Borrow the Internet: Terms of Use

When you check out one of the library's hotspot devices as part of the Borrow the Internet service, your use of the equipment is available under the following policies and terms. These terms are undertaken in addition to standard Library policies and terms—such as loan periods, fines and other standard service aspects of an equipment loan from the Library--for which the user is also responsible.

Service outside of the continental United States is prohibited; any fees associated with use outside of this area will be the responsibility of the user. Replacement cost for a hotspot device and its accessories is $285.

For more information about this service, visit Borrow the Internet.

Acceptable Use Policy for Hotspot Equipment

The Westerville Public Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic services to further our mission of selecting informational and educational resources of value to our community. These services are offered in conformity with the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read policy and the Freedom to View policy.

The Internet contains many different kinds of material, some of which may be deemed to be of a controversial or offensive nature. In offering Internet access, the library staff cannot control nor assume any responsibility for:

  • Access points reached
  • The content of interactive communication such as e-mail and newsgroups
  • The validity of information
  • Accessibility due to technical difficulties or Internet reliability
  • Privacy of information

By using the Westerville Public Library's equipment, customers agree to the following:

  • The customer will not attempt to run any software on this equipment beyond that provided, or customize it, or change its configuration in any manner
  • The customer will return the hardware complete and in the original packaging
  • The customer will not use the unit in a way the library deems inappropriate

Inappropriate Use

In order to comply with contemporary community standards regarding obscenity as defined in 2907.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Library deems as inappropriate the following uses and practices:

  • Display of sexually explicit graphics
  • Display or transmission of profane, abusive or threatening language
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials
  • Violating any local, state or federal statute

Parental Responsibility

Parents must share with the Library the responsibility for their children's use of the Internet. Access to material that is considered harmful to juveniles as described in the Obscenity section of the Ohio Revised Code 2907.31 is not permitted because those materials do not support the mission of the Library. For more information on child safety on the Internet, we recommend viewing the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NetSmartz program.

Those persons having a concern about access to the Internet should ask at the reference desk in the Adult Services Department for the Statement of Concern Request. The completed statement should be returned to the reference desk for processing.

Security

Customers violating any usage guideline will forfeit the right to use the computer equipment offered by the Westerville Public Library, including, but not limited to, changing the physical or digital security setup of the device.

Therefore, deliberate altering of any files or modifying the configuration of this equipment is considered a violation of computer system security and will result in the loss of library computer privileges, with possible legal ramifications. Similarly, destruction of, or damage to, equipment through willful misuse will result in legal action, as will willful removal or alteration of any part of the equipment.

Internet Access Policy Statement

The Internet is a worldwide network of computers that contains millions of pages of information. Users are cautioned that many of these pages include offensive, sexually explicit, and inappropriate material. In general, it is difficult to avoid at least some contact with this material while using the Internet. Even innocuous search requests may lead to sites with highly offensive content. Additionally, having an e-mail address on the Internet may lead to receipt of unsolicited e-mail containing offensive content. Users accessing the Internet do so at their own risk and the Westerville Public Library is not responsible for material viewed or downloaded by users from the Internet.

To minimize these risks, your use of the Internet through the Westerville Public Library is governed by the following policy:

Our Acceptable Use Policy notes the vast amount of Information and opinions from varied points of view available on the Internet. The Internet is not monitored by the Library; users may encounter material they find offensive. Parents and guardians of minor children are encouraged to use available resources to guide their children's use of the Internet, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NetSmartz program.

In order to comply with contemporary community standards regarding obscenity as defined in Section 2907.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, the library deems as inappropriate the following uses and practices:

  • Accessing pornographic materials and sexually explicit graphics
  • Display or transmission of profane, abusive or threatening language
  • Transmission of threatening, obscene or harassing materials
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials • Violating any local, state, or federal statute
  • Users violating acceptable use standards may lose Internet, computer and library privileges

Filtering

The library uses a filter software application to screen all public computers having Internet access. This product is highly interactive, allowing library staff to quickly access, block or unblock sites.

The Westerville Public Library blocks sites, not words, so as to not block health, medical and other information which through key word searching might become inaccessible. This software has proven effective in enforcing the library's Appropriate Use Policies. However, no system is foolproof. Further monitoring or restrictions are the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. The library encourages parents and guardians to educate themselves and their children of safety issues regarding Internet access. The Library recommends viewing the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NetSmartz program.

Policy Enforcement

Customers who access pornographic sites, attempt to access password functions and otherwise violate the Acceptable Use Policy are abusing computer equipment services and are subject to losing computer, Internet and perhaps library privileges. Library staff will intervene by following procedures to address policy violations, including securing name, address, library card, issuing a "cease and desist" warning, and up to termination of library card and/or use of the building and equipment.

Questions or Complaints

If library staff find through their own searches or a customer questions sites which seem inappropriate, they are to call, email or send notes with the Web address to Computer Services Department, or appropriate selector to request the site be reviewed.

Request for Reconsideration

An online form is used for all formats including web sites and will be offered to customers who wish to register an official request to unblock a specific site. View the form.

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