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Computer Use and Policy


This library policy is for the management of computer data networks and the resources they make available, as well as stand-alone computers that are owned by the Cohoes Public Library (CPL). It specifies the Library’s objectives in providing computing resources for public use, and the responsibilities assumed by the users of such resources.

The Cohoes Public Library is committed to providing patrons with access to information technology and is pleased to offer free Wifi and computer and Internet services to the community. The internet is a global network of electronic resources both educational and recreational. Given the constantly changing nature of the Internet and the lack of any governing body, there may be occasions when information accessed is of a controversial nature. While it is not the library’s policy to censor any patrons use of material in any way, it is deemed inappropriate use of public computers in an open environment for any individual or group to access graphic material of a sexual or violent nature.

The Internet also contains material which some parents may find inappropriate for their children. It is not the Library’s place to decide what ideas a child should be exposed to. It is therefore the responsibility of a parent or guardian to monitor or control their  child’s computer usage.


The Cohoes Public Library will provide a computer or computers for the public to access both general computer services, such as word processing, and a variety of networked electronic resources, including databases (such as the library catalog and magazine indexes) and the internet.
The Cohoes Public Library will provide these services to all patrons who provide a valid library card (card must be current and fine free)

Responsibilities of Users

Computer Users at Cohoes Public Library are responsible for following all guidelines, rules and regulations pertaining to computer use. Staff reserves the right to ask patrons to stop and /or leave the computer or the library at time.

Computer Use Guidelines

Computer users at the Cohoes Public Library:

Must refrain from illegal or unethical use of the internet.
Must respect intellectual property by only downloading information or computer files with proper permission.
Must respect the privacy of others.
Must not misrepresent themselves, or attempt to gain unauthorized access either inside or outside the library
Must not alter, remove, copy, or damage configurations, software or hardware on library computers.
May not install any software on library computers.
May not access explicit violent or sexual content that is inappropriate for a public and open environment.

Violations may result in suspension or loss of privileges to use the computer resources of the library. Any illegal activity involving the use of the library computers, including the Internet, will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

Rules and Regulations

No food or Drink at the computers.
Patrons may sign-up for 1 hour time periods.
A Valid library card must be shown to sign-up.
Only two people on the computer at any time.
Patrons may download to a CD/DVD disk or flash drive only.
Printer use: $.25 per copy.