- In response to advances in technology, the Clearwater Public Library is endeavoring to develop resources and services that meet the information, educational, and recreational needs of the community. It is within this context that the Library offers access to the Internet.
- The Internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. It is, however, an unregulated medium with a highly diverse user population. The Library cannot successfully control and monitor the vast amount of material accessible via the Internet. It is possible that individuals might access information they personally find offensive or disturbing. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves and their children.
- Sources on the Internet do not always provide accurate, complete, or current information. As with any material provided by the Library, the user must take responsibility in questioning the validity of the information found.
- The Internet computer equipment and software must be used as installed. Users are not permitted to delete, add to, or modify the installed hardware or software.
- Users may not use the Library's computers to make unauthorized entry into any other computer or network.
- Users may not disrupt or interfere with other computer or network users, services, or equipment. Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida state law and users may be held responsible.
- Users may not represent themselves as another person nor use Internet access to transmit obscene, threatening, or harassing materials.
- Users must respect the legal protections to data and software provided by copyright and license law.
- Although the library staff is able to offer searching suggestions and answer some questions, most cannot provide in-depth training on Internet and personal computer use.
- Viewing material that can reasonably be expected to disturb other patrons or staff is not permitted. It is a violation of state law, Chapter 847, Florida Statutes, to view “child pornography” or “obscene material” or to provide material “harmful to minors” to any person under the age of 18.
The Library, the Internet, and Intellectual Freedom
In addition to the above policies, the Clearwater Public Library provides Internet access in accordance with the Library's Mission Statement and the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association.