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Internet Access Policy

You must agree to abide by this policy to use this computer.

The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world. However, it is an unregulated medium. Though it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching, it also enables access to materials that may be offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal. The library has no control of the Internet and its resources, and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, currency, or suitability of any Internet resource.

The library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to a wide variety of material. The library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children's use of library materials and resources.  


In affirmation of these rights and to ensure that use of the Internet is consistent with the mission of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, the following regulations will apply:



  • Before each use of the library computers, patrons must agree to abide by this Internet Access policy.

  • To assure parental guidance in children's use of the Internet, children age nine and under require parental permission and adult supervision.

  • Users may not access inappropriate matter, such as matter that is obscene, pornographic, threatening or otherwise in violation of community standards.

  • Users must be careful not to expose themselves to dangerous situations. Users must be cautious when using e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, discussion groups, newsgroups, game rooms, and all other forms of communication.

  • Users may not engage in unlawful activities or misrepresentation. Users may not attempt unauthorized access (including hacking) to any computer system.

  • Users may not make unauthorized disclosure of, use of, or dissemination of a minor’s personal information by means of the Internet, e-mail or any other electronic technology. A minor must have the authorization of a parent or guardian to disclose personal information.

  • In accordance with current state and federal laws, all library computers that connect to the Internet use a technology protection measure to filter and block access to images that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors. Filters are not 100% effective and may not filter images that should be blocked, and conversely, may block images that should not be blocked.

  • Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the library's Disruptive Behavior Policy.


Failure to use the Internet station(s) appropriately and responsibly, as defined in this policy, will result in revocation of Internet use privileges and/or library use privileges. Unacceptable use that is illegal may result in criminal prosecution as well.


Approved by Library Board of Trustees, March 4, 2002; revisions approved 7/11/05; rev. approved 1/8/07

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