Internet Policy

Purpose

Plainfield Public Libraries provide access to the internet as a part of its mission.  We connect to the world of ideas.  The libraries and staff have no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  Individuals must accept responsibility for evaluating content.  As with other library materials, the library affirms responsibility of parents or guardians to guide their children's use of the internet.

Responsibility of the Library

The library has no means or statutory authority to assure that only constitutionally protected material is accessed by the Plainfield Public Libraries.

Plainfield Public Libraries disclaim any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the internet, or an consequences thereof.

The use of filtering software to block access to constitutionally protected speech violates the American Library Association Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court decisions that hold up the Bill of Rights.

Responsibility of Patrons

Privacy in using the internet in the library cannot be guaranteed.  There exists a possibility of inadvertent viewing by others.  Patrons are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.

Access, use, or dissemination via the internet in the library is the responsibility of the patrons.  It is illegal to use the library's computers to access, view, print, distribute, display, send, or receive images or graphics of material that violate state or federal laws including those relating to child pornography and content that is obscene or harmful to others.

Confidentiality

The internet is not a secure, private environment.  Patrons handling financial transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their own risk.  In general, electronic communication is not absolutely secure and is subject to outside intervention.  It is also subject to monitoring by network administrators in the usual performance of their duties.

It is the library's practice not to maintain a history of our patrons' computer use.  The library will not retrieve any information, including web sites visited, passwords or credit card numbers, or any other information a patron has entered.  Written instructions are available on how to erase your personal search history.

Wireless

The library provides free, unsecured, wireless internet access for public use.  The library does not provide technical support for privately owned personal wireless devices; however, library staff may provide guidance for the use of such devices when directly involved with library-owned materials.  Security for personal wireless devices rests solely with the owner of the wireless device.  Personal use of the library's public wireless access will conform to policies regulating other types of public internet access provided by the library.

References

This policy has been developed in concert with the American Library Association documents, including "Guidelines and Consequences for Developing a Public Library Internet Use Policy" and "Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks."

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