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Please read the following statement about Internet use at the Baltimore County Public Library...

 

The Baltimore County Public Library is committed to its role in serving the information and lifelong learning needs of all of its citizens. Providing access to the Internet enables the Library to greatly expand its information services.   In addition, the library organizes, catalogs and indexes a variety of information that it provides through connections to the Internet, web sites and commercial databases. Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, legal or philosophically acceptable to all people.

 

The Baltimore County Public Library upholds the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material.  However, the unauthorized or illegal use of the Baltimore County Public Library’s computing systems and facilities may result in revocation of Internet use privileges, general library privileges and/or constitute grounds for civil or criminal prosecution.

 

The library is required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to prohibit Internet access for children age 16 and younger to obscenity, child pornography and material that is harmful to minors. In order to implement the law, the library uses a Technology Protection Measure or a filtering service on all public access computers.

 

The filtering service disables access to certain web sites.  Upon request by a library customer age 17 and older, library staff may unblock a site.  Library staff may request proof of age.  The library reserves the right to enforce the Acceptable Use Policy if the requested material appears to violate the law. Technology Protection measures are not 100% accurate and may allow access to inappropriate sites. Parents and guardians of children under the age of 18 are responsible for their children's use of the Internet.

 

The Baltimore County Public Library prohibits the following:

 

  • Sending, receiving or displaying obscene or pornographic text or graphics inappropriate for a public and open environment
     
  • Engaging in any activity that facilitates sending, receiving or displaying inappropriate materials to a minor
     
  • Activities that disrupt the library or its network
     
  • Loading or downloading software from the Internet or using personal software programs on the library’s computers

 

Public Internet computers are not secure and should not be used to transfer financial and other personal data. The library is not responsible for the misuse of personal information entered on websites, nor can it guarantee that library computers will access any purchased Internet content.

 

BCPL allows the use of USB storage devices in its public computers to save or retrieve information (USB storage devices should not require device drivers or special software to be installed for use with Windows XP). Connecting other types of devices to the computer using the USB ports is not recommended. The library is not responsible for technical support required by the use of the devices or any damage, loss or destruction of personal devices or data connected by customers.

 

The library reserves the right to schedule time on all full Internet access computers.  Customers are required to present a Baltimore County Public Library Card or another acceptable form of identification in order to sign up for a computer.  The computers may be used for a time limited session.  Additional time will be allowed when no one else is waiting.

 

Your library account number is a unique number provided for your personal use and privacy. Unauthorized use of a library account number to log on to a computer is prohibited and may result in revocation of library privileges. You may be asked to provide identification.

 

Privacy Statement:

 

The Baltimore County Public Library is committed to protecting the privacy of its customers.  Information concerning personal use of the Internet is confidential and will not be released without a properly executed subpoena.

 

Website Accessibility Statement:

 

Section 508 Standard of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d) requires Federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, to enable individuals with disabilities to have access and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by those who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Although not required to do so by regulation or law, the Baltimore County Public Library acknowledges its obligation to serve its citizens who use assistive technology or who may have other needs, which may be served through Section 508 design principles.
 

The Baltimore County Public Library seeks to bring the website into basic compliance with Section 508. Website users who encounter difficulty using this website are requested to contact infoserv@bcpl.net describing the nature of the problem and where it was encountered.

 

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE STATEMENT MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF ACCESS TO THE INTERNET