NCPL provides free, unsecured access to the Internet to connect the public to the world of ideas and information, and to provide equal access to that information for all individuals in the community. This policy applies to all use of NCPL’s Internet service, whether privately owned or Library-provided devices are operated.
Libraries are a traditional forum for the open exchange of information. Providing access to information available on the Internet does not constitute endorsement of the content by the Library. NCPL expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from use of the Internet or information obtained through the Internet.
The Library does not retain browser history or personal information. The Library will not reveal the information sources or services individual users access unless required by law or court order.
NCPL’s technology includes a system that blocks or filters specific Internet sites. It protects against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that some may find offensive but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters sometimes block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful. Patrons have the right to request access to those sites.
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to access computer sites, chat rooms or e-mail that contain obscene or sexually explicit material harmful to minors.
No one may disseminate or exhibit obscene material so that it can be observed by a minor. Library staff members may request that individuals cease to view or listen to works that threaten the safe and comfortable environment of the library or interfere with the conduct of library business, in accordance with NCPL’s Code of Conduct.
As with other library materials, individuals must accept responsibility for evaluating the content of resources they view, read, or listen to. Monitoring and any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Patrons are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing images that may reasonably be offensive to someone else.
Privacy while using the Internet in the library cannot be guaranteed. There exists a possibility of inadvertent viewing by others. Patrons handling financial transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their own risk. The Internet is not a private environment and security of electronic communication cannot be guaranteed.
Each user is responsible for complying with copyright law and adhering to software licensing agreements, as well as all local, state, and federal laws including, but not limited to, those concerning fraud, privacy, or obscenity. Use of the Library’s Internet connection in an illegal, disruptive, or destructive manner may result in the loss of Internet or Library privileges.
Security for personal devices rests solely with the owner. Library staff members may provide guidance for accessing library materials and services, but they do not provide technical support.
Patrons are not allowed to download software onto the Library’s network or workstation hard drive. Downloading to an external device is permitted.
Resolution for Compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act
WHEREAS, New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library is a library organized and existing under the provisions of IC 20-14; and
WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees of said library wishes to comply with rules and regulations promulgated by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA); and
WHEREAS, the Library has had Internet filtering software in full force with all updates since 1997; and
WHEREAS, the Library Board wishes to be in full compliance with CIPA and therefore be eligible for federal grants and USF discounts;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the New Carlisle – Olive Township Public Library, New Carlisle, St. Joseph County, Indiana that on the 21st day of May, 2002 that the following existing and updated Internet Acceptable Use Policy be in full force and effect.