Internet Policy

It is the policy of the Tarpon Springs Public Library to make Internet resources available to its patrons, together with its collection of Library materials and access to electronic databases, as a means of providing information in support of its mission.

The Library offers materials and information in a variety of formats and media, with selection guided by its Collection Development Policy. Its goal in providing Internet resources is to enhance its collection in size and depth with information that may not be otherwise available or as up-to-date.

The Library complies with the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) by filtering its Internet computers to block, to the extent technically possible, visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. For adult patrons, the Library provides a method to allow the disabling of the technology protection measure for bona fide research or other lawful purpose.

Parents or their designated guardians are responsible for personally overseeing their child(ren)’s use of the Internet and limiting or restricting their child(ren)’s access to the Internet. The Library cannot ensure the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications and cannot protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors. Resources for using the Internet more safely are available online and at the Library.

Provision of Internet service does not constitute any endorsement by the Tarpon Springs Public Library. The Library shall have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed on the Internet from Library equipment. Internet users are reminded that:

  • Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.
  • Parents and designated guardians are responsible for limiting, restricting, and/or overseeing the use of the Internet by their children.
  • Filtering does not block all material users might find offensive.
  • Public library workstations are not private or secure.

Unauthorized access, including “hacking,” and other unlawful online activities are prohibited on Library computers. Violation of this policy may result in loss of use of Library equipment or facilities.