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Internet Use Agreement

I Will Comply With the Library's Acceptable Use Policy

Revisions Adopted by the Library Board Sept. 21, 2010

Before using Internet access you must agree to follow the Wichita Public Library's Acceptable Use Policy!

WPL's Acceptable Use Policy

Internet access is available on public workstations for all users of the Wichita Public Library as a resource to be used in the fulfillment of the Library’s mission.

The Library will provide Internet access at no cost. Related services may be available for a fee (see REF-003).

The Library complies with state and federal laws. We have a particular awareness of Kansas laws relating to obscenity (K.S.A. 21-4301; 21-4301a, and 21-4301c) and federal laws on copyright (U.S. Code, Title 17). The Library complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) (codified in pertinent part at 20 U.S.C. § 9134) regarding requirements to use technology protection measures. Technology protection is not reliable. The Library cannot be held responsible for prohibited information that might be displayed.

The Library will interrupt or terminate a customer’s computer session if material displayed on the screen is not appropriate in a public environment. As all workstations are in view of other customers and staff, users are not permitted to display images containing gratuitous violence or obscenity as defined by Kansas law.

The Internet connects users to resources outside the Library. The Wichita Public Library has no control over these resources. The Library is responsible only for data in files created and maintained by its staff. Customers use the Internet at their own discretion.

As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Parents are encouraged to monitor and supervise their children’s access to the Internet.

The Library has no control over computer programs available through the Internet. Any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from customer use of programs obtained through library access is not the responsibility of the Wichita Public Library.

Inappropriate use of Internet access will result in cancellation of the individual’s use of this service. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Displaying or disseminating images containing gratuitous violence or obscenity as defined by Kansas law;

  • Disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal information that could threaten the safety or security of a minor, any other person, or the Library;

  • Attempting unauthorized access to restricted or confidential systems;

  • Tampering with computer hardware or software;

  • Violation of software license agreements and copyright laws;

  • Violation of another user’s privacy;

  • Any illegal activity, unethical misrepresentation or any form of harassment;

  • Use of library workstations for other than their intended purpose.

Illegal acts involving library computer resources may also subject a user to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

Library computer stations are for designated use only. For better service and the security of all users, customers are not permitted to run programs of their own or programs downloaded from the Internet. Other uses that are unavailable in order to ensure security and support of our users include: Internet Relay Chat; instant messaging; Usenet newsgroup posting; devices that require software insertion; special purpose browser plug-ins and file storage on fixed disks.

The Library’s staff will develop rules and procedures as necessary to insure equitable and reasonable use of public access workstations. The Library reserves the right to terminate a customer’s computer session at any time.

The Library maintains subscriptions and links to excellent online information sources that serve all areas of education and research, for children and adults. Courses in use of electronic resources, Internet safety and computer security are also offered on an ongoing basis. We urge users to ask library staff about these very effective, authoritative, and excellent online resources.

Approved 9/17/1996, revised 10/15/1997; revised 2/19/2002; revised 6/15/2004; revised 9/21/2010

The Library complies with CIPA
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Public Access Computer Use Procedure
  • Workstation sessions will last up to one hour each, depending on the location’s facilities.

  • Customers are allowed one session per day, although more time may be given if workstations are available.  

  • Only one workstation will be assigned per library card. A child may sign-up using his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s card.

Continuing beyond this page is an agreement to follow the Library's policies.

I Will Comply With the Library's Acceptable Use Policy

Last update: 7/16/2012
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