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Public Internet Access at the Emporia Public Library

Listed below is a copy of our Internet Use Policy. When you sit down at one of our public Internet computers, you are required to read through the policy on the screen and agree to it before logging on.

Computer Use Policy for Internet Access


Emporia Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet. We make this service available as part of our mission to serve people of all ages at all levels of need.

The Internet offers access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. However, not all sources on the Internet are accurate, complete or up-to-date. We do not monitor, have no control over, and do not accept responsibility for material found in sources on the Internet. We do not use filtering software since it blocks valid references as well as problem sites. We encourage users of all ages to use the Internet in positive and educational ways.

Emporia Public Library tries to balance the rights of users to access different information resources with the rights of users to work in a public environment free from harassing sounds and visuals.


Users should be aware that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other library patrons to use the library and its resources.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources
· Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do print materials, questioning the accuracy and completeness of the information.
· Users must use the Internet at their own risk, realizing that they may encounter material they find offensive.

Supervising Children's Use
· Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library materials are appropriate for their children. Restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the parents' or guardian's responsibility.

Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children's Internet sessions.
· Parents or guardians are responsible for letting their children know if there are materials they don't want the children to use.

Legal and Acceptable Uses
People may only use the Library's computers for legal purposes.

Examples of illegal and unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
·Harassment of other users or violation of their privacy;
·Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users;
·Violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements;
·Obstruction of other people's work by overuse of system resources;
·Attempting to crash, degrade performance of or gain unauthorized access to the Library's or other computer systems and networks;
·Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or other users;
·Viewing or printing sexually explicit images inappropriate for use in a public setting as defined by the City of ·Emporia's definition of sexually explicit material in Ordinance 86-13;
·Accessing, creating or displaying information that is obscene as defined by Kansas law. (KSA 21 4301) (KSA 21 4301C).

Violation may result in loss of Internet or Library privileges. Illegal uses of computers may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

U.S. copyright law ((Title17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

NOTE: The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof. The Library also assumes no responsibility for the safety or security of a patron's personal equipment resulting from the connection.

Approved 6/12/03

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