Internet and Online Access Policy
Providing public access to the internet enables the Highland City Library to greatly expand access to information and to fulfill our mission of facilitating access to information.
It is the intent of this policy to meet the requirements of Sections 9-7-215 and 9-7-216 Utah Code Annotated, Administrative Rule R458-2 and the federal Children's Internet Protection Act for the purpose of preserving the Library's eligibility for any state and federal funding for which it qualifies.
Administrative procedures and guidelines for staff to follow in enforcing this policy have been established and are available for public review at the Library circulation desk or on the Library website (http://highlandcityLibrary.org). Procedures to be used to handle complaints about this policy or its enforcement are available at the Library circulation desk.
The Highland City Library prohibits access to the internet or online sites that are harmful to minors, specifically those sites that contain obscene material, visual depictions of pornography of any kind, including child pornography, essentially prurient content, or are used for illegal purposes. The Library may also prohibit access to internet sites which affect others' use of the Library resources, such as sites which may require large amounts of bandwidth. To enforce this policy, the Library will utilize technology protection measures on all computers with internet access in the Library. All computer and electronic device usage in the Library is subject to these prohibitions, including use of Library computers, computers or electronic devices connected to the Library's wireless network, computers or electronic devices accessing the internet using a cellular connection, and computers or electronic devices on which such material was stored prior to entering the Library.
Violations of this policy may result in the Library taking disciplinary actions, including termination of internet or Library privileges or any other legal remedy. Library staff is also subject to computer, internet, network, and e-mail use policies as outlined in the City's Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual.
The Library may institute time limits on computer usage based on demand. Only equipment and software owned and installed by the Highland City Library may be used on Library computers. Adding, deleting or modifying the installed hardware or software is expressly prohibited.
Outside disks, portable hard drives, and flash drives will be allowed to be connected to Library computers. The Library is not liable for any damage made to the patron's equipment and patrons shall be responsible for damage to Library computers if connected inappropriately. Patron may not open or install prohibited materials on Library computers.
Patrons may connect to the Library wireless network but do so at their own risk. Library staff are unable to provide technical support in setting up or maintaining access to the wireless network.
Patrons may print from Library computers and shall pay for all copies at the posted rate. Patrons using the wireless network do not have the ability to print to the Library printer.
The Library also reminds patrons that use of the internet requires good judgment and discretion in their use of this valuable resource. It is important to note:
- Not all internet sites provide accurate, complete or current information. It is the responsibility of each user to personally evaluate information they find on the internet.
- Some users may be offended by content they find on the internet.
- Restriction of a child's access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. The Library encourages parents to learn and explore the internet with their children and to supervise their use.
- Library staff is available to assist users in locating the information they need and to carry out administrative procedures in order to ensure compliance to this policy.
The Highland City Library Board originally developed and adopted an Internet and Online Access Policy on August 13, 2008. The policy was revised and adopted by the Library Board on April 22, 2019. This policy will be reviewed by the Highland City Library Board at least every three years, and a copy of the new policy will be sent to the Utah State Library Division as required by Administrative Rule R458-2