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Library Internet Policy

The Boyden Library provides Internet access to all library patrons under the following guidelines established by the Library Board of Trustees. These guidelines are intended to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the library, and are based on generally recognized Internet protocols. All patrons accessing the Internet through any Boyden Library computer or through the library's wireless network must agree to observe these guidelines as a condition of their Internet use.

The Internet provides access to information resources far greater than those available at any individual library. However, not all Internet resources provide accurate, current, or authoritative information, and certain sources may contain information that some library patrons may find offensive or disturbing. The Boyden Library neither selects nor restricts Internet content – library patrons access the Internet at their own discretion.


User Responsibilities

All patrons using the Internet must do so in a responsible manner. This includes the following:

  • Accessing resources for educational, informational and cultural purposes only;
  • Not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system;
  • Not sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may reasonably be considered obscene or considered harmful to minors as defined in MGL 272 §31;
  • Not using the Internet for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes;
  • Not making unauthorized changes to the setup or configuration of any software or hardware; or damaging or altering software components of any network or database;
  • Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; and by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others;
  • Not reproducing copyright protected materials.
Internet Computer Use
  • Access to the library's Internet computers is available to all library card holders in good standing. The Children's Room Internet computers are reserved for use by children ages 13 and under. The Young Adult Internet computers are reserved for use by teens ages 17 and under.
  • Children ages 16 and under must have signed permission from their parent or guardian on file at the library. Forms are available at the Reference and Circulation Desks. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet activity.
  • Only two users are permitted at one time on any individual computer. Both must have a signed permission form, if applicable.
  • No user may use the library card of another individual for access to the Internet.
  • Adult Deptartment patrons are granted an initial 75 minutes of Internet computer time, with the ability to extend their time in 30 minute increments. Children's Room computer users may register for 30 minute or 60 minute sessions. Additional computer time may be authorized by library staff subject to computer availability, patron demand, and previous reservations.
  • Reservations for computer time may be made by telephone or in person at the Reference Desk; walk-in use is also permitted. Your scheduled time may be reassigned if you fail to arrive within five minutes of your reserved time.
  • Internet computers are available at the library's 10 a.m. opening time. All computer sessions end at 15 minutes before closing.
  • Information cannot be saved to Internet computer hard drives. Patrons may use their own USB flash storage devices to save their information.
  • Users, or in the case of minors their parents, are responsible for any damage to hardware or software and will be liable for repair/replacement costs. Report any problems to library staff immediately. Please do not attempt to fix a problem yourself.
  • Wireless Internet access is available to patrons bringing in their own properly equipped laptop computers or devices. See our Wireless Access Policy for more information. Wireless access in the Children's Room is available only to children and their accompanying parents or caregivers.
  • Neither the Boyden Library Board of Trustees, nor the Boyden Library staff, nor the Town of Foxborough is liable for any negative consequences that may occur as a result of using the library's Internet connection.
  • The library reserves the right to terminate the privileges of anyone who does not act in a responsible manner. Such termination may be appealed to the Board of Trustees. The Board's decision is final.