Purpose

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access. [Supreme Court decision: United States v. American Library Ass’n, Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003)]

Statement of Policy

Andrew Bayne Memorial Library uses filtering software that blocks or filters Internet access to sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec 5903.

Terms of Use

  • Filters maybe unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate informational or educational value, or allowing access to sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit
  • Parents or legal guardians, and not the Library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and for the information selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children’s Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.
  • Any adult (17 years of age or older) may request that the filter or technology protection measure be disabled without significant delay by a library staff member authorized by the Library Director, consistent with the privacy policy.
  • An authorized staff member may override the filter or technology protection measure for a minor (age 16 years or younger) in the event that the filter wrongly blocks or filters Internet access to a site with legitimate informational value.
  • The Library is not responsible for any patron’s unauthorized use of a computer with a disabled filter.

Complaint Procedure

Any patron who wishes to file a written complaint about the filtering software on the library computers may do so within thirty (30) days to:

  1. The Library Director and/or the Borough Council;
  2. The Director of the Electronic Information Network;
  3. The Federal Communications Commission.

Policy last updated: April 13, 2015