Internet Use Policy

West Florida Public Library endeavors to develop resources and services that meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community, and the internet is such a tool for patrons.

West Florida Public Library has internet computers and printers available for use by patrons with a WFPL library card in good standing. Visitors and other non-residents may obtain a Computer Guest Pass by providing a photo ID. **The cost for the Computer Guest Pass is $1 and is good for one day. * 

Computers are available during library hours except for the last 15 minutes before closing. The Computer Lab at WFPL’s Main Library is open only during posted times.  *** Black and white printing costs are $.10 per single-sided page or $.15 per double-sided page.  *** Color printing costs are $.50 per single-sided page or $.75 per double-sided page.

The internet offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. It is, however, an unregulated medium with a highly diverse user population. Consequently, the library cannot control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible via the internet. It is possible that individuals might access information they personally find offensive or disturbing. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves and their children.

Sources on the internet do not always provide accurate, complete or current information. As with any material provided by the library, the user must take responsibility in questioning the validity of the information found.

Because of scheduling, knowledgeable staff may not always be available. West Florida Public Library strives to provide computer classes on a regular basis.

In order to use the internet computers unattended, a person must be at least 13 years of age. Those between the ages of 13-17 must have a parent or guardian, in view of a staff member, complete an internet permission slip. A parent or guardian must accompany users under the age of 13.

Patrons may use the internet computers for one hour sessions. Patrons are assigned computers on a “first come, first served” basis. Users are required to sign in at the desk. If no one is waiting to use the computer, the current user may continue until another user registers. A user may not request a current user to relinquish or shorten their time. Users must wait for their scheduled time. Interference with a scheduled user is prohibited and may result in the loss of computer time for the offender.

The internet computer equipment and software must be used as installed. Users are not permitted to delete, add or modify the installed hardware or software. Personal data may be copied to CDs or “thumb drives” if individual machines are so equipped. Copies of library software cannot be made. Patrons cannot save to the hard drive.

The following is the Code of Conduct for using internet computers (also applies to Wireless Users). Repeated violations of these rules will result in the revocation of library privileges:

  • Users may not use the library computers to make unauthorized entry into any other computer or network.
  • Users may not disrupt or interfere with other computer or network users, services, or equipment. Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida state law and users may be held responsible.
  • Users may not represent themselves as another person nor use internet access to transmit obscene, threatening or harassing materials.
  • Users must respect the legal protections to data and software provided by copyright and license law.
  • Users who are disrupting the library will be asked to leave.
  • Use of the internet computer workstations to display or disseminate sexually explicit or sexually suggestive materials in any library building is prohibited.

* All proceeds from Computer Guest Passes go to provide library services. 

** Effective January 1, 2015

*** Effective February 22, 2016

The West Florida Public Library Board adopted this policy on April 9, 1997.

Updated on May 29, 1998

Revised on September 9, 1998 by the West Florida Public Library Board.

Updated on January 24, 2001.

Revised on October 18, 2002 by the West Florida Public Library Board.

Revised on July 14, 2004

Revised on March 8, 2006

Revised on August 1, 2006

Revised on January 25, 2007

Revised on September 26, 2012

Revised on January 1, 2015 by the West Florida Public Library Board of Governance.

Revised and approved on February 22, 2016 by the West Florida Public Library Board of Governance.