Internet Access Information

The Jackson County Library is pleased to provide Internet workstations for public use in order to enhance the information resources available in our communities.

Procedures for using the Internet vary by branch. Please contact the branch nearest you for more information.

Wireless Internet Service

JCLS provides free wireless Internet access in all libraries.

If you have a PC or Mac laptop, you can have high speed (broadband) access any time you visit. No passwords are required and anyone is welcome to use this service.

Due to insurance limitations and warranties, library staff is not allowed to configure patron’s computers or install wireless networking cards. Virus and security protection are the responsibility of the patron.

Internet Use Policy:

The Internet computer equipment and software must be used as installed.

The following are not permitted:

  • Deletion, addition, or modification of installed hardware or software;
  • Unauthorized access, including so-called hacking and other unlawful activities;
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors;
  • Display of material which is inappropriate to a library setting.

The Internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. It is, however, an unregulated medium with a highly diverse user population.

When we choose printed materials for the collections, librarians can exclude specific items determined to be inconsistent with the library's mission. But the library cannot monitor and control the vast amount of material accessible via the Internet. It is possible that users may access information which they personally find offensive or disturbing. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves or their children. Because library staff cannot know the maturity level and family values of each patron, responsibility for access to appropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web by children and young adults (under 18) rests with their parents or legal guardians.

Jackson County Library has no control over Internet resources, nor does the library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information may be reliable and current, or it may be inaccurate, out of date, or unavailable at times. The Internet and its resources are always changing. As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Because the library is a public place, library staff has the authority to end an Internet session if material which is inappropriate to a library setting is displayed. Internet access is intended to be used as an information resource.

Please check in with library staff before using the Internet workstation. Some branches require sign-up due to high demand. Only one person may use a workstation at a time.

Printouts cost 10 cents per page. Thank you for your cooperation.

A filtered workstation is available in each branch library. The filter's purpose is to block access to sites that patrons may find objectionable for themselves or their children, such as those containing extreme violence, explicit sexuality, or offensive language, or which otherwise may be deemed as harmful to minors. No filter can guarantee total success in this objective. We encourage parents to be involved in their children's use of the Internet. The filtering software may sometimes block non-objectionable sites, and if this occurs, you may wish to move to a non-filtered workstation.

Each branch of the Jackson County Library Services system now has a computer with MicroSoft Office/Word programs. Call the branch nearest you for more information.

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