The Humboldt County Library views the Internet as another
resource to support the mission of the Library.
"The mission of the Humboldt County Library is to
provide Library resources and services to meet the evolving educational,
recreational and informational needs of the public, thus enhancing individual
and community life."
The Humboldt County Library System is dedicated to
ensuring that all members of the community have the right and means of open
access to ideas and information which is fundamental to a democracy. The
Library affirms its traditional role in providing full access to use of its
resources, regardless of format.
The Library's Internet workstations are primarily to be
used for research, educational, and informational use. Time limits may be
enforced to ensure that all Library patrons have the opportunity to use the
Internet resources. The Library does not provide e-mail accounts. Staff and
docents will not assist users in the use of e-mail, chat or other forms of
personal communications or in the use of games.
Internet changes daily. Information is often not verifiable as accurate
and patrons should be aware that errors, intentional misinformation and
offensive material are sometimes posted on the Internet. Some information may
be objectionable to some patrons. Patrons are advised to use critical thinking
skills and exercise good judgment in accepting information found on the
The Library cannot be responsible for information
gathered on the Internet. The Internet is not controlled by any single
authority. The fact that the Library provides access to electronic information
does not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the Library. It is left to each
user to choose what is individually appropriate and for parents to assume
responsibility for their child's use of the Internet through the Library's
Use of the Internet by Minors:
Library policy respects the rights and responsibility of
parents or legal guardians to supervise the use of the Internet by their
A minor who wishes to access the Internet at the Library must have
a permission form signed signed by parent or legal guardian, and an authorizing
sticker on their Library card. The card must be presented to the docent or
staff member at the time of use of the Internet terminal.
Minors are defined as
persons under eighteen years of age who are not legally emancipated.
privileges for a minor are limited to that individual. Proof of identity in
addition to the Library card may be required at any time of use of the
Internet in the Library.
The Humboldt County Library does not use filtering or
tracking software on the Internet stations. We suggest that the parent or
guardian who is concerned about content of matter accessible on the Internet,
personally supervise the child's use of the Internet at the Library.
Rules Governing Use:
Acts or behaviors which may jeopardize a source's files, or behavior which may
jeopardize the Library's account or access to resources, will result in
revocation of the user's Internet privileges at the Library. Violations of the
Library rules governing use of the Internet may result in loss of Internet
Users of Library Internet Stations may not :
- Make any use of the
Internet which violates Federal, California, or local laws. Examples of
illegal activities include, but are not limited to, fraud and displaying
or disseminating child pornography.
- Make any attempt to
alter or damage computer hardware or software.
- Use the computers to
make unauthorized entry into the Library or Humboldt County networks and
databases or any other networks or systems.
- Invade the privacy of
others or send harassing or threatening messages.
- Make unauthorized copies
or use of copyrighted or licensed software or data.
- Use Library facilities
in ways that unnecessarily interfere with others.
Workstation use is limited to two persons per workstation
to reduce disturbing conversations and to discourage other problems. Exceptions
may be made for families and for special circumstances, to be determined by
Privacy cannot be
guaranteed when using a Library computer. Users are cautioned that the Internet
is not a secure medium and that privacy of electronic communication cannot be
Viruses: If the
Library makes downloading available, patrons need to be aware that software
downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. The Library takes no
responsibility for damage to patron owned hardware or software that might occur
due to data downloaded by a patron while using Library Internet workstations.
may not use their own software programs on Library Internet computers. This
limitation is intended to help prevent the spread of viruses and to prevent
unauthorized access to the Library and County computer networks.
Reserving and Using the Library Internet Access Computer:
Patrons may reserve the computer up to one hour a week [up
to 7 days in advance ]. Additional time on the computer may be available on
a walk-in basis.
Latecomers forfeit the unused portion of their reserved
1. Patrons may be charged for each half hour (or fraction
thereof) to use the Internet terminal to help defray costs of providing the
hardware and software.
2. Information may be printed from the screen at the same
charge per page as is charged for use of the Library photocopiers.
For current charges, Library patrons are referred to the
Library fees schedule.
Docents or staff may be available for assistance in
locating specific information. However, patrons who are unfamiliar with
computers or using the Internet are encouraged to take advantage of the free
and low-cost training programs for computer use and searching offered elsewhere
in the community. The Library Internet computers are not intended to be used as
tutorial stations. Staff or docents will assist users in getting started doing
Internet searches; however, the Library does not guarantee that
Internet-trained staff or docents will be available to assist users at all
by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors January 18, 2000