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FAC 5.2 Public Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use of Middlesex County Library’s Complimentary Public Internet Access Service. This policy applies to any member of the public utilizing the Complimentary Public Internet Access Service at any Middlesex County Library branch. This includes:

The use of public library computers or equipment, and;
Any laptops or other mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or related devices.
Middlesex County Library provides free public access to the Internet. Users must sign in with staff before using public workstations. Time at workstation may be limited.

Any User using the Service are solely responsible for their use while accessing the Internet. Users whose children are using the Service, are responsible for their children’s use while using the Service to access the Internet. All Users will agree to comply with the terms and conditions set out in this policy.

Users are responsible for determining the legality of any sites they access. Users are subject to federal, provincial and municipal legislation regulating Internet use and must not use the Internet for illegal purposes including copyright violation, obscenity, child pornography, sedition and the incitement of hate. The use of Service for these and any other illegal purposes is prohibited.

Certain copying or distribution of materials found on the Internet may infringe on Canadian copyright laws. Middlesex County Library is not responsible for such infringements.

Users must be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information about their activities or themselves. Users are responsible for any fees, losses or damages that occur as a result of any online transactions they conduct on the Internet. Middlesex County Library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of online transactions.

While using the Service, Users shall not:

1. Post or otherwise distribute information constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or otherwise use the Service in a manner which is contrary to law or would serve to restrict or inhibit any other individual from using or enjoying the Service or the Internet;

2. Upload or download, post, publish, or otherwise reproduce, distribute or provide access to information, software or other material which:

a. is confidential or is protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights, without prior authorization from the rights holder(s);
b. is defamatory, obscene, pornography or hate literature;
c. constitutes invasion of privacy, appropriation of personality, or unauthorized linking or framing;

3. Post messages constituting "spam", which includes but is not limited to:

a. unsolicited e-mail messages;
b. inappropriate postings to social media;
c. any online harassment;

4. Post any information or software which contains a virus, malware, or any other harmful or disruptive program;

5. Use the Service for an unattended automated operation, including but not limited to point-of-sales applications, or programs simulating network as to negatively affect the Service;

6. Monitor the Service, or third-party data, systems or network traffic;

7. Interfere with Service to any other individual who is using the Service, host or network including, without limitation; deliberate attempts to overload a system using broadcast attacks.


The Service is complimentary. While every attempt will be made to ensure that the Service is available, Middlesex County Library shall not be held responsible for any inconvenience, loss or damage should the Service be unavailable. Please report any issues with the Service to Library Staff.

Responsibilities of Users

Middlesex County Library will not assume any responsibility for your acts or omissions or that of any User who uses the Service. A User with Internet access can cause damage, incur expenses and enter into contractual obligations while on the Internet. All such matters are your responsibility. Protection of your use of the Service is your responsibility.


Middlesex County Library cannot guarantee privacy while using the Service. Your activity while using the Service may be the subject of unauthorized third-party interception and review. Middlesex County Library recommends that the Service not be used for the transmission of confidential or sensitive information. Any such use shall be at the sole risk of the User using the Service.

Network and System Security

Users are prohibited from violating any system or network security measure, including but not limited to; attempting to engage in unauthorized access or use of the Middlesex County Library or third-party networks, data or information.


Middlesex County Library has no obligation to monitor the Service. However, in order to protect User’s use of the Service and the Service itself, Middlesex County Library will reserve the right to electronically monitor the Service to ensure its appropriate and lawful use by Users.
Middlesex County Library takes the privacy of Users seriously and will not intentionally monitor or disclose User’s use of the Service unless required by law.


If a User is found to be in violation of this policy, the User’s access to the Service will be temporarily disabled. If the User continues to violate the terms and conditions of this policy, the User’s access to the Service may be permanently removed.
Middlesex County Library reserves the right to control access to the Service to ensure the safety and security of the Service and that of User’s use of the Service.
Users who, in the opinion of staff, view sites or material that may be offensive to others will be asked to desist and, if they continue, may lose Internet privileges or be asked to leave the Library.


These terms are part of a larger document.  View a PDF of the entire Middlesex County Library Policy document.