Internet Use Policy

The Patten Free Library provides free and open access to information of all types in a wide range of formats for library users of all ages and backgrounds, including the Internet, as part of our mission to inspire lifelong learning.

The Internet is a global electronic network of ideas, images and commentary that enables the Patten Free Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. However, the Library cannot control the information available over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Not all information found on the Internet is accurate, complete, up-to-date, or philosophically acceptable to all individuals. The Library assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising from the use of information found on the Internet or any communications sent through the Library’s Internet computers.

In compliance with requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Patten Free Library filters all Internet access (including wireless) provided by the Library. Library users age 18 or older may request a reference librarian to disable the filter for any lawful purpose that meets the Patten Free Library’s policies and guidelines.

Internet Safety for Minors
A child’s use of the Internet in the library is the responsibility of that child’s parent, guardian, or caregiver. Parents, guardians, and caregivers are encouraged to learn about safe use of the Internet and develop rules for their children regarding sharing of personal information using email, social networking, and chat sites.

For more information on Internet safety for children and teens, visit the following websites: and

Responsibilities of Users
Users are cautioned that, because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use and, therefore, should be considered public.

The Library is not responsible for the security of personal information shared on the Internet.

    Misuse of the electronic resources of the Library, or of Internet access, may result in the loss of computer privileges for the user. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using computers for illegal activity
  • Damaging or altering computer equipment or software
  • Using computers to gain access to the Library’s network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system
  • Engaging in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous
  • Violating copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements or intellectual property rights
  • Installing or downloading software to Library computers

Wireless Usage
The Library’s public wireless network is not secure. Information sent to or from a wireless device on this network can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.


Approved by the Patten Free Library Board of Trustees 3/10/20
Reviewed 6/7/21; no substantive changes