Computer and Internet Use

Access to internet and word processing via the library’s computers is open to all users. Non-Little Silver library patrons must sign in at the desk and show ID. Access to the library computers is available during regular library hours for a suggested maximum time limit of 30 minutes. The library staff reserves the right to end sessions when this time limit has been exceeded.

To prevent overcrowding and to maintain noise level, access is by one person per computer at one time. However, parents or other responsible adults may assist younger patrons.

The library staff does not censure information on the internet. Parents or caregivers are responsible for monitoring children’s use of the internet.

There are no fees charged for access to the computers, but a printing fee of $0.15 per black & white page and $0.50 per color page is charged. Patrons must provide their own flash drives for downloading material.

While the library staff is available to assist with general operation of library computers and general online searching, it cannot provide technical assistance or instruction on online searching and/or word processing.

Since access to the library’s computers, as well as other library resources is a privilege, not a right, its access will be managed in a manner consistent with the Library’s Code of Conduct.


While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any liability as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose. The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damage related to the use of information accessed through the Library’s Internet service.

The Library will make every effort to maintain Internet access for all hours the Library is open to the public. The Library will have no liability, however, if the service becomes temporarily unavailable for technical reasons.

Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus-checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ flash drives or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.

The Library cannot assume responsibility for the security or privacy of any online transaction. Patrons are responsible for logging out of their accounts at the end of their session. The Library is not responsible for any damage, direct or indirect, related to the failure to log out of personal accounts such as, but not limited to, email, banking, and shopping. 

Unacceptable Use of Computers

All patrons are expected to comply with the Internet use guidelines described here. These guidelines also apply to patrons accessing the internet through our wireless internet connection. As with all library resources the Internet is to be used respectfully and appropriately. The public is prohibited from:

  • Modifying any computer settings or equipment for temporary use.
  • Use of the Internet on library computers to send threatening, harassing, offensive messages or images via the Internet.
  • Deliberately transmitting computer viruses.
  • Viewing offensive materials, such as pornography or vulgar images in any format as defined in New Jersey Statute 2c:34-4.
  • Jeopardizing the security access of computer network or other networks on the Internet.
  • Misrepresenting themselves when using the Library’s Internet access.

Patrons who engage in any of the above activities will be reported to the proper authorities. Failure to comply with the policies described here may result in the suspension of library privileges.

The Library reserves the right to modify the policies as necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of the Internet.


The Little Silver Public Library does not filter its computers, which block sites with legal information that library users may find helpful for school, job, work, health and other needs. Filters also do not fully protect children from “objectionable material” such as hardcore pornography, hate speech and violence. The Library strongly respects the right and responsibility of parents to guide their children’s library use, including the Internet. This Library encourages parents to learn about this important technology so they can guide their children.

A major purpose of libraries is to empower their users. User empowerment means having access to the broadest range of information. The computers are placed in plain sight of both staff members and patrons.

Wireless Internet (WiFi)

The Little Silver Public Library offers patrons a wireless internet connection (WiFi). Please note that this is an open connection and the Library is not responsible for any materials that may be downloaded to a user’s computer.  In addition, the Library is not responsible for any information, data, or material that may be taken or altered on a patron’s computer while using the Library’s wireless internet connection.

Response to Violations

The user’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the user’s right to access the public computers.

The Library reserves the right to modify the policies as necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of the Internet.

The Library requests users who do not possess a Little Silver Library card to sign in to use the Internet. The Library may keep a record of patrons violating the Internet Use Policy.

Consistent with the library’s mission and with professional principles of public librarianship, this Internet Use Policy affirms the safeguarding of First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom, equity of access, confidentiality of information about users and their use of all library resources including electronic and individual responsibility. The Library affirms the following principles and user rights as delineated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights in Cyberspace.

These policies were reviewed and approved by the Little Silver Library Board of Trustees.

Computer and Internet Use