Acceptable Use and Conduct Policies
Acceptable Use Policy
Background and Philosophy
Mid-Continent Public Library is dedicated to providing informational, recreational and educational resources to the people of Clay, Jackson and Platte counties. Mid-Continent Public Library extends the same high quality of service, although at different levels, at all locations despite community size. In an attempt to create an equal opportunity for information and to create collection diversity, the Library provides access to the Internet for the public.
Library users should use care when using the Internet or using automated resources. Mid-Continent Public Library places responsibility for how automated resources are used and viewed on the library user. Generally, the Internet is an unregulated medium. However, certain laws and regulations do apply to the way information may be used that is found on the Internet. Mid-Continent Public Library requires that library users follow all international, federal, state and local laws when using the Library's Internet and automated resources.
Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is current, accurate, or complete. Mid-Continent Public Library is unable to control or monitor the content of materials on the Internet that changes quickly and without warning. Library users should evaluate Internet resources just as they do printed publications, questioning the validity of the information. Endorsement of any commercial site or its products or services is neither expressed nor implied. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced Internet document do not necessarily reflect those of Mid-Continent Public Library.
Mid-Continent Public Library adheres to the standards required by Federal and State laws with regard to restricting access to materials deemed harmful to minors or obscene through the use of content filtering software.
Mid-Continent Public Library believes that the primary purpose of the Internet is to supplement the traditional collection of the Library, acting as an informational resource.
Mid-Continent Public Library supports the following American Library Association statements on access to information;
- The Library Bill of Rights
- The Freedom to Read Statement
- Access to Electronic Information Services and Resources Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources: Public
Mid-Continent Public Library requests the following from those who wish to use the Internet;
- Ownership and presentation of a valid Mid-Continent Public Library card is required to sign up for Internet use.
- Library users are required to sign in before each use of the Internet. Personally identifying information will be destroyed promptly.
- Time Limits will be set at each location depending upon demands for limited resources.
- All users must agree to the Acceptable Use Policy every time access is granted whether by signature or electronic agreement.
- If library users share computers, all users must agree to the Library's policies.
- No more than two persons may use a workstation at once unless by special arrangement.
- The Library strongly encourages that children using the Internet should be supervised by a parent, guardian, or a legal care giver.
- Adults using the computer-based resources are responsible for the behavior of any accompanying children.
- Only Mid-Continent Public Library employees may restart the computers. Library users may not reboot the computers and should report technical difficulties to library staff immediately.
The following is considered inappropriate Internet use and will not be tolerated by Mid-Continent Public Library;
- Violation of any applicable international, federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, rules or regulations.
- Harassment of other persons or parties.
- Viewing and/or printing inappropriate images or text that may be reasonably construed as obscene in an open and public setting is not appropriate.
- Deliberately bypassing the content filtering software without appropriate library staff authorization.
- Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users.
- Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to any computing, information or communications devices or resources.
- Unauthorized copying of copyright or other protected materials.
- Violation of any computer system security.
- Use of computer facilities in ways that purposefully and unnecessarily impede the computing activities of others.
- Engaging in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
- Installing or attempting to install any software on Mid-Continent Public Library computers.
Violation of these guidelines may result in appropriate action including revocation of library privileges.
In order to provide an atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) services and facilities, customers are required to comply with this policy while on MCPL property. MCPL property includes all buildings, entryways, sidewalks, parking lots, and surrounding grounds, unless otherwise noted. Children under the age of 6 must be supervised by someone over the age of 13.
The following actions are prohibited. Failure to comply with MCPL’s established rules and regulations may result in permanent expulsion from the property and/or in arrest and prosecution:
- Any behavior that is disruptive to MCPL customers or staff.
- Any other conduct that violates Federal, State, or local law, ordinance, regulation, or MCPL policy.
- Selling and soliciting for services, money, or items.
- Carrying weapons of any type.
- Theft or damage of library materials.
- Soliciting patrons to sign petitions or give patrons information on various viewpoints unless at least 25 feet away from MCPL entrances. (Solicitors may not approach patrons, but may display signs on cars or tables and make themselves available for inquiry outside the 25-foot limit.)
- Trespassing on MCPL property.
- Violation of the MCPL Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources Policy
- Distributing unapproved printed materials/literature.
- Possessing, consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Smoking, tobacco use, or electronic cigarette use in MCPL buildings or within 25 feet of entryways, operational window, or air intakes. The Woodneath Library Center operates a tobacco-free campus.
- Consuming food near library equipment or beverages not in MCPL-approved containers.
- Sleeping and/or misusing or rearranging MCPL furniture.
- Not wearing shoes or shirt; or wearing clothing deemed offensive.
- Bringing animals into the MCPL buildings other than assistance animals.
- Leaving any person in need of transportation, including a child, at any MCPL facility after closing time in accordance with the MCPL closing procedures.
- Misuse of restrooms. No changing of clothes, shaving, or bathing is allowed.