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Safety Harbor Public Library Computer Use and Reference Policies

Customer Internet Access Use Policy and Internet Usage Disclaimer

The following policy and disclaimer represents the Safety Harbor Public Library's comprehensive Internet Resources Policy. A single-page summary of Internet access and operational rules titled Customer Internet Access Use Policy will be posted at the reference desk and at public computer workstations. The Internet Usage Disclaimer at the end of this policy document will be posted as an online disclaimer screen on the library's public access computers.

Violations of this policy may be cause for a temporary or permanent prohibition from use of library equipment or facilities, consistent with the Library's Code of Conduct.

  • Service Mission
  • The Safety Harbor Public Library makes Internet resources available to its customers, together with access to electronic databases, as a means of supporting of its service mission.

    The Library offers materials and information in a variety of formats and media, with selection guided by its Collection Development Policy, which states that the library will collect, organize, and make accessible a varied and up-to-date collection of recreational, educational, informational and cultural resources to meet the information and reading needs of the residents of Safety Harbor and the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative area.

    The library's goal in providing Internet resources is to enhance its collection in size and depth with information that may not be otherwise available in print or as up-to-date. Access is offered freely, without charge, to all library customers, within the guidelines of current federal and state law.

  • Legal Compliance
  • In providing public access to the Internet, the Safety Harbor Public Library subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association's LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS and FREEDOM TO READ statements and its interpretations of these documents. Library staff will not monitor, control, or restrict anyone's access to equipment or the range of information available within the limits of State and/or Federal law. Parents or their designated guardians are responsible for personally overseeing their child(ren)'s use of the Internet and to limit or restrict their child(ren)'s access to the Internet. Library staff is not responsible for the decisions and behaviors of minors who visit the library without a parent or guardian.

    The Library complies with all applicable state and federal laws regarding Internet access and the use of public computer workstations. Users of Library computing resources must comply with federal and state laws, Library rules and policies, and the terms of applicable contracts including software licenses while using Library computing resources. Applicable federal and state laws include but are not limited to Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011 (1)a and 847.0133(1) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the June 23, 2003 United Sates Supreme Court decision relating thereto are attached. In compliance with CIPA, the Library provides filtered and unfiltered Internet access according to the provisions of the law.*

    Additional examples of applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity and child pornography; the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibit "hacking", "Cracking" and similar activities. Users who engage in electronic communications with persons in other states or countries or on other systems or networks may also be subject to the laws of those jurisdictions and the rules and policies of those other systems and networks.

    The Safety Harbor Public Library Code of Conduct applies to the use of all library computer workstations, with or without Internet access. Users must not use computing resources to gain unauthorized access to local or remote computers or to impair or damage the operations of the City of Safety Harbor computers or networks, PC workstations or peripherals. This includes blocking communication lines and running, installing or sharing virus programs. Deliberate attempts to circumvent data protection or other security measure are not allowed.

  • Child Safety on the Internet
  • For online safety tips for children and their parents, please refer to the following link from the American Library Association.

  • Internet Usage Disclaimer
  • The following Internet information disclaimer will be posted at all public computer workstations.

    Provision of this service does not constitute any endorsement by the Safety Harbor Public Library. The Library shall have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed on the Internet from Library equipment. Internet users are reminded that:

    • Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.
    • Parents and designated guardians are responsible for limiting, restricting, and/or overseeing the use of the Internet by their children.
    • Filtering software does not block all material users might find offensive.
    • Public library workstations are not private or secure.

    * The Children's Internet Protection Act provides United States Code citations for the definitions of "obscene" (18 U.S.C.& 14660) and "child pornography" (18 U.S.C.&2256). The Act identifies "harmful to minors" in Section 1703 (b) (2).

Specialized Equipment

  • Low vision reader
  • Separate, stand-alone, computer (not on reservation software and not on Internet) for using CD-ROMs and using Microsoft Office
  • Juvenile musical instruments
  • MP3 players
  • Puppets

Please see the Safety Harbor Public Library Website for more information.