Wi-Fi Policy

Internet Wireless Access Policy

The Oxford Public Library will provide free Internet access points or "hot spots" for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals during normal business hours. These access points will allow users to access the Internet from their laptop computers when sitting within range of the access points.  Wireless access is provided as a public service free of charge on an "as is" basis with no guarantee and no warranty.

Wireless users are responsible for making any changes to their wireless devices to connect to the Library's wireless network, however, the Library cannot guarantee that a users hardware will work the Library's wireless connection.  If a user has problems accessing the Internet over the connections, staff cannot assist in making changes to the users own computer.  Users should refer to their owners' manuals or other support services offered by their device manufacturer.  If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff will verify the Library's wireless connections  are up and running.

The Oxford Public Library does not offer laptops or peripheral equipment (power strips, wireless network cards, mouse pads, cables, etc) to the public, nor can the Library guarantee access to power outlets.  The Library assumes no repsonsibility for the safety of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times.

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 and any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless "hot spot".

The Library will not be responsible for personal information that is compromised  or for any damage caused to personal laptop computers or wireless devices.  

The Library provides access only to Web-based e-mail.  For Microsoft Outlook access or other e-mail services, the user must connect with his or her own internet provider.

Printers are not available via the wireless connection at this time.  If users need to print, they should save their work to a portable storage device (floppy disk, USB drive) that can be used on a Library's wired workstation to send to the printer.

All users are expected to use the Library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and information purposes for which it is provided.  Users should not violate Federal, Alabama, or local laws, including transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.

Any restriction or monitoring of a minor's access to the Library's wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.