Internet Access Policy
All branches of the Kern County Library have free
access to the Internet. There is no charge for the
time you spend on the Internet, but there are charges
for printing ($ .15 per page for black and white and
$1.00 per page for color prints plus tax). These guidelines
apply to all users of Kern County Library's computers
or networks. If you have any questions about these
guidelines or what they mean, please contact a Librarian
for more information.
In accordance with Kern County Board of Supervisors
policy, federal and state law, all computer workstations
in all Kern County Library locations offer only filtered
access to all library customers of all ages. The
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires
libraries such as the Kern County Library which receive
discounts on Internet connections and service to block
or filter for all users visual depictions that are
obscene or child pornography, and to filter, for minors,
depictions which are harmful to minors.
Persons at least 18 years old are entitled to have
the filter disabled for a specific period of use upon
making a request to staff. When asked for unfiltered
access by a person 18 or older, staff will respond
immediately and without question to disable the filter.
If the patron requesting unfiltered internet access
appears younger than 18, staff will check the patron’s
Internet users are entitled to privacy. As with
other Library materials, Library staff does not monitor
what any user views or reads over the Internet. If
the nature of the content being viewed on the Library
computer workstation disturbs other Library users,
the viewer will be asked to cease. Kern County Library’s
Behavior Code can be found in full at www.kerncountylibrary.org Internet
users of all ages may ask Library staff to evaluate
sites they believe are inappropriately blocked by
the filter or have been rated incorrectly. Library
staff will also consider requests by Internet users
to block websites believed to display unlawful images.
Purpose and Access
To fulfill our mission, Kern County Library provides
access to a broad range of information resources,
including those available through the Internet.
We make this service available as part of our mission
to offer a broadly defined program of informational,
educational, recreational and cultural enrichment
opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds,
which reflect the great diversity of interests and
opinions in our communities. It is the function
of the public library to make materials available
as widely as possible, while recognizing the right
and responsibility of parents and guardians to guide
their children's reading and viewing.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
The Library assumes responsibility only for the information
provided on the home page and the supporting web pages
resident on this server. The Internet offers
access to many valuable local, national and international
sources of information. However, not all sources
on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current
information. A good information consumer evaluates
the validity of information found as with other library
Responsibility of Users
Supervising Children's Use:
Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their
minor children's use of the Internet. Parents and
guardians should supervise all Internet sessions of
minors in their custody.
Parents and guardians must inform minors if there
are materials that would be inappropriate for them
to access or use. This includes insuring the safety
and security of minors in their custody when the minors
are using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms
of direct electronic communications and insuring that
personal information concerning the minor is not subject
to unauthorized disclosure, use or dissemination.
The Library has provided filtering services that help
eliminate access to material that may be inappropriate
for minors, and chat rooms. Parents and guardians
shall not allow any minor in their custody to engage
in any unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking",
or other unlawful activities using Library computers.
Filters do not remove all potentially objectionable
material found on the Internet. Parents and guardians
are strongly encouraged to guide their children's
use of the Internet and may wish to use search tools
that provide their own additional filters. The Library
recommends parents and guardians view Child
Safety on the Information Highway, produced by
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
and Interactive Service Organization and Teen
Safety on the Information Highway with their
The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse
user population and information content. As a CIPA
compliant library, to prohibit minors from having
access to pornography, filtering software has been
installed on all browsers in the Kern County Library
System in accordance with Resolution
2012-296 adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors
on October 23, 2012, which declared: "This Board
hereby declares that it is the policy of the Kern
County Library, consistent with constitutional principles
and to the maximum extent possible with available
technology, to prevent disruption of the educational
purpose and atmosphere of the public libraries of
Kern County through the display of sexually explicit
material and to restrict access by minors over the
Internet at County public libraries to harmful material
as defined in the California Penal Code."
Rules Governing Use
To provide equal opportunity for all users to access
the Internet, the Library may limit use. Please limit
your time on the workstation to one hour or less when
others are waiting to use it.
Users may not:
- Make any attempt to damage computer equipment
- Make any attempt to alter software configurations.
- Make any attempt to cause degradation of system
- Use any Library workstation for any illegal or
- Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements
in their use of Library workstations.
- Engage in any activity which is deliberately slanderous.
- Install or download any software.
- Disturb other Library users or staff in any way,
including by display of sexually explicit material
(See also Library
- Minors may not view material that is harmful to
minors under California Penal Code Section 313 et
Violations will result in the revocation of Internet
use privileges. Unlawful activities will be dealt
with in a serious and appropriate manner.
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 electronic mail, text, images,
Programs or data) without the explicit permission
of the copyright holder. Responsibility for any consequences
of copyright infringement lies with the user; the
Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility
resulting from such use.
Internet Functions Supported
The Library provides a graphical World Wide Web browser
at all branch locations. The Library does not provide
uploading of computer programs or files at this time.
The library expressly disclaims any liability
or responsibility arising from access to or use of information
obtained through its electronic information systems,
or any consequences thereof.