Internet Use Policy

Cathlamet Public Library Computer & Use Policy

  1. Scope
  1. It is the purpose of the Cathlamet Public Library (CPL) to serve the information needs of the people in its service area through electronic and Internet resources, together with its collection of library materials.
  1. The Internet, as a global system of interconnected information, is a valuable resource open to diverse populations of all backgrounds and ages. The Internet allows Cathlamet Public Library to provide information and other resources not available within CPL’s physical collection, therefore enhancing current services available to CPL users.

    Likewise, CPL acknowledges that the Internet is an unregulated resource that can connect users to materials that may be inaccurate, incomplete, offensive, disturbing, and / or illegal.

    II. Policy
  2. Internet access at Open Public Access Computer (OPAC) workstations is provided equally to all library users. Library staff will assist patrons on electronic resources usage, as they do for other resources. Staff will also establish procedures to provide fair, reasonable, and legal use and access to Internet resources, including time restrictions due to limited resources. Of all ages and backgrounds.
  1. CPL upholds and affirms the right of individuals to have access to constitutionally protected materials. CPL also affirms the right and responsibility of parents or guardians to guide, determine, and monitor their children’s use of the Internet. All patrons will be offered unfiltered access.
  1. All CPL users will access the Internet in compliance with the “Library’s Rules of Conduct,” and within the boundaries of the law. Viewing illegal materials (obscenity, child pornography or materials harmful to minors) is prohibited. Library users should not attempt to change, damage, “hack” or “fix” Open Public Computer Workstations. Failure to follow the “Rules of Conduct” may be cause for a temporary or permanent prohibition from use of the library equipment or facilities. Using the computer workstation constitutes an agreement by the user to these terms.
  1. CPL users are requested to exercise appropriate discretion in viewing materials. CPL does not guarantee privacy for individuals using library OPACs to search the Internet and computer screens may be visible to people. Of all ages and backgrounds.
  1. Implementation
  1. The Librarian is responsible for establishing procedures to carry out this policy.
  2. Copies of the “Internet Use Policy,” CIPA Policy, and other relevant documents, will be available to the Cathlamet Public Library users in print and electronically via CPL’s website.

Adopted on July 9, 2015

Amended February 1, 2024

Cathlamet Public Library Board of Trustees


Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.