Computer Use Rules

Computer Use Rules

Revised: 11/2023

Library Computers and Printing 

  • To use a Timberland (TRL) Internet computer or to print to a TRL printer, you are required to use your own TRL Library Card or Internet Card. You can apply for a Library Card or Internet Card at any TRL library. 
  • Most computers may be reserved. If they are not reserved, they are available on a first come first serve basis. Computer sessions may be extended if there are no other reservations. All Internet computers automatically log off five (5) minutes before the library closes. 
  • You may reserve time on Internet computers up to seven (7) days in advance. However, only one (1) reservation at a time may be created. 
  • Your reservation is held for ten (10) minutes and then it is canceled. 
  • You are granted a forty- four dollar ($44.00) monthly credit for free printing. This credit is renewed each month and any unused balance does not carry over from month-to-month. Cost for printing is ten cents ($0.10) per page in B&W and fifty cents ($0.50) per page in color. A page is one side of the paper. The free printing credit may also be used to make copies. If you wish to print or copy in excess of the monthly free credit you may pay in advance for additional printing/copying. 
  • Staff may be able to reprint or refund for bad print jobs if the problem is due to a printer malfunction. There are no reprints or refunds for problems caused by external web sites or patron error. 
  • You are not allowed to load your own paper in a TRL printer. 

Internet Filtering 

In order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the library uses a content filter that blocks access to adult content (nudity and graphical depictions of sexual activity). Adults, seventeen (17) or older, can get unfiltered Internet access on Internet computers with privacy screens.  

Unacceptable Use 

You are responsible for using library computers in an ethical, legal and considerate manner. Users may not: 

  • Use any computer located in a TRL library for any illegal activity, including child pornography as defined by Washington RCW 9.68A.070. 
  • Attempt to destroy or damage equipment, software, or data belonging to the library. 
  • Attempt to alter software configurations or install software on library computers. 
  • Attempt to bypass the filtering or security systems in the library. 
  • Make unauthorized use of library accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers. 
  • Make unauthorized copies of copyrighted or other protected material. 
  • Engage in activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment for the public or staff.


Internet computers automatically delete history and temporary Internet and cache files after each computer session ends. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding user’s activities. TRL will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the library. 

Failure to follow these rules may result in the loss of your library privileges and/or criminal prosecution. 

Revised 11/2023 

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