Computer Policy

All users must have their valid Boynton Beach City Library card in their possession at the time they sign in for computer use. Computer use is not transferable. Computer users must use their own card and their own time allotment. Failure to follow this policy will result in the loss of computer access for a time ranging from one session to permanent loss of access, at the discretion of the Library Director, or his designee.

Computer users are granted two 90-minute sessions per day, not to exceed 180 minutes per day. Youth computer users are granted two 45-minute sessions per day, not to exceed 90 minutes per day. Users are not allowed to log in within 15 minutes of closing time. All computers shut down 10 minutes before closing. A warning is displayed before shutdown.

Users may use the Library computers and their own personal computers connecting to Wi-Fi access only for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Display of sexually explicit or pornographic materials.
  • Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users, including harassment of others and violating their privacy.
  • Violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Attempting to crash, degrade performance or gain unauthorized access to Library or any other computer system of network, the unreasonable consumption of system resources. Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or others.
  • Computer audio volume that disturbs other patrons and other unnecessary noise in the computer areas will not be tolerated. A patron will be given one warning. If the disturbance continues the patron will be asked to leave the library immediately.

Users may not alter any hardware, software, or operating system on any computer. Attempts to circumvent any mechanism put in place by the Library to manage the network will result in user's immediate loss of computer access. Users may not install their own software.

Computers do not allow users to retain or save any files on the hard drive. Users must provide their own flash drive or CD in order to save data for subsequent sessions. The is not responsible for any loss or damage to any data or storage device resulting from opening, saving, printing or shutdown of the computer.

Users must lock their computer if they leave their computer during a session. To lock the computer, click on the word lock next to the countdown clock at the top of the screen. Your session time will continue to countdown even if the computer is locked. Failure to follow this procedure will mean that the computer will timeout due to inactivity and restart for another user.

External devices, including but not limited to iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, are not permitted to be attached to Library computers. Only earbuds, headphones, CDs, and flash drives are permitted. Use of cell phones is prohibited inside the Library, including the Computer Area.

Adults with small children should use the children's computers. Adults are responsible for keeping their children under control at all times while in the Library. This is not the responsibility of the Library staff.