Computer Use Policy


Grand County Public Library Computer Use Policy

The Grand County Public Library offers a variety of computer services to the community.  This Computer Use Policy was developed under the direction of the Library Board of Directors in order to meet the provisions of Utah Code Section 9-7-215. The policy includes rules for use and is guided by the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and portions of the Utah Code described in UCA 9-7-213, 9-7-215, and 9-7-216 and Administrative Rule 223-2, and is reviewed at least once every three years. A summary of the library laws regarding internet use is provided on the opening screen of each public Internet computer session in the library. Specific information about the library’s various computers and user groups are listed in Attachment A.

Internet Access:  The Internet, a world-wide network of computer networks, is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types.  Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to the Library’s mission.  However, the Internet is an unregulated medium, and may provide access to information that is inaccurate, illegal, or that some may find offensive or disturbing.  To initiate a session using the Internet, all users must agree to the library’s use policy, which appears on the browser’s opening screen. The Library prohibits illegal activity on Internet computers and takes no responsibility for content of materials viewed on the Internet.  Briefly, illegal activity under Utah law includes gambling, fraud, and viewing materials legally defined as child pornography, obscenity, and materials harmful to minors. For the complete text of the Utah code that pertains to Internet use in the Library, please ask the library staff or find it on the world wide web: (Utah Code Annotated 9-7-213, 9-7-215, 9-7-216 and Rule 223.2). U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S.Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, music files or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. All responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Grand County Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such violations.

         Technology Protection Measures:  The Library, pursuant to Federal laws and Utah code 9-7-215, imposes a technology protection measure (filtering software) on all library computers with Internet access (including staff and public access computers) that is intended to (1) protect against illegal visual depictions that are child pornography or obscene, (2) protect minors against visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene, and (3) protect the Library’s network security and ensure equitable bandwidth distribution. The federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and Utah state law specify that patrons may request an exception to filter a specific website.  Library Staff will not allow an exception for any illegal site or for any site blocked that could present a network safety concern including peer-to-peer and file sharing websites. Administrative procedures and guidelines for staff to follow in enforcing the policy have been established and are described herein, and procedures to handle complaints about this policy and its enforcement, and about observed patron behavior, are included below and are available at the library for public review.

Children’s Computers: The Library takes no responsibility for content of materials that children view on the Internet, games they may play on the computers, etc.  Staff members oversee computers as much as possible, and additional technological measures are used in the Children’s Room but parents are ultimately responsible for their children, whether they are present or not.

Consequences for violating Library policies may include:

  • Verbal warning from staff.
  • Ending a computer session or being required to leave the library.
  • Suspension of library privileges including access to computers or to the building.
  • Police intervention, including possible arrest and prosecution for trespass and other violations.

Library patrons who have questions or concerns about this or any Library policy and enforcement of these policies may contact the Library Director or the Library Board of Directors (Trustees).

Adopted by the Grand County Public Library Board of Directors on July 10, 2003, and revised May 13, 2004; March 21, 2007; January 9, 2008; October 21, 2009; January 20, 2010; January 19, 2011; November 8, 2012; October 17, 2013; October 23, 2014; and May 18, 2016.

Attachment A

Library Computer Use by Patron Type and Computer Type

These computer use guidelines may be revised by the library staff, as needed. The Library Code of Conduct applies to acceptable behaviors for computer users.

Facilities for Adult Library Card Holders: The Library provides public access computers for registered patrons with library accounts in good standing that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Under certain conditions, a patron without a library card may be allowed a one hour session.

Visitor Terminals: The Library provides Internet machines, primarily for email, that do not require a library card to use.  These machines are for persons 18 years and older unless a parent or guardian is present and have a 15 (fifteen) minute limit if others are waiting.  These computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visitors request a 15-minute code from the checkout desk.

Computers for Young Adults: The Library provides computers specifically for young adults (ages 12 to 17) with library accounts in good standing that are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Computers for Children: The Children’s computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis to children with library accounts in good standing. Children may have a maximum of four (4) 30-minute computer sessions per day.  The Library provides three types of computers for children:

  • Toddler computers (no internet access), for young children and children without library cards or parental/guardian permission;
  • Children’s computers for patrons up to age 14;
  •  Children age 12 and over may use the young adult Internet computers, but may not use both children’s and young adult computers on the same day.

Laptops for Parents/Guardians: Two Parent Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Laptops and Tablets for Adult Library Card Holders:  The Library provides laptops on a first-come first-served basis which may be checked out at the information desk for in-library use.  The library also provides tablet computers that may be checked out for a one-week time period.  Cardholders must read/sign and follow the rules outlined in the Grand County Public Library Laptop Loan Agreement or the Grand County Public Library iPad and Kindle Fire Loan Agreement in order to checkout a laptop or tablet.

A library card is considered “in good standing” if there are no items more than 28 days overdue, the total fine is less than $10.00, and there is updated contact information.

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