700 Lincoln Avenue                                  Phone:  330.875.1696        

            Louisville OH  44641                                               Fax:  330.875.3530

Internet and Wireless (Wi Fi) Policy


May 2013


·         When your time runs out after one hour, the computer will restart. SAVE YOUR WORK often and before your time runs out. There is no way to recover materials you have not saved.

·         Printing costs 15¢ for black & white and 40¢ for color. ALL copies print in BLACK & WHITE. If you need color copies, please see the staff for assistance. You are responsible for ALL pages that you send to the printer. If you are unsure of how to print, please seek staff assistance first. 

·         Please read through this policy before accepting the terms. If you do not accept the terms, your reservation will be cancelled. 



The Louisville Public Library provides Internet access through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), which is funded by the State of Ohio. Internet connections and databases available for use are those provided through the OPLIN network.  The following policies also apply to patrons who use their own laptops or other devices to access the library wireless (Wi Fi) network.


The OPLIN computers are available for use, subject to periodic maintenance or hardware or software failures, during library hours until ten minutes before closing.  Users must hold a valid library card in one of the SLIC libraries (Louisville, Massillon, or Stark County District). Library cards are necessary to log in and make reservations on the public computers through the PC Reservation software. Computer users must come with their cards or have barcode numbers memorized. Reference staff will look up library card numbers at their discretion and only if computer users have a form of identification with them. A computer user must use the card issued under his or her own name. If found to be using another person’s card, the user will be asked to log off.


Guests may give an address of a local contact and/or a cell phone number, but must present a valid driver’s license or identification. Those users with a local address will be issued a library card rather than a guest pass.


Each user will be given an opportunity to review the Internet Use Policy when registering to use a computer and once again when logging on. Users must agree to abide by the policy if they wish to proceed past the log in screen. 


Computer users will not be able to log into our computers if they have fines exceeding $5.00. If a payment is made on those fines (at least $1.00 or enough to make the fine amount lower than $5.00), the reference staff can override the block to log in.


Appointments for use of a computer may be scheduled no more than 24 hours in advance. This use can be scheduled through the reference staff or on the reservation station. Each patron who schedules computer time is guaranteed one hour of use per day. This hour does not need to be used at one time. Additional use is permitted unless another patron has requested computer time. Reservations can only be guaranteed if the computer user arrives on time. The computer will be held for ten minutes, and ten minutes will come out of the user’s computer time. It is acceptable to log in early when space is available. No more than two persons may be at a computer station at one time.


Printing from the OPLIN computers is an option. There will be charge of the posted rate per page for printing from the computer. The current rate is 15¢ a page for black and white and 40¢ a page for color printing. Users are responsible for the payment of all pages that they have printed. Users should note that the computers are defaulted to print in black and white. Anyone with a question about printing should ask for assistance before hitting the print button.



Access to either the OPLIN computers or the library’s Wi Fi network is intended for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only, not for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes.  Patrons are welcome to use the Internet, but may not display images that are deliberately offensive or create a hostile or intimidating environment.  Patrons may not display on screens or printers sexually explicit graphics or other materials which may be obscene, illegal, or harmful to minors as defined in local, state, and federal law or applicable court decisions.


When library staff observe a patron computer user engaged in viewing material inappropriate for general public view, they will instruct the patron to move to another site.  Failure to comply may result in ejection from the library, immediate disruption of current session, and/or loss of Internet privileges.


Users are asked to respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting themselves as another user, by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data that belongs to others, by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, and by not damaging or altering hardware or software components of any network database.


As with other library materials, parents or legal guardians of minor children have the responsibility to supervise access to Internet resources in the library. Parents with minor children not issued an adult card will be asked to sign a permission form before allowing minor access to Internet resources.


The library staff will assist patrons with Internet use when time and expertise permit. However, staff will not be able to provide in-depth assistance. Library staff cannot assist in the entering of private information such as social security numbers, credit card information, or passwords. Staff will not touch the computer mouse or keyboard when assisting patrons unless it is absolutely necessary. 


The information available on the Internet, due to its scope and diversity, may not be accurate, authoritative, factual, legal, reliable, or complete.  Library patrons should carefully assess the validity of information located on Internet resources.


Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.  Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the library expressly disclaims liability resulting from such use.


Violation of these guidelines or misuse of the computers or Internet access may result in loss of computer privileges.  Illegal acts involving library resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal officials.


Wi Fi users


The Louisville Public Library offers free wireless access to the Internet (aka “hot spots” and “WiFi”) for use by patrons with their own personal notebooks, laptops and other mobile devices.  These access points are unsecured and accessible only during normal library hours.  The Louisville Public Library uses WiFi standards IEEE 802.11b and 802.1.g.  Speed will vary by location and number of users. 


Patrons must use their own laptops or PDAs. They will need to have built-in WiFi 

or else the library patron will need to install a WiFi network card.  The Louisville Public 

Library does not provide wireless cards, laptops, or PDAs.  Library staff can provide 

general information or handouts for connecting a device to the wireless network, but 

cannot troubleshoot problems related to a patron’s wireless device or assist in making 

changes to a device’s network settings and/or hardware configuration.  The library cannot guarantee that a particular device will work with the library’s wireless access points.  The Louisville Public Library cannot be responsible for any changes made by a patron to his/her computer’s settings.  If additional assistance is needed, patrons will be advised to contact the manufacturer of their hardware or software. 


Printing access is not available via the wireless connection.  To print, work should 

be saved to a disk or be emailed to the patron’s e-mail account, then retrieved from a wired library workstation and sent to the public printer. 


As with most public wireless “hot spots,” the library’s wireless connection is not secure.  Library patrons should use considerable caution in communicating and another 

wireless user could potentially intercept any information being  transmitted.  Cautious 

and informed wireless users should choose not to transmit personal information (credit 

card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information) while using any wireless 

“hot spot.”  


Further, WiFi users assume all risks and responsibilities to provide anti-virus 

protection and appropriate security settings on their laptop or PDA.  Library patrons will 

be urged to take appropriate precautions when using this service. The Louisville Public 

Library will not be responsible for any information (i.e. credit card number) that is 

compromised, or for any damage caused to a library patron’s hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. 

All users will be expected to use the library’s wireless access in a legal and 

responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes 

for which it is provided.  Misuse of Internet access will result in loss of library 



Use of the Louisville Public Library’s network is entirely at the risk of the library patron.  The Louisville Public Library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss.  The Louisville Public Library will not be responsible for lost or stolen equipment or software.