Internet Use

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered by July 1, 2004 if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access. The Uniontown Public Library is complying with this law as we receive federal dollars through the Universal Service Fund (e-rate for schools and libraries).

Please be aware that filters are unreliable. At times, sites with legitimate information or educational value can be blocked. In other instances, sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit (especially those containing images) may not be blocked.

Parents or legal guardians, and not the library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and for the information selected and/or accessed by their children. The library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children’s Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.

Any adult (17 years of age or older) may request that the filter be disabled without significant delay by a library staff member. An authorized staff member may override the filter for a minor (age 16 years or younger) in the event that the filter wrongly blocks or filters Internet access to a specific site with legitimate informational value.

Printing from a computer at the library costs 15¢ per page for black and white copies and 20¢ per page for color copies.