Library Policies

Blackfoot Public Library Computer Room and Internet Use Policy

             The library provides free public computers and Internet access to library patrons on a first come, first served basis.  Library cardholders may make reservations at the circulation desk, or by phone, up to 24 hours in advance.  Cardholders can sign up for a maximum of 1 hour at a time.  Usage is limited to 3 hours per week.  Non-library cardholders may use computers, as available, in 15-minute increments, within the above limits.

            Patrons are expected to use computers courteously and responsibly.  Parents and guardians as well as children are responsible for the information accessed by children.  Illegal activity is unacceptable.  Viewing or downloading pornographic material is strictly forbidden.  “Pornographic material” is defined as any image that depicts partial or complete nudity, or any act of explicit sexual nature.

            The Internet is a vast and unregulated network that provides information and images that may be considered inaccurate or inappropriate.  The library cannot protect individuals from information and images that may be disturbing.  Any restriction of a child’s use of the Internet, outside of this policy’s guidelines, is the sole responsibility of the child’s legal guardians.

            While all library information and legal activities are protected and confidential under Idaho state law, inappropriate activity will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set forth in this policy.  Illegal activity will be reported and will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.  Violation of this policy will result in the loss or suspension of computer privileges.