Windsor Public Library Internet Use Policy
The mission of the Windsor Public Library is to make available by convenient and free access, collections of expertly selected library materials to meet the public’s informational needs, to promote the enjoyment of reading, to encourage life-long learning and to provide an opportunity for cultural enrichment.
In addition to these traditional library resources the library offers access to the world of online information via the Internet. The Internet is filled with information and resources that can educate, entertain, and expand horizons. However, there is no single authority that controls the millions of contributors to the Internet and the library cannot have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Some sites may carry information that a user finds controversial or inappropriate. The library cannot monitor such material and library users access the Internet at their own discretion.
Library staff will not knowingly tolerate children under seventeen accessing sites containing obscene material, as defined by the CT State Statutes, (53a-193). However, as with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The library accepts the ALA resolution which supports constitutionally protected free speech and does not support the use of blocking or filtering software (see attached).
All online resources at the Library are provided equally to all library users. With any public resource, availability may not always match demand. The Library may set use limits so that all patrons seeking Internet access will have an appropriate opportunity. The Library reserves the right to end an Internet session when time limits are exceeded and/or to designate computer terminals for specific purposes. If Internet searching results in disruption of library services or if patron behavior when using the Internet becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end a patron’s session.
Patrons should be aware that electronic communications and files could become public. The Library adheres to ALA policies and state and federal laws. We will not share or provide any information unless required by court order or legal subpoena. However, due to the nature of the Internet, all users who release personal information, including personal identifying information, credit card or bank account numbers etc. do so at their own risk. The library will not be responsible for loss or damage resulting to a user from (such) a breach of privacy or confidentiality.
To aid patrons the staff will use the Internet as a reference tool when appropriate to retrieve information for users. The Library’s Internet Home Page offers specific starting points for searching the Internet. Internet classes are offered throughout the year at various, designated times. Current books and videos about the Internet are available in the Library’s collection.
The Windsor Public Library and the Windsor Library Advisory Board reserve the right to modify this policy at any time.
Internet Policy 12/02
Internet Use Policy in Kidspace
(Windsor Library’s Children’s Department)
Kidspace Internet computers are intended for use by children age 12 and under. Computers for adults and teens are located on the lower floor of the library.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway, jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association. A copy of this brochure is available at the Kidspace Desk. Parents and guardians of children under 18 years are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet and are strongly advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. Children under age 8 must have an adult with them while using the Internet. The Windsor Public Library is not able to monitor or control the content of material available through the Internet.
All patrons accessing the Internet computers are expected to have a working knowledge of computer operations.
Users may not install or download software programs onto the Library computer’s hard drive. Files downloaded from the Internet can contain viruses. The library will in no way be responsible for any materials or information downloaded from the Internet.
Users may not access pornographic materials or other materials that are inconsistent with the mission of Kidspace to provide a safe, enjoyable and educational environment for children.
Users shall not attempt to violate the computer security systems or attempt to access the hard drive, other files, networks, or computer systems of the Library.
The Library reserves the right to interrupt patrons if access is required due to Library business purposes, periodic maintenance, or technical difficulties.
Internet security is technically difficult to achieve, and electronic communications and files could become public. The Library will not be responsible for loss or damage resulting to a user from such a breach of privacy or confidentiality. All users who release their personal information, including personal identifying information, credit card or bank account numbers, etc. do so at their own risk.
Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, or legal. The Windsor Public Library staff is unable to monitor or control the content of materials on the Internet, which change rapidly and unpredictably.
Any user who is found to have violated this policy may be subject to having his or her computer and library privileges suspended or revoked. All users shall be required to compensate the Library or others for any and all damage caused by the violation of this policy.
Approved by Library Advisory Board 9/06; revised 3/12, 4/16
Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries
Whereas, on June 26, 1997, the United States Supreme Court issued a sweeping re-affirmation of core First Amendment principles and held that communications over the Internet deserve the highest level of Constitutional protection; and whereas, the Court’s most fundamental holding is that communications on the Internet deserve the same level of Constitutional protection as books, magazines, newspapers and speakers on a street corner soapbox. The Court found that the Internet “constitutes a vast platform from which to address and hear from a world-wide audience of millions of readers, viewers, researchers and buyers”, and that “any person with a phone line can become a town crier with a voice that resonates farther than it could from any soapbox”; and whereas, for libraries, the most critical holding of the Supreme Court is that libraries that make content available on the Internet can continue to do so with the same Constitutional protections that apply to the books on libraries’ shelves; and whereas, the Court’s conclusion that “the vast democratic foray of the Internet” merit full constitutional protection will also serve to protect libraries that provide their patrons with access to the Internet; and whereas, the Court recognized the importance of enabling individuals to receive speech from the entire world and to speak to the entire world. Libraries provide those opportunities to many who would not otherwise have them; and whereas, the Supreme Court’s decision will protect that access; and whereas, the use in libraries of software filters which block Constitutionally protected speech is inconsistent with the United States Constitution and federal law and may lead to legal exposure for the library and its governing authorities; now therefore be it resolved, that the American Library Association affirms that the use of filtering software by libraries to block access to constitutionally protected speech violates the Library Bill of Rights.
Adopted by the American Library Association Council July 2, 1997
Endorsed by the Windsor Library Advisory Board January 28, 1998
Most library materials are available for a 3 week loan. DVDs, videocassettes, magazines and video games may be checked out for 7 days. Quick Pick materials have a 1 week loan period for books and 3 days for DVDs.
Fines and Fees
Please note: Borrowing privileges or access to Internet computers is blocked when fines equal or exceed $10.00
Late fees .20/day
Late video games $1.00/day
Late reference materials $1.00/day
Book maximum fine $10.00
DVD maximum fine $15.00
Lost items: cost of item plus $5.00 processing fee
For more information on fines and fees please see a library staff member.
The Windsor Public Library makes the resources of the library available to the public by developing and implementing procedures and guidelines that provide fair use to the largest number of people possible.
The library director will develop policies for loaning, renewing, and reserving materials as well as policies governing late returns, lost materials, and the need to limit popular items as necessary. These policies will take into consideration the needs of the public, the amount of materials available, state and local mandates, staff recommendations, and general library practice as set forth by professional organizations and other libraries. In some cases policies at the Main Library and the Branch may differ in order to accommodate the relative sizes of their collections and staffs, differing hours of operation and other variables. Specific prices for fines and fees will be submitted to The Town Council for separate approval as part of the Town’s “Price guide to fees and services”.
The library director will modify these policies as the needs of the public and the resources of the library change and evolve. These policies will be communicated to the public by postings in the library, display on the library web page and in other library marketing publications as needed.