INTERNET AND WIRELESS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
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
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
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
- 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
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