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Using Library Computers


Lillie Russell Memorial Library is committed to providing free and open access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout its history, Lillie Russell Memorial Library has made information available in a variety of formats, from print materials to audiovisual materials. The library's computer system provides the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the library's other resources.

Free wireless Internet access for customers who bring their own laptops with wireless cards is offered at the Lillie Russell Memorial Library.

Lillie Russell Memorial Library will provide its customers equal access to all formats of information. The same access to subjects and content that is provided to children in print and audio formats will be provided via the Internet when available.

Misuse of Lillie Russell Memorial Library computers or the misuse of internet access through Lillie Russell Memorial Library access is strictly prohibited.  Misuse will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution.


Such misuse includes, but is not limited to, viewing material which is obscene or "harmful to minors"; using the computer for illegal activities; sending spam; hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system; damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; interfering with systems operations, integrity or security; gaining unauthorized access to another person's files; sending harassing messages to other computer users; altering or attempting to alter the library computer's settings; and violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

The U.S. Federal Courts and the State of Texas have set forth definitions of "obscenity" and what is "harmful to minors". "Harmful to Minors" involves materials or performances that involve explicit sexual materials that depict nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse and appeal predominantly to prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community and taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational or scientific value for minors. 

Parents or legal guardians, and not the Library or its staff, however, are responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet and for the information selected and / or accessed by their children. The Library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children's Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use. Library staff cannot monitor or supervise a child's use of the internet