Library Internet Policy


The Internet

The Osage Public Library offers access to information resources on the Internet in response to advances in technology and to the changing information needs of the community. It is but one component of the library's objective to acquire and organize materials for purposes of education, information, research, or the creative use of leisure time

The Internet is a world-wide computer network which provides easy access to a massive body of information. The information and resources available on the Internet expand the library's information service beyond traditional collections and electronic resources. not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information, and some may be offensive. The Internet is a rapidly changing environment, and the library has no control over the information accessed of the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Users are responsible for determining that the information they access is acceptable, reliable, and suitable to their needs. Specifically, The Osage Public Library does not censor anyone's access to materials or protect them from information they find offensive.

Responsibilities of Users

Supervising children's use:

It is the Osage Public Library's policy that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their (and only their) children. There will be some Internet resources which parents will feel are inappropriate for their children. It is their responsibility, and not the library staff's to let their children know if there are materials which they do not want them to use. Parents should supervise children's Internet sessions.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources:

Library customers use the Internet at their own risk; no responsibility for its content is accepted by the library, nor does the availability of information constitute endorsement of its content by the library


U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use." Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including text, images, programs, or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising