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Internet Access Policy
To fulfill its mission of providing library service to all citizens, the Lee County Library provides access to an extensive range of informational, educational, and recreational resources, including those available through the Internet. The Lee County Library has established this policy to ensure the responsible and appropriate use of the Internet within the library’s facilities.
Rights and Responsibilities of Users
The Internet enables access to a wealth of valuable and reliable information from a variety of sources. However, it also provides access to information that may be inappropriate for children. Individual users must exercise judgment in evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information retrieved via the Internet and must assume personal responsibility for its use. The computers are equipped with filtering software and anyone attempting to bypass such filters on those that are filtered will lose library privileges. It is also a violation of policy for a person to instruct or demonstrate to another person how to bypass this web filtering technology. The Lee County Library cannot be held responsible for the content of any Internet site. The use of inappropriate websites on computers will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified and privileges will be denied.
While the Lee County Library upholds users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality in their use of all library sources, the nature of electronic resources makes it impossible to guarantee these rights. Since some Internet sites may be inappropriate for viewing in a public setting, users should exercise discretion in consideration of the rights of others.
The Internet provides access to valuable educational and informational resources for children and youth, who are expected to abide by this policy. As with other library resources, the Lee County Library affirms the responsibility of parents to determine the appropriateness of Internet resources for their children. Parents are strongly encouraged to supervise their children’s use of the Internet, as library staff cannot assume the responsibility. Children 12 and under MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by a responsible adult when using the Internet. Users under the age of 18 MUST HAVE A CONSENT FORM signed by a parent or guardian.
Internet workstation users must behave in accordance with the library’s rules for users.
The library has established sign-up procedures and time limits for use of Internet workstations as follows:
- Patrons may reserve time on Internet workstations in 30-minute increments.
- Patrons who have reserved a time slot may utilize the next 30-minute slot if it is unreserved or if no patron is waiting to use the Internet.
- Reservations will be canceled if the patron does not claim them within 5 minutes of their reservation.
The library staff will assist Internet users in a manner consistent with other library services. The availability of staff and the needs of other library users will necessarily affect the extent of assistance in Internet use.
Users May NOT
- Damage or attempt to damage equipment; alter or attempt to alter software configurations.
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access or to cause disruption of the library’s computer system or any other computer system.
- Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
- Display or send obscene (as defined by S.C. Code 16-15-305) images, messages, or files.
- Violate any local, state, or federal laws or regulations.
- Post messages to chat rooms, newsgroups, bulletin boards, or discussion groups from the library’s workstations.
- Work in groups of more than 2 on any workstation.
Penalties for Policy Violations
Violation of this policy may result in loss of Internet access or other library privileges. Unlawful acts are subject to prosecution by local, state, and/or federal authorities.
This revised policy was approved by the Lee County Library Board and is subject to further Board revision.
The Internet enables access to a wealth of valuable and reliable information. However, much of its content may be inaccurate, controversial, illegal, offensive, and/or inappropriate. While there is no single definition of such content inclusive of everyone, each user must exercise judgment in evaluating the validity and appropriateness of material retrieved via the Net and must assume personal responsibility for its use.
Library routers are equipped with filtering software to eliminate malicious matter attempting to bypass or instruct another person to bypass, such filters will result in loss of computer use privileges.
The Lee County library cannot be held responsible for the content of any Internet site. In recognition of the need to be courteous and protective of minors, the patronage of websites deemed inappropriate by library staff or fellow patrons will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified if minors are found to visit such sites and privileges will be terminated.