Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy

The mission of the Middlebury Community Public Library is to provide a comprehensive service for education, information, culture, and recreation for citizens of all ages, through its collections, programs and special services.

The Middlebury Community Public Library will provide access to electronic information systems as is sufficient to fulfill its mission.  The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of material and opinions from varied points of view.  Many sites contain material that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal or offensive to some people.  Because it is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable resources, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to monitor and guide their own children in the use of the Internet.

While using computer and Internet services provided by the Middlebury Community Public Library, persons of all ages shall:

In addition, minors (any person younger than 18 years of age) shall:

Inappropriate use of library-provided computer and Internet services, as determined by the Library, will result in the loss of access to computer and Internet services, expulsion from the library, or other disciplinary action.  First offense will result in loss of computer privileges for six months.  Second offense will result in loss of computer privileges for an additional six months.  Library computer privileges will be permanently denied should a third offense occur.

The Middlebury Community Public Library makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing.  The library is not responsible for the accuracy, or quality of information gathered through library-provided Internet access.

In consideration of the Library providing patrons with access to the Internet, patrons agree to hold the library harmless and agree to indemnify the library from any and all liability stemming from patrons use of library’s workstations and Internet use.

The Library reserves the right to set rules, as needed, for these systems and their use.

Adopted: April 1, 1999
Revised: April 13, 2000
Revised: May 2001
Revised: July 11, 2002
Reviewed: August 14, 2003
Revised: January 10, 2013
Revised: March 14, 2019