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Internet Use Policy

The following policy guidelines apply to the use of ALL INTERNET WORK STATIONS and
WIRELESS Internet access in the Library; violation of any or all of these policies may result
in the loss of Internet usage privileges in the Library:

1. Library staff cannot be familiar with all of the sites and applications due to the size of the Internet.
Patrons are responsible for determining the value and appropriateness of the material found on the Internet. In addition, information found on the Internet is not guaranteed to be accurate, authoritative, factual or complete by the McKinley Memorial Library staff. Furthermore, the Library's security system may limit access to some Internet sites and services.

2. The Library's Internet workstations primary uses are for research.

Library staff will not administer, support, or provide assistance in the use of games, email accounts, or other messaging systems. Patrons utilizing the Internet for personal communication, monetary purchases, legal transactions, or other functions involving the release of confidential information do so at their own risk; the Library will not be held responsible for any liabilities that might arise from such use.

3. The Library is not responsible for any loss of information due to any hardware malfunctions, network or power outages, or any malicious software (i.e. a computer virus). Downloading or file transfer of any data onto a portable disk is done at patron's own risk. The Library is not responsible for any computer virus or other malicious software a patron encounters while using our computers.

4. Library staff will not actively monitor an individual's Internet use unless material displayed on a screen is deemed inappropriate for viewing in a public library environment. Users are not permitted to display any visual images containing nudity, pornography, obscenity, or graphic violence. Acceptability of screen displays will be left to the discretion of supervisory Library staff.

5. Patrons in violation of any of the Library's Internet Use Policies will receive one warning; another violation will result in loss of Computer Room access for 3 months; 6 months for the second violation; and 1 year for every violation afterward.

6. All Internet workstations are equipped with a filtering program that limits access to Internet sites and services in accordance with the Library's Internet Use Policy (#4). An adult patron (age 18 and over) may request that access be restored to an individual site "to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purpose" (Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000). Library staff will review the site and permit access by entering a password if the site does not violate the Library's Internet Use Policy.

If the site is questionable in this regard, the patron may submit a written request for reconsideration of the
"filtered" site. This request will be forwarded to the Library Director.

If the site is deemed acceptable, it will be changed to an "unfiltered" site on the appropriate Internet workstation(s) at a later date. If the Director determines the site to be unacceptable, and future access, is denied, the patron may request that this decision be reviewed by the McKinley Memorial Library Board of Trustees.

In addition, access to some Internet sites and services could be blocked because they represent potential security threats to the workstation and/or Library network.

7. Children using the Internet will be held accountable under guideline #4 above; however, additional supervision regarding the content of Internet material and/or types of Internet activity is at the discretion of the parent or guardian. Library staff will not be responsible for determining what is appropriate for any individual.

8. The Internet user and/or the parent/guardian is liable for any damage done to an Internet workstation's
hardware or software and for any illegal or unethical acts performed through our system. This is not limited to physical damage or vandalism. Tampering with local or remote computer files, and/or committing legal or
ethical violations of acceptable Internet use, may result in loss of Internet privileges at the Library and could
also result in financial liability and/or criminal charges.

9. The Library's Internet service is provided by OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network),
a state-funded program. The OPLIN service is normally available during Library hours; however,
periodic technical difficulties can occur, which the Library can neither control nor be held responsible for.
In addition, the Library cannot ensure access to all resources at any given time from remote computer systems. Information about OPLIN is available at

10. Patrons, using the Library's wireless Internet access via their own devices, must abide by all of the above Internet Use Policy provisions. For more information regarding wireless access at the McKinley Memorial Library, please see the Wireless Internet Access Policy  brochures available at the Reference Desk.

The Internet Use Policy is subject to revision at any time by the McKinley Memorial Library Board of Trustees and/or by the administration of OPLIN. All Internet users must abide by the current, active policy in place at the time of use.

Revised and approved by the McKinley Memorial Library Board of Trustees