Policies and Guidelines for Internet Use

Internet Use Policy
The High Plains Library District (HPLD) provides free public access to the Internet, a computer network that allows users to access information shared by other computer users worldwide. As the Internet provides access to a vast array of information, all Library users will have equal access.

Library provided computers may be used by patrons during regular library hours. Unfiltered wireless access is also available for patrons through an independent Internet provider.

All individuals using Library-based Internet services must agree to and are expected to abide by the High Plains Library District’s Internet Use policy and guidelines.

Internet Use Guideline
The High Plains Library District (HPLD) provides Internet access to enable residents to utilize the vast array of information, ideas, and research tools, augmenting information in other formats available in HPLD libraries, and including materials beyond the scope of resources selected by HPLD.

As such, Internet resources are provided equally to all library users. Computers and wireless access may be used by patrons during regular library hours.

A public library is a “limited public forum.” Access to information is subject to reasonable restrictions on time, place and manner. HPLD’s control over content accessed by patrons using the Internet is governed by federal and state law defining what is obscene, child pornographic or deemed “harmful to minors.” In compliance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Colorado HB01-1004 laws, HPLD has installed technology protection measures (TPM); that is, filters, on all library computers with the intent of applying best efforts in protecting access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornographic or harmful to minors.

HPLD may not infringe on patrons’ First Amendment rights other than as stipulated by law. Any patron in an HPLD Library who is of 17 years of age or older may request that an authorized library employee temporarily disable the filter on computers in the adult services area. As with all library materials, parents, guardians, or caregivers, not the High Plains Library District, are responsible for information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents wishing to limit their children’s Internet access through the library are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

While the Internet greatly expands access to information, it contains information that may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Patron use of the Internet carries with it the responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. In order to find accurate and reliable online information, HPLD staff is available to help patrons navigate, identify, access and evaluate resources on the Internet. The District also provides access to paid subscription databases. Library staff offers a variety of classes for patrons who wish to receive instruction on the Internet and personal computer use.

HPLD will strive to provide access to online services and systems. HPLD is not liable for services and systems that do not function on library machines.

Inappropriate Use
Misuse of HPLD computers will result in loss of computer privileges. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use of the Internet access computers to obtain, transmit, or display photographs, images, or drawings which are in iolation of the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and Colorado Library Law, C.R.S. 24-90-100, part 6;
  • Violation of the Federal law prohibiting the transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution;
  • Attempts to alter or damage computers, other digital equipment, software configurations, or files that are the property of HPLD;
  • Attempts to enter HPLD’s network without authorization;
  • Intentional propagation and/or transmission of computer viruses; and violation of copyright or software license agreements.

Internet Use Rule
To ensure the safety and comfort of the public, those using the Internet are expected to abide by the following rules:

  • Time limits for using the Internet Computers are based on the Library location and levels of business. During busy times, a 1 hour time limit is enforced.
  • There is a maximum of two (2) users per station.
  • Users are expected to be primarily self-sufficient in computer usage. Library staff can provide general assistance.
  • Comply with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations pertaining to Internet, Information and Individual rights and safety.
  • Computers are filtered in compliance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Colorado Statute 24-90-601 et seq.
  • Users 17 years of age and older may request the filters be turned off in adult areas.
  • Those younger than 17 years must have the parent, guardian or caregiver give express permission to turn off the filters. Unfiltered access is allowed only in adult areas.
  • Computers in the children’s areas must remain filtered at all times. Attempts to bypass the filtering system are a violation of State law.
  • Those using wireless access will not view explicit sites in the Children’s areas
  • NOTE: Filtering software is imperfect and may miss blocking some sites as well as incorrectly block other sites. Users are encouraged to inform library staff of either situation
  • Decisions for levels of Internet access are the responsibility of a child’s parent, guardian or caregiver. Parents are strongly encouraged to work with their children to develop rules for Internet usage.

Those misusing this service, found violating any Federal, state or local regulations or violating the privacy of other library user(s), will lose user privileges. Please read the "Internet Use" policy statement and guidelines located on the District's Homepage under Internet Resources.

A HPLD card is required to use the Internet through Library computers. A “net card” is available to those visiting the area. The Library District utilizes computer reservation software to manage computer use scheduling. When a reservation is made, a receipt slip will list the assigned computer and access code.

Printing can be paid for and picked-up where computer reservations are made.

The High Plains Library District uses an automated reservation system to ensure equity in computer use. Internet usage is not tracked.

Wireless Internet Access Guideline
The High Plains Library District’s wireless service is accessible by an individual’s own laptop or wireless devices. Library staff is unable to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that individuals will be able to make a wireless connection.

The High Plains Library District’s wireless network service is not secure. It is the individual’s responsibility to provide appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the library and the Internet itself. The High Plains Library District assumes no responsibility for providing virus protection or other security measures.

Individuals are expected to comply with the High Plains Library District’s “Internet Use Policy.” Failing to do so may result in the loss of wireless access services through the High Plains Library District.

The High Plains Library District assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the wireless access.

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