Computer Use Policy
The goal of the Lighthouse Point Library is to maintain a friendly, helpful and welcoming environment. Our staff will gladly assist patrons in using electronic resources to pursue their intellectual, recreational, or educational interests. The Lighthouse Point Library makes computers available for patron use. Use of the computers, as with print materials, is free of charge.
1. Who can use the computers
Any individual with an active and current Lighthouse Point Library card can use the computers at the library, unless he or she has had this privilege revoked because of previous inappropriate usage. Please note that since the Lighthouse Point Library is a single branch, municipal City library, cards issued by any other library (including the Broward County Library system) are not valid at the Lighthouse Point Library. For more information about signing up for a Lighthouse Point Library card please visit the Get a LHP Library Card page.
2. Computer availability
Computer workstations are available on a walk-in basis. Users will log on with their Lighthouse Point Library card number and pin number. The initial time given is 30 minutes with a maximum computer usage time of 90 minutes per patron per day. The library does not take reservations for computers. Computers designated for access to the library card catalog cannot be used for any other purpose.
3. What the computers can be used for
The computers can be used for informational and educational purposes, accessing electronic databases, and other software held by the Lighthouse Point Library. All individuals using the computers must observe copyright and communication laws and others' right to privacy. Illegal activities or any other activities intended to disrupt computer or network services or equipment are prohibited. "Illegal activities" are defined by applicable local, state, or federal law and will be subject to prosecution for violation. Individuals are reminded that the internet workstations are located in a public area, which is shared by patrons of all ages and backgrounds, and are asked to be sensitive to others when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Accessing pornography is strictly forbidden. Computer stations are protected to insure the security and integrity of the software already installed. Patrons cannot install their own software. Library computers cannot be used to distribute unsolicited advertising, or for any ongoing activity that results in commercial gain for the user. Printing is allowed from all computers at the per page cost of 10 cents for black and white copies, 25 cents for color copies.
4. Special notes on internet usage
Due to the nature of the internet, the Lighthouse Point Library cannot ensure the availability, accuracy, accessibility, or even appropriateness, of all electronic resources. The Lighthouse Point Library does not use internet filters, or any other means, to restrict access or protect persons from information found individually offensive, except as provided by law. As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the internet or other programs is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. We expect parents who are concerned about their children's use of electronic resources to provide supervision and guidance to their own children.
5. What happens if this policy is violated
All violations of law will be reported to the proper authorities. Other violations will be reported to the Library Director. The first instance of a violation will result in a warning for the patron. Repeated instances will result in a patron's computer privileges being revoked for a set period of time not to exceed one year. Extreme cases may result in more severe consequences (up to and including the revocation of all library privileges).