Computer Use Policy

Computer Use Policy


The Bitterroot Public Library strives to balance the rights of users to access information resources with the rights of staff and patrons to work in a public environment free from offensive sounds and images. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining content and suitability based on Federal, State and local law (MCA 45-8-206).

Patrons disrupting other users in the computer area will receive one warning. If disruption continues their computer privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the day and they will be required to leave the computer area.

Patron Responsibilities

  • The responsibility for what minors view or read rests with parents and legal guardians, not the Bitterroot Public Library.
  • Patrons are required to limit the volume and length of their conversations while in the computer area to ensure that others are not disrupted.
  • One or two people at a computer at a time.
  • Patrons are welcome to enjoy drinks at the library computers or while using tablets. Eating food is allowed in other areas of the library, but not at the computers or while using tablets.
  • All behaviors while using library computers or tablets must comply with our behavior policy.

Misuse of Computer Equipment or Software

Misuse includes but is not limited to:

  • Not following the above patron responsibilities.
  • Activities that could cause congestion or disruption of networks and systems
  • Changing, modifying or eliminating any library computer or tablet configurations

Misuse of computer equipment or software will result in the patron’s computer privileges being revoked for 24 hours. The incident will be documented according to library procedures. If the incident involves a minor child, parents/guardians will be informed.

Illegal Use of Internet Access

Illegal use includes but is not limited to:

  • Any use that violates federal, state, or local laws
  • Violating copyright laws
  • Displaying anything that could be considered obscene in the presence of a minor

Illegal use of Internet access will result in staff requesting immediate compliance. If a patron refuses to comply or is in non-compliance a second time, the patron’s computer privilege will be revoked for 1 year. The incident will be documented according to library procedures. If the incident involves a minor, parents/guardians will be informed.

Approved: March 2018




Hours and Phone Number

Monday: 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm

Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: Closed

Phone: (406)-363-1670 Fax: (406)-363-1678

306 State Street; Hamilton, MT 59840


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