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Russell Library's Internet Policy - A Summary

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Effective October 27, 2008

As part of Russell Library’s commitment to meet the cultural, informational and educational needs of the community and in response to the advances in technology in this Information Age, the Library offers free public access to the Internet. “Limited Access Internet Computers” are located in Children’s Services. They provide filtered access to the Internet and generally deny access to Web sites that contain material that is considered to be objectionable to children. “Open Internet Computers” provide “open or unlimited” access to the Internet to adults and to students who have valid high school identification cards or other photo proof that they are 14 years of age or older. Open Internet Computers are not filtered, but the Library reserves the right to restrict, limit, or block access to a Web site if a pattern of illegal activity, abuse, or misuse occurs. 

Parents or guardians of children under the age of 18 are responsible for their child’s use of the Internet. We strongly advise parents and guardians to monitor and supervise their children’s Internet use. On computers in Children’s Services, the Library has taken measures to prevent access to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web to minors. Information on Internet safety is available at the Library and through a link on our Web site. Children have priority use of Limited Access Internet Computers in Children’s Services.

Adults & Children ages 14-18 with proper photo ID on Open Internet Computers
Patrons under age 18 must have high school identification card or other photo proof of age 14 or older. The Library does not monitor, control or provide barriers to Open Internet Computers and cannot be held responsible for Internet content. Some Internet sites may contain inaccurate, outdated, controversial or offensive material. Staff members are available with resources to help Internet users find suitable information. Access to the Internet from Russell Library may not be used for any unlawful or criminal activity or for sending, receiving, displaying or printing any material in violation of federal or state regulation or material which is threatening or which may reasonably be construed as obscene. Misuse of Russell Library computers or the Internet will result in loss of computer privileges and may result in suspension of library privileges. Illegal acts involving library computer resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.