To advance its mission to enable, empower and encourage lifelong learning and discovery, the Northland Public Library offers the use of computers and access to the internet.
Computer & Internet Resources
The following resources are available for use:
- Catalog Only Computers—Library catalog and restricted Internet access to web sites listed in the catalog and selected library Internet reference databases; no library card necessary for use.
- Public Computers—must have a library card in good standing or a guest pass to use (guest passes are issued to patrons who reside outside of Allegheny County or under special circumstances).
Who Can Use Computer & Internet Services?
Public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for any library card holder in good standing (guest passes are available for out-of-county patrons or other special circumstances). To make computers available to as many people as possible, patrons are limited to three hours’ use per day.
Printing & Downloading
Printing costs .15 per page for black and white and .50 per page for color. For wireless printing, follow the instructions here: http://www.northlandlibrary.org/wireless-printing/. Note: printing may not be available from all mobile devices. Patrons may not save their data on the hard drives of the library computers but may save data to their own storage devices or cloud accounts
Northland Library expressly prohibits any use of library computers or its wireless services for illegal activities or to access material that is obscene, contains or makes reference to explicit sexual materials as defined by PA law (18 PA. C.S. 5903), contains child pornography or is harmful to minors. Patrons should not access sites that are inappropriate for viewing within a public setting. Patrons are responsible for complying with copyright laws and licensing agreements, for paying any fee-based service charges and for securing wireless devices from physical or digital theft.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access [Supreme Court decision: United States V. American Library Association, Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003)]. The Electronic Information Network (eiNetwork), the countywide consortium which provides Northland’s Internet access receives such funding and therefore, as a member, Northland complies with the requirements of CIPA.
Web sites are filtered to prevent minors from viewing material that 1) is obscene, 2) contains child pornography or 3) is harmful to minors. The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file or other visual depiction that:
- Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex or excretion;
- Depicts, describes or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;
- Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value as to minors.
As necessary for bona fide research or other lawful purposes, any adult (17-years or older, as defined by CIPA) may have filtering disabled on library computers by a library staff member. Computers located in the Children’s and Teens’ areas of the library or those using the wireless internet service cannot be unfiltered.
Children’s Use (Age 16 & Younger)
Northland Public Library complies with federal laws requiring internet access to be filtered for all minors age 16 and younger. Federal law also requires internet filtering even if a child is accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Filters are not foolproof. They can give people a false sense of security that they are protected from harmful material. In addition, filters can block access to sites that could be inoffensive or useful.
The Library requires that parents or guardians, just as with books, videos, and other formats, assume responsibility for monitoring their children’s use of and access to information. A signature of a parent or legal guardian for a child’s library card indicates and pledges that parents or guardians take, and will continue to take, responsibility for monitoring that child’s access to all library materials and services, including the Internet.
Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, age-appropriate, complete or current information. Northland Public Library cannot and does not make any promise, commitment or guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available.
Internet users, especially children and their parents, need to be good information consumers, questioning, evaluating and judging the validity of the information. Users are cautioned that articles, ideas, points of view and images can be found on the Internet that may be controversial, troubling, disturbing, upsetting, divergent, false, misleading and/or inflammatory.
Northland Public Library has no liability for direct, indirect or consequential loss or damages related to the use of information or services accessed through the library’s computer equipment or Wi-Fi service.
Northland Public Library, having installed and enforced the operation of filtering software in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, has no liability for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering technology or for its possible circumvention by users. Only parents and guardians can guide their children’s use of the library and its resources.
Penalties for Misuse
Any misuse of computer equipment, attempts to harm data or networks, inappropriate sharing of account information or passwords, attempts to circumvent normal log in procedure, bypass internet filter or other irresponsible usage will result in the immediate suspension of user privileges and, where applicable, criminal prosecution. The user or parent/guardian of children age 16 and younger will be responsible for any misuse and/or monetary damages resulting from such acts.
Further, the ability to post (including storage) or link to copyrighted material is governed by United States copyright law. Northland Public Library reserves the right to delete or disable access to any post or link if, in its judgement, the post or link involves violation of copyright law. Repeat infringers of copyright law may lose computer or library privileges.