Computer and Internet Use Policy

Content Filtering

Public access to the internet is available at all Library locations via Library computers and wireless (Wi-Fi) access. Filtering software is used to block pornographic sites and sites that pose a security risk to the Library's network.

As provided by law, Library patrons age 17 and older may request that the content filter be disabled on a Library computer. In response to such a request, Library staff will temporarily disable filtering software without soliciting an explanation or justification other than what is required to verify the age of the requestor. Library staff may ask for photo identification with the patron's birth date to verify age. Library staff cannot disable filtering on non-Library computers.

Patron Responsibility

Internet resources are not governed by any entity and are not subject to the Library's traditional procedures for selection of materials. Patrons may encounter content online that is outdated, inaccurate or that they find offensive. The Library does not accept responsibility for any information found online.

The Library and its employees assume no responsibility for damages of any type arising from patron use of the internet through the Library's network. The Library cannot guarantee the privacy of data that is transmitted through the internet.

Patrons using the Library's computer and internet access must comply with the Library's conduct policy. Patrons may not use the Library's computer and internet access for any illegal purpose (e.g., copyright infringement, software piracy, transmission of threatening or harassing materials) or to display graphics that are harmful to minors or are obscene. Laws governing obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors include, but are not limited to, Minnesota Statutes sections 617.241, 617.245, 617.246, 617.247, and 617.291 through 617.296, as well as the provisions of Public Law 106-554 that relate to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Parent and Guardian Responsibility

Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring internet access for their children. Any restriction placed on a child's access to the internet on the Library's network is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Limitations of Use

The Library may place limitations on time and manner of computer use in order to allocate computer and internet access as equitably as possible.

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