Computer/Internet Policies

Adult And Young Adult Computer Use (includes Chromebooks)

Computer Use and Internet Safety Policies

  • Adults age 18 and up may use the computers in the adult area. Young adults age 13-17 must use the computers in the Young Adult area. Children 12 and younger must use the computers in the Children’s Room. Both adults and young adults may use the express computer in the adult computer area.
  • All computer users must have an Altadena library card to sign-up for a computer.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have a signed Internet User Agreement for and an Altadena Public Library Card.
  • Computer users may sign-up for a maximum of two hours per day for word processing and/or Internet access.
  • Adult and young adult computers shut-down 15 minutes before the library closes. Anything saved on a computer will be lost or deleted when your allotted time ends.
  • Abuse or misuse of equipment, software, or policies will be grounds for suspension of all library and computer privileges.
  • It is the policy of the library to prevent access to or transmission of inappropriate material via the Internet or other electronic communications.
  • Downloading or viewing graphic material of an adult nature on library computers is strictly prohibited. Anyone accessing pornography in the library will be permanently banned from using the computers.
  • Computers are assigned as available.
  • Use of the computers is free, but printing costs $0.15 per page B&W, $.50 per page color
  • Flash Drives $12.00 - $15.00
  • To provide privacy for users, only the signed-in user is allowed at the workstation.
  • Patron can only use his/her own library card to sign-in and use the computer.
  • The library is not responsible for reimbursement of print credits on lost or stolen library cards.
  • The library is not responsible for reimbursement of print copies made in error.


Chromebooks Policy

  • Chromebooks may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on a first come first served basis. A valid Altadena Library District Library card, current and in good standing, as well as a photo ID such as a Drivers’ License, California ID card, or School ID is required each time a Chromebook is checked out.
  • Borrowers must be 14 years or older. Patrons younger than 18 must have both a Chromebook Users Agreement and an Internet Agreement on file signed in person at the library by a parent or caregiver. Due to the high cost of these items, a patron may check out a Chromebook only on his or her own young adult or adult library card and must keep it with him or her at all times.
  • The loan period for a Chromebook is three (3) hours; checkout is limited to one time per day per borrower. No reserve requests may be made.
  • When accessing sites which emit sound, a patron must wear headphones or ear buds. These may be borrowed (with photo ID) or purchased at the Reference Desk. 
  • Chromebooks must be used inside the Library only and must be returned after three hours or sooner in order to be checked in at least one hour before the Library closes.
  • The late fee for a Chromebook returned after the time due is $10.00 per hour up to $30.00.
  • Users agree to report immediately any hardware or software problems to the library staff.  Please keep the Chromebook with you at all times. Users are responsible for any loss or damage. The replacement fee for a lost, stolen, or damaged Chromebook is $500.00. This amount will be reported to collections.
  • Users agree to not display or download any graphic material that would be offensive to the general population of the library.
  • Users must log out and hold the power button for ten seconds at the end of their session.



 Children's Computer Use

  • Only Children ages 3-12 may use the children's computers (parents may sit beside their children).
  • Children must have a library card to sign-up for a computer.
  • Parents must sign a Parental Internet User Agreement Form in order for children to use the computers.
  • Children may sign-up for the computer for 2 one hour sessions per day.
  • Printing costs $0.15 per page B&W, $0.50 per page color
  • Flash Drives up to $15.00
  • If children are disruptive, they may be asked by staff to not use the computers the rest of the day.
  • No food, drink, or gum at the computers.
  • Computers shut down 15 minutes before the library closes. Please save your work on a disk or e-mail a copy to yourself. Anything saved on the computer will be lost when your allotted time ends.



Internet Use and Safety Policy

The Altadena Library District provides access to the use of the Internet to the community. The library has computer stations in the Adult/Young Adult and Children's areas, as well as in the Branch Library. All have Internet access with a laser black and white networked printer.

The following policy is to establish the appropriate use of the Altadena Library District Internet connection and computer network and prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity.


Statement of Policy

It is the policy of Altadena Library District to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications: (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent un-authorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) [Sec. 1701-1741 of Title XVII Of the United States Code]


Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. (For definitions of these terms, please see the Reference Desk for a copy of the act.) 

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Altadena Library District online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other form of direct electronic communications. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities, and (b) unauthorized disclosure, usage, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.


Age Requirements

Internet users must be at least 3 years of age. Those younger may use the computer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a signed Parental Internet User Agreement Form. A parent or guardian must come into the library to complete the consent form. Those under 18 years of age must show this card before each use of the Internet to receive normal Internet reservation privileges. The card is never to be loaned to anyone else for Internet access. In lieu of a parental permission slip, a parent or legal guardian of an underage user may come into the library to give verbal temporary permission for Internet usage for that day only. 


Use of Email

The library does not provide direct access to e-mail. Patrons may obtain individual web-based e-mail accounts by accessing free commercial services on the Internet.

Downloading or viewing graphic material of an adult nature on library computers is strickly prohibited.  Doing so will result in the immediate revocation of the user's internet privileges and may resultin the suspension of library and internet privileges.  The district librarian will determine the length of suspension.  Suspension can be appealed to the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees.



Social Media Policy

Altadena Library District uses various online “social media” applications to inform patrons and to encourage community involvement in the library. For the purposes of this policy, “social media” means any facility for online publication and commentary, including without limitation blogs, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. This policy is in addition to and complements any existing or future policies regarding the use of technology, computers, e-mail and the internet.


Statement of Policy 

Patrons are invited to share opinions about library-related subjects and issues. Altadena Library District reserves the right to monitor content posted, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, obscene, or inappropriate. In addition, the following content will be removed by Altadena Library District:

  • Potentially libelous comments
  • Vulgar or racist comments
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Private, personal information published without consent
  • Comments totally unrelated to the topic of the forum
  • Commercial promotions or spam
  • Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion
  • By posting to an online forum you agree to indemnify Altadena Library District and its trustees and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of, or are related to, the content that you post.

By using this service, patrons agree to abide by the library’s social media and Internet use policy.