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Internet Acceptable Use Policy


The Crawfordsville District Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including resources available through the Internet.  The library makes this service available as part of its mission “to provide collections, services, and programs that encourage the love of reading and learning in our community.” The Crawfordsville District Public Library provides computing resources and internet access to the public in accordance with the following policy:


Access to library computer systems requires a current CDPL library card or a temporary computer pass. Temporary computer passes are available with proof of identification. To ensure equal access and availability for library computer users, CDPL incorporates timer and authentication software to limit daily usage. Extensions may be granted only by designated staff. Children 9 years-old and younger are prohibited from using internet computing resources with the exception of designated computers (located in the Youth Services Department) that are restricted to age-appropriate links.

Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access is a free public service provided by the Crawfordsville District Public Library for its patrons and the larger community. To gain access to the wireless network for patrons using a wireless device, a library card barcode and [password] PIN are required. Temporary guest cards are available upon request. The library’s wireless network is not secure, and the library cannot guarantee the safety of your wireless session. Transmissions over a wireless network can be easily captured and/or read. It is recommended that you do not use this wireless connection for secure transactions, such as banking, investments, or any private information. The Crawfordsville District Public Library assumes no responsibility for damages—direct or indirect—to a user’s data, devices, drives, discs, or files arising from the use of the library’s wireless connection. For liability purposes, library staff are not allowed to handle patron devices.

Printing Services

Patrons may print from most public internet computers. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page. Color copies are 25 cents per page. Patrons will be charged for all copies printed including but not limited to copies printed as a result of user error, formatting issues, printing the wrong document, printing too many pages of a document, or unwanted pages from a web page or e-mail. Patron supplied paper is prohibited. Users of the Internet are responsible for all copyright compliance in accordance with the U.S. Copyright law (Title 17 US Code).  All consequences of copyright infringement lie with the user.  Crawfordsville District Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.


Because resources on the Internet are sometimes inaccurate, incomplete, or out of date, the Crawfordsville District Public Library does not assume responsibility for these resources. Patrons are responsible for evaluating their own Internet resources. Beyond its library web site, the Crawfordsville District Public Library cannot attest to the accuracy or acceptable nature of any resource. Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what materials are appropriate for their children. Library staff cannot supervise children as they explore the Internet. Library staff will use discretion when assisting patrons with private transactions. The Crawfordsville District Public Library assumes no responsibility for damages—direct or indirect—to a user’s data, devices, drives, discs, or files arising from the use of the library’s computer systems or network.

Restrictions and Sanctions

Users of all ages must abide by the following restrictions.  A patron accessing the Internet at the Crawfordsville District Public Library may use the Internet only for legal purposes, whether accessing it from the library’s public workstations or using the library’s wireless network with his/her own wireless-enabled mobile device or a library-owned wireless device. These restrictions also apply to e-mail environments accessed through the library’s public workstations or the library’s wireless network.  The library employs filtering software but cannot guarantee that it always filters satisfactorily.
Unacceptable uses of the Internet include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accessing pornographic text, images, audio, or video of any sort
  • Transmitting of threatening or harassing materials
  • Libeling, slandering, or maliciously offending other users
  • Misrepresenting oneself as another user
  • Attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the library’s computer systems and networks
  • Modifying or damaging hardware, software, peripherals, or data belonging to the library or other users
  • Using another patron’s library card
  • Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements
  • Exposing children to harmful materials
  • Breaching or attempting to breach computer authentication or security systems

The Crawfordsville District Public Library reserves the right to suspend or terminate a patron’s Internet session if a staff member observes any behavior which he/she judges to be in conflict with any part of this policy, inappropriate for a library setting, or in other ways disruptive to library services.  If an individual or group of Internet users disturb or disrupt the use of the library by others, they will be asked to change their behavior or leave the building.  Violations may result in loss of Internet or library privileges.  Illegal use of the library’s public workstations may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

Approved — Library Board of Trustees: 13 September 2012; 14 November 2013