Computer Policies


The Library urges patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet. Library staff members are unable to provide definitive analysis of online sources due to the extremely large variety and volume of information available via the Internet.

The Library makes reasonable accommodations to ensure the safety and security of our networks for our patrons. Downloading information from the Internet and saving it for personal use is at the risk of the user. Neither the Library nor its staff can be held liable for the safety or security of information transmitted across the Internet using Library computers or networks.

It is not technically feasible to prevent users from accessing systems, networks and services which may contain material considered offensive to a user, or inappropriate for minors. Accordingly, users should be aware that they might encounter messages, materials or graphics on the Internet that they find offensive.

Use of the Library’s computers must be for legal, acceptable purposes. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to:

Harassment of others;
Defamation of others;
Violation of copyright law;
Violation of licensing or access agreements with online service providers;
Violation of system security;
Destruction, damage or unauthorized modification to equipment, software or data;
Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications;
Activities in violation of local, state or federal laws, or ordinances;
Overuse of equipment that results in denying access to others;
Deliberately accessing obscene materials.

Persons who use the Library’s computers for unacceptable uses may lose the privilege of using all Library facilities including access to its computer systems.

Children under the age of fourteen may access the Internet via the computers in designated areas. Parents are advised to monitor their children’s use of the Library’s computer systems if they wish to control the information, messages and graphics to which their children are exposed. Library staff cannot be held accountable for the monitoring of children’s use. The Library recommends that parents/guardians discuss rules and limitations with their children before giving their children permission to access the Internet. Parents are also encouraged to discuss issues of appropriate use and safety with their children.

Approved by River Forest Public Library Board of Trustees, 9/20/2011


The River Forest Public Library owns computer terminals that are available for patron use. Long term terminals are reserved for River Forest residents. Resident long term terminals require a login with a current River Forest library card in good standing prior to use. Computer use is designated by patron age. Limited short term terminals are also available in the library for non-residents.

Usage of library Internet terminals is time limited and subject to availability. More than one session may be available if no others are waiting. Patrons may not use another River Forest resident card to circumvent any computer use policies, or to gain extra time on Library computers. The Library reserves the right to limit, refuse, and/or ban any patron from using the Library equipment and computers.

Library software is not to be installed on non-Library computers, nor are non-Library computers or non-storage devices (cameras, printers, etc) to be connected to the Library’s network, with the exception of wireless connections. Patrons are prohibited from using personal software on Library computers and from downloading software onto Library computers. Library computer terminals include software to meet patron needs of word processing, office applications and Internet browsing. Software additions or changes will be considered at the discretion of IT staff members in consultation with the Library Director and Department Heads. Software used to facilitate exam proctoring or other patron test taking may be downloaded on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the Head of Adult Services in consultation with IT staff members.

Hard drives of public computers are wiped and restored at the end of each session. Library patrons are encouraged to save important documents on a portable USB drive to limit the possibility of data loss.

The Library accepts no responsibility for the safety or security of any computer brought into the Library. Neither the Library nor its staff can be held liable for any loss arising from the failure of hardware, software, or from human error.

There is a charge for printing from Library computers. At the discretion of Library staff, Library patrons may use personal paper to print specialized documents such as resumes. Library printers may not be compatible with all types of paper.

River Forest Public Library staff members may provide assistance to patrons regarding the use of computers as time and staff knowledge permit. Additional assistance may be available in the form of computer classes.

Approved by River Forest Public Library Board of Trustees, 9/20/2011