Internet Use Policy

PURPOSE:
In support of the Albany Public Library's goal "to provide library services supported by the latest technologies,” access to the Internet and electronic databases is provided to our customers. This policy addresses access and use of internet and network resources provided by the library.

POLICY:
In offering Internet access, the Library takes responsibility only for the information provided on our website. The Library does not monitor or have control over information that can be accessed over the Internet. The Library is not responsible for the content of the internet. The Library is not able to ensure confidentiality or protect against illegal use of the internet. Nevertheless, illegal use of the internet, or any use to injure or harass others, is prohibited by the Library’s Customer Behavior Policy and if the Library becomes aware of such a violation, the Library reserves the right to limit or deny a Customer’s access to our computer resources, including the Internet through APL computers.

Although the Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information, not all sources are accurate, complete, current, or appropriate for all users. In keeping with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, it is the policy of the Library not to limit access to any resource by any segment of the community. Under certain circumstances, however, a patron who is accessing material which is obscene, indecent, violent, or otherwise inappropriate for viewing in the library environment may be directed not to access the material by library staff. The decision as to what is or is not obscene, indecent, violent, or otherwise inappropriate shall be in the discretion of the Library staff. Albany Public Library does not use filtering software.

The monitoring of a minor's access to the Internet is the responsibility of that person's parent or legal guardian.

WARNING: Use of a computer at the Library to engage in personal business of a confidential nature is not advised because the Library is not able to ensure that such information will be protected from public view or access.

RESPONSIBILITY:
It is the responsibility of all Albany Public Library staff to enforce this policy.

PROCEDURE:
As stated above.

APPROVED ON:
Revised Policy Approved April 2014

(Original Policy Approved December 1998)

REVIEW DATE:
April 2016

 

Last updated: September 12, 2014