Internet and Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement of the Upper Arlington Public Library

The Upper Arlington Public Library collects only the information needed to conduct normal business with and improve services to our customers. The Library does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute customer information to outside parties except for possible uses related to the recovery of materials or unless required to do so by a court order.

Internet Policy of the Upper Arlington Public Library

Introduction

The Upper Arlington Public Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic resources to satisfy the evolving needs of the community.

As with other library materials, it is the parent or legal guardian of minor children who assumes responsibility of supervising access to Internet resources in the library. Parents are reminded that filtering can provide only a degree of protection from Internet sites that may be deemed inappropriate. It is important to remember that filtering systems are not perfect. Even with a filter, it is possible that inappropriate sites will be accessed and also legitimate sites will be blocked.

The library cannot control or monitor material which may be accessible from Internet sources. It is not possible to apply the same selection criteria that are used for other materials. UAPL upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. Library-provided Internet access may not be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. Access to and/or display of obscene language and sexually explicit graphics as defined in sections 2907.01 and 2907.31 of the Ohio Revised Code is not permitted. Patrons must be sensitive to the fact that Internet screens and printers may be subject to view by library patrons of all ages.

Specific Guidelines

Library workstations and data ports are shared resources and not for the exclusive or excessive use of a single person. Users may have access to library computers for up to five hours per day if no one else is waiting for a computer. Users must have a library card and PIN to access library workstations.

Printing is available for a fee. The library is not responsible for printing errors or money lost on printing deposit accounts.

Patrons downloading from library data ports and through wireless access to their own computers do so at their own risk. The Upper Arlington Public Library is not responsible for any loss of data or other liability that may occur from patron use of the library’s Internet services.

Respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting yourself as another user: by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; and by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.

Access to the Internet is normally available during library hours, but may be subject to interruptions due to periodic upgrades, maintenance, or technical difficulties.

Misuse of library-provided Internet access may result in the loss of Internet and/or library privileges.

Disclaimer

Information available through the Internet is not warranted by the Upper Arlington Public Library to be accurate, authoritative, factual, or complete. The availability of networked information via the Upper Arlington Public Library does not constitute any endorsement or ratification of that information. The Upper Arlington Public Library is not responsible for the content of networked information available. The use of the Internet to engage in any activity that constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws is strictly prohibited.

All users of this service agree to hold the Upper Arlington Public Library harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly relating to the use of the Internet, caused thereby or arising therefrom. In no event shall the Upper Arlington Public Library have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if the Upper Arlington Public Library is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Internet Policy updated 6/2009, UAPL Board of Trustees.