The mission of the Burlington County Library System is to adapt quickly and effectively to the dynamics of the information age. As the Burlington County Library System is a gateway and guide to ideas, information and entertainment, the library endeavors to develop collections, services and resources to fulfill this mission. One such resource is the Internet, to which the library provides free access for all cardholders in good standing.

The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population; library customers use it at their own risk. Internet users should be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Provision of Internet service does not imply that the Burlington County Library System endorses or approves of any material accessed.

The Burlington County Library System provides Internet access on PCs which are filtered appropriately for youth and adult areas of the library. Each PC is labeled to indicate its level of filtering. Even with filtering, some Internet sites that are inappropriate in a library setting may be displayed. Because the library is a public place, library staff has the authority to end an Internet session when such material displays, at which time a warning message is sent electronically to the user. Any subsequent violations of this policy will result in suspension of the user’s computer use privileges for six months. The Burlington County Library System's Internet service does not include instant messaging or MySpace. Unfiltered Internet access is available upon completion of the Unfiltered Internet Access Request form. For children under the age of 18, the child’s parent or legal guardian must be present to complete the form. Wireless service is not filtered.

Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. It is recommended that parents monitor their child’s Internet use in the library, whether using the library’s computers or their own laptops. Because there is no age requirement for using PCs in the library, and because no filtering software is 100% effective, parents are advised that objectionable material could still be accessible. It is recommended that parents monitor their child's Internet use in the library. For information on child online safety, go to http://www.safekids.com.

The library is not responsible for any damages resulting from use of the library's computers or the library's connection to the Internet, nor can it guarantee privacy of any Internet sessions. If, during routine maintenance, it is perceived that a customer's usage has presented a threat to the security of the library's computer system, appropriate action will be taken.

The Burlington County Library System reserves the right to suspend a customer's privilege to use the Internet due to illegal or unethical use of the Internet or for any other violation of policy or guidelines, and also to modify this policy and the guidelines at any time.

Internet and Computer Use Guidelines

  • Users need to be registered Burlington County Library System cardholders in good standing.
  • Customers must use their own library card to access the computers. Sharing of cards for this purpose is not permitted and could result in the suspension of computer use privileges for the cardholder.
  • Computers are available during normal hours of library operation. Time limits apply. Each location provides computers with various initial time limits, from 30 minutes to 2 hours. These limits will be extended automatically in 15 minute increments up to double the initial time period, if no one is waiting to use that PC. Computer time can be reserved for up to a week in advance by calling the library.
  • Customers may not use their own software programs on the library's computers.
  • Customers may not download any files onto the hard drives of library computers. Downloads should be made directly onto a flash drive or a floppy disk. Disks and flash drives are available for purchase at the library.

Warning: Files downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. Customers should have virus checking software on their home computer to check downloaded files. The library is not responsible for damage, loss of data, or liability that may occur from use of the library’s computers or its Internet connection.

  • Printers are attached to the library’s Internet PCs. Black and white prints are available at .10 per page. Color prints are .20 per page. Two-sided printing is available. Customers providing their own paper will also pay these rates. Regarding the wireless service, printers are not available for use with the customer’s equipment. Documents that need to be printed should be saved to a floppy or flash drive and printed from the library’s equipment.
  • At the Headquarters Library, access to computers in the Youth Services area, including laptop use, is limited to students of high school age and younger and their accompanying caregivers.
  • Earbuds are available for purchase at the library.
  • Library staff cannot provide in-depth training or trouble-shooting concerning the Internet, wireless access or the customer’s equipment. However, introductory classes on computers, Internet and library research databases are offered regularly at several libraries in the system. Check for availability of classes at each library location.
  • Customers may not always be able to access the sites they wish for various reasons: the host computer may be out of service or have changed its address, lines to the host computer may be congested, or the library’s connection may be temporarily down.
  • Often, the specific information customers need is available in the library’s books, periodicals, and databases. Library staff can assist customers in the use of these resources.

User Responsibilities:

  • Respect the privacy of other library customers during their computer sessions.
  • Illegal or unethical use of the Internet is prohibited. The library cooperates fully with authorities in criminal prosecutions.
  • Sending lewd or threatening e-mail messages is prohibited.
  • Sending unsolicited e-mail messages to large numbers of people is prohibited.
  • Damaging or altering computer hardware or software is illegal pursuant to NJ Statutes Annotated 2A:38A. (See Appendix A.)
  • Customers may not attempt to circumvent or compromise the security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but is not limited to, probing the security of other networks, logging into a server or account that the customer is not expressly authorized to access, or masquerading as another person in order to obtain access to their account.
  • Attempts to circumvent the library’s web security software, including the use of anonymous proxy sites, is a violation of the library’s Internet Use Policy, and could result in the suspension of computer use privileges.
  • Customers must use their own library card to access the computers. Sharing of cards for this purpose is not permitted and could result in the suspension of computer use privileges for the cardholder.
  • Some internet sites are inappropriate in a public place, and staff has the authority to require that such sites not be displayed in the library. In most cases, the first violation of this policy will result in a warning. Any subsequent violations will result in suspension of the customer’s computer use privileges for six months.
  • The Library makes no guarantees about, and is not responsible for, the security of information transmitted and received during your wireless Internet session. Wireless signals can be intercepted and cables can be tapped. Only connections to secure websites are encrypted.
  • Distribution of copyrighted material, such as music and movies, via methods such as peer-to-peer file sharing, is prohibited and carries a risk of prosecution by the copyright holder.
  • While using library computers, customers are expected to abide by policies regarding food, drink, and behavior, as outlined in the Burlington County Library System Customer Conduct Policy.