Internet Use Policy and Internet Use Rules
Internet Use Policy
In keeping with our mission to provide equitable access to information that meets the needs of our community, the Clermont County Public Library provides public access to the Internet.
The Library cannot control, and is not responsible for, the content or accuracy of information accessed over the Internet. The Library uses the Bess Filtering Software program to filter access to some Internet sites. Further restriction of a minor's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Users who fail to abide by the Internet Use Policy and Internet Use Rules will be instructed to choose another Internet site, or terminate the Internet session. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in disconnection of the computer by the library staff.
Approved by Library Board of Trustees August 14, 2000
Internet Use Rules
Individuals are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner including the following:
- Users may not view or print materials unsuitable for minors.
- Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage, abuse or sabotage computer equipment or software; alter configurations; or install any software.
- Users are liable for costs arising from negligent or malicious damage to Library equipment or software.
- Users may not use the Library's terminals for any illegal purposes.
- Users may not violate licensing agreements or Copyright Laws.
- Users may not use Library terminals for any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
- Users may not disregard time limits on the use of a Library terminal when others are waiting.
- Users may not use any library terminal in a manner contrary to state and/or federal law.
- Choosing Sources: The Internet offers a wealth of educational, recreational and cultural information that vastly increases the resources available to the Library's users. It is the user's responsibility to choose which resources to access. Be aware that the Internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, biased, inappropriate, or offensive. Since the Library has no control over the content, individuals use it at their own risk. The Library cautions users to access and evaluate materials online as they would a printed source.
- Children's Use of the Internet: The Library uses the Bess Filtering software program to block access to some Internet sites. Further restrictions of a child's access to the Internet are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
- Courtesy to Others: Individuals should use the Internet in a courteous, reasonable and responsible manner. If you are using the Library's terminals; your use may be limited if others are waiting. Also, please remember that the Library is a public place, use discretion in viewing text or graphics that may be offensive to others. See Behavior Guidelines
Assistance from Staff
- To ensure the equitable delivery of all library services, the amount of time that the reference staff has to provide Internet instruction may be limited.
- Library staff will assist individuals in the use of the Library's Homepage and the OPLIN Homepage and offer basic instruction in the use of databases directly linked to these two sites.
- Staff cannot assist users in searching through the many other sites available via the Internet. Internet users should have a minimal level of computer experience and be able to use a mouse.
- The Library makes every effort to comply with ADA guidelines in regard to access. Users should talk to the branch manager if they have special needs. See Services to People with Disabilities
Printing and Downloading
- At this time, the Library charges .10 per black & white copy and .30 per color copy for printing in order to recover its costs.
- If you wish to download files from the Internet, it is at your own risk.You must bring your own removable media including flash devices and burnable disks.
- The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, public performance and public display of copyrighted material. Responsibility for possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user and the Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting therefrom.
- Displays of sexually suggestive objects or pictures could be in violation of Federal and State Obscenity laws and are not permitted on the Library's Terminals.
- The user agrees to hold the Library harmless of any claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities relating to the use of information obtained from the Library's electronic information system.
- Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and users are cautioned to have virus-checking software on their personal computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to a user's disk or personal computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from an individual's use of the Library's Internet services.
- The Library reserves the right to modify the Internet Use Policy and/or the Internet Use Rules at any time.