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DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
ELECTRONIC ACCESS USE STATEMENT
August 14, 1997
Davenport Public Library’s mission is to serve as a resource center for the community and provide free and equal access to
information, materials, services and programs designed to meet the informational, learning, cultural and recreational needs of
our citizens. Information is available in a variety of formats, including electronic databases and online services such as the
The Internet is a vast, unregulated information network, which provides access to ideas, information, images, and commentary
beyond the confines of the Library’s collection, mission, selection criteria, and collection development policies. The Library is
not responsible for Internet content, some of which may be considered offensive or disturbing by some individuals. Users are
encouraged to exercise critical judgment in evaluating the validity of information obtained via the Internet and should be aware
that the information found may be incomplete, inaccurate, dated, or controversial. Because sites on the Internet change rapidly
and unpredictably, the Library cannot monitor or control Internet information or images.

The use of library materials and information for unlawful or unethical purposes is prohibited; this includes information accessed
through electronic means. Misrepresentation of identity and/or modification or unauthorized access of hardware, software,
data, files, or passwords is prohibited. Users may not make any changes to the system, install software, save data to any
drives, connect or disconnect cables/peripherals, or damage/alter the setup or configuration of the software or hardware.
Sending, receiving, or displaying of any material in violation of laws or regulations is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited
to, copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material. The Library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any
time. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, to any person or entity, arising from its
connection to the Internet or other electronic information.

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Under Iowa law, parents or legal guardians are responsible for their children until the age of 18. In the context of the Library,
parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s reading and use of Library materials and services including electronic
services. Parents are encouraged to explore and evaluate and then discuss Internet and electronic resource use and safety
with their children and monitor their children’s use of these resources.

To aid and assist parents, the Library has resource information regarding electronic access. Resources include a guide from
the American Library Association, “The Librarian’s Guide to Cyberspace for Parents and Kids” and a child safety publication
from “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children”.


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