Internet Policy

The Whitefish Bay Public Library makes the Internet available to its patrons for the purpose of research, information, instruction, job searching and other educational related assistance.

The Whitefish Bay Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content or accuracy. There are Internet sites that are inappropriate for viewing in public settings, and Internet users are required to respect the rights and sensibilities of all library users. The Whitefish Bay Public Library does not filter Internet computers.

Patrons using their own laptops or other devices and accessing the internet through the library’s wireless connection or accessing the internet in the building through any other means are subject to the internet use policy.

Internet resources may only be used for legal purposes by the public and library staff. Examples of illegal or unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to:

- Display of sexually explicit or pornographic materials; - Harassment of other users or violation of their privacy;

- Libeling or slandering other users;

- Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library;

- Unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials.

The Whitefish Bay Public Library does not act in place or in absence of the parent and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use of this resource.

Failure to comply with this policy or with library staff directions will result in restriction or termination of the user's Internet and/or library privileges and may result in prosecution under local, state or federal laws. Enforcement of the policy follows the enforcement procedures included in the Library Rules of Conduct.


Internet stations are available to patrons on a first come, first served basis with no more than two patrons per station at any time. Adult computers are for use by patrons 14 years and older. Youth computers are for use by patrons 13 years and younger. Children under the age of 7 must have a parent/guardian present to use the computers.

Librarians are available for basic assistance only.

Printing is available and must be pre-paid at the Circulation Desk. Patrons may save files to diskette or flash drives. Saving files to library owned computers is prohibited.

Patrons must use their own valid library card in order to access a computer. If a registered patron does not have a library card, the library will accept an alternative form of ID (Driver’s License, or state issued photo ID that includes name and address) to look up their library card number. Visitor passes may be issued for nonresidents.

Children’s computers may be accessed using a child or parent/guardian card when both the child and parent/guardian are present.

Adult computers may be used for a maximum time period of 2 hours. Children’s computers may be used for a maximum time period of 1 hour. All computers shut down 15 minutes prior to the Library’s closing.

Whitefish Bay Public Library Internet Policy Approved by the Whitefish Bay Library Board of Trustees October 10, 2006. Revised and approved by the Whitefish Bay Library Board of Trustees August 18, 2011.