Access to the Internet

Policy Number: E-08
Policy Title: Access to the Internet
Category: Operational Policies: Public Services
Adopted: April 2011
Last Review: November 2020

 

Background:

The Perth & District Union Public Library recognizes that providing access to the Internet supports its mission of providing access to information resources. Thus, the library provides access via its public computers as well as a wireless network that users may access.

Policy:

Users of the library’s computers and/or wireless network are responsible for assessing the accuracy, reliability, and legality of information they access. The library links recommended online resources to its website but is not responsible for the content of these sites or others accessed via the library’s network connection. As time and knowledge permit, staff may provide limited assistance with use of the Internet or assessment of information.

Users are responsible for any infringement of legislation governing access to information, including copyright and intellectual property rights, and activities in violation of the Criminal Code. Use of library workstations or networks for illegal, actionable, or criminal purposes is prohibited. Users agree to respect the privacy of others accessing the Internet at the library and not to access material that may reasonably be construed as obscene or offensive.

Parents or guardians are responsible for their child’s use of the Internet up to age 14. The library does not restrict the access of children to any information, resources, or facilities in the library. The library has not installed filtering software on its computers or network.

The library is not responsible for any liability that may occur as a result of the disclosure of financial or other personal information on the library’s computers or network. Users should be aware that the public computers and wireless network are not secure and that it may be possible for third parties to obtain information regarding their activities. The library installs software on public computers to ensure they are up to date, free of viruses, and regularly cleared of private user data. Records regarding computer and network use may be retained by the library as per Policy 2.I-1: Records Retention.

Users are responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the library’s provision of Internet access. Users are not permitted to alter, tamper with, or damage the library’s computer or network equipment or configuration. Users are not permitted to install their own software on library devices.

By using the library’s public computers and/or network connection, users agree to the terms outlined above. Users who violate this policy may have their library privileges for access to the Internet suspended. The library also reserves the right to ban users from its premises. See Policy 2.G-12: Banning Patrons from Premises.

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