreements, is also prohibited.
  2. As with most public wireless “hot spots,” the Library’s wireless connection is not secure. The Library will not be responsible for any personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.
  3. Wireless access at the Library is filtered but any restriction or monitoring of a minor’s access to the Library’s wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
  4. Users are responsible for knowing how to configure their equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings.
  5. Printing is not available. If you need to print, please save your work to disk or email files to yourself, then login to a Library workstation and send print jobs to the printer. Copies are 10 cents per page for black & white and 50 cents for color.
  6. Users may not plug equipment into the Library’s computer network.
  7. Questions about this policy or wireless use in the Library should be directed to reference staff or the Library Director.

Wired access

Logging in

Internet access at the RWPL requires “logging in” with your own personal library card valid in the SELCO system. You will also need to know your PIN.

Logging out

To protect your privacy and your time, you must log out when you are finished. You log out by closing your window (click on the exit button in the upper right corner of the screen) and then double clicking the “Log Out” button in the upper middle section of the desktop.

Internet time limits

Each user will be allowed a total of 75 minutes of Internet time per day. Users may have multiple sessions on multiple computers (though only one session at a time), or may use all their time in one session on one computer – with the exception of the Express Internet workstations (Internets 1 and 2). The time limit on each Express workstation is 20 minutes.

Internet sign-up

Please help us provide Internet access fairly and equitably to as many people as possible each day, by observing the following rules:

Internet Workstations 1 and 2 (Express Internet workstations)

  • Each person may use a maximum of 20 minutes per day.
  • No more than 2 people may use this computer at a time.
  • No advance registration permitted.
  • Software available on this workstation includes Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, Picasa image editing software, QuickTime and Windows Media Player.
  • Documents from this computer can be printed either to a black and white laser printer (at 10 cents per page) or to our color copier (at 50 cents per page).

Internet Workstations 3-13 (Combined Microsoft Office/Internet workstations)

  • No more than 2 people may use one of these computers at a time.
  • No advance registration permitted.
  • Software available on these workstations includes Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Publisher 2007, Microsoft Excel 2007, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, Picasa image editing software, QuickTime and Windows Media Player.
  • Users may download and save files to floppy disks (floppy drives not available on all computers), CDs (CD-RW drives not available on all computers) or USB flash drives. Please do not save files to the hard drive; any files saved to there will be permanently and irrevocably deleted when the computer restarts. Users must provide their own removable media.
  • Documents from these computers can be printed either to a black and white laser printer (at 10 cents per page) or to our color copier (at 50 cents per page).

Internet Workstations 14-19 (Teen computer area)

  • No more than 2 people may use one of these computers at a time.
  • No advance registration permitted.
  • Other software available on these workstations includes Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Publisher 2003, Microsoft Excel 2003, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, Picasa image editing software, QuickTime and Windows Media Player. Note that Internet 18 & Internet 19 do not have Microsoft Office software installed
  • Users may download and save files to floppy disks (floppy drives not available on all computers), CDs (CD-RW drives not available on all computers) or USB flash drives. Please do not save files to the hard drive; any files saved to there will be permanently and irrevocably deleted when the computer restarts. Users must provide their own removable media.
  • Documents from these computers can be printed to our copier either in black and white (at 10 cents per page) or color (at 50 cents per page).