New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Acceptable Use Policy of the Library’s Internet Access & Electronic Equipment

 

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library provides Internet access for any legal, educational, recreational or ethical purpose. Internet workstations are limited to two users seated per workstation. In addition, the Library provides electronic devices that can be checked out for use in the Library.

 

Users will not:

  • Engage in illegal activity
  • Violate any laws of the United States, State of Indiana, Floyd County or the City of New Albany
  • View obscenity
  • Harass or violate the privacy of others
  • Display, view, or print any images harmful to minors
  • Save documents to the hard drive
  • Install applications or Internet plug-in applications
  • Attempt to modify, abuse, or harm the computer in any way
  •  Use any website or application to bypass the library’s internet safeguards
  • Physically plug any personal equipment into the library’s network or equipment for any reason.
  • Headphones, flash drives or external hard drives are permissible.

 

Users accept that by asking for staff assistance will result in exposure of content by the assisting staff member.

 

The Library reserves the right to suspend or revoke use of the Library computer systems or devices at any time, without prior notice or formal hearing, for any user for abusive conduct or violation of the conditions set forth in this document. The Library will be the sole arbitrator of what constitutes abusive conduct or violation of this Acceptable Use Policy. Library staff have the discretion to issue warning(s) or to ask the offender to leave or call the proper authorities.

The Library reserves the right to inspect or observe the use made of its equipment and resources for the purpose of enforcement of these policies. Any user who violates federal, state, or local laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Evidence of illegal activity will be reported to the proper legal authorities. The library will cooperate with the proper authorities in the investigation of illegal activities.

Children’s and Teen’s computers are restricted for youth.  However in accordance with the Library’s unattended child policy, an adult with a child may use an available computer in the Children’s area.

Any damage to the equipment caused by improper care, roughness, or vandalism will be the responsibility of the user, and that user will bear the cost of any needed repairs and/or replacement of components or parts as a result of such damage.

 

Internet Filtering
All library computers, laptops and networks are filtered in the spirit of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2001 (CIPA). Under CIPA, the following are NOT protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: Child pornography, Obscenity, and Visual depictions harmful to minors

Although the Library filters all Internet traffic, not every web page has been categorized and therefore the Library cannot be held responsible for material downloaded from the Internet. The Library does not act “in Loco Parentis” and therefore parents or legal guardians are ultimately responsible for their children’s use of the Internet.

 

Usage of the Library’s wireless access is held to all above conditions and acceptable use policies set forth by the governing Library Board of Trustees.

 

Reviewed & Updated by the New Albany Library Board of Trustees, June 8, 2020