Internet and Wireless Network Policy

Internet Policy

The Hartland Public Library Board has established this policy to provide guidelines for the use of the Internet by patrons within the library. Please note the following:

  • Use of an internet-accessible computer is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Usage will be limited to two hours per person per day.
  • Users must either possess a valid library card from the Hartland Public Library or another library in the Bridges Library System OR obtain a guest pass with proper ID to use the internet. Appropriate identification is defined as the same kind of identification needed to obtain a Library card, such as a driver’s license with current address. Patrons using the Library who are not eligible for a Hartland Public Library card may use a guest card with appropriate identification on a limited basis.
  • Internet usage is blocked if fines exceed $10.00.
  • Users under the age of eighteen must have a parental permission form signed in the presence of a staff member and kept at the library. The Hartland Public Library assumes no responsibility for internet usage by children. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to monitor internet usage for their child.
  • It is expected that the internet will be used for educational and informational purposes only. No unauthorized, illegal, or unethical usage will be tolerated. All users are expected to use this resource in a responsible manner consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Viewing, sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene, offensive, or “harmful to children” as defined by Sec. 948.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes is explicitly prohibited and will result in an immediate removal and/or possible ban from the Library.
  • No changes to the setup or configuration of the hardware or software will be allowed. While the user's right of privacy will be respected, the Library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the workstation to ensure that policy restrictions are being followed. Users will not be allowed to download anything to the hard drive of the computer. Any misuse of a Library computer will be deemed vandalism and may result in suspension of privileges or legal action.
  • The Hartland Public Library has no control over the accuracy of information accessed through the internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Library is not responsible for equipment malfunction or operator error. The Library assumes no responsibility for any monetary transactions conducted on a Library computer or via the internet on a Library computer.
  • Selection policies that determine materials purchased by the Library do not apply to Internet usage.
  • Due to ever-expanding technology, not all staff members will be trained in every application available through the internet. An internet-trained staff member will not be available at all times when the Library is open. Books and materials are offered at the Library to help patrons use the Internet on their own.
  • Although the Library makes every effort to provide secure access to the internet, users are at risk for loss or theft of information and should take appropriate cautions with personal information while using Library computers.

Wireless Network Policy

The Hartland Public Library offers wireless access to Library patrons for use with personal notebooks, laptops, and other mobile Internet devices. These access points are unsecured portals to the Library’s internet service, provided at a user’s own risk and accessible during regular Library hours. All wireless users are expected to act in a lawful and respectful manner, and are required to conform to the conditions of Hartland Library’s Internet Use Policy.

Use of the Library’s wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. Although the Library makes every effort to provide secure access to the Internet, users are at risk for loss or theft of information and should take appropriate cautions with personal information while using wireless access. Information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. The Hartland Public Library is not responsible for any information that is compromised or lost through use of its wireless access. This includes damage or loss due to:

  • Electrical surges
  • Breaches of security by viruses or hacking
  • Disruptions to wireless service

Staff will attempt to provide patrons with technical assistance in configuring a patron’s wireless-enabled device or troubleshooting wireless access problems, but solutions are not guaranteed, as staff are not trained IT professionals. The Library is not responsible for any changes a patron or Library staff make to a patron’s device’s settings. The Library does not guarantee that a patron’s device will work with the Library’s wireless access, and the Library is not responsible for any possible damages relating to a patron’s hardware, software, data, or other failures associated with a patron’s wireless-enabled device while troubleshooting wireless access problems. The Library is also not responsible for patrons’ personal information that may be accessed anytime via the Library’s wireless access.

Adopted 2/5/98; Revised 4/27/06, 7/12/12, 10/13/16, 04/18/18, 11/14/2019, 9/14/2023