Policy on Internet Access

Purpose

Wyomissing Public Library is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning. As part of that commitment, the library will provide public access to the diverse and unique resources available via the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Conditions and Terms of Use

  1. Information available via the Internet may be protected by copyrights or trademarks; use of such information must not violate any copyright or trademark law.
  2. Because the Internet allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from sources around the world, the library cannot control its content. Therefore, individual users must accept responsibility for determining the validity and accuracy of information located on the Internet.
  3. The Internet and its available resources may contain material of a controversial nature. Parents or guardians, NOT library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Adult patrons are responsible for sites visited.
  4. Viewing certain materials may be considered inappropriate or improper. The library reserves the right to discontinue display of information and images that cause a disruption. In addition, the library reserves the right to deny any person the privilege of using the computer if his/her use is deemed to be inappropriate..
  5. Patrons may not use public library Internet connections for any commercial or for-profit purpose.
  6. A cost recovery fee for printouts will be charged.

Children and the Internet

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents/guardians should guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use.

Library staff will seek to limit exposure of children to materials of an explicit sexual nature through monitoring use of Internet terminals when possible and intervening in online sessions when necessary. However, staff monitoring and/or filtering software do not offer absolute protection against the possibility that children may encounter sexually explicit materials while online. Parental supervision of children searching the Internet is strongly advised.

User Responsibilities

  1. After reading this policy, users must sign an Internet Agreement and show a Wyomissing library card. Agreements for those under 14 years of age will require the signature of a parent or guardian.
  2. Before each computer use, every adult must register at the circulation desk and present a Wyomissing library card. Usage time is limited to 1 hour per day.
  3. Users are responsible for damage to equipment beyond what occurs with normal use; hardware and software may not be abused, modified, or destroyed. Damage to equipment caused by user (adult or child) through improper care or roughness will be the users responsibility, and the user will bear the cost of replacement of components or parts as a result of such damage.

Staff Assistance

Library staff have received training on Internet searching and are capable of offering basic instruction in how to navigate. Library patrons should not expect staff members to guide them through every stage of a search; patrons must be willing to take the initiative and explore on their own.

 

Adopted by the Wyomissing Public Library Board, 10/08/1996
Revised 1/21/1997
Revised 11/09/1999
Revised 5/13/2002
Revised 10/14/2003
Revised 2/11/2003
Revised 6/08/2004
Revised 12/12/2006
Revised 7/30/2009