|To fulfill its
mission of providing library services to all citizens, the Fairfield
County Library provides access to an extensive range of
informational, educational and recreational resources, including
those available through the Internet. The Library has established
this policy to ensure responsible and appropriate use of the
Internet within the Library's facilities.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF
The Internet enables access to a wealth
of valuable and reliable information from a variety of sources.
Users are cautioned that the Internet also provides access to
information that may be inaccurate, controversial, illegal,
personally offensive to the viewer, or inappropriate for children.
Individual users must exercise judgment in evaluating the validity
and appropriateness of information retrieved via the Internet and
must assume personal responsibility for their use. The Fairfield
County Library cannot be held liable for the content of any Internet
The Fairfield County Library employs
technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) pursuant to
South Carolina Proviso 72.95 and the Children’s Internet Protection
Act. Patrons who believe information is inappropriately blocked by
the library’s Internet protection measures may request staff
intervention. After review, the staff will determine whether the
request qualifies as bona fide research.
While the Fairfield County Library
upholds users' rights to privacy and confidentiality in their use of
all library resources, the nature of electronic resources makes it
impossible to guarantee these rights. Since some Internet sites may
be inappropriate for viewing in a public setting, users should
exercise discretion in consideration of the rights of
The Internet provides access to valuable
educational and informational resources for children and youth, who
are expected to abide by this policy. While library staff will
endeavor to educate, supervise, and monitor appropriate usage by
children of the online computer network, the library
reaffirms the responsibility of parents to determine the
appropriateness of Internet resources for their children. Parents
are strongly encouraged to supervise their children's Internet use
and counsel them against providing any personal identification via
For more information on children and the
Internet, ask a Library staff member for a copy of Child Safety
on the Information Highway.
CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF COMPUTER
No more than two people may use a PC at a
time and only one PC may be used per person.
If others are waiting, there is a
30-minute time limit per person on a PC.
Because of library scheduling, PC-trained
staff may not always be available. Library staff's availability to
help users with basic computer use or with Internet access is
Users may print copies from PCs at a cost
of 10 cents per page. A user must pay for every page printed. The
library cannot guarantee the privacy and security of information
printed or saved to removable media.
USERS MAY NOT
- damage or attempt to damage equipment;
alter or attempt to alter software configurations; or by-pass or
demonstrate to another how to by-pass filtering software.
- attempt to gain unauthorized access or
to cause disruption of the library's computer system or any other
- violate copyright laws or software
- display or send obscene (as defined by
S.C. Code 16-15-305) images, messages, or files.
- violate any local, state, or federal
laws or regulations.
- use their own software, or download or
install software on any of the computer workstations.
- enter chat
rooms, engage in instant messaging, or any other means of
real-time conversation via the Internet.
- engage in any activity which is
disruptive to other library users.
PENALTIES FOR POLICY
Fairfield County Library staff shall be
responsible for supervising and monitoring use of the online
computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this
policy. Violations of this policy may result in loss of computer
access or other library privileges. Unlawful acts are subject to
prosecution by local, state, and/or federal authorities.
This policy has been approved by the
Fairfield County Library Commission on February 23, 2012, and is
subject to Board revision.