Internet Use - Public
All Stanislaus County Library computers are filtered, in accordance with federal requirements to receive funding.
POLICY ON PUBLIC USE OF THE INTERNET
To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, the Stanislaus County Library provides access to internet resources. In doing so, the library assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its home pages. Users should remember that the library is a public place and some sites may not be suitable for public viewing. In addition, users of the internet may not unreasonably curtail the use of the library by others.
The internet offers access to many valuable local, national, and international sources of information. However, some information found on the internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dates, or offensive to some individuals. Information consumers must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found.
CHOOSING AND EVALUATING SOURCES
The internet is a series of computer networks leading customers to highly diverse information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. The library does not limit access to materials (please see our internet filter statement). In choosing sources to link to its home pages, the library follows its material selection guidelines. Beyond this, the library does not monitor or control information accessible through the internet and is not responsible for its content, for changes in content of the sources to which the library home pages link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.
ACCESS BY MINORS
Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the internet and inform them about materials they should not use. The library has created a home page for children which provides content and links to other Web sites that parents or legal guardians may find appropriate for their children. For more information on children and the internet, see the brochure "Child safety of the Information Highway."
RULES GOVERNING USE
Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to the internet, the library may set limits, for example, on use of large files of still or moving images or sound, or on downloading files in any medium. The library also reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual use can devote to a single session.
Users may not:
- Use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational or communication services or resources.
- Distribute unsolicited advertising.
- Invade the privacy of others.
- Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
- Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
- Use the internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties, or in a manner inconsistent with the library's tax-exempt status or its proper operation.
Violations may result in a loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Date Developed: June 1997
Date Revised: March 12, 2009