2.3 INTERNET USE
Public access to the Internet and to online tools is an integral part of the LCLD’s programs and services. Access is provided through publicly accessible computers, wireless Internet service at each library, and loan of mobile hotspots. Internet access is available without charge. The LCLD does not endorse any viewpoints presented, or vouch for the accuracy of information found, when a member of the public uses the library’s Internet services. The LCLD shares the values of the American Library Association (ALA) in providing free access to the Internet and adheres to the ALA statement “Internet Filtering: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” [see Appendix]. The LCLD board of trustees asserts that the use of Internet filters to block constitutionally protected speech compromises First Amendment freedoms and the core values of libraries and librarianship. However, in order to comply with the content filtering requirements of Idaho Code 33-2741 the Latah County Library District filters all public computers and wireless Internet connections.
Access to the Internet through library-provided means is for legal uses only. Loss of privileges at the library and criminal and/or civil prosecution are possible consequences resulting from illegal or inappropriate uses of computing resources. Internet users should be aware that they are working in a public environment with people of all ages and diverse viewpoints. Examples of illegal or inappropriate uses include but are not limited to the following:
• Attempting to bypass the security of the computers or local area network at the library.
• Attempting to bypass the security of any other computer or network including the internet.
• Attempting to intentionally introduce a virus or similar piece of code that may do damage to any data, computer, or networking device.
• Attempting to alter or damage any software, operating systems, or configuration files.
• Attempting to use unauthorized computer accounts, access codes, or network numbers.
• Viewing illegal materials including obscenity and child pornography.
• Violations of another user’s privacy.
• Violations of copyright or other laws.
Library information technology resources may not be used to harass, abuse, or threaten another person.
The filtering software used by the LCLD is designed to protect against malware, hacking, and proxy avoidance systems that may be harmful to computer hardware or networks.
As allowed by I.C. 33-2741(2), library policy may limit internet access or otherwise protect against content beyond that specified in Idaho statute.
The LCLD attempts to maintain patron confidentiality at all times involving the patron’s individual legal use of electronic resources and services offered by the library, but cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information transmitted by a patron over the Internet. The library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for any loss or damage incurred by anyone using the library’s computing resources, including any loss or harm incurred by a patron arising out of, or associated with giving or receiving, personal or financial information across the library’s network and the Internet.
Approved November 2004; Revised November 2008, March 2010, December 2011, December 2013, December 2019, October 2020