The Library provides computer services, including free access to the Internet, in accordance with the Library's mission to provide access to an extensive collection of informational resources and materials through up-to-date technology, programs and workshops.
The Internet is a global network which provides access to a wide range of educational, recreational and reference resources, many of which are not available in print. The Internet does not fall under the control or governance of any single agency, government or organization. The Library cannot control access points, which often change rapidly and unpredictably.
The library provides Internet access in the Reference and Children's Departments during hours of operation.
In the Reference Department, Internet access is available to users in grade 5 and above, and to younger patrons who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Workstations are located in highly visible public areas and library staff actively oversees their use.
In the Children’s Department, protected1 internet access is available to users in grade 5 and above, and to younger patrons who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Protected access is not foolproof and parents/caregivers are responsible for the information selected and accessed by their children. Workstations are located in highly visible public areas and library staff actively oversees their use. During times of high use, preference is given to minors2.
It is not acceptable for a minor to receive any material that is deemed harmful to minors3 under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) through a web site, email, chat room, or other direct electronic communication.
It is not acceptable to use Internet access for any purposes which violate federal or state laws. Examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to: harassment of library users or staff; libeling or slandering others; violation of computer security systems, unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others; destruction or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the library or other users; disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications; unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials.
Violations of this policy will result in loss of computer privileges and may result in the loss of library privileges. Please refer to "Rules of Behavior for Use of Library Facilities". Illegal acts involving library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
1 Third party software applications that filter, block, or restrict access to predetermined words or URLs on the world wide web
2 Under 17 years.
3 Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that, with respect to minors: I. Taken as a whole, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; II. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual conduct, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and III. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.