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Minneota Public Library Internet Policy and Guidelines 2015

The Minneota Public Library provides access to internet resources as one means of fulfilling the Library’s mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats. Internet access is provided in response to advances in technology and to the changing information needs of an increasingly diverse clientele. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection and allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world.

The Library upholds and affirms the right of every individual to have access to constitutionally protected material on the Internet. Unlike conventional information sources, the Internet is not currently subject to any universally applied standards for content. Although it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to material that may be inaccurate, offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Only individuals can determine what is most appropriate for their needs. Library users are encouraged to be wise information consumers by evaluating for themselves the validity and appropriateness of information accessed via the internet.

Children on the Internet:

Parents and legal guardians have responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet, including e-mail, chat rooms, and other forms for electronic communications. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to define for their family member what material or information is consistent with their personal and family beliefs; only they can apply those values for themselves and their children.

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the Minneota Public Library has implemented filtering software on all of its internet-accessible computers.


The Library's filtering software protect against access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and , in the case of persons under the age of 17, materials that are "harmful to minors" according to the definition set out in Minnesota Statute 617.241 (See Appendix A). Library users should be aware, however, that all currently available filtering software results in a degree of both "under blocking" (i.e. not blocking all obscene material on the Internet) and "over blocking" (i.e. denying access to certain constitutionally protected material that does not fall within the foregoing categories). The Library has attempted to select filtering software that best complies with CIPA while providing Library users with the broadest possible access to constitutionally protected speech and information.

The Library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that are harmful to minors. Nor can the Library guarantee that the filtering software will not restrict access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value. In order to address the over blocking problem and to enhance users' access to constitutionally protected speech and information, the library requests that all users, both adults and minors, contact the library at to request unblocking of an incorrectly blocked site. In accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act, persons age 17 and over may request that their Internet access be unblocked at any time.

Patron Privacy and Confidentiality:

The Minneota Public Library supports the right to privacy and confidentially of Library users in accordance with the Minnesota Data Practices Act.

Wireless Internet Access:

Wireless access is a free service for library customers using personal computing equipment. This access is subject to the conditions outlined in this policy. Upon reasonable belief that a violation of the policy has occurred, Library staff are authorized to take prompt and appropriate action. Library staff may request that the user stop using the Library’s computer or network, suspend Internet privileges, and ask the user to leave the library, or suspend library privileges completely. Illegal acts will be reported to local, state or federal authorities for prosecution. The library reserves the right to terminate an internet session at any time. Use which creates a disturbance or interferes with the ability of other customers to use the library will not be tolerated.

The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Information sent to and from your notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device may be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

Library staff is not available to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that you will be able to make wireless connection. Library staff is not allowed to configure, diagnose, or modify a customer’s laptop to enable access to the wireless network. In addition, the Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless access.

Internet Use Requirements:

The same principles that guide the use of other library resources apply to the use of the Internet. The Minneota Public Library asks all library users to remain sensitive to the fact that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages, with a variety of information interests and needs. In order to ensure an efficient, productive computing environment, the library expects its customers to use the Internet responsibly, to respect the rights of others, and to abide by the following requirements:

  • Library Internet users will refrain from any illegal activity including accessing illegal materials, or accessing materials that by local community standards would be considered harmful to minors, as defined by Minnesota Statue 617.241 (See Appendix A).
  • Users will obey copyright laws, all other U.S. or state laws, and software licensing agreements while using Library resources.
  • Users will not intentionally circumvent filtering and security/control software.
  • Users will not download or save any information or software to the Library’s computer hard drives, nor make any attempt to damage or alter Library computer equipment and software.
  • Users will refrain from engaging in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous and/or otherwise illegal.
  • Users will respect the privacy of others.
  • Users will not make any attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted library or Internet files or networks, or to damage or modify computer equipment or software at the library or at another location using library connections.
  • Users will not disclose, use, or disseminate personal information regarding minors without written authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minors involved.

Upon reasonable belief that a violation of the policy has occurred, Library staff are authorized to take prompt and appropriate action. Library staff may request that the user stop using the Library’s computer or network, suspend Internet privileges, and ask the user to leave the library, or suspend library privileges completely. Illegal acts will be reported to local, state or federal authorities for prosecution.

The library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.


The Minneota Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, that users or anyone else may suffer through usage of the Library's computers or the Library's Internet access. this policy is posted on all of the Library's Internet computers. Patrons must read the policy and agree/disagree to the policy on the informational screen prior to entering the Library's Internet web browser. Patrons who agree to the policy agree to hold the Minneota Public Library harmless from any claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities in relation to:

  • Infringement of U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code) governing the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted materials;
  • The use and/or accuracy of information obtained from the Library's electronic information system;
  • Damage to non-library software or hardware, loss of data, or liability that may occur from patron use of the Library's computers or wireless network.

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