Internet Use Policy
The Boca Raton Public Library is dedicated to providing quality library services and resources necessary to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, business, and other informational needs of its users. It is within this context that the Library offers access to the internet and its multitude of resources as an enhancement to existing Library collections.
Being an unregulated medium, the internet contains sites that may include inaccurate, illegal, outdated, or potentially offensive material. Users must accept responsibility for the information they retrieve through their internet searches. The Boca Raton Public Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of information obtained through the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and is not responsible for its content. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its computing resources.
Users should be aware that the internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. However, the Boca Raton Public Library will not release information on the use of specific internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.
In accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library's public computers with internet access use a technology protection measure (filtering) that blocks, to the extent technically possible, websites that contain visual depictions that are pornographic, obscene, child pornography, or other material considered inappropriate for or harmful to minors. Users should be aware that it is impossible for any filter to be 100% perfect in blocking all it is intended to block. The filter may also inadvertently block some websites.
Request to Unblock a Website
In the event that a user believes that a website has been inadvertently blocked by the filter, the user may submit a Website Review Request form. Library staff will review the request and will contact the user once a decision about the website has been made.
Responsibility of Users
Use of the Library's computers is provided for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only, not for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical activities. Such activities include, but are not limited to:
- Viewing, printing, or distributing obscenity or child pornography, or materials harmful to minors in accordance with the Florida Statutes, Chapter 847, as may be amended.
- Intentionally disrupting or interfering with other computer or network users, services, or equipment; unauthorized use of a public computer [i.e., use of another person’s login credentials or appropriating another person’s Internet session], including hacking, in accordance with the Florida Statutes, Chapter 815, as may be amended.
- Using, disclosing, or disseminating personal identification information of a child without authorization of a parent or legal guardian.
- Mishandling, damaging, or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer or network settings.
- Interfering with system operations, integrity, or security.
- Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
- Using internet access to transmit or display materials harmful to minors, obscene, threatening or harassing materials, unsolicited email, i.e. SPAM, or online harassment through use of email, messaging, texting, images, or any other electronic means.
Materials obtained on or copied from the internet may be subject to laws that govern the making of reproductions of copyrighted works. A work protected by copyright may not be copied without permission of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition of "Fair Use" (U.S. Code, Title 17). Users are responsible for compliance with all international, national and state laws governing copyrighted materials.
It is the policy of the Boca Raton Public Library to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to the appropriate use of Library services and facilities for all users. Patrons using the internet are subject to the Library's Rules of Conduct posted in the Library and on the Library's website. Failure to comply will result in the use of enforcement measures as outlined in the Rules. Furthermore, the Library reserves the right to withhold computer privileges from users who do not comply with the Rules or who are excluded from the Library due to violation(s) of the Rules of Conduct.
Guidelines for Use
Internet access is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Library cardholders who have a Boca Raton Public Library card in good standing may enter their barcode number and PIN to receive two (2) hours of Internet access.
- Additional time will be granted to Library cardholders in two (2) hour increments based on availability of computers with Internet access. The cardholder's Boca Raton Public Library card or a picture ID must be presented when requesting additional time.
- Non-library cardholders, and those whose library cards are not in a "good standing" status, may, upon presenting a picture ID, purchase up to twp (2) hours of computer time for a fee of $5.00. Additional time may be purchased in two (2) hour increments based on availability of computers with Internet access.
- A courtesy fifteen (15) minute "express" computer session may be granted once per day with photo identification.
- Children and teens should use computers located in the Youth Services area of the library. An unaccompanied adult is not allowed to use computers in the Youth Services area of the library.
The Library will assist parents and guardians in providing good internet safety practices for their families by providing the links below. This includes the Federal Trade Commission's Privacy, Identity and Online Security website as well as links to other law enforcement websites. Further information can be attained through our Book a Librarian service and other scheduled Library programs.
- Federal Trade Commission's Privacy, Identity and Online Security Website
- Federal Trade Commission's Protecting Kids Online Website
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Secure Florida Website
- Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Internet Safety Website
- Net Smartz Kids Website from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Net Smartz Teens Website from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- The FBI's Safe Online Surfing Program for Students in 3rd through 8th Grade
- National Crime Prevention Council's Website on Cyberbullying
The Boca Raton Public Library reserves the right to amend and update this policy as needed.
Revised August 2018