To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, the Middle Country Public Library offers access to Internet resources. Internet users must comply with all Library policies. Any user’s traffic that crosses another network may be subject to another institution’s acceptable use policy.
The Internet is a unique resource allowing access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of the information found.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
The Internet is a series of communication linkages leading to a highly diverse array of information content. Patrons use it at their own risk. In choosing sources to link to from its web site, the Library follows its materials selection guidelines. Beyond this, the Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet, changes in content of the sources to which the Library web site points, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. In an effort to assist its users, the Library has created web sites for the general population, teens and children to help guide them to sources that are accurate, complete and current and that provide them with a wealth of information on the local, national and global level.
Access by Minors
The Library has determined that compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act is not in the best interests of the community. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure information that is not consistent with the educational and research goals of the Library. We also believe that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. The Library affirms and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians to monitor and determine their children’s access to materials and resources including those available through the Internet.
Rules Governing Use
The purpose of this system is to provide free open access to the Internet and to attendant electronic services such as e-mail and selected information sources. The following guidelines are presented in order to facilitate open access with as few limitations as possible.
Use of any information obtained is at the user’s own risk. It is up to each user to determine what is appropriate. The Library will not be responsible for any possible damages, resulting from but not limited to loss of data, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, service interruptions, or the viewing of offensive and/or inappropriate material.
Public Users’ Security
Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, the Library does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access the Library’s Web site, except where users voluntarily choose to submit such data via e-mail, or by using an electronic form, or inquiring about and registering our services. Personal data voluntarily provided by users and visitors will be used exclusively for providing the user with requested information and/or assistance. The Library maintains administrative information such as dial-in records, firewall transaction records, web page usage records, and mail records for statistical purposes only. The Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by court subpoena or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.
Adopted March 19, 1997 by the Board of Trustees of the Middle Country Public Library Revised September 18, 2002, February 11, 2004, July 18, 2012