A library's mission is
to provide free access to information regardless of the medium.
The Grant Area District Library (GADL) acknowledges the unique
environment the Internet provides for all those interested in
discovering more about the world.
The GADL provides
access to information on the Internet for all its library patrons.
There exists no appropriate means to control the resources offered by
the Internet nor the complete understanding of what is on it.
There are no safeguards or existing limits on the content of the
information. In the absence of a governing apparatus or entity,
the ultimate responsibility to search for information on the Internet is
to that of the library patron.
|The GADL complies with
Public Act No.212 of 2000 in using a filtering program to monitor and
restrict obscene material and sexually explicit content from harming
minors. No filtering program can guarantee absolute protection for
library patrons and minors from questionable material. The
parents or legal guardians are responsible for their minor child's
reading, listening, and viewing of library material, including the
- Library users may not use their
own software programs on the library's computer network. This
reduces the probability of exposing the library's entire computer
network to a computer virus or worm.
- Internet users must have a library
card or temporary user number (obtained from the circulation desk)
in order to access the Internet.
- Use of an Internet computer is
limited to a maximum of 60 minutes per day, except during
hours of peak demand when it will be limited to 30 minutes.
- Computer use will end 15 minutes
before the library closes.
- A fee will be charged for material
printed from GADL computers.
- Individuals are responsible for
their own choices. Parents and guardians are responsible for
the choices of their own minor children.
cannot be used for:
- Commercial Activity (lawful credit
card purchases or orders of items by the user for personal use is
- Chat rooms or instant messaging
- Sending, receiving or displaying
text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene/
- Disrupting use of the Internet for
others. Only one person may occupy an Internet station at a
time. There is no room for doubling up on Computers.
A library patron in
violation of these policies in using the Internet will lose their
Internet and/or Library privileges.