Internet and Computer Use

Computers: Public Use


Internet Use Policy


This policy applies to all users of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library computers or networks. In agreement with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Regulations, all Library public access workstations use filtering software to access the Internet. Adults 18 or older who need unfiltered access for any lawful purpose may request it from a staff member. Unfiltered access will be granted on a per-search basis.




To fulfill our mission, the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet, to our patrons. We recognize that computer and Internet access is necessary for everyday life. Therefore, we offer computer and Internet access to the public. PINES library cardholders in good standing are our priority users and receive longer computer sessions and simpler wireless Internet access than users without cards in good standing.


Public Access – Library Computers

Software has been loaded on most public access computers to provide internet usage in one-hour session increments.  This software requires the user to log on to the computer using a bar code, either from their own PINES Library Card or a guest pass supplied by the Library.


Library patrons with a library card in good standing are limited to three (3) one-hour sessions per day. Library patrons without a library card in good standing are limited to one (1) one-hour session a day.


To facilitate the orderly closing of library buildings, public access library computers will turn off thirty (30) minutes before closing at all ARCPLS locations.


Public Access – Wireless Internet Access

Library patrons with a library card in good standing will log into the ARCPLS network once per day with unlimited access to the wireless network for that day. Library patrons without a library card in good standing can use the open network. They will need to reconnect to the wireless network throughout the day.



Responsibilities of Users


Computer users must respect the established time limit and honor any staff request to end their session.


Users may not:


  • Circumvent filtering or blocking software, or other security measures to access visual depictions deemed (a) obscene, or (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors, as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA ~ Public Law 106-554).
  • Disseminate obscene material as described in section 16-12-80 (b) of the Official Code of Georgia, unless dissemination of the material is permitted, as provided in Section 16-12-80
  • Circumvent public access computer time management software or procedures.
  • Use the workstations or laptop devices to gain access to the Library’s networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
  • Obstruct other people’s work by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any Library computer system.
  • Attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
  • Attempt to alter software configurations.
  • Attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
  • Use any Library workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose.
  • Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements in their use of Library workstations.
  • Engage in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
  • Install or download any software.


Violations may result in loss of access. Staff is empowered to terminate or extend a user session if appropriate.  Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner, including notification of law enforcement authorities.


Supervising Children’s Use

Supervision of a child’s access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent or guardian; the Library does not have the right or responsibility to act in loco parentis (on behalf of the parent/guardian). However, in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA ~ Public Law 106-554), the Library does filter Internet access for both minors (persons under the age of 18) and adults to certain visual depictions that are (1) obscene (as defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code), or (2) child pornography (as defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code), or, with respect to use of computers with Internet access by minors, and (3) harmful to minors. Furthermore, all customers must abide by section 16-12-80 (b) of the Official Code of Georgia, unless dissemination of the material is permitted, as provided in Section 16-12-80. The Library is compliant with state policies which prohibit the intentional or knowing display of such materials while being reckless about whether a person, especially a minor, is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display.


It is the Library’s policy that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what resources (e.g., online catalog, web site search engine, subscription databases and electronic books, journals or articles) are appropriate for their children. There will be some resources that parents may feel are inappropriate for their children. Parents should let their children know if there are materials that they do not want them to use. Parents should supervise their child’s Internet sessions.


In agreement with CIPA regulations, all Library public-access workstations use filtering software to access the Internet. No filtering software can control access to all materials that an individual may deem inappropriate. Augusta-Richmond County Public Library does not guarantee the total effectiveness of technological protection measures such as filtering software.


Choosing and Evaluating Sources


The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content. Library customers use it at their own risk. The Library cannot protect users from materials they may find offensive. In choosing sources to link to our home page, we follow generally accepted library practices. Beyond this, we do not accept responsibility for content found in an Internet source. We are not responsible for changes in content of the sources to which we link, nor for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. As with printed information, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do printed publications, questioning the validity of the information provided.


Internet Functions Supported


The Library provides web browsers at all locations. Fee-based printing is available at all sites. Wireless fee-based printing is also available at all sites.






U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.


The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.