Policy on Public Use of the Internet


In keeping with its mission and with advances in information technology, the Library provides users with access to the Internet.
The Library is a forum for all points of view and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights formulated by the American Library Association.

The Internet is a global electronic network that is vast, dynamic and unregulated. Because of this, information may not be accurate, current or complete. some information, commentary and graphical images may be offensive or disturbing for some. library customers are advised to exercise critical judgment when using information found on the Internet. The Alameda Free Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy or usefulness of information obtained via the Internet.

The Alameda Free Library supports parents and guardians in their efforts to guide their children's intellectual and social development. Parents are encouraged to review the guidelines for Internet use on the web site, Child Safety on the Information Highway and to discuss appropriate use with their children. The Library may provide filtering software on selected Internet stations that have been designated for use by children. Several companies produce and sell filtering software. These products attempt to screen out what may be offensive, especially to children, on the Internet. For more information about filtering software and how it works, ask a librarian at the Reference Desk. Even with the use of filtering software, however, the Library cannot guarantee that children will be protected from all offensive material. As with other resources in the Library, it is the sole right and responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide any monitoring or restriction of their own child's access to the Internet.

The Internet is not a secure medium and the privacy of electronic communication cannot be guaranteed.
Users are cautioned that ll transactions and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access.

Users must comply with U.S. copyright law and all other applicable laws.

Adopted by the Library Board on October 14, 1998