Internet Use Policy

The internet is available for patrons to use through our public computers or by accessing our wi-fi through their personal devices.

In accordance with 2001, Acts 912 and 1533, before an individual may use a library computer, he/she must sign a use agreement form verifying that they have read and understand the Jackson County Library Internet Use Policy.

In accordance with CIPA compliance standards, the library’s wi-fi and computer services for children and adults are filtered to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all visitors. Patrons may request a filter override if they are prevented from performing academic research.

Patrons are responsible for using discretion in both accessing and evaluating information that is available on the internet. Information is not evaluated, approved, monitored, or supervised by library staff members. Information found on the internet may be erroneous or biased.

Restriction of a child’s access to the internet through the library’s connection is the responsibility of their guardian. Library staff is not responsible for monitoring the views habits of minors. In accordance with the library’s Unattended Minors Policy, minors under the age of 14 cannot be left unsupervised in the library. In the event that a minor is reported for engaging in risky online behavior, including hacking, illegal activity, or failing to maintain an appropriate level of safety or security, a staff member may terminate their computer session.

Library staff members may assist patrons with their technological needs as time allows. Staff members are not permitted to create email addresses or passwords for patrons. In addition, staff members are not permitted the input a patron’s private information, including, but not limited to, social security numbers and bank account information. The library does not provide email addresses or social media accounts for the public.

Library staff reserves the right to terminate an internet session if the patron’s online activity or behavior becomes inappropriate and causes a disruption of library services. Please note that viewing pornography is strictly prohibited. In the event that a staff member has to terminate a session, the patron will be asked to leave for the remainder of the day and an incident report form will be filed. Should the patron return and commit a similar infraction, they will be banned for a length of time determined by the seriousness of their actions. Revoking computer privileges for a failure to comply applies to minor as well as adults.

Computers are available on a first come, first serve basis. If other patrons are waiting for internet access, sessions are limited to one-half hour. Each patron must sign a time sheet for each session. Signing a time sheet affirms that they agree to abide by the Jackson County Library’s Internet Use Policy.


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