The Mercer Public Library has 8 public-access computer stations available to all patrons. Patrons over the age of 18 who do not hold a library card may request a temporary access card for their computer session. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a Computer Usage Agreement form signed by his/her parent or guardian on file before being granted access to the computer.
Access is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and use is offered in 45-minute sessions. A session may be extended if there are no other users waiting, but each patron is limited to 90 minutes and/or 2 log-ins per day.
Printing is available at a cost of 10 cents per black-and-white page and 25 cents per color page.
Access to the Computer
Access to the computer is available to all patrons. Patrons over the age of 18 who do not hold a library card may request a temporary access card for their computer session. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s computers. Prior to being granted access to a computer, anyone under 18 years of age and his/her parent or guardian must sign the Computer Usage Agreement in front of library staff.
Log On: A patron wishing to use the library’s computers must agree to the MPL Computer and Internet Usage Agreement. All access will be on a first come, first serve basis, although reservations for special circumstances will be accepted at the discretion of the library staff.
Time limit per person: Use is offered in 45-minute sessions. If there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of the session, the user may have another 45-minute session but must abandon use within 15 minutes if another patron requests use of the service. A maximum of 90 minutes per day and/or 2 log-ins per day is allowed unless the library staff grants special permission.
Workstations: No more than one person may use a computer workstation at a time. Study group accommodations may be made with staff.
Saving data: No files or software (either from disks, memory sticks or internet downloads) may be added to the hard drive of the computers by anyone other than the Librarian or staff. All personal files must be saved on a diskette, CD, or portable disk drive if patrons wish to save them.
Printing: Printers are available. Printer paper will be available for a nominal fee and must be paid for at the conclusion of the session.
Any form of vandalism to the computer will result in a fine of $1,000.00 or replacement value of the computer. Vandalism will be reported to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department to investigate. Vandalism includes any unauthorized passwords, viruses, etc. Customer complaints will be handled according to existing Library policies.
Library staff may be available to assist new users and answer questions. However, they do not have time to provide in-depth instruction or technical assistance.
Internet Use Policy
The Mercer Public Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library’s service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet Usage Policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.
Unlike the selection of library materials on library shelves, librarians do not select the offerings of the Internet. Because not all Internet sites are accurate and complete, and some sites may be offensive, library users are encouraged to exercise critical judgment in accessing these sites.
The Library is committed to providing its employees and patrons with an environment that is free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment; to prohibiting the display of obscene material, child pornography, and material that is harmful to minors; and to making every possible effort within constitutional limits to prevent minors from viewing materials that could be deemed harmful.
The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus free. The Library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the Library’s Internet service. Downloading from the Internet to the Library computer’s hard drive is not permitted.
Due to National Security concerns, the library staff is unable to tell patrons if their Internet surfing habits, passwords and e-mails are being monitored by federal agents.
Internet Use Rules
The following rules and procedures govern the use of Internet workstations:
a. Access to the Internet: Access to the Internet is available to all patrons. A patron wishing to access the Internet must agree to the Computer and Internet Usage Agreement. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service. Prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age and his/her parent or guardian must sign the Internet Usage Agreement in front of library staff.
b. All access will be on a first come, first serve basis, although reservations for special circumstances will be accepted at the discretion of the library staff.
c. E-mail Usage: Patrons may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail as long as they use a free e-mail service that will establish and maintain an account for them. The library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organization or individuals
Responsibilities of Users
Users at the Mercer Public Library computer workstations should bear in mind that the workstations are located in public areas shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Library users are expected to respect the privacy of other library users and to show consideration for all users when viewing Web pages.
No person shall use a library workstation in a way that disturbs or interferes with users, employees, or operations of the Library. Patrons may not:
a. View, print, distribute, display, send, or receive images, text or graphics of obscene materials or material that violates laws relating to child pornography.
b. Disseminate, exhibit, or display to minors materials that may be harmful to minors. Knowing display of obscene graphics or graphics that may be harmful to minors is not allowed under Wisconsin Statues 944.21 and 948.11.
c. Use an Internet workstation to transmit threatening or harassing material.
d. Engage in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
e. Violate copyright or software licensing agreements.
f. Gain unauthorized access to any computing, information, or communications devices or resources.
g. Damage, alter, or degrade computer equipment, peripherals, software, or configurations.
h. Install software applications.
i. Use a workstation to operate a business.
j. Incur costs for the library through use of the Internet service.
k. Create or distribute computer viruses over the Internet.
Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with this agreement will result in:
1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 60 days. Parents/guardians of minors will be notified and if the offender is an adult and the Wisconsin Statues have been violated, the proper authorities will be notified.
2nd offense: Loss of computer privileges for 6 months. Parents/guardians of minors will be notified and if the offender is an adult and the Wisconsin Statues have been violated, the proper authorities will be notified.
Any further violations may lead to permanent loss of library privileges including the right to visit the building and grounds. Repeat offenders or persons ordered from the premises who do not comply may be subject to arrest and prosecution for trespassing.