Public Computer Use

The WCPL offers access to the Internet and office productivity applications.  WCPL supports the concepts of intellectual freedom and of equitable access to information, however, to provide a safe learning space, we do filter the Internet.  WCPL respects the rights and responsibilities of all parents to guide their children’s education and does not restrict access to any materials, including the Internet.

Public Computer Procedures and Acceptable Use:
A computer user must have a Williams County Public Library (WCPL) card in good standing or guest privileges, and read and agree to these Acceptable Use Procedures before using the computer.  

  • WCPL public computers will be used for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only; use for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes is prohibited.
  • Laptop Computers available for in house use cannot be taken outside of the library building.
  • U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use." Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
  • Software or other computer programs may NOT be installed by users or downloaded from the Internet; only citations and information resources may be used on WCPL public computers.
  • Users will be responsible for any damage to disks, software, the computer, or peripheral equipment while they are using it.
  • Users are prohibited from misrepresenting themselves as another user; trying to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
  • No more than one person is permitted to a computer workstation at a time unless prior approval is given by a staff member.
  • Minor children must have parent or legal guardian consent on record when accessing the Internet from WCPL public computers.
  • WCPL is not responsible for Internet connections that are temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties.


Approved: September 18, 2023