Internet Policy

Frederick County Public Libraries' mission states: 'We believe that a free and accessible Public Library is fundamental to a democratic society.' In our information rich, global community, the Internet provides an unprecedented, powerful tool to deliver information to vast numbers of people.

The Internet is an ungoverned and unregulated source of information. The library cannot control what others provide on the Internet. The library provides a choice to individual members of our community to access the Internet according to their personal values and beliefs.

Frederick County Public Libraries provides free access to the Internet and its resources for all library users. Library patrons are advised, as with all library materials, to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet.

Access to obscene matter and child pornography is prohibited on all Library computers. As with other library materials, restriction of minors' (children under 18) access to the Internet is the responsibility of parents/legal guardians. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children. Minors are not permitted to use library equipment to access materials that are obscene or constitute child pornography. Staff will actively intervene when they observe inappropriate behavior or it is brought to their attention.

Each FCPL library contains at least one computer in the children's area that uses commercially purchased software to block objectionable materials. Please be aware that no filtering software is 100% effective and the best filter is active parental participation.

Users are responsible for compliance with all copyright notices and restrictions attached to web content, all state and federal laws, and library rules of behavior.

Approved by theĀ Board of Trustees of Frederick County Public Libraries on September 4, 2002