Internet and Computer Lab Policy


Statement Policy

The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national, and international sources of information, but not all sites provide accurate, complete, or current information. As with other materials, the library customer evaluates the validity of information found. Restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian; the Library does not have the right or responsibility to act “in loco parentis.”

The San Benito County Free Library offers free computer and Internet access to it customers in the following ways:

  1. Internet Computer Lab
  2. Wireless Internet Access
  3. 15-minute Express Internet Station
  4. Literacy Computers
  5. Children’s Computers
  6. Job Search Computers

Computer and Internet access is available to library customers during open hours; but computers automatically shut down 15 minutes prior to the library closing time.

Hours of Availability for Computer Use and Internet Access:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.


Materials obtained or copied on the Internet computer network may be subject to copyright laws which govern the making of reproductions of copyrighted works:COPYRIGHT LAW: Materials obtained or copied from the Internet may be subject to copyright laws, which govern the making or reproductions of copyrighted works: 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 (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The County of San Benito and the San Benito County Free Library expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

Guidelines for Computer Users

  1. Computer users must be registered San Benito County Free Library cardholders.
  2. Computer users must use the provided reservation computer to make reservations for their computer use.
  3. Before the use of the computer lab is permitted, library fines are required to be $10.00 or less and overdue materials returned.
  4. Customers may use the computers once daily, as computers automatically log off after 120 minutes.
  5. One customer is allowed at each Internet workstation, unless the user is with another registered library card holder. The library supports customer privacy and attempts to maintain an appropriate noise level.
  6. Customers may not use or download personal software programs on library computers. This may cause computer crashes, file corruption, and viruses.
  7. To save files or documents, customers may use flash drives or purchase disks for $1.00 each at the Customer Service Desk.
  8. Printing files or documents is available through a networked printer. The cost of printing is 15 cents per page for black and white and $1.00 per page for color. If possible, please preview print jobs before printing. Customers can pick up and pay for their print jobs at the Customer Service Desk.
  9. Due to technical limitations, the library does not provide local email accounts; however, the use of free email sites (e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail), is allowed.
  10. Parents or legal guardians of children who use the computer and Internet resources at the library are responsible to guide their children’s usage of online resources and decide which resources are appropriate for their children.
  11. The Internet workstations cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose. This includes any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, California, or local laws.
  12. The Internet workstations cannot be used for playing online computer gambling or pornography. Please immediately report any pornography displaying on computer screens to library staff.
  13. Library staff is only available to assist with basic computer use such as printing, logging-on, computer crashes or freezes, and other minor troubleshooting.