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Computer Use and Internet Safety Policy & Disclaimer for Public Access to the World Wide Web

1. The Library cannot control the information available over the Internet and is not responsible for its content, which may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal. Access the Internet at your own risk.

2. Access to obscenity, child pornography, material harmful to minors, or on-line gambling is not permitted on Library computers. Unauthorized disclosure, use or dissemination of personal information regarding minors is not permitted on Library computers.

3. The Library provides access to the Internet to facilitate research, learning, cultural enrichment, recreational pursuits, and personal development. It is the intent of the Library to be a non-public forum that offers filtered access to the Internet on all computers.

4. The Library is acting in good faith by using a filter to block obscene material, child pornography, material harmful to minors, or on-line gambling but is not responsible for Internet content or any filtering errors.

5. Disabling the filter: The Library Director or designated Library staff may disable the filter, upon request, in the following situations:

5.1 When an Internet site was erroneously blocked by the filter; provided, however the site is not obscene, does not depict child pornography, is not material harmful to minors, or does not involve on-line gambling.
5.2 For patrons 17 or older, the filter may be disabled in a timely manner for any lawful purpose.

6. Access by patrons under the age of 17: Parents or guardians shall be responsible for assuring that children are cared for, safe, and secure when visiting the Library.

6.1 Patrons under 17 years of age are allowed only filtered access to the Internet.
6.2 A parent/guardian with a child under 17 years of age, working together on a computer, is required to use filtered Internet access.

7. In-Library Access: Prospective users must have a valid Library card (or be properly identified), in good standing with the Library, and must sign an Internet Use Contract. Good standing – shall mean the prospective user has no overdue materials, no fines outstanding, or lost materials not returned or paid for.

7.1 Visitors age 17 and over may use the public use computers for 30 minutes for personal use without having a Library card when there is a computer available.
7.2 Patrons under 17 years of age shall have parental or guardian permission to access the Internet. Parents or guardians shall guide, determine, and monitor their child's use of the Internet, email and other forms of direct electronic communications.
7.3 Internet access is available on a first come, first serve basis and use is limited to one-hour per day. Depending on availability, exceptions can be made for additional time.
7.4 Users of Library computing resources must comply with federal and state laws, Library rules, and policies, and the terms and conditions of any Library contract, including software licenses, while using Library computing resources. Examples of applicable laws, rules, and policies include but are not limited to the laws relating to libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity and child pornography, trespass, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Users who engage in electronic communications with persons in other jurisdictions or on other systems or networks may also be subject to the laws of those jurisdictions and the rules and policies of those other systems and networks.

8. Users may not use computing resources to gain unauthorized access to local or remote computers or to impair or damage the operations of Library computers, networks, or peripherals. This includes, but is not limited to, blocking communication lines and running, installing or sharing virus programs. Any attempt to circumvent data protection or other security measures is prohibited. The Library “Patron Code of Conduct” shall also apply to the use of all computers.

9. Instant messaging and chat rooms shall be prohibited.

10. Patrons shall not install software on Library computers.

11. Data shall only be stored on a floppy diskette purchased from the Library.

12. Inappropriate use of the computers may result in revocation of computer use privileges. “Inappropriate use” includes, but is not limited to: 1) using the computer for illegal activities; 2) hacking or accessing a computer system without permission; 3) damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; 4) interfering with systems operations, integrity or security; 5) gaining unauthorized access to another person’s files; 6) harassing other computer users and persons; 7) altering or attempting to alter the Library computer settings; 8) violating copyright laws and software license agreements; and (9) violating this policy in any manner.

13. The Library computer stations are set up for optimal usage by a single individual. In some cases, such as a parent/guardian with a child, it may be important for two or more people to work together at a computer. Because of limited space, a maximum of two persons may sit/work together at any one computer. If two or more people are using a computer, at least one person must have a Library card. In circumstances where anyone under the age of 17 is working with another person on a computer, both people shall have a valid Library card and parent/guardian of the person under age 17 shall have signed the Internet Use Contract.

14. Library records are confidential in accordance with R.C.W. 42.17.310(l).


The Pend Oreille County Library District affirms its commitment to help patrons use the Internet effectively. The Library will continue to monitor changes and trends in Internet technology that could improve our ability to provide electronic access for Library patrons and will revise this policy as necessary.

Approved by the Board of Trustees 7/12/1999
Revised 8/9/1999; Revised 3/13/2000; Revised 6/12/2000; Revised 8/12/2002; Revised 5/18/2004; Revised 11/21/2006