Internet Access Policy

REF11.1: Policy Statement

The Salt Lake City Public Library is a dynamic civic resource that promotes free and open access to information, materials and services to all members of the community to advance knowledge, foster creativity, encourage the exchange of ideas, strengthen community and enhance the quality of life.

The City Library considers electronic technology to be a powerful tool and an effective means to extend open access to information and ideas for patrons. As a community institution of learning and knowledge, the City Library is dedicated to the concept of intellectual freedom and the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the United States Constitution.

The Internet and other electronic resources offer access to a wide variety of resources from around the country and the world, much of which supports education, research, government, business, and community development. The City Library identifies and highlights Internet sites for patrons which support the mission and resource selection policies of the City Library. However, the City Library cannot control or fully monitor the vast content accessed through the Internet, much of which grows and changes rapidly.

Use of City Library equipment or network access for illegal purposes is expressly prohibited. Internet users shall not access material that is obscene, pornographic, or child pornography, and in addition minors shall not access material that is harmful to minors under Utah law. Users are required to use the City Library's computers in a manner that does not have a detrimental impact on the stability and functionality of the City Library's computer system and its ability to connect to and use other networks and resources. The following activities are specifically prohibited:

  1. A. Installing or connecting unauthorized technical devices, changing system or software configurations, installing any software of any type, disconnecting hardware, installing hardware, or changing hardware configurations.
  2. B. Engaging in any activity intended to compromise system security, interfere with the proper operation of, or compromise the security of other computers or network systems, compromise the privacy of other users, or obstruct the work of others.
  3. C. Using the computer system to send forged electronic mail, bulk mail, unsolicited voluminous or frequent electronic mail, illegally sharing copyrighted materials with others, or fraudulently misrepresenting the user's identity in any communications.

A violation of the provisions of this Policy may result in the withdrawal of access and may subject the user to disciplinary action consistent with library policies and procedures. All criminal activities will be referred to police, state, and/or federal agencies. The City Library has adopted (1) administrative procedures and guidelines for staff to follow in enforcing this Policy, and (2) procedures for use by patrons and staff to handle complaints about this Policy and its enforcement or about observed patron behavior. Such procedures and guidelines are available for review at the City Library.

In accordance with Utah Code Section 9-7-215,the City Library employs the use of a technology protection measure on all publicly accessible computers with Internet access that is designed to block or filter visual depictions that are child pornography or obscene as defined by state and federal statutes. As described in this Policy, the City Library restricts access to Internet or online sites that contain visual depictions that are child pornography or obscene as defined by state and federal statutes.

The Library strongly encourages parents to supervise their children's use of the Internet. Staff members will be readily available to provide additional assistance and support in monitoring children's use of the Internet.

REF11.2: Access to Internet Features

The City Library provides options for adults to determine whether they choose filtered or unfiltered access for their Internet use. Adults seeking unfiltered access for Internet use should contact a librarian. Every attempt will be made to offer as wide a range of Internet features as is legal, practical, and appropriate in a public library setting and which is affordable and compatible with the library computer network.

The Technology Center is designed to provide users with software options that are not available on other library computers and to offer users assistance in using those software options. To maximize these features and services, games and chat are not allowed in the Technology Center.

REF11.3: Equitable Use of Resources

In order to provide open, equitable access to the numerous patrons who desire access to resources on a finite number of library computers, users are limited to two turns or sessions per day. Patrons can decide the length of a session up to a maximum of one hour per session when reserving machines. The machines are configured to time out and restart from the beginning screen after an assigned period. When this time limit is reached, patrons will relinquish their computer to the next user. Reservations can be made using a regular library card or an Internet access only card that can be obtained by providing a photo ID that verifies the user's name. Residency is not required for an Internet access only card. Use of multiple cards to access the Internet by a single user is prohibited. Patrons who use deceptive means to avoid turn and time limits may lose their Internet access privileges at the City Library.

REF11.4: Access for Minors

As with all library resources and collections, the City Library affirms that monitoring the use of the Internet and other electronic resources by any minor child is the sole right and responsibility of the parent or guardian. Parents and legal guardians are ultimately responsible for monitoring their minor child's access to the City Library's computers and the resources available on the Internet. The City Library strongly encourages parents to supervise their children's Internet and other electronic resources use and suggests they read the publication Child Safety on the Information Highway which is available upon request from library public services desks.

In accordance with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Utah Code Section 9-7-215, the City Library employs the use of a technology protection measure on all publicly accessible computers with Internet access that is designed to block or filter visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene as defined by state and federal statutes. As described in this Policy, the City Library restricts access to Internet or online sites that contain visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene as defined by state and federal statutes.

To the extent practical, the City Library shall take steps to promote the safety and security of users of the City Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications, and to restrict the access of minors to materials harmful to minors. Specifically, as required by CIPA, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web; (b) unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities; and (c) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

REF11.5: Children's On-line Privacy Protection Act

In support of the Children's On-line Privacy Protection Act, library employees will not assist patrons under the age of 13, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, to set up an account that involves two-way communication. Examples include, but are not limited to, chat rooms and electronic mail.

REF11.6: Disabling of Technology Protection Measure

An administrator, supervisor, or other representative of the City Library may disable the technology protection measure at the request of an adult library patron to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

REF11.7: Education, Supervision, and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the City Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this Policy, CIPA, the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act, and other applicable laws. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or designated representatives.

REF11.8: Access to Public Computer Printing

At this time, the City Library provides ten (10) pages of free printing per month from its computer terminals at no cost to its patrons and charges 10 cents per page for additional printing. It is the intent of the City Library to provide free printing from the Library's purchased data bases.

REF11.9: Responsibility for Damages

The City Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its World Wide Web server or from its connections to other Internet or electronic resources services.

REF11.10: Development, Review, and Availability

This Policy was developed under the direction of the Salt Lake City Public Library Board, was adopted on March 22, 2012 following public notice, in a public open meeting at which the proposed Policy was addressed, and has an effective date of March 22, 2012. The Library Board shall review this Policy at least every three years.

Notice of the availability of this Policy shall be posted in a conspicuous place within the City Library for all patrons to observe.