1. As part of its mission, the Clearview Library District provides internet access and personal computing resources to registered borrowers. Individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements for a Clearview Library District library card (e.g., visitors from outside the state of Colorado) may present proper identification to receive a guest pass. Guest passes are also available to residents who may have forgotten their library card.
2. Parental permission for internet access using Library equipment is required for individuals who have not attained the age of 17. The Library does filter all computers in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and CRS 24-90-601, et seq. However, parents, guardians, or caregivers are ultimately responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.
3. Clearview Library District provides wireless access enabling individuals who visit the library to use their privately owned computer equipment to access the internet. Visitors who wish to use wireless connectivity are not required to meet borrower eligibility criteria as defined above. Wireless access does require the completion of a simple online registration process. All wireless access is filtered. Adult patrons who require unfiltered access must meet the criteria above and register with Library staff to use Library computers equipped with the ability to disable the filter in a manner consistent with this policy.
4. The Clearview Library District does not monitor and has no control over the information on the internet. The Clearview Library District assumes no responsibility for any loss or damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet or from any other use of its personal computing resources.
5. As with all library resources, patrons are advised to exercise their own critical judgment and discrimination when evaluating sites found on the internet. Certain information may be inaccurate, misleading or offensive to some individuals.
6. Unauthorized access, including so-called hacking, and any other unlawful activities by any Library users are strictly prohibited.
7. To comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act and restrict access to online content that may be considered harmful to minors or offensive to adults, the Clearview Library District employs technology protection measures (filters) on all computers with internet access. Users must be cautioned that filters are not foolproof and due to technological limitations cannot obstruct access to all potentially harmful or offensive content. In addition, filters may block access to some legitimate or constitutionally protected material found on the internet. By law, individuals who have attained the age of 17 have the right to unfiltered internet access.
8. Illegal acts using Library computers may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities. Illegal acts include, but are not limited to, displaying sexually explicit materials to minors. The computers are for public use and minors may be present in the Library even if you are unaware of their presence.
All patrons must abide by the Library's Rules of Conduct and are expected to use internet and/or personal computing resources in a responsible and orderly manner. Failure to comply with the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library's internet access and personal computing resources may result in immediate suspension of library privileges and, where necessary, civil liability and/or criminal prosecution. The following are prohibited:
- Damaging equipment, software, or data;
- Violating system security;
- Violating any legal agreement (e.g., software licenses);
- Violating any federal, state or local law (e.g., copyright, child pornography);
- Using personal software on Library equipment, and
- Engaging in activities that may be judged as disruptive by Library staff or patrons. User responsibilities are not limited to the above and may be subject to change.
Children, Parents, and the Internet
1. Parents/guardians have the sole right and responsibility to decide what is appropriate for their child. The Clearview Library does not act in loco parentis (i.e., in the place or role of the parent). Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of their child's internet activity. Children who use the internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images.
2. The Library has taken measures designed to assist in the safe and effective use of the internet, including:
- Employing technology protection measures (filters) on all computers offering internet access
- Developing and maintaining web sites designed for children and teens;
- Providing online and printed information about child safety and information on educational or recreational uses of the internet.
3. To address the issue of the safety and security of minors (individuals who have not attained the age of 17) when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications, the Library recommends the following safety guidelines. Minors should:
- Always ask their parents' permission before using their full name, address, telephone number, or school name anywhere on the internet;
- Always tell their parents or another adult they trust if they see something online that is frightening or that they do not understand;
- Never respond to messages that make them feel uncomfortable or uneasy;
- Never give out a credit card number or password online without parental approval, and
- Never arrange to meet in person someone they have met online unless they discuss it with their parents and an adult accompanies them.
Adopted September 29th, 2016. Revised October 28th, 2021.