Public Use of the Internet Policy

In support of its mandate to provide equitable access to a wide variety of information sources and literature, the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board provides free access to the Internet in all of its branches. The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, the Internet is an unregulated worldwide environment and contains information and opinions that range in scope, from reliable and authoritative to controversial and extremely offensive. Some information found on the Internet may not be accurate, correct or current. As such, the Internet is both a valuable resource that provides access to a wealth of information and also a resource that is not always accurate and appropriate. Users must assess the validity of the information found and be aware that the Internet is not secure. The Library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of on-line transactions.

The Library supports the public's right to freedom of expression as outlined in the Canadian Library Associations Statement on Intellectual Freedom. It is the intention of the Library Board to exercise due diligence in its provision of Internet services to the public. The Library Board supports the installation of filtering software on some, but not all Internet terminals. Unfiltered stations will neither be located in, nor adjacent to any children's area. While the Greater Sudbury Public Library provides a mix of filtered and unfiltered stations, no filtering product can effectively block all offensive sites. The Library assumes no liability or responsibility in the event that a filter is not totally effective.

Children are entitled to access to all facilities in the Library. As with other library materials, children's access to the Internet and other electronic networks is the responsibility of parents and guardians. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using unfiltered Internet stations.

Users of the Internet in the Library have responsibilities to ensure safe and appropriate use of this resource. Users must recognize that the Internet contains a wide variety of resources, including resources that some may consider upsetting or offensive. Respect for the sensibilities of others must be maintained when accessing sites that may reasonably be offensive to others.

The City of Greater Sudbury Public Library assumes no responsibility for the quality, reliability, accuracy, currency, or age appropriateness of any Internet site accessed by library users. The Library assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its own web pages. The Library provides Internet links on its website to assist users in accessing information on the Internet. The Library is not responsible for the site content of links or secondary links from its home pages.

Greater Sudbury Public Library's users are subject to federal, provincial and municipal legislation regulating Internet use, including the provisions of the Criminal Code regarding obscenity, child pornography, sedition and the incitement of hate. Use of the Internet for illegal purposes, including copyright violation, is prohibited and may result in prosecution.

To ensure equitable access to the Internet and efficient use of resources, the Library has developed service use guidelines. The Library reserves the right to modify these guidelines when appropriate.

Internet workstations are situated in public areas, and users are expected to use the Internet in accordance with this environment. All users are expected to follow the Library's Code of Conduct which is designed to ensure a welcoming environment. Disruptive, threatening, or intrusive behaviour is not allowed. Violation of this policy and /or the Code of Conduct may result in the suspension of library privileges and exclusion from the Library, as well as prosecution.

Revised April 2008