Definition of Scope
The Hamilton Public Library’s Technology and Internet Use Policy applies to all types of computer and mobile device usage on the premises of the Library or on the Library network. This includes but is not limited to: public computers, laptops and mobile devices using the Library’s wireless network, laptops and mobile devices on other networks inside the library.
Public computer access and wireless access is provided to ensure equitable access to information and online resources. Wireless access complements public computer access and enables library customers to access library resources and the Internet with their own wireless enabled equipment.
The Hamilton Public Library provides access to the Internet and wireless network to fulfill its mission, “Freedom to Discover”. In keeping with the Library’s Intellectual Freedom Policy and in support of the Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual and Information & Communication Technology statements, the Internet provides access to many resources for different age levels and reflects various points of view. Customers should be aware that information might not be accurate, complete, age-appropriate, or current.
The Hamilton Public Library's computers and work tables are located in public areas and the computers and the wireless network are shared by Library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider other Library users when accessing the Internet within the Library. Parents and guardians are reminded that the restriction of a child’s use of a Library computer, including Internet and wireless access, is their responsibility. Hamilton Public Library's staff are available to assist in finding and evaluating the quality of an Internet site. Library computers, equipment, facilities and networks may not be used to:
- Access sites or transmit materials that violate any Canadian federal or provincial law such as defamatory, discriminatory, or obscene materials.
- Display overt sexual images.
- Send fraudulent, harassing, or obscene email messages.
- Violate the privacy of another library patron.
The Hamilton Public Library also prohibits damaging or modifying the Library's computer equipment, software, or network.
The Internet is not a secure medium and third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities. Please use caution before providing any personal information over the Internet.
The Hamilton Public Library assumes no responsibility for Internet content or damages, directly or indirectly, arising from its website or from its connections to other Internet services.
Anyone not adhering to this agreement or who willfully abuses or damages any computer or software will have their Library privileges suspended and will be legally and financially responsible for damages.