Pigeon District Library

Internet Access


The Pigeon District Library offers both wired and wireless connection to the Internet. The computer lab houses ten current desktop computers. Two laptop computers are also available to adult patrons for in-house use.

Adult patrons wishing to access the Internet must first read and sign the Pigeon District Library's Internet Policy, which will be kept on file at the library.  Parents must sign for children who are under the age of eighteen.  Users must sign in at the Circulation Desk each time they wish to access the Internet through the library's connections.

Time is limited to one hour, if someone is waiting for the computer.

Copies are generally $.10 per side for black and white, and $.50 for color. Patrons are responsible for payment for all printed pages.


Computer Use, Internet Access, & Wireless Internet Access Policy


The Pigeon District Library is pleased to offer Internet access via Library computers (including laptops) and wireless access. One hour is allotted for library computer use when others are waiting.  Specific computers are limited to card catalog use only and are clearly marked as such. 

    
1.        Before accessing the Internet, patrons and visitors must read, sign, and abide by this policy which will be kept on file at the Library.  Parents/guardians must sign for children who are under the age of eighteen. 
2.        A person's library account must be free of fines in order to use the Library's computers and wireless access. 
3.        Users must sign in at the Circulation Desk each time they wish to use the Public Access Computers.
4.        Prior to using a Library computer, portable storage devices must be scanned for viruses by Library staff.
5.        Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, or legal.  The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature.  The Pigeon District Library is unable to monitor or control the content of materials on the Internet, does not guarantee the accuracy or currency of information obtained through the Internet, and assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of the Internet.  Likewise, the Library does not endorse, condone or sanction any particular information, material, image, content, idea, or perspective, and the Library's provision of the means for Internet access neither expressly nor implicitly means otherwise.
6.        Neither the Pigeon District Library, nor its officers, agents, or employees shall be liable for any damages (direct or consequential) for any information obtained or person information disclosed on the Internet.
7.        Workstations are designed for not more than two people.
8.        Computer users are expected to use the computer independently.  Staff may be able to answer questions and assist on a very limited basis. 
9.        Users may not participate in chatroom activity, instant messaging, interactive gaming, or peer-to-peer file sharing.
10.        Users may not download software, programs, or files to any library computer, nor shall they attempt to delete, add to or modify the installed hardware and software.
11.        Unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 must use Public #1, Public #2, or Public #20 computers which are filtered in compliance with Michigan Public Act 212, 2000 to protect against visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or sexually explicit matter harmful to minors.  While the use of filters is generally effective, the filters do not guarantee that all offensive material will be blocked.  Parents or legal guardians remain responsible for their children's use of the Internet.
12.        Computers in the Computer Lab will be reserved for adults (18 years old or older) and minors accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Users (including minors) of the computers in the Computer Lab shall not access visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography as defined by Federal law and shall not access or view obscene matter as defined in Act 212.   In accordance with Michigan Public Act 212, we may also require picture ID with birth date information to verify the age of anyone wanting to use the Internet computers in the Computer Lab.
13.        The Library's computers and Internet access shall not be used by any person for any purpose that violates Federal or State laws (including, but not limited to, copyright and license laws and "hacking" or other unlawful access), the harassment of others, or for the sending, receiving, or display of any material that is fraudulent or defamatory.
14.        Wireless access provided for laptop computer users is not filtered and is available only to adults or to minors who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
15.        The Pigeon District Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library's wireless access.
16.        Users must respect the privacy of other users.
17.        User must pay for all copies made at posted prices.
18.        The Library will not disclose, use, or disseminate person identification information regarding patrons (including minors) except as provided under the Michigan Library Privacy Act (MCL 397.601), Federal law, or other applicable law.
19.        A violation of the Wireless Access Policy is a violation of this Policy.The Library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.

The Library reserves the right to suspend or restrict access to or use of the Internet or other Library privileges by patrons who violate this Policy.  Anyone who does not comply with the Policy is in violation and is subject to loss of Internet privileges, depending on the severity of the offense. 
        First Violation:  Person may be barred from any use of the library computers or wireless access for up to 7 days.
        Second Violation:  Person may be barred from any use of the library computers or wireless access for up to 90 days.
        Third Violation:  Person may be barred from any use of the library computers or wireless access for up to 6 months.
A decision to restrict or suspend access for violations of this Policy shall be given to the person in violation and the decision may be appealed in writing within 5 business days to the Library Board, whose decision will be final.

Any illegal acts involving the Library's Internet access will result in Pigeon Village Police being contacted and may be subject to prosecution by local, State, or Federal authorities.


PIGEON DISTRICT LIBRARY WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS


The Pigeon District Library provides free wireless Internet access to library users equipped with their own portable computing devices. Compliance with the Library's Internet Access Policy, which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's Internet service, is required. The Library reserves the right to terminate any wireless network connection in accordance with federal and state law and with Library policy.


Requirements:
- You will need a notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networking and a WiFi compatible network card.
- You will need Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Navigator, or any other web browser.
- You will need compatible headphones if you plan to use audio files
- Be prepared to use battery power.  Do not plug into an outlet where you block aisles, exits or access to materials.   

Network Access and Security:
- Patrons and visitors wishing to access the Internet are required to stop at the Circulation Desk to sign-in and have a staff member type in a password. The password should be saved on your computer going forward.
- Wireless Internet access is available in the Computer Lab, the Reference Room, the Fiction Room, and the main Circulation Area of the library.  If you have trouble accessing the Internet or staying online, please move to a different location within the library. 
- Information going from your laptop or PDA to the wireless access point is WPA encrypted. 


Limitations and Disclaimers
- Printing is not available via the wireless connection (except from the two laptops provided by the library). Work must be saved to a floppy disk, CD, flash drive or email, and then printed via a wired library station.
- No guarantee can be made that you will be able to make a wireless connection, but library staff will provide help with determining if there is a signal present.
- Signal strength varies in the library and will be strongest in the Reference Room and the Computer Lab.
- The wireless internet access we offer is unfiltered.  
- The Pigeon District Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library's wireless access.