Internet Policy

Cuyahoga County Public Library provides public access to the Internet in keeping with our mission to make accessible the broadest possible range of information in a variety of formats. 
 

Internet Access Computers

Ohio residents must have a library card (and password or PIN) to log into Cuyahoga County Public Library Internet computers. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for one at the check-out desk. A photo ID with name is required for a library card that will be used for Internet access.

Out of state residents can register for a one-day guest pass. If there are no internet computers available, you can sign up for the computer waiting list at a control computer. A library card # and PIN are required. 

J.1 Computers in Branches 
The Library cannot control and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information accessed over the Internet, nor can we control remote server availability or Internet response time.  Any restrictions of a child's access to the Internet are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Library computers are available for the use of authorized persons and activity only, and activity may be subject to monitoring, recording, and periodic audits. Library equipment may not be used to harass others or for any illegal activity.

Anyone using Library computer systems expressly consents to the above and to all Cuyahoga County Public Library policies and rules.

J.2 Computer Use by Minors 
It is the policy of Cuyahoga County Public Library that the full responsibility for the use of materials and resources by a minor (use by children under the age of 18) rests with his or her parents or legal guardian.   Any restrictions of a child’s access to the Internet are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  

Customers of all ages are permitted to use Library computers to access the Internet. Parents who wish to restrict their child’s access to the Internet may stop by the check-out desk to change their child’s Library card.

Library computers are available for the use of authorized persons and activity only, and activity may be subject to monitoring, recording, and periodic audits. Library equipment may not be used to harass others or for any illegal activity.

Anyone using Library computer systems expressly consents to the above and to all Cuyahoga County Public Library policies and rules.

No minor will be denied access to the online catalog.

The Library reserves the right to deny access to a minor when the minor is found to be inappropriately using the Internet.

J.3 Responsibility of Users 
Library computers are available for the use of authorized persons and activity only, and activity may be subject to monitoring, recording, and periodical audits. Library equipment may not be used to harass others or for any illegal activity.
Anyone using Library computer systems expressly consents to the above and to all Cuyahoga County Public Library policies and rules.
           
User Guidelines

j.1 Choosing Sources
The Internet offers a wealth of educational, recreational and cultural information that vastly increases the resources available to the Library’s users. It is the user’s responsibility to choose which resources to access. Be aware that the Internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, biased, inappropriate or offensive. Since the Library has no control over the content, individuals use it at their own risk. We caution users to access and evaluate materials online as they would a printed source.

j.2 Courtesy to Others
Individuals should use the Internet in a courteous, reasonable and responsible manner. If you are using the Library’s terminals, please limit your use if others are waiting. Users may not use library terminals for viewing sites that are inappropriate in a public setting or that create a disturbance.

j.3 Assistance from Staff
Library staff will assist individuals in the use of the Library’s homepage and offer basic instruction in the use of sites directly linked to the Library's Homepage.

Staff cannot assist users in searching through the many other sites available via the Internet. Internet users should have a minimal level of computer experience and be able to use a mouse.    

j.4 Printing
Printing must be completed within posted time limits. Effective February 1, 2010, the Library limits the number of free computer prints. Customers are given a daily allowance of 50¢ on their library card accounts to use for printing only. Any unused daily allowance does not carry over. Any money deposited by customers into their printing accounts does not expire. Effective January 1, 2014 black and white printing costs 10¢ per page, color printing costs 25¢ per page.

J.4 Warnings & Restrictions
Confidentiality and Privacy —  The Library does NOT guarantee that any username, password, email, credit card number, financial, or any other information entered is private or secure. We recommend you do NOT use public workstations for any financial, confidential or private transaction.
 
Users may not view sites that are inappropriate in a public setting or that create a disturbance.
 
The display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures could be in violation of the State of Ohio’s Harmful to Juveniles statutes.
 
The user agrees to hold the Library harmless from any claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities relating to the use of library computer, network, or other equipment, or to the use of information obtained from the Library’s electronic information system.
 
The Library does not maintain email accounts for users.
 
At its discretion, the Library Administration reserves the right to deny minors use of the Internet when unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
 
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance and public display of copyrighted material. Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user. The Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting thereof.
 
Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage, abuse or sabotage computer equipment or software, alter configurations, or install any software. Damage to Cuyahoga County Public Library computers and databases or attempts to access non-public areas of the network system may result in prosecution.
 
Users may not use any Library computer for illegal purposes that violate local, state or federal laws.
 
Users may not disregard time limits on the use of a Library computer while others are waiting.
 
The library does not guarantee that any particular website or electronic transaction will work, or be compatible with, library equipment.