Internet Policy

The Library provides free Internet access in all branches, though in-branch Internet computer stations, or through wireless connections for laptop users.

The Library’s Internet Policy states, in part:

Customers must use their own Library card and password to access to the Internet, and may not use a card belonging to someone else, even with that person’s permission.

Internet access for non-library members is permitted. Non-members are issued a temporary Internet-only barcode number.

To ensure fair sharing of limited resources, access to internet workstation is restricted to one hour per day per customer.

The library does not provide a commercial content filter on Internet workstations.

Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet. Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting and viewing material that is consistent with personal and family values and boundaries.

Internet users are subject to federal and provincial legislation related to Internet use, including the provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada regarding obscenity, child pornography, sedition, and the incitement of hatred, and the Canadian Copyright Act.

The Library’s computers are located in public areas shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are asked to consider other library users when accessing the Internet from public workstations.

Library staff members are authorized to ask Internet users to stop using the Internet if they are disturbing others, violating the Library’s Internet Access Policy, or Rules of Behaviour.

The Internet is an unregulated worldwide environment. It contains information and opinions that range from reliable and authoritative to controversial and extremely offensive. Some information found on the Internet may not be accurate, complete, or current, and each user must assess the validity of the information found.

The Library does not monitor and has no control over Internet content. The Library is not responsible for damages, fees or security associated with the use of the Internet. The Library cannot guarantee security and confidentiality of any transaction, particularly e-commerce transactions.

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