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In accordance with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (Pub. L. 106-554), all library computers are equipped with filtering software. The software is set to screen out sites which may reasonably be construed as obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; or child pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or harmful to minors as defined in section 1703, Pub. L. 106-544. Users 18 years of age and older may request that a staff member disable the filtering software for research purposes by requesting that specific sights be enabled. The software will not be disabled for users 17 and under for any reason.
As with other library resources, restriction of a child's use of the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian, within the confines of the law.
The Library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct, or indirect, for the use of the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, damage to personal or office computer equipment caused by virus-laden material downloaded from any Internet site.
Internet users should be aware that it is not a secure medium. It is possible for third parties to obtain information regarding an individual user's search activities. Users should be very cautious about providing personal information over the Internet.
USAGE AND TIME LIMITS: To support access for all users, the Library has the right to set operational procedures for use of public computers, including time limits for users. No single user shall utilize the electronic resources workstations for more than 90 minutes per day. All PCs must be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library's stated closing time for that day. PCs located in the Youth Services area are for use by patrons under the age of eighteen.
ETHICAL USE: All users of electronic information resources such as the Internet are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided. It is unacceptable to use the Library's computer system and Internet resources for any of the following:
• for any purposes which violate applicable U.S. or state laws. Users must respect all copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to software, files and other resources obtained via the Internet.
• access interactive internet games or gaming (gambling) sites.
• destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library.
• disruption or interference of network users or services. Such interference or disruption includes, but is not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, harassment, libeling, or slandering of others; propagation of computer worms or viruses.
• displaying explicit sexual material on a library computer is illegal (Arizona Revised Statue 13-3507). Patrons violating this statute may be subject to criminal prosecution.
VIOLATIONS OF THE GUIDELINES: Users violating these guidelines will be advised of the Library's policy for ethical use and asked to comply. Users who violate these guidelines after a previous warning will be restricted from using the Library's online services. The Library reserves the right to prohibit violators from future access or use of the online services. Illegal acts may subject violators to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
This policy is also based on the following Arizona Revised Statues: 13-2316. 13-3506, 13-3508, 13-3707.
Revised 9/30/04 effective 10/01/04


A valid Cottonwood Public Library card is required to sign-up.  When in the internet mode, the workstation MAY NOT BE USED for internet chatrooms. Using this station for such purposes will result in loss of internet privileges.

The Internet is unregulated and constantly changing. The library has no control over the information available on the network, its quality, accuracy or currency. Individual users must determine the appropriateness of materials for their needs. PARENTS AND/OR LEGAL GUARDIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILD'S EXPOSURE TO IDEAS AND INFORMATION. AS WITH ALL LIBRARY RESOURCES, PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUPERVISE THEIR CHILD'S USE OF THE INTERNET. Restriction of a minor's access to the internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

Violation of obscenity laws, tampering with the computer system security, unauthorized altering of software, and/or using the workstation for illegal, criminal, or inappropriate purposes will result in the loss of internet privileges and may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal laws. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly access sexual material on a library workstation. ( Arizona Revised Statue 13-3507).