Internet Access Policy
Since 1935, the Nelsonville Public Library has been responsible for providing public library service to Athens County and meeting the diverse informational needs of Athens County's residents. The Nelsonville Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services to meet these needs. It is within this context that the Nelsonville Public Library offers access to the Internet via the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).
It is understood by users of OPLIN and the Internet that most of the information available is not generated by the Nelsonville Public Library or OPLIN. The Nelsonville Public Library through OPLIN provides access to reference databases of general and special interest, periodical materials, readers' advisory services, homework centers to assist students with research assignments, and legislative, historical, and archival materials and information.
Information available through OPLIN and the Internet is not warranted by the Nelsonville Public Library or OPLIN to be accurate, appropriate, authoritative, factual, or complete. The availability of networked information via the Nelsonville Public Library does not constitute any endorsement or ratification of that information. The Nelsonville Public Library and OPLIN are not responsible for the content of networked information available. The use of OPLIN and the Internet to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws is strictly prohibited.
All users of this service agree to hold the Nelsonville Public Library and OPLIN harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of OPLIN and the Internet, caused thereby or arising therefrom. In no event shall the Nelsonville Public Library or OPLIN have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or an liability to any third party, even if the Nelsonville Public Library or OPLIN is advised of the possibility of such damages.
Access to Obscene Materials:
To prevent access by minors to obscene materials on the Internet (see the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2907.321), the Nelsonville Public Library uses filtering software on all public access Internet terminals. This software may be disabled for a limited time by any adult patron who has registered their own password (or "Personal Identification Number") with the Library. Any patron may request that this software be disabled if they believe it has incorrectly blocked access to an Internet site; upon such request, the library staff will review the site and make a determination as to whether or not the material is obscene. The judgement of the staff is not final; patrons may request that the Director of the Library review the site and make a decision, and may appeal the Director's decision to the Library Board of Trustees.