Internet Usage / Safety Policy

Public Access

The Bell / Whittington Library provides free public access to the internet, a resource that offers a wealth of information for library users. Because the internet is an unregulated medium, the library cannot control and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information accessed over the internet, including information contained in electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of electronic communication.

The library uses filtering software to block access to some internet sites. Since no filtering system is completely effective or efficient, further restriction of a minor’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Users may not use internet sessions in a manner that is deliberately offensive or creates a hostile or intimidating environment. No person shall use a library computer in a manner that disturbs or interferes with users, employees or operations of the Library.

Addressing Safety & Security

To address issues of safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communication, parents and legal guardians should urge minors to follow basic safety guidelines:

  • Never arrange via computer to meet someone.
  • Never give out personal information.
  • Never respond to messages that are threatening or suggestive, remembering that people online may not be who they say they are.

Liability Disclaimer

While accessing the internet at the library, users must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage or sabotage computer hardware or software and will be financially responsible for any malicious damage to hardware or software. The library is not liable for any damage to a customer’s disk or computer that may occur from use of the internet at the library; nor is the library responsible for any liability that may occur as a result of the disclosure of financial or other personal information while accessing the Internet at the library.

The library does not release information on the use of the internet by library users except as required by law.