Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy

The Union City Public Library makes access to the Internet available through dedicated workstations at no charge to provide a means for the general public to obtain information via the Internet; to enhance personal searches for information by including the resources available on the Internet; and to provide access to the INCOLSA INSPIRE databases through the internet.
Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.

The Union City Public Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, in respect to any equipment, programs or other materials, their performance, or fitness for any particular purpose. Materials, equipment, and connections are provided “as is”. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of computer equipment, programs, and documentation is with the user. In no event shall the Library be liable for actual, financial, incidental, or consequential damages in connection with or arising from the use or inability to use the Internet at the Library. Parents assume all liability arising from their minor children’s use of the Internet at the Library.

The Library Board and employees of the Library are NOT responsible for the information that is accessed and obtained while using the Library’s equipment or connections. Library users are responsible for the access points they reach on the internet. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection.
Internet providers strive to provide the widest possible freedom of expression for their users. However, because this is an online community, basic standards of conduct have been set to guide an environment that encourages communication.

Communication that harms others is not allowed. Complaints received of threats or harassment of others will be grounds for denial of access to the Internet through the Library.
Illegal activities are not allowed. These include:

Violating copyright restrictions

Conspiring to commit crimes

Maliciously slandering or libeling an individual

Conducting illicit transactions

Using Library computing resources to break into other computer systems

Suspicion of illegal activities will result in the suspension of a user’s privileges – proof of wrongdoing will result in the termination of the user’s privileges.

In addition, abuse of the Library’s computing resources – including using another’s password or account, breaking into restricted areas of the system, accessing other user’s private files or using the Library’s computing resources to distribute malevolent software like computer viruses – is grounds for immediate suspension or termination of a user’s access privilege.


Violators of computing resources use policy may lose Library privileges. Violations of the policies described above for legal and ethical use of computing resources will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.


All Union City Public Library computer systems are filtered to protect against access to obscenity, child pornography, and sexually explicit graphical materials as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2001.

Filtering software is not 100 percent effective; parents and individuals must assume responsibility for Internet use. The Library does not act “in loco parentis”; therefore a parent or a legal guardian is responsible for their child’s use of the Internet. With regard to Internet safe use and healthy online practices and awareness, parents and children are encouraged to visit and read the child safety, warning, and educational information about Online Enticement, provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Internet filters may be bypassed by staff to access a legitimate site if the situation warrants.