Internet Policy

Purpose:  The Clear Lake Public Library Board of Trustees establishes this Internet Use Policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the Clear Lake Public Library.

  1. The Clear Lake Public Library provides free access to the Internet as an informational, educational, and recreational resource.  Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot necessarily offer individual personal instruction.  Library staff may not be familiar with every application that a patron might wish to use and since there are many different Internet applications available, staff cannot provide complete technical support.
  2. Access to the Internet is available to all patrons who have signed an Internet Use Agreement; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines established in this policy.
  3. The Clear Lake Public Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children.  Parents/Guardians of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Library’s Internet service.  Prior to being granted access to the Internet service, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement in the presence of a Clear Lake Public Library employee.
  4. The Clear Lake Public Library Board and staff expect that all use of electronic information resources such as the Internet will be responsible and ethical, consistent with the purpose for which these resources are provided.  This includes:

-       Using resources for educational, informational and recreational purposes

only; not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.                                

-       Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user, by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.

-       Further respecting the privacy of others using public access work stations at Clear Lake Public Library by not interfering with their use.

-       Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.  U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by principles of fair use.  Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.  Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the users; the Clear Lake Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility from such use.

-       Not sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may  reasonably be construed by Library staff as offensive to the public.

-       Not making unauthorized changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware.

-       Not using the Library’s Internet connection for the purpose of solicitation, advertisement, or for any other commercial purposes.

  1. Downloading of copyrighted or licensed software or data is allowed onto

user’s discs but not to the hard drive.  The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus free.  The Library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the Library’s Internet service.  Printing is allowed, however, patrons will be charged a per page fee which applies whether the user brings paper or uses the Library’s paper.  Payment is made at the Circulation Desk.

  1. Users may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail

(e-mail) as long as they use a free e-mail service which will establish and

maintain an account for them.  The Library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organizations or individuals.

  1. It is not possible for Library staff to control specific information people may locate on the Internet.  Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections. They do not do so for electronic information.
  2.  Internet use is offered in thirty (30) minute sessions.  Phone reservations are acceptable.  Each user is allowed one session.  If there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can continue until another patron requests the service.  All users must check in at the Circulation Desk prior to beginning their session.  Computer sign-in logs are considered confidential.
  3. Patrons should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.  Misuse or abuse of the Internet computers or failure to follow this policy may result in the suspension of Internet access privileges, a ban from the library and/or legal prosecution.  Any damage to the computers or peripherals will be charged to the patron.


This Internet Policy supersedes all previous policies. 

Adopted August 6, 2002


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