Cameron County Law Library

Judge Johnson

Internet Use & Policy

The Cameron County Law Librarys' goal is to provide the maximum number of people access to the Internet. The Internet, as an electronic information resource, enables the Law Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. It is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a vast array of tools and resources that are personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and / or illegal.

The Law Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of information obtained through the Internet. The Law library does NOT control or monitor material, which can be accessible from the Internet sources. The Law Libraries selection policies, which serve to govern the purchase of materials, are not applicable to material accessed electronically. Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk.

  • A person may sign up for a TOTAL of one hour of Internet use per day. The sign- up sheet is divided into half hour blocks. This means that you sign up for a total of TWO half hours per day.
  • You must sign up for the Internet use on the sign-up sheet. If you choose for reasons of confidentiality, you may use your initials, a code or number which can be verified by I.D. to verify your sign-up.
  • If you are working in a group at the workstation then ALL persons in the group are using up their one-hour allowance per day. Each person in the group does NOT get a separate hour.
  • If you do not arrive within (10) minutes of the time you signed up for, then you lose the entire time for which you signed up and another user can use the remainder of your time.
  • The Law Library does NOT allow downloading or the use of personal software.
  • The Law Library does NOT use filtering software for the Internet.

Each individual user must accept responsibility for determining which electronic resources they will access and determining for themselves the relative value of the content. The Law Library cannot censor access to material or protect users from the offensive information. Since the Internet is not secure, each user accepts personal and financial responsibility for the information transmitted or received.

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 Rules of the Law Library

  1. All conversation must be in low and hushed tones in the library;
  2. Food and beverage may not be brought into or consumed in the law library;
  3. No smoking in the library;
  4. Only the librarians may reshelf books;
  5. No cellular phone calls incoming or outgoing are allowed in the library;
  6. Everyone entering the library must sign the register upon entering and exiting;
  7. Books may be removed from the library only by following the procedure set by the Cameron County Law Library Committee;
  8. All Attorneys using the library after hours or on the weekends must first notify Cameron County Detention Center 1 and must sign the register and note time of entry and exit;
  9. No children under the age of 12 years are permitted except by special permission of the librarian;
  10. The Cameron County Library Committee may direct the manner of use or disposal of all books and materials contributed as it sees fit;
  11. No radios, televisions, television cameras or movie cameras are to be operated on the library;
  12. The copy machine is to be operated only by the librarian;
  13. No jurors admitted;
  14. Failure to follow these rules is grounds for removal by the librarian and sanctions imposed by the senior presiding District Judge, Cameron County, Texas.




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