Internet Access Policy for the Woodland Public Library
The Woodland Public Library offers public access to the Internet in order to provide equal access to information and resources which meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of all members of the Woodland community. Users should be aware that the Internet is a global entity. While the Internet offers unprecedented opportunities to enlarge the scope of information available to all users, it is an unregulated medium in which any person, institution, or group in the world can post data. The Woodland Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the content, accuracy, or quality of the information retrieved or images viewed. Some Internet sites contain information which the user may find controversial or offensive. The Library is responsible only for the content of the Woodland Public Library Home Page, which presents information about the Library and guides users to recommended informational sites beyond library walls. As is the case with other resources in the Library collection, any restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
Internet workstations must be used in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others, and taking care with the use of the equipment. Use of the Internet must be consistent with the Woodland Public Library’s Rules and Regulations Governing Public Behavior. Computer and Internet settings may not be changed. Additional software or files may not be installed or downloaded to any library computer.
The workstations may not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, state, or local laws. It is the user’s responsibility to be aware of the display of any notices concerning the copyright of information on the Internet. A work protected by copyright may not be copied without permission of the copyright owners, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use". Any responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user.
The Internet workstations are in public areas and privacy cannot be guaranteed. The City of Woodland is committed to providing an environment free of harassment. Users may not display on screens and/or printers materials which may be reasonably construed to be obscene or otherwise objectionable by community standards.
How the Woodland Public Library Assures the Privacy of Your Library Records
The Woodland Public Library is committed to doing everything in its power to protect the privacy of its users. While borrowers' records were at one time exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act of the State of California, the USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in October 2001, takes precedence over state legislation. This act allows law enforcement agencies to obtain access to "any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation..." into "terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities."
On January 29, 2003, the American Library Association passed a "Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users." On July 7, 2003, the Woodland Public Library Board of Trustees took a position in support of this resolution. The Board was particularly concerned that the library let its users know how their privacy is being protected. The library takes the following steps to protect the confidentiality of its records:
- The automated circulation system keeps no borrowing history once a book or other item has been returned to the library. All connections between the item and the borrower are severed.
- Library card applications are shredded once the information has been entered into the system.
- Daily sign-in sheets for the library's public Internet access workstations are tallied and shredded the next morning.
- Public Internet access workstation caches and/or history files are cleared on a regular basis.
- No records of interlibrary loan transactions are maintained once the item has been returned to the lending library.
- Meeting room use forms are destroyed after the meeting has been held.
If you have questions or concerns about your privacy under the USA PATRIOT Act, please do not hesitate to contact the Library Services Director (661-5980).
Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users
Rules & Regulations Governing Public Behavior in the Woodland Public Library