Internet Use Policy
Internet Use Policy
The purpose of public access to the Internet is to further support the community's informational, learning, cultural, and recreational needs.
The library will select and organize resources available online by applying the same basic standards that are used in selection of other materials, and provide links from the library home page. Access is not limited to these sites.
a. The Washington Public Library can assume no responsibility for accuracy of any information accessed through the Internet, nor can we control or monitor information accessed. Due to the visibility of computer monitors in public areas of the library, the library may install content filtering software on public access machines in an effort to restrict access to pornographic images. Every effort will be made to insure that access to all other information including educational material that includes images of the human body and information surrounding issues of sexuality and sexual health.
b. Children under 14 must have on file with the library Parental Consent form with the signature of a parent or legal guardian in order to use the Internet. A signature on this consent form acknowledges that the parent or guardian has read the form and the WPL Internet Policy, and understands the position of the Library. In order to insure that the signature is authentic, the parent or guardian must sign the form in person at the library. The Washington Public Library asserts that it is the responsibility of the parent to monitor and guide a child's information selection, and will not take any responsibility for monitoring or controlling a child’s access to information.
a. The Washington Public Library reserves the right to restrict or terminate the Internet use privileges of any individual not practicing responsible use of the Internet.
b. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to the following:
• Any use of Washington Public Library computers or Internet access which is disruptive to other patrons or library staff in any way, including viewing pornographic materials.
• Attempting to modify or gain access to library settings, files, passwords, or data.
• Damaging or destroying equipment, software, or data belonging to the library. This includes adding, altering, or deleting files or configurations on library workstation hard drives or other library equipment; violating network integrity, using software from outside the library on library-owned equipment, or using a virus-infected disk on a library computer.
• Disrespecting the privacy of other users.
c. Violation of the Internet Use Policy may result in the following consequences:
• First offense – Termination of session and loss of computer privileges for one day.
• Second offense – Denial of computer privileges for one month.
• Third offense – Potential denial of all computer privileges, contingent upon approval of Library Director.