Electronic Resources -- Acceptable Use

Adopted March 20, 1997

Revised January 25, 2001, September 27, 2007, May 24, 2012

The Orrville Public Library offers access to information through a variety of online resources.  These online resources include the CLEVNET catalog, subscription databases purchased through the CLEVNET consortium and the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and the Internet.  All of these components fulfill the Library’s mission to supply information for lifelong learning, to offer a gateway to outside resources and to supplement the educational needs of school-age children.

Electronic resources are available on nearly all workstations in the Library to make the search for information as easy as possible for users.  These resources are free and available to all library users. 

While the Internet provides easy access to a massive, rapidly changing body of information, not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete or current information.  Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for the results of their searches.  Some Internet sites may be offensive.  Library staff will monitor usage within the Library, but the Library is not responsible for Internet content.  Staff members are trained to help users determine if the information they access is reliable and suitable to their needs.

To assist users in navigating the vast resources of the Internet, the Orrville Public Library web page offers a list of useful websites.

As always, responsibility for the use of Library resources by children under 18 years of age falls to parents, guardians and caregivers.  This includes the electronic resources, as well as library materials.  It is essential that parents work with their children to develop acceptable, safe behavior when using electronic technology.

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the library has implemented filtering software on all of its computers with Internet access.  Staff will disable the Internet filter upon request by an adult (17 years of age or older) without undue delay and will not inquire as to the purpose of the adult’s request.

The library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, sexually explicit material or any other material harmful to minors or objectionable to some patrons.  Nor can the library guarantee that the filtering software will always permit access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value.

The Library maintains the right to demand that users refrain from displaying computer screens with information or graphics that may be deemed offensive in a public location.  Responsibility for determining the appropriateness of a screen rests with Library staff.  Failure to comply with the Library policies may result in loss of Internet privileges and/or ejection from the Library for a designated period of time.