Computer and Electronic Information
Computer and electronic information access is available at Bay Mills
Community College Library to provide access to educational and information
resources in digital format, promote computer literacy, and to provide access
to library-owned software to the general public.
Computer users must have a valid library card when they sign up to use the computers. Individuals with $5.00 or more in fines or with overdue
materials will be denied access until their obligations have been met.
Users are expected to use computer resources in a responsible, ethical, and
lawful manner. Users should keep in mind that they are working in a
public environment on public machines and have no expectation of privacy.
The following uses of Bay Mills Community College Library’s computers are
forbidden: chat rooms; games; any form of instant messaging for library
patrons under the age of 18; altering software or operating system
configurations; installing or running personal software on library machines;
establishing or uploading files to personal home pages; commercial activity.
All computers and their software remain the property of Bay Mills Community
Due to the nature of electronic networks, Bay Mills Community College
Library cannot guarantee the security or confidentiality of any information
users may transmit across the internet or enter into library computers.
Bay Mills Community College Library is not liable for any direct, indirect, or
consequential damages which may arise through the use of library machines.
Use of the computers is provided on a first come-first serve basis. If
all the library computers are busy, the user may use the reservation
system. Users must be physically present in the library when their
reserved computer is ready. If the user cannot be found, the reservation
will be cancelled.
Users are responsible for knowing how to use the computer. Library
staff may provide limited assistance as time permits. However, library
staff are not computer experts and may not be able to assist in every
situation. Any problems with the computers should be reported to a staff
member. Under no circumstance should users attempt to fix problems.
Courteous behavior is expected from all computer users. If others are
waiting, computers should be used for work only and not for entertainment.
Users should save their work to disk or jump drives. Bay Mills
Community College Library is not responsible for any lost work or work not
saved to a disk or jump drive.
The internet is a world-wide collection of computer networks which
facilitates access to a wide range of information resources. The internet
is not regulated by any controlling entity. Bay Mills Community College
Library cannot guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy, truthfulness,
or content of any web site accessed using library machines.
Internet access at Bay Mills Community College Library is provided as a
supplement to the physical collection owned by the library. The following
uses are forbidden: accessing obscene or pornographic web sites;
displaying information or images harmful to minors; accessing web sites
promoting illegal activities; viewing, distributing, transmitting, or promoting
hate-related speech, crimes or subversive activities. Evidence of such
activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities. Library staff
will decide whether a site or document is inappropriate. Users are
responsible for the sites they reach during their use of the library’s internet
Children 10 years old and under must have a parent or guardian with them at
all times while they are on the internet. Parents/guardians are
responsible for any misbehavior of the children. The library is not
responsible for any materials the child gains access to while using the
Due to the risk of computer viruses, users are not allowed to download
programs from the internet, even if they will be saved to disk. Text and
images may be downloaded freely as long as such use does not violate copyright
laws. Users must save files to a disk. The library is not
responsible for any lost files.
Black and white printing and copies are available for fee. No color
printing is available. Faxing is available for minimal charge.
Please inquire at the checkout desk for cost per page.
Bay Mills Community College Library provides access to a number of software
packages, including word processing, photo programs, and other legal, business,
and educational resources. A scanner is also available for use by the
general public. In using these products, the user agrees to abide by
federal and state copyright laws.
The Bay Mills Community College Library provides a free wireless internet
access point or “hot spot” for users with portable computers or devices capable
of receiving wireless signals, during normal library business hours. This
access point allows users to access the internet from their laptop computer or
other wireless device when they are within its range.
Library staff is not responsible for any changes users make to their computer
settings and cannot guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the
library’s wireless connection. If a user has problems accessing the
internet over these connections, staff cannot assist in making changes to the
user’s network setting or perform any troubleshooting on the user’s own
computer. Users should refer to their owner’s manuals or other support
services offered by their device manufacturer.
As with most public wireless “hot spots,” the library’s wireless connection
is not secure. There can be non-trustworthy third parties between the
user and anybody with whom the user communicates. Any information being
sent or received could potentially be intercepted by another wireless
user. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their
credit card information, passwords or any other sensitive personal information
while using any wireless “hot spots.”
The library provides access only to Web-based email or through a user’s
personal provider. Printers are not available via the wireless
All users, wireless or wired, shall not violate federal, state or local
laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography, display of
material harmful to minors, fraud, or downloading of copyrighted material.
Any restriction or monitoring of a minor’s access to the college and library
wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Bay Mills Community College Library is not responsible for any direct,
indirect, or consequential damages which may arise through the use of library
computer service, wired or wireless. The Computer and Electronic
Information Access Policy, in its entirety, applies to wireless users.
Computer use privileges will be withdrawn if a user habitually violates the policy.
Making or attempting to make unauthorized changes to library computer or the
network will result in loss of computer privileges. Copying programs is illegal
under current copyright law. Violators will be reported to the
Megan Parish, Library Director 2/13/2012
Approved by Mickey Parish, BMCC President, 2/22/2012