Fletcher Free Library Internet Use Policy

Fletcher Free Library (hereafter referred to as the "Library") serves the evolving educational and cultural needs of the Greater Burlington community.  Our urban public library offers a welcoming place for people to gather and to learn.  A trained staff helps patrons locate the materials and information they need for work and pleasure.

The Internet, a world-wide network of computer networks, is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types.  Therefore, public access to the Internet for personal enjoyment and access to information is germane to the Library’s mission.

The Internet is an unregulated medium.  The Internet provides access to some information that is outdated, inaccurate, or incomplete or that some people may find offensive or disturbing.  The Library is unable to control or monitor the content of the Internet, some of which changes quickly and without warning.  Internet resources are not subject to the same selection criteria that the Library uses for other materials, although the Library identifies on its web site specific Internet sites that have potential interest for Library users.  The Library specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose of information obtained on the Internet, and the Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library's Internet service.

Since software and information downloaded from any source, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers.  The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.

Internet computers may only be used for legal and ethical purposes.  Examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • viewing obscene material;

  • destroying, damaging, or modifying equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library;

  • introducing computer viruses;

  • compromising the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electric communications;

  • using the workstation to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the Internet;

  • using another person’s barcode number or permitting another person to use his or her barcode number to access the computer network and Internet.

In addition, display of sexually explicit graphics is inappropriate in a public environment and is prohibited.

Access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Patrons found violating the Fletcher Free Library Internet Use Policy or such rules and procedures established by the Library staff to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Internet access will not be allowed to use the computers at the Library.

Youth Computer Center

By signing up for the computers in the Youth Department, the child agrees to abide by the Fletcher Free Library Internet Use Policy.

Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the use of the Library's resources and facilities by their children under the age of 18.  The Library is NOT responsible to monitor or determine Internet use by persons under 18 years of age; parents or legal guardians are responsible to monitor and determine Internet use in the Library of their children under the age of 18.

Children who are not yet attending high school are not allowed to use the unfiltered adult computers to access the Internet.  Children between the ages of 7 and not yet enrolled in high school may use the filtered Internet computers available in the Youth area of the Library. Children under the age of 7 may only use the youth computers when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult responsible for their supervision.

It is a violation of library policy for minors to give others private information about themselves or others, including names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card and social security numbers; or to arrange face-to-face meetings with people they have "met" on the computer network or Internet without a parent's permission.

Parents: Some of the material on the Internet may be objectionable.  You may see things on the Internet that you do not wish your children to view.  Please provide guidance to your children in their use of the Internet.  Parents/guardians and children are also encouraged to read "Child Safety On the Information Highway" (www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway/) jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.  Copies are available at the Youth Department Librarian’s desk and at the Reference Desk.  My Rules for Online Safety from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are posted in the Youth Department.

Tech Center

Computer resources in the Tech Center are available to adults and high school students on a first come first served basis.  To use the computers in the Tech Center, patrons must agree to abide by the Fletcher Free Library Internet Use Policy, stated above.  This document is also available at the Circulation Desk and Reservation Station.

The Library believes this policy to be in compliance with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub. L. No. 106-554, Subtitle C (Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act), § 1731-32.

The Fletcher Free Library Internet Use Policy was approved by the Library Board of Commissioners in May, 2008.

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