Change in Hamtramck Public Library card fees, effective February 1, 2011
|Hamtramck Residents||No charge|
|Non-residents||$30/year or $3/month|
All patrons must present their library cards to access library services.
To comply with CIPA [CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (Pub. L. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)]
the Hamtramck Public Library has adopted this Internet Safety Policy. The policy was adopted 2/14/2013 by
the Library Board of Directors.
In formulating our policy with regard to the Electronic Information Network (EIN) access, we have been guided by the following: The idea of free and unrestricted access to information is a fundamental principle of the public library tradition, and the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States. A library, as a public facility, must maintain an atmosphere conducive to enjoyment by all members of the public. Individuals afforded the freedom to use the library have a responsibility not to engage in offensive or disruptive conduct. The duty and obligation to guide the development of children and the discretion to restrict their access to information lies with the parents/legal guardians. A public library should be receptive to parental concerns, and seek means to cooperate with parents exercising their responsibility, consistent with the overall mission of the library. In compliance with Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), technology protection measures have been placed on all computers in the library.
The library has installed Technology Protection Measures (filtering software) on all of its Internet accessible terminals. This filtering software helps to protect against access to visual depictions deemed "obscene," "child pornography," or "harmful to minors."
The term "obscene" as defined in 18 USC Section 1460.
The term "child pornography" as defined in 18 USC Section 2256.
The term "harmful to minors" as defined in 47 USC Section 254 [G].
It is the position of the library that staff presence and use of a filtering system should not be viewed as a substitute for parental supervision of a minor on the Internet. Parents are expected to guide their child’s use of the Internet. Staff ability to monitor activities of minors online will be affected by circumstances at the service desk. Children should be warned against giving out any personal information while using the Internet, email, chat rooms, or other direct electronic communications. The library can block a child's card from internet access at the request of a parent.
Filtering software is flawed. In some instances it may block access to constitutionally protected material on the Internet or fail to block access to material that is obscene or harmful. Under the law, the librarian can unblock individual websites for minors that have been blocked erroneously. The Librarian can only completely disable the filter for adult patrons, 18 and over, on request.
With regards to safety, the Hamtramck Library Internet Policy prohibits the following:
The Hamtramck Public Library provides wireless Internet connectivity offered as a service for users with wireless enabled laptops.
This service is not to be used as a permanent connection. By choosing to use this service you agree to abide by the Library's Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's Internet service. Copies of the policy can be found at the Information Desk.
It is the responsibility of the user to understand this Acceptable Use Policy and his/her obligation to refrain from viewing inappropriate websites, spamming or any illegal activities. Use of the wireless network is at your own risk and the Hamtramck Public Library is not responsible for any damage that may occur to your computer while connected.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I do from this access point?
A: The Wi-Fi access point allows you to connect your laptop to the Internet at broadband speeds. Through this connection you can surf the Web, access the library catalog, conduct Instant Messenger conversations, and check your email. Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) offer Web-based email for situations when you don't have direct access to your ISP account. Check with your ISP to see if they have a Web-based email for sending and receiving messages.
Q: Is my data or e-mail secured?
A: Wireless transmissions, by their nature, can be intercepted very easily. The transmissions in and out of your laptop over a wireless network can be easily captured and/or read. If your data are not encrypted when they leave your computer they are not secure. It is recommended that you do NOT use this Wireless Internet for secure transactions, such as banking, investments, or even proprietary information.
Q: Can the library staff help me configure my computer?
A: You are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment.
Pleased be advised that:
Due to insurance limitations and warranties, library staff members cannot configure your laptop or install PCMCIA cards