Internet Use and Safety Policy

Athens County Public Libraries (ACPL) provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling its mission to provide information and entertainment to the communities it serves.

Users are responsible for the sites they view.  ACPL assumes no responsibility for damages of any kind resulting from the use of public computers or wireless access to the Internet.

Use of the ACPL’s Internet connection for illegal or unethical purposes is prohibited.

Users of the ACPL’s Internet connection must adhere to the Customer Code of Conduct.

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and in order to remain  eligible for certain federal funding, the library has implemented software filtering on all internet access.  ACPL cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that are harmful to minors.  The filtering software may be disabled upon request.

As with print and other library materials, a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.   Parents and legal guardians should urge minors to follow basic safety guidelines when communicating on the Internet.  Library staff are available to help identify appropriate sites and provide materials about online safety.  Any minor who feels threatened or unsure is encouraged to ask for assistance from the library staff.

To provide fair access to library computers, length of work sessions may be limited.

Adopted November 19, 2013