The purpose of this policy is to affirm the library's role in providing public access to the Internet and to clarify patron responsibilities associated with Internet use in the library.
Internet use in the library means using the library's network to access the Internet either on library workstations or through a wireless connection.
Public access to the Internet is integral to Hennepin County Library's mission to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together.
Public access to the Internet allows patrons to:
Public access to the Internet is available at all library locations via library workstations and wireless access. Filtering software is used to filter out proxy sites, and sites that pose a security risk to the network. It is also used to filter out obscene materials as defined by Minnesota Statute 617.241.
Library workstations support a variety of software programs that expand a workstation's capabilities and increase a patron's ability to utilize the Internet. The library may establish time limitations to ensure fair and equitable access to library workstations.
The Hennepin County Library Board, Hennepin County, and its employees assume no responsibility for damages of any type arising from patron use of the Internet through the library's network.
Patrons acknowledge that the content on the Internet is not managed or governed by any entity and therefore they may encounter materials that are inaccurate or that they consider offensive.
Patrons recognize that their use of the Internet is conducted in a public place shared by many. Patrons are subject to the Patron Use of Library Spaces Policy.
Patrons acknowledge that the library cannot protect the privacy of data that is transmitted to third parties via the Internet.
Patrons shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws including but not limited to:
Failure to follow this policy may result in eviction from the library, and may include a trespass order or arrest. Violation of state and federal laws will be referred to the proper authorities for legal action.
Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring Internet access for their children who are minors. Any additional restrictions placed on a child's access to the Internet on the library's network is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
This policy is reviewed by the Library Director (or designee), the library's legal counsel and the Library Board Policy Committee at least every four years. The Committee reviews and revises as necessary, endorses and advances to the full Library Board for approval.
Next Review Date: 11/2020
Date Approved: 11/2016