1.1 Waterloo Grant Township Public Library is a public institution whose mission it is to enhance the quality of life within the community by providing information, advancing knowledge, stimulating thinking, and encouraging recreation. The mission of the Waterloo Library is to ensure that the citizens we serve have the right and means to free and open access to ideas and information which are fundamental to democracy. The Library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, encourage lifelong learning, and provide library materials and information services. It is within this context that the Waterloo Public Library offers access to the Internet.
1.2 The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe. Currently, however, it is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal.
1.3 Library staff will identify specific starting points for searches on the Library’s home page which are appropriate to the Library’s mission and service roles. The Library cannot control or monitor other material which may be accessible from Internet sources. It is not possible to apply the same selection criteria which are used for other materials.
1.4 When feasible, the Library will implement software and hardware control mechanisms to prohibit information which the Library has determined to be inconsistent with its mission and service roles. Such controls will be implemented to the extent feasible given budgeting and programming limitations. The Library cannot successfully control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible from computers and networks via the Internet. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining suitability for the content of information accessed when using the Internet. Parents need to be informed that exclusive reliance on filtering software cannot effectively safeguard children.
1.5 Information provided by the Internet is not warranted by Waterloo Public Library to be accurate, authoritative, factual or complete. Waterloo Public Library is not responsible for the content of networked information available. All users of this service agree to hold Waterloo Public Library harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of the Internet.
2. IN-LIBRARY ACCESS:
2.1 The Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. The Library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of Library materials and resources.
2.2 The Library will provide Internet stations throughout the Library. Library staff is available to provide assistance and to help identify appropriate sites.
2.3 Library staff cannot provide in-depth training. We may, however, be able to offer search suggestions and answer questions.
3.1 Designated Internet stations will be located where they can be monitored by staff for assistance and security.
3.2Youth under 18 years of age will be required to have parental or guardian permission to access the Internet. Patrons are limited to 1 hour each Internet use session, with a maximum of 3 hours daily. The internet agreement is viewed online before computer access.
3.3 The Internet will be used for educational, informational and recreational purposes only. You may not send, receive or display text or graphics which may be construed as illegal, unethical or obscene.
3.4 You may not use your own software programs on the Library’s computers
3.5Failure to use the Internet appropriately and responsibly as defined in this policy and agreement form will result in loss of Internet privileges.