Purpose: The Pottstown Public Library provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling our purpose of providing diverse and easily accessible materials, encouraging the free flow of ideas, and educating, informing, and enriching all residents of our service area.
The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and library patrons use it at their own risk. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users are responsible for determining the validity and reliability of the information located. The Pottstown Public Library cannot be held responsible for the Internet’s content or for any misuse of copyright or any other violation, nor is it responsible for any liability or expense you may incur during use.
Filtering: In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (pub.L. 106-554), all library computers will have filtered Internet access as of July 2004. This act requires a library that receives federal funds must “have in place a policy of Internet safety for minors that include the operation of a technology protection measure with respect to any computer with Internet access”.
Children and the Internet: As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Only a parent/legal guardian may restrict their children, and only their children, from access to Internet resources available through the library. The parent/legal guardian, not the library, is responsible for monitoring their children’s Internet use. Internet filtering software is not foolproof and does not take the place of parental supervision.
Rights of Adults: Adults (age 17 or older) may request the filtering software be disabled during use, if so desired as long as the policies of the Pottstown Regional Public Library are not violated.