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The Boca Raton Public Library is dedicated to providing quality library
services and resources necessary to meet the educational, recreational,
cultural, business, and other informational needs of its users. It
is within this context that the Library offers access to the Internet
and its multitude of resources as an enhancement to existing Library
Being an unregulated medium, the Internet contains sites that may include
inaccurate, illegal, outdated, or potentially offensive material.
Users must accept responsibility for the information they retrieve
through their Internet searches. The Boca Raton Public Library does
not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of information
obtained through the Internet. The Library does not monitor and has
no control over the information accessed through the Internet and
is not responsible for its content. The Library assumes no responsibility
for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its
Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and
that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users'
activities. However, the Boca Raton Public Library will not release
information on the use of specific Internet resources by members
of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper
operation of the Library.
All Library public computers with Internet access use a technology
protection measure (filtering) that blocks, to the extent technically
possible, websites that contain visual depictions that are pornographic,
obscene, child pornography, or other material considered inappropriate
to minors. Users should be aware that it is impossible for any filter
to be 100% perfect in blocking all it is intended to block. The filter
may also inadvertently block some websites.
Request to Unblock a Website
In the event that a user believes that a website has been inadvertently
blocked by the filter, the user may submit a Website
Review Request form. Library staff will review the request and will contact the
user once a decision about the website has been made.
Responsibility of Users
The Library encourages users to be responsible and considerate of others
when using computers in a public setting shared by people of all
ages. As with other Library resources, parents or legal guardians,
not Library staff, are responsible for information selected and/or
accessed by their children, therefore parents are encouraged to supervise
their child's use of the Internet at the Library.
Use of the Library's computers is provided for educational,
informational, and recreational purposes only, not for unauthorized,
illegal, or unethical activities. Such activities include, but are
not limited to:
- Viewing, printing, or distributing obscenity or child
pornography, or materials harmful to minors in accordance with the
Statutes, Chapter 847, as may be amended.
- Intentionally disrupting or interfering
with other computer or network users, services, or equipment in accordance
with the Florida
Statutes, Chapter 815, as may be amended.
- Mishandling, damaging, or attempting
to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer
or network settings.
- Interfering with system operations, integrity,
- Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive
or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
- Using Internet
access to transmit or display obscene, threatening or harassing
materials or unsolicited email, i.e. SPAM.
Materials obtained on or copied from the Internet may be subject to
laws that govern the making of reproductions of copyrighted works.
A work protected by copyright may not be copied without permission
of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition
of "Fair Use" (U.S.
Code, Title 17). Users are responsible
for compliance with all international, national and state laws governing
It is the policy of the Boca Raton Public Library to provide an atmosphere
that is conducive to the appropriate use of Library services and
facilities for all users. Patrons using the Internet are subject
to the Library's Rules of Conduct posted in the Library and
on the Library's website. Failure to comply will result in
the use of enforcement measures as outlined in the Rules. Furthermore,
the Library reserves the right to withhold computer privileges from
users who do not comply with the Rules or who are excluded from the
Library due to violation(s) of the Rules of Conduct.
Guidelines for Use
Internet access is available on
a first come, first served basis.
- Library cardholders who have a Boca
Raton Public Library card in good standing may enter their barcode
number and PIN
to receive two (2) hours of Internet access.
- Additional time
will be granted to Library cardholders in two (2) hour increments
based on availability of computers with
Internet access. The cardholder's Boca Raton Public Library card
picture ID must be presented when requesting additional time.
cardholders, and those whose library cards are not in a "good
standing" status, may, upon presenting
a picture ID, purchase up to one (1) hour of computer time
for a fee of $5.00. Additional time may be purchased in one
increments based on availability of computers with Internet
- A courtesy ten (10) minute "express" computer
session may be granted once per day with photo identification.
The Boca Raton Public Library reserves the right to amend and update
this policy as needed.
Revised December 2015