Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
The library reserves the right to monitor all use of the computers. The Anderson City, Anderson, Stony Creek, and Union Townships Public Library system offers access to information resources on the Internet in response to advances in technology and to the changing information needs of the community. Internet access is one of many components of the library’s resources designed to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community.
The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of material and opinions from many points of view. Some sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, or potentially offensive to some people. Users are responsible for determining that any information they access is acceptable, reliable, and suitable to their needs.
The library also has many print and audio-visual resources designed to meet informational needs. For assistance in locating an appropriate resource, customers should contact Information Services staff.
In offering Internet access, library staff cannot control links and sites that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Anderson Public Library has implemented filtering software on its computers to protect against visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors. While the library uses this filtering software in attempt to prevent direct access to materials that would not be generally acceptable in a public library, it is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable material. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet at the library.
Authorized library staff members may disable the filtering software during use by an adult to enable access to sources for bona fide research or other lawful purpose that conforms to Anderson Public Library’s criteria for acceptable use. If a minor requests access to a site that is blocked by our filtering software for research purposes, a library staff member may allow access to the site only after they have viewed the site (out of view of the minor) and determined that it does not contain unacceptable materials. A staff member or the minor’s parent or guardian will remain with the minor while the unblocked site is being viewed and the filtering software will immediately be reactivated when they are finished viewing the site. Insufficient staffing resources may make it impossible for this service to be offered at times.
Anderson Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of the Internet.
Violation of this Internet policy will result in a possible loss of library privileges and/or expulsion from the library.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees 2/98, revised 1/00, 5/02, 1/04, and 3/06, reviewed 1/17/07, revised 1/08, and 1/20/10.