Norfolk Public Library
Network Services, Electronic Resources, & Internet Access
Electronic network resources are offered free of charge and are available to everyone. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times; children ages 8-16 must have a permission form signed by their parent/guardian.
You must have a valid SAILS card and must present your card for each session. Library staff will NOT look up your card number.
You will be given an account on the network and assigned an individual password. You may save and retrieve your files. If your account remains inactive for a period of two months, your files will be deleted. Do not share your password with others, as you will be responsible for all actions carried out under your account.
You are responsible for any damage to hardware or software due to misuse of equipment, and you will be liable for repairs or replacement costs. Please report any problems to the desk immediately. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself.
The network printer is located behind the reference desk. Please use discretion in printing. Be respectful of the fact that other patrons also need to use the printer. Only click on the "print" icon ONE time; it may take a few minutes for your print job to complete. The cost is 5c per page and you will be responsible for payment of any excess copies that you print.
Please be respectful of other patrons' right to a quiet and private environment in which to use Network services. Do not engage other patrons in conversations or remain in the computer area if you are not using electronic resources.
You must log off at the end of your session.
Computers will be closed down 15 minutes prior to closing time. Please plan your time accordingly. New sessions may NOT be started after this time.
Appropriate Use of Electronic Services: Electronic & Internet resources may only be used for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable purpose include, but are not limited to the following:
Harassment of other users, (including leaving obscene materials open on the desktop);
Libeling other users;
Destruction or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the Norfolk Public Library, SAILS or other users; including the modification, alteration, or deletion of system or program files;
Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications;
Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material;
Violation of computer system security;
Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others;
Use of computer communications facilities in ways that unnecessarily impede the computing activities of others.
Violations of the Norfolk Public Library policies will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner. The Board of Trustees is the final authority in determining inappropriate use. Illegal acts involving library computing resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
Since the Internet is a global electronic network, the Norfolk Public Library has no controls of its users or content. The Internet and its available resources may contain material of a controversial nature. Parents are encouraged to use the Internet with their children. The Norfolk Public Library does not censor access to the material nor protect users from offensive information. Library staff cannot control the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. You must analyze any information you gather. The Norfolk Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its Internet services.
Library staff will assist patrons in determining which electronic resources will best suit their research needs. A variety of Web-based and CD-ROM databases are available that are suitable for elementary-age through adult levels. A complete listing of all resources is available at the circulation and reference desks.