Computer and Internet Access Policy 

Library patrons use the Internet at their own discretion.  However, displaying, sending or receiving material inappropriate for viewing in a public place is prohibited by Arkansas Code § 5-68-205.  Inappropriate material is defined as pictures or text which could reasonably be construed as obscene or pornographic, as defined by Arkansas Code § 5-68-302.

The library provides Internet access as part of its collection and resources.  Internet resources at the library are available to all patrons; however, the library requires all users to be a library card holder in good standing, to sign in to use a workstation, and signify their agreement with this policy before accessing the Internet.  This policy applies to library networks as well.

The Farmington Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet so it is important to remember that some material may be outdated, wrong, or biased.  Please critically evaluate all information you find.  Also, any responsibility for consequences related to copyright infringement as stated in U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) lie with the patron.  The library staff will offer searching suggestions and are available to answer questions, but may not be available to provide individual training.  Users interested in computer or Internet training should inquire at the service desk for library programs on computer use.

As with other library materials, monitoring a child’s access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  Although library staff continually work to create a positive public environment, they are not a substitute for parental involvement.  The library is compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and a content filter is installed on all computers with Internet access.  The librarian may grant unfiltered access on a per-search basis.  The library cannot and will not monitor the information accessed through the Internet and suggests parents or legal guardians discuss acceptable use guidelines with their children.

Technical requirements or incompatibility with library computers may result in sites and services not being accessible.   Patrons shall not install, delete, or modify library hardware or software.  Patrons are responsible for damages to library property.  The number of patrons using a workstation may be limited to a single user.  The library reserves the right to implement other specific policies as needed.  The library may deny computer, Internet, or library access to library users who misuse or abuse the Library’s electronic resources, or who are found in violation of this policy.  The library recommends users log off Internet sites to insure privacy.