Owen County Public Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy


Internet access through the Owen County Public Library (OCPL) connection is a privilege and not a right.

Patrons utilizing the OCPL connection agree to abide by the following:


1. OCPL has the right to set and enforce all rules and regulations involving use of its Internet account.


2. The Internet is a valuable information resource, but it is an unregulated medium, and some websites may be inaccurate, unreliable, personally offensive, or even illegal. The Internet at the OCPL is filtered in accordance with the Child Internet Protection Act. However it is not technically possible to prevent access to resources that may be objectionable to some individuals. Do not expect our filter to meet your personal standards.


3. Users must not use inappropriate Internet conduct. Some examples of inappropriate conduct include the following: Use of the Internet connection to engage in harassing, threatening, obscene, slanderous, malicious or unlawful activities or message-sending and posting.This prohibition of inappropriate conduct applies to both private and public messages. Suspension of privileges will be the result of inappropriate Internet conduct.


4. Users must not engage in activities that could disrupt or congest other networks and systems.


5. Users must abide by all copyright laws and licensing agreements regarding software, files or other resources obtained on the OCPL Internet account.


6. Any user whose conduct with the OCPL Internet connection violates federal, state, or local laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Evidence of illegal activity will be reported to the proper legal authorities. OCPL will cooperate with the proper authorities in the investigation of illegal activities.


7. OCPL reserves the right to review any material stored in files to which OCPL has access, and will remove any material which, in its opinion, does not comply with this document. Any electronic communication exchanged via the OCPL connection should not be considered confidential. Such communication could be used as evidence in criminal investigations or prosecutions.


8. The OCPL will make no warranties that the functions or content of the system will meet any user's requirements, nor that it will be error or trouble free, current, or uninterrupted in performance. OCPL shall not be liable for any damages sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operations or inability to use the system, including lost data, information or income. The user hereby releases and holds harmless the OCPL in all claims of any nature arising from their use, or inability to use, the OCPL Internet connection.



9. The OCPL internet connection is NOT to be used for solicitation, advertisement, or for any other commercial purposes.


10. Failing to abide by the above rules of conduct will result in suspension of privileges.*


I have read the statements above and I agree to abide by them . I also agree to abide by any changes made to this policy in the future. All changes will be posted in the library.


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User Signature Date


Please Print Name _____________________________________________________________

*Suspension of privileges includes one (1) verbal warning then no computer use for up to one month.


OCPL Internet Acceptable Use Policy: Approved 1/96: Modified 2002: Modified 4/2006


Internet Use by Minors



Minors are expected to obey the rules on the front of this page. Privileges will be suspended if the rules are not obeyed.*


OCPL supports parents and guardians in their efforts to guide their own children’s access to print, non-print and on-line information. The library provides printed materials about the Internet and its resources: however, the most current information about the Internet resides on the network itself.


The OCPL filters its Internet in accordance with the Child Internet Protection Act. However it is not technically possible to prevent access to all resources which may be objectionable to some individuals.


The OCPL staff will do all that is possible to enforce the rules of the library for its internet users, but it is not possible to provide individual attention and at some times impossible to provide any supervision. It is not possible for the staff to prevent youth from participating in risky behaviors on the Internet if they are determined.


While OCPL can seek to prevent access to materials and images that are not generally acceptable in a public library, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to determine the need to place restrictions on their own children with regard to OCPL Internet account use.




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User Name Date



Please Print Name _______________________________________________________



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Parent/Guardian Name Date


Phone Number where Parent/Guardian may be reached: _________________________________________



* Suspension of privileges includes one (1) verbal warning, then no computer use for up to one month.
















Approved 1/96

Modified 2002

Modified 4/2006

Reviewed 2010