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Internet Usage Policy

computer userThe Carnegie Library of Homestead is pleased to offer access to the Internet through the World Wide Web (WWW). This resource is available through the library’s participation in the Electronic Information Network (eiNetwork). The library does not offer other Internet services such as newsgroups, inter-relay chat, or electronic mail, except to the extend to which these services are available via the World Wide Web.<

The Library endorses the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.  All library users are provided equal access to  resources available on the Internet. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium, enabling access to material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal, as well as materials that are personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. The Carnegie Library of Homestead does not control any of the resources available through the Internet. Although library staff will make every effort to guide users to sources on the Internet which enhance the library’s collection, it is not possible to apply the same selection criteria which are used for other materials. Each user must accept responsibility for determining content.  The Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy or authenticity of information accessed via the Internet.  Each user must determine what information is appropriate.

Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet access.  Parents or guardians, NOT the library staff, are responsible for Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.  Parental supervision of children searching the Internet is advised.

Viewing of certain materials in the public library may be considered improper in time, place or manner. Users may not display on screens and/or printers materials that may be unlawful or prohibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws. The Library staff will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes unacceptable content.

Material on the Internet and the World Wide Web is copyrighted. It is the user’s responsibility to be aware of the display of any notices concerning the copyright of information on the Web and to respect the copyright laws of the United States.

The Carnegie Library of Homestead shall not be party to any purchases of services or merchandise made over the Internet and shall not be liable for any costs or damages arising out of such a transaction. Any purchases that a child makes, with   or without a parent or guardian’s knowledge, will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

While Library staff will assist users in accessing the Internet, users are nevertheless responsible for their own searches.
Internet privileges may be revoked if you:

  • Display materials that could be construed as obscene or offensive
  • Use the connection for a purpose that would break any local, state, or federal law
  • Damage, misuse, reprogram, or tamper with the Library’s computer equipment or software
  • Enter a chat room if you are under age 18
  • Use personal software programs or insert any CD without express authorization from the Library staff.
  • Print without paying for copies
  • Act in a way that the Library staff deems inappropriate

The Library reserves the right to enforce Internet policies. Users who knowingly disregard Library policies may be denied use of Library computers, asked to leave the building, or reported to appropriate law enforcement. The Library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time if it is creating a disturbance.

Library computers must not be used for fraudulent or unlawful purposes, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of 18 PA Cons. Stat. sec. 5903.