The Clapp Memorial Library provides public access to the internet as part of the Library’s information services. The internet provides access to valuable information resources which may not be available elsewhere and are increasingly required in daily life. The unique, unregulated nature of the internet requires that users exercise judgment regarding information accessible on various internet sites. The Library provides public computers and free wireless internet to help meet the needs of all patrons.
The Library is not responsible for content found online, including information that may be inaccurate, out-of-date, or offensive. Parents and legal guardians have sole responsibility to monitor their children’s use of Library resources, including internet access. Parents concerned about access issues are encouraged to join their children in using the Library’s internet services.
Safeguards are put in place to protect privacy, however, the Library cannot ensure the privacy or confidentiality of any information sent via the Internet. Patrons are expected to use Internet resources in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others.
Computer access may be revoked due to tampering or inappropriate use, including:
- Using the Internet for illegal purposes
- Using the Internet in violation of Massachusetts General Law 272, Section 28, Matter harmful to minors, dissemination; possession; defenses
- Unauthorized duplication of copyright-protected materials in any format
- Transmission of chain mail, broadcast letters, or junk mail of any type
- Transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory, or obscene materials
- Unlawful access to computer systems and accounts.
- Damage or alteration of library equipment, software, or security.