Internet Use

This policy applies to all users of the Library system's computers or networks. If you have any questions about the policy or what it means, please contact a librarian for more information.

Patrons agree to hold the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System harmless and indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to their use of the Internet. All Internet users will be expected to use this resource responsibly and in a way consistent with informational and educational purposes.


The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System's mission is to provide the community with access to collections, resources and services that enhance educational, cultural and informational needs.


  1. All Internet users must read and sign an Internet use agreement prior to obtaining an Internet Use card. Children under the age of 8 should have a responsible computer user accompany them during their use of the Internet. As with all materials in the Library, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. For further information on guiding usage refer to "Child Safety on the Information Highway". Print copies are available at the Library. The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System can neither verify the accuracy nor control the content of sources found on the Internet.
  2. Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer individual instruction. Library staff may not always be familiar with the specific program being used. The responsibility for successful computing lies with the user.
  3. The Library cannot guarantee privacy for Internet users. Sites visited on the Internet by any user remain in the browser history for at least twenty-four hours. A patron's right to privacy and confidentiality is difficult to maintain due to public location of the Internet terminals.
  4. The Library's Internet connection may be periodically and temporarily inoperable due to technical difficulties. Computing speed may also be affected by a variety of factors beyond the Library's control. The Library cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties.
  5. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Any inappropriate use in violation of this policy will result in cancellation of your Internet privileges.
  6. The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library system retains the right to change the provisions contained in this policy at any time.


  • Use is made available on a first come, first served basis. There is a time limit of 60 minutes per session. Users may continue their session if no one else is waiting to use the resource. Users are expected to terminate sessions in the allotted time.
  • The library's computing resources are designed for informational and educational use and not communication. Personal use of e-mail may not infringe on use of the resource for information and research.
  • Users may not use Library computers to install, run, or access their own software or programs not already installed on the Library's computers.
  • Use of the system for any commercial, illegal or criminal purpose is not permissible.
  • Printing costs are $0.15 per page.
  • Use of games, chat rooms or newsgroups is not permitted.
  • Materials on the network may be subject to copyright laws. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user.
  • Users may not turn on or reboot computers without staff assistance.


This policy was revised on September 16, 2008 by the Elko County Library Board of Trustees.

Inappropriate Use of the Internet

The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connect thousands of computers all over the world. The Elko-Lander-Eureka System cannot monitor all information on the Internet, and therefore cannot be held responsible for its content or accuracy. The Internet is an unregulated medium and may contain inaccurate, obsolete, and/or offensive material. Violations of NRS 201.730, NRS 201.235 and/or NRS 201.257 will be considered inappropriate use of the Internet resource.

NRS 200.730 

NRS 200.730 Possession of visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of person under 16 years of age unlawful; penalties. A person who knowingly and willfully has in his possession for any purpose any film, photograph or other visual presentation depicting a person under the age of 16 years as the subject of a sexual portrayal or engaging in or simulating, or assisting others to engage in or simulate, sexual conduct:

  1. For the first offense, is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.
  2. For any subsequent offense, is guilty of a category A felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of life with the possibility of parole, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.

(Added to NRS by 1983, 814; A 1985, 1412; 1987, 846; 1995, 951, 1196, 1337; 2005, 2876)

NRS 201.235

NRS 201.235 Definitions. In NRS 201.235 to 201.254, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. "Community" means the area from which a jury is or would be selected for the court in which the action is tried.
  2. "Item" includes any book, leaflet, pamphlet, magazine, booklet, picture, drawing, photograph, film, negative, slide, motion picture, figure, object, article, novelty device, recording, transcription, phonograph record or tape recording, videotape or videodisc, with or without music, or other similar items.
  3. "Material" means anything tangible which is capable of being used or adapted to arouse interest, whether through the medium of reading, observation, sound or in any other manner.
  4. "Obscene" means any item, material or performance which:
    1. An average person applying contemporary community standards would find, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interest;
    2. Taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value; and
    3. Does one of the following:
      1. Depicts or describes in a patently offensive way ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated.
      2. Depicts or describes in a patently offensive way masturbation, excretory functions, sadism or masochism.
      3. Lewdly exhibits the genitals.
    4. Appeal shall be judged with reference to ordinary adults, unless it appears, from the character of the material or the circumstances of its dissemination, to be designed for children or a clearly defined deviant group.
    5. "Performance" means any play, motion picture, dance or other exhibition performed before an audience.

[1911 C&P Sections 196; A 1955, 907]-(NRS A 1963, 1171; 1965, 584; 1971, 205, 493; 1979, 364)-(Substituted in revision for NRS 201.250)

NRS 201.257

NRS 201.257 "Harmful to minors" defined. "Harmful to minors" means that quality of any description or representation, whether constituting all or a part of the material considered, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse which predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors, and is without serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

(Added to NRS by 1969, 513; A 1981, 1689)