The Tippecanoe County Public Library has adopted the Computer Use Policy and the following rules for use of its computers. Before you may use the computer, you are required to read these policies and rules, and click each item below to signify your acknowledgment and agreement.

  • The Library has no control over and does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information on the Internet or any external site linked to the Library.
  • Email transmission is not secure, and its privacy is not guaranteed.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damages from the use or inability to use its electronic resources.
  • Your time on a Library computer may be limited to facilitate equal and open access for all users, including people with disabilities.
  • Users may not use their own software without Library approval, and no software may be downloaded or installed on Library computers without written permission from Library Automation staff.
  • Users may not interfere with or disrupt the Library’s computer system in any way.
  • Unlawful or disruptive conduct, misuse, or abuse of computer equipment or materials will result in termination of your access to Library computers.
  • Users will respect the copyright and licensing agreements for the electronic resources used.
  • Users may not hack into or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems.
  • Users are required to pay for all printouts.

While using Library computers, I agree to:

  • To abide by all the rules set forth in the Computer Use Policy.
  • Not to access sites containing child pornography or display on the computer any images of child pornography.
  • Not to access sites containing obscenity or display on the computer any images containing obscenity.
  • Not to engage in unlawful conduct, such as fraud, harassment, theft, or any criminal activity.
  • Not to misrepresent myself online, use demeaning or threatening language, or attempt to seduce or engage in sexually explicit chat or messaging with anyone.
  • If I am under the age of 18, my parents or legal guardians are responsible for and consented to my use of the unfiltered Internet at the Library.

Computer Use Policy

The Tippecanoe County Public Library offers access to electronic resources, including those on the Internet, in keeping with its mission to provide diverse and well-rounded collections that meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community. The Library historically has made information available in a variety of formats–from book, newspaper and magazine, to audio-visual, video and now electronic. The interactive, linked and multimedia information on local CD-ROMs and at remote Internet sites are valuable additions to the TCPL collections.


The Tippecanoe County Public Library is responsible only for the information in its own databases. TCPL has no control over the resources on the Internet and is not responsible for the content of any external site linked to the Library. Users are responsible for the information they encounter on the Internet. The parents or legal guardians of minor children are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet at the Library.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, operation, or inability to use its electronic resources.


The Tippecanoe County Public Library treats information in its user files and transition logs as confidential. Such information will be released only for an administrative need, individual user request, and legal requirement.

Computers providing access to electronic resources will be located to allow library staff to provide assistance and security as needed. Procedures will be established to facilitate equal and open access for all users, including people with disabilities.

Operating systems and software application programs may be limited for security, management, and budgetary reasons.

Acceptable Use

All users of the electronic resources are expected to use them in a lawful, ethical, and responsible manner. Internet service in the Youth Department is to be used as an extension of the collection in that department. Therefore, sites accessed should be appropriate for the Youth Department.

Unlawful, misuse, or abuse of computer equipment or materials will result in the suspension or termination of user access to these resources. Staff use of computers is governed by Staff Computer Use Guidelines.

Computer Use Rules

Attached to this Policy is a set of rules pertaining to general computer use in the library and a Rules of the Road which applies specifically to computer use in the Youth areas of the library. Each time an individual logs onto a computer, the user will be required to read and agree to these policies and rules online.

Library patrons under the age of 18 who wish to use unfiltered workstations are required to provide the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

This policy is consistent with Library policies on material access, collection, and use. It will be included in the Personnel Manual, posted at public computers, and available online. The Library administration will be the sole arbiter of these cases.

Adopted by the Tippecanoe County Public Library Board on July 2, 1996.
Revised and approved: 09/01/98, 11/01/99, 6/01/04