Public access to the Internet and online services has become an integral part of the Helper City Library’s programs and services. The intent of this policy is to adhere to current State of Utah Laws and Utah Administrative Rules as well as provide guidelines for patrons and staff regarding Internet accessibility online computer use.
Developed under the direction of the Helper City Library Board of Trustees, this Internet and Online Access Policy was discussed and adopted during an open meeting of the Library Board. This policy supersedes all previous Internet and Online Access Policy statement of the Helper City Library and is effective on July 10, 2014. This policy was forwarded onto Helper City Aug. 7, 2014. This policy will be reviewed by the Helper City Library Board annually and a copy of the new policy will be send to the Utah State Library Division as required by Administrative Rule R223-2. As a matter of policy, the Helper City Library will abide by all laws governing or regulating Internet use as such legislation relates to library policy or service.
Helper City Library will comply with current State of Utah Law regarding Internet access, content standards and procedures for reporting unlawful access.
Helper City Library’s policy of Internet safety for minors, includes the operation of a technology protection measure, hereafter called “filtering software” on all publicly accessible devices with Internet access. The filtering software protects against access to visual depictions that are child pornography and sites harmful to minors as defined by Utah State Code. However, an authorized library representative may disable a technology protection measure at the request of an adult patron to enable Internet access to for research or other lawful purposes.
The Library Board has established procedures and guidelines to handle complaints about this policy, enforcement of this policy by library staff, and what a patron should do if they observe inappropriate behavior by another library patron. A notice of the availability of these procedures for public review will be posted, as well as the policies made readily available to all staff members. These procedures and guidelines will be adhered to by library staff.
A notice of this policy will be posted in a conspicuous place within the library for all patrons to observe.