Technology Use Policy

The Library provides internet and computer access in addition to many other technology resources that support and benefit the community we serve. Access to these resources is a fundamental service of the Library and is provided equally to all customers.

To create an environment that promotes the best use of these services, the Library has developed the following standards. Failure to meet these standards may result in suspension from Library services or other action.

  • Comply with the Appropriate Use Policy.
  • Do not violate copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements, or intellectual property rights.
  • Do not participate in activities that compromise the security of the Library’s technology resources, including hacking or unauthorized use of networks.
  • Do not mishandle, damage, or vandalize computer equipment or software.
  • Respect the privacy of others. Do not attempt to modify or access files or data that doesn’t belong to you.
  • Do not engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
  • Observe session time limits and staff directives regarding Library computers.

Internet Use
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Missouri law, the Library provides filtered access to the Internet. The filter screens out material that is obscene (as defined by federal law), child pornography (as defined by federal law), or harmful to minors.  Filters may inadvertently block access to sites providing valid information. Upon request, staff may disable the filter for adults to enable access for bona-fide research or other lawful purposes.  Library hotspots, Chromebooks, and other devices may also be equipped with Internet-filtering capabilities. 

To the extent practical, the Library will take steps to promote the safety and security of users of the Library’s technology resources when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct communication. Specifically, the Library discourages inappropriate technology usage, including unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by minors, as well as unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

Parents and caregivers, not Library staff, are responsible for supervising their children’s internet use. 

Security & Privacy

  • Customers should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities.
  • Hotspots are unsecured, wireless networks. Any information being sent or received over the network could be intercepted by another wireless user. Customers are cautioned against transmitting sensitive personal information while using the wireless network.
  • The Library will not release information on the use of specific resources by customers except as necessary for operation of the Library or as required by law.

3D Printing, Large Format Printing, and Laser Cutting
The Library provides access to a wide range of technology resources, including 3D printers, large-format printers, laser cutters, and recording rooms. Any Library customer with a valid library card may submit files to be produced with this equipment, and there may be a charge. The Library may refuse any print request that:

  • is unsafe, harmful, or dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others
  • is illegal, sexually explicit, or otherwise inappropriate
  • is in violation of intellectual property rights, such as copyright, patent, or trademark protections

Recording Rooms
The Library provides access to recording rooms at our Creative Experience locations. Any Library customer with a valid library card or computer pass can use the recording rooms after viewing or attending a recording-room orientation. Those using the recording rooms must:

  • comply with the Library’s Appropriate Use Policy
  • avoid violating copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements, or intellectual property rights

St. Louis Public Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of our computers, network, hotspots, or equipment.

Approved by Board of Directors Feb. 5, 2024

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