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Carver County Library provides access to the Internet as part of the library's mission to be a provider of resources, spaces, and experiences that enrich and empower people's lives.  The Internet offers access to material beyond traditional collections and other electronic resources.
The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection, and allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe. Public access to the Internet is available at all library locations on library workstations and through a wireless network.  Unlike conventional information sources, the Internet is not subject to any universally applied standards for content. Although it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to material that may be inaccurate, offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal. Customers are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet.
Carver County Library meets the federal requirements for filtering the Internet as mandated by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This Internet policy, along with filtering on all library workstations and non-library equipment accessing the Internet, will be used to make Internet use at the Carver County Libraries as safe and enjoyable as possible for customers of all ages. As required by CIPA, customers 17 or older may request staff to unblock a filter-blocked Internet site on library-owned equipment that does not violate the criteria noted below. The library may ask for photo identification to verify age in compliance with CIPA.
Carver County Library expects its customers to use the Internet responsibly and to respect the rights of others. When using library Internet access it is not acceptable to:
  • Violate federal, state or local laws and regulations, including those governing obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors (including but not limited to Minnesota Statutes Sections 617.241 and 617.291 through 617.294; and 134.50 addressing use of the Internet by minors and State Statutes Section 13.40 relating to privacy of library data).
  • Violate copyright laws and database license agreement.
  • Display or print graphics or text that is obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.
  • Engage in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating, disruptive, or hostile environment for library customers or library staff.
  • Invade the privacy of individuals.
  • Gain unauthorized access to resources or entities.
  • Download or save to the hard drive.
  • Alter or disrupt equipment or library system performance.
Failure to comply with this Internet policy will result in customers being asked to discontinue activity; if continued, they will be asked to leave the facility and Internet privileges will be suspended for 30 days. Repeat offenses may result in revocation of library privileges.
Children's Use of the Internet
The library recognizes that responsibility for the guidance and regulation of a child’s use of the Internet lies with the parent and/or caregiver. The Library urges parents to work with their children to foster productive and satisfactory online experiences when using chat rooms, e-mail, social networking and other forms of electronic communications. Library staff and informational handouts can aid a parent in setting up guidelines for Internet use by his or her child, but the final authority on matters of access must lie with the parent. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.
Wireless Access
Wireless access is a free service provided in all library branches for library customers using personal computing equipment. This access is subject to the conditions outlined in this policy as well as adherence to the Library Rules of Conduct. Carver County Library staff cannot disable the filter on non-library owned equipment, including those using the library's wireless network.  Failure to comply with these policies or guidelines may result in a customer being asked to leave the library premises. Use which creates a disturbance or interferes with the ability of other customers to use the library will not be tolerated.
Use of Personal Equipment
The library will provide configuration specifications about its wireless network for customer access, but does not provide technical support for individuals using their own equipment. Library staff is not allowed to configure, diagnose, or modify a customer’s personal equipment to enable access to the wireless network. Library staff is not allowed to disable the filter on customer owned equipment.
Limits on Use
Individual branches may place limitations on time and manner of Internet usage in order to regulate Internet access as equitably as possible and to respect the rights and concerns of all library users.
Adopted by Carver County Library Board October 9, 2001
Revised March 16, 2004
Revised November 16, 2004
Revised September 20, 2005

Revised August 19, 2008
Revised September 10, 2013