The Library Network, supported by the Delaware Department of State, Division of Libraries, provides access to electronic information resources through the Internet to all Delaware public library card holders in good standing. Users of public library computers must enter their library barcode number and their Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the Internet. Users of personal mobile devices in the library are also subject to this Computer Acceptable Use Policy.
Public libraries will provide unfiltered access to the Internet in accordance with the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement, the Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA statement on Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. The Internet is a world-wide community with a highly diverse user population, and it is the user’s responsibility to use the resource wisely. The Library Network makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of the information the user finds.
The library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to guide, determine, and monitor their children’s use of the Internet. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature, and some sites may contain material that is inappropriate for children. Public libraries comply with the Delaware Children’s Internet Protection Act through the use of an Internet access management system for public library computers that enable parents and legal guardians to limit their child’s access. Minors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to use the Internet on a library-owned computer through the library card registration process. Libraries may also provide limited access options such as the use of dedicated computers for minors which are filtered or provide access solely to age-appropriate electronic library collections.
Wireless Internet access is also available within the public libraries. Because wireless Internet access is unfiltered and may be accessed through computers and devices not owned by the library, parents and guardians are hereby notified and encouraged to place appropriate controls or restrictions on the use of personal mobile devices that their children may use in the library.
Libraries use a reservation system for computer use. While the library respects user privacy, it should be remembered that Internet workstations are in public areas and can be viewed by the entire community. Users are asked not to display images which will be offensive to other members of the community. Doing so may result in suspension of the user’s Internet access.
Internet access may not be available at times due to technical problems beyond the library’s control.
In order to collect statistics on the use of the Internet, the library reserves the right to use anonymous activity recording. No identification of users will be associated within the statistical reporting process.
Any use of the Library Network for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes or in support of such activities, is prohibited. Illegal activities shall be defined as a violation of local, state, and/or federal laws. Inappropriate use shall be defined as a violation of the intended use of the Library Network. Obscene activities shall be defined as a violation of generally accepted community standards. Other restrictions may be imposed as deemed necessary by the Delaware Library Network administration.In no event shall the public library or the Delaware Division of Libraries be liable for special, indirect, incidental, economic, consequential or punitive damages, including but not limited to lost revenue, lost profits, replacement goods, loss of technology rights or services, loss of data, or interruption or loss of use of software or any portion thereof regardless of the legal theory under which such damages are sought, even if the user has been advised of the likelihood of such damages.