West Florida Public Libraries endeavor to develop resources and services that meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community, and the Internet is such a tool for patrons. West Florida Public Libraries has computers with Internet access and printers available for use by patrons with a WFPL library card in good standing. Visitors and other non-residents may request a free Computer Guest Pass at a service desk. Computers are available at all library locations during library hours except for the last 15 minutes before closing.
It is our policy to: (a) prevent patron access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
Subject to available staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the West Florida Public Libraries’ online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communication.
The Internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. It is, however, an unregulated medium with a highly diverse user population. Consequently, the Library cannot control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible via the Internet. It is possible that individuals might access information they personally find offensive or disturbing. Individual patrons must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves and their children.
Sources on the Internet do not always provide accurate, complete, or current information. As with any material provided by the Library, the user must take responsibility in questioning the validity of the information found.
Knowledgeable staff may not always be available, but West Florida Public Libraries strive to provide computer classes on a regular basis.
All files saved to the computer are automatically removed at the end of each session and cannot be recovered. Personal data must be saved to a personal storage device or online account if needed for future use.
Black and white printing costs are $0.10 per single-sided page or $0.15 per double-sided page. Color printing costs are $0.50 per single-sided page or $0.75 per double-sided page.
The following rules apply to library computers, equipment, and networks [wired or wireless (Wi-Fi)]. Repeated violations of these rules will result in the revocation of Library privileges.
Patrons may use the Internet computers for one-hour sessions. Patrons are assigned computers on a “first come, first served” basis. If no one is waiting to use the computer, the current patron’s time will be automatically extended until another patron registers. A patron may not request another patron to relinquish or shorten their time. If all computers are in use, patrons must wait for their scheduled time that is assigned by the PC Reservation system. Interference with a scheduled patron is prohibited and may result in the loss of computer time for the offender.
Children’s Internet Protection Act, enacted by congress in 2000, defines the following terms:
For further information on Child Internet Safety:
A List of Articles regarding Family Life and Media by the American Academy of Pediatrics founded 1930. “Every day children are inundated by endless messages intended to educate, entertain, or influence their behavior. It takes commitment and effort on the part of parents to monitor and help interpret these external influences on children.”
Revised and approved on July 25, 2022 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance. Revised and approved on August 23, 2021 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance.
Reviewed and approved on May 24, 2021 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance.
Revised and approved on May 24, 2017 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance. Revised and approved on February 22, 2016 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance.
Revised and approved on January 1, 2015 by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance.