Internet Use Policy

In fulfilling our mission “To enhance the quality of life in Brunswick and Harpswell by providing free and equitable access to information and ideas that enlighten, inspire, enrich and entertain,” the Curtis Memorial Library endeavors to develop quality collections, resources, and services for use by its community.

The library shall maintain a set of publicly-accessible web pages on the Internet for the purposes of:

  1. Providing information on library services, policies, collections, and programs
  2. Facilitating citizen communication with the library staff
  3. Directing users to quality information and resources.

The library shall provide computers for use by the public to access the Internet. The library staff shall set rules and restrictions on the use of these computers to ensure that the resources are shared freely and equally.

All library records regarding a patron’s use of the Internet shall be kept confidential. Those records may only be released with the express written permission of the patron involved or per order of a court.

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

  1. Using computers for illegal activities
  2. Viewing obscene or sexually explicit images
  3. Hacking into the library’s computer system or any other computer system
  4. Sending harassing communications to other computer users
  5. Violating copyright laws and/or software licensing agreements.

The library has basic filtering in place on its public computers to meet criteria necessary to receive government technology funding.  However, a patron may request that a librarian remove the filter if there is a site that the patron wants to review and that does not violate any of the above noted limitations.