Public Computers

To help fulfill its mission to provide information to the public, the Central Arkansas Library System provides free public access to the Internet.

Patrons wishing to use computer workstations for general Internet access or word processing must sign up using their library card and PIN or guest pass. Guest passes will only be issued to visitors who don’t live in our service area, as verified by their ID. Anyone who is eligible for a CALS library card must apply for one in order to use the internet.

The Internet is a global, digital network with no centralized control over its users or content. Information on the Internet may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of-date, or unavailable at times. The Internet and its resources are always changing. In some cases information may be found faster and more easily in traditional print sources.

Users should be aware that some material available on the Internet may contain items that are illegal, inaccurate, defamatory or potentially offensive and/or disturbing to some people. Parents and guardians of children are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet.

The Central Arkansas Library System makes computers available for public, but with this privilege come certain responsibilities and restrictions.

The Library may deny or withhold computer, Internet or even library access privileges for infractions of these policies. Illegal acts involving library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

Rules and Responsibilities

  • Starting any computer application or software on the Library’s computers signifies agreement with the Library’s rules for computer use.
  • For the protection of privacy, all patrons must close all applications and return to the desktop before leaving a computer workstation.
  • Although the Library uses anti-virus software on its computers, this will not completely protect a user from computer viruses. Members of the public who wish to download files or save information from databases available at CALS onto a portable storage device should be aware of the dangers associated with viruses. CALS assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to the user’s data or hardware caused by computer viruses.
  • Patrons should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium of communication. We do not recommend transmitting confidential personal information, such as credit card numbers, across the Internet. CALS assumes no responsibility for loss or damages arising from such activities.
  • Library staff can assist with basic computer use but may not be able to assist with the use of software or Internet resources.
  • The Library administration may institute reasonable procedures protecting the integrity and security of Library computing resources and regulating access to computers or the Internet for the benefit of our patrons. Library staff reserves the right to move any patron who has not yet had a session on a Library Internet computer ahead of a patron who has already had at least one session that day, regardless of the reason the patron’s first session ended.
  • Users who object to a particular Internet site may ask the staff to review the site to see if it meets CALS’ selection policy. On request, the staff will furnish users with a copy of Administrative Policy 301 (Reconsideration of materials) and the appropriate forms to initiate the review.

Users May Not

  • Send, display or receive obscene, harassing, or libelous messages, files or images or any other activity defined as harmful to minors in Arkansas Code 5-68-501.
  • Engage in any activity which is obscene or deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
  • Use Library computers to gain access to computers or computer systems for which they are not authorized.
  • Deliberately attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
  • Deliberately attempt to alter software configurations.
  • Deliberately attempt to cause degradation of system performance or unnecessarily impede the computing activities of others.
  • Use any Library computer for illegal or criminal purposes.
  • Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Install or use any software not currently installed and available for use on the computer, including music CDs and CD-ROMs.
  • Intentionally use techniques or software which harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.
  • Use Library computer accounts or personal codes, such as passwords.
  • Remove privacy screens or other equipment from the computers or computer monitor.
  • Use another person’s library card to gain access to library computers. Patrons using someone else’s library card number may be asked to discontinue his or her computer session and may be temporarily banned from using the Library’s computer resources.

Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement

A notification of claimed copyright infringement must be provided in writing to the Central Arkansas Library System’s designated agent. The designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. &167; 512) is:

Carol Coffey
Head of Library Resources and Digital Services
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock Street
Little Rock AR 72201
501-375-7451 (fax)

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