Computer Use Policy
The Livonia Public Library, in an effort to harmonize the rights and interests of its patrons with the rights and interests of City of Livonia employees who service those patrons, sets forth the following policy:
I. Filtered, wired access to the internet is provided throughout the buildings; parents/guardians should be aware that the filtering software has inherent limitations which prohibit total and complete blocking of sites which may contain obscene, sexually explicit and/or other possibly objectionable materials. Parents/guardians, not Library staff members, are responsible for providing appropriate guidance to their children/wards relative to the use of both filtered and non-filtered (wireless) internet access.
It is the responsibility of a parent or legal guardian to decide what library resources are appropriate for their child.
II. Users with a Livonia or other "local" (TLN) library card will be able to use the internet by signing on with their own card. Individuals may NOT utilize library cards not belonging to them. Doing so may result in suspension of internet privileges. Users owing excessive fines will be blocked from using our computers until such fines are paid in full and will not be issued a guest pass.
Users will be required to limit their sessions to the time determined by the library (1 hour) when all the other workstations are in use and other patrons are waiting. Users may continue their sessions beyond the time limit if there are available workstations for other patrons up to a maximum determined by the library. (4 hours per day, not necessarily consecutive, with library card).
Users with a Detroit Public Library card are required to obtain a MiLibraryCard sticker from their home library and be entered into the TLN Shared Automated System before using our Internet computers. A Detroit Public Library cardholder is entitled to 4 hours of internet use daily when their card has been entered into our automated system (not necessarily in consecutive sessions.)
Non-library card holders may obtain a "visitor pass" entitling them to 2 hours of internet use daily (not necessarily in consecutive sessions.). Those who possess a library card or whose library card is blocked cannot obtain a visitor pass.
III. Workstations may be reserved in advance through reference desk staff. If a user does not have their library card with them, a staff person will look up their account number if they supply proper ID (driver's license, state id, etc.) All users are required to supply ID in order to obtain a visitor pass or for staff to look up their account number.* Minor children too young to have proper ID are exempt.
IV. Users will be able to print documents from their workstations. Users must pay at the reference desk for their documents at a cost of 15 cents per page printed for black and white copies, 25 cents per page for color copies.
V. The Livonia Public Library Internet services are intended for information gathering. Users are responsible for any personal data transmitted over the public internet. Users put themselves at risk of criminal or civil liability when they use the Internet illegally, in violation of local, state and/or federal law. Use of our network and computers contrary to this policy may subject a patron to loss of computer privileges, and/or ejection from the Livonia Public Library. These activities include, but are not restricted to:
Transmitting/accessing obscene materials.
Interfering with, disrupting, or destroying network, users, services or equipment.
Engaging in disruptive behaviors; such as playing computer audio without using headphones or earbuds, talking on cell phones and speaking loudly.
Distribution of unsolicited advertising or propaganda, or propagation of computer worms or viruses.
Hacking or spamming.
Infringement of copyright laws.
VII. The staff of the Livonia Public Library cannot provide in-depth computer training or enter personal information for patrons, but will attempt to answer basic questions or help patrons locate resources on the Internet. Library staff can also provide information on where to get appropriate training.
IX. Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy may result in a loss of computer privileges.
Keeping up with the Library via Email
If you give us your email address* we'll send you:
1. Check out receipts (you can still get a paper receipt if you like)
2. Date due reminders a few days in advance
3. Holds available notifications
4. A reminder when your card is about to expire
Call the library at 734-466-2491 to have your email address added to your account by a staff member.
5. Subscribe separately to our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with what's happening in the library using the form above.
*Of course, we never sell your email address or spam you.