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Internet / WIFI

The library offers computers for Internet access or for other computer use. Patrons under the age of 18 must have parent permission to access the Internet.

The Library has 13 computers for use by the public. Library cardholders in good standing may choose any available computer; click on "Available" on the PC Reservation screen and log in using your Library card number. Logging on to a computer requires agreeing to the Library's Computer and Internet Use Policy. One-day Guest Passes are issued at the Circulation Desk for visitors.

Both patrons with library cards and Guest Pass users may have two sessions on the public computers per day. Each session is for one hour and may be extended for an additional 30 minutes, if computers are available. You must be logged on to the computers with your own library card or a staff-issued Guest Pass.

In addition, there are:

  • Three public computers in the Genealogy Room for genealogical and local history research.
  • Our Children's Services Department has 14 public computers for use only by children age 12 and under. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while in the library.
  • The Teen Room has 4 computers for use by teens only.
  • The Library offers free Wireless Internet (WiFi) access throughout the Library for those with their own laptops.
Private Study RoomWiFi Area


The Perry County Public Library provides access to the Internet to all patrons as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library's service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource. Staff will conduct Internet searches when needed as part of the library's reference and information services. Computers are also available for patrons who wish to conduct their own searches. Library staff may suggest search patterns, but are not available to work one-on-one with individuals using computer systems.

Use of the Internet shall be consistent with the library's mission, goals, policies and procedures and with the applicable local, state and federal laws. The library also expects that users of the Internet shall not interfere with systems operation, integrity, or security, or otherwise inhibit normal library activities.

The Perry County Public Library will not monitor use. The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities. The Internet is a decentralized, un-moderated global network with a highly diverse user population; the Perry County Public Library has no control over the content found there and library patrons use it at their own risk. The library will not censor access to materials nor protect users from offensive information, and the library is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet. Deliberate and continued display of some materials that are not obscene or pornographic may still constitute sexual harassment. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the Internet.

Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. Actions that violate federal, state or local laws will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by this policy and the Guidelines for Internet/Computer Use which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software
  • Violation of another user's privacy
  • Transmission of threatening, obscene or harassing materials
  • Sending or receiving e-mail via the library's computer and e-mail account (other than via a Web-based mail provider)
  • Violation of state obscenity and federal sexual harassment laws, which prohibit printing or display of sexually explicit materials in public places
  • Accessing pornographic material on Internet workstations (KRS 531.020)
  • Violation of copyright laws and software licensing agreements
  • Commercial use of the Internet
  • Charge fees to library via Internet workstations
  • Using the computer for illegal or criminal purposes
  • Using the computer to "hack" the local or any other system
  • Create or distribute computer viruses over the Internet

Abuse or misuse of equipment, software or policies will be grounds for revocation of privileges or possible legal action. The first offense will result in a verbal or written warning. A second offense will result in a one month suspension. A third offense will result in a complete suspension of Internet/Computer privileges. Dependent upon severity of offense, immediate suspension may be applied and privileges revoked at the discretion of the Director.

Files may be downloaded to disks or printed to designated printers. The library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free. The library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user's personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the library's Internet service.

Patrons (or parents, guardians and responsible adults of children under age 18) must sign an Internet Use Agreement on the Library Card Application form prior to initial use of the Internet. Each time thereafter, the patron must sign in with a current Perry County Public Library card on the computer. Parents, guardians and responsible adults of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the library's Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age must have a parent, guardian or responsible adult sign the Internet Use Agreement on the Library Card application form. All users must read and accept the Internet/Computer access policies posted on the library public access computers prior to beginning their session.

U.S. copyright law governs unauthorized use of distribution of copyrighted materials. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials, except as permitted by the Fair Use regulation without permission of the copyright owner.

Patrons will be charged a recovery fee for all copies made for printing, including unusable copies.

Library staff members are expected to abide by the same guidelines as the public, except when necessary to the fulfillment of their professional duties and given express permission by the library Director.


All Internet/Computer users must have a Perry County Public Library card or request a guest pass to use a public access computer. A guest pass can be obtained by visiting the circulation desk. All patrons/visitors must sign in using his/her own library card number or assigned guest pass number. Adults and minors have equal access to workstations in designated areas: Children (up through age 12) must use the Children's Computer Lab in the children's area; Teens (ages 13-18) must use computers in the Teen Room; and Adults (over 18) must use the computers in the Adult Computer Lab. Adults may use workstations in the children's area only when they are accompanying a child in the children's computer lab. Parents or guardians or responsible adults of minors must sign the library card application to allow a minor to access a computer. Any user who has been banned from using the Internet service will not be able to use a workstation.

All computer users will have an initial 60-minute session per day. Sessions may be extended for an additional time if no other users are waiting for a terminal. Workstations will automatically lock after 60 minutes if another user has reserved a workstation. By clicking the "Menu" button, then, "End Session" button, you may end your session before your allotted time is over. All public access computers will automatically shut down 10 minutes prior to the library's closing time.

Approved by the Perry County Public Library Board of Trustees on 1-22-2013.

The library will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons wishing to make use of library facilities or services. If such accommodation is required, patrons are asked to notify any library employee.

Perry County Public Library
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