The Mansfield University of Pennsylvania North Hall Library is a major information source for the university and community. The library provides access to the larger world of human expression, and connects individuals with the ideas, information, and images they seek and need. Access to printed, visual, physical, electronic, and online (Internet) information resources are provided. By providing information across the spectrum of human interests and thought, and making information resources available and accessible to our users, the library enables individuals to exercise their First Amendment right to seek and receive all types of constitutionally protected expression, from all points of view. In providing access to resources, including the Internet, the library is guided by its mission statement and the following American Library Association statements on access to information: Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement.
The North Hall Library provides a physical space for research, study and learning. The library faculty and staff have a responsibility to maintain a pleasant and productive environment. These rules and procedures are designed to establish and maintain this environment. It is expected that all library users will follow these rules and will not infringe on the rights of others as they explore the wide range of information available on the Internet.
The scope of this policy is to define acceptable and prohibited Internet use in the library.
The library upholds and affirms the right of individuals to access constitutionally protected materials on the Internet, including those materials some users may consider offensive. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring their children's Internet access. To fulfill our dual commitments to intellectual freedom and public responsibility we place some restrictions on Internet use in the library.
Failure to comply with the acceptable use guidelines and restrictions that govern the Library's and University's computing and Internet resources as stated in these documents may result in: being banned from the North Hall Library; immediate suspension of network, computer and/or Internet access privileges and, where necessary, civil liability and/or criminal prosecution.
Effective: June 5, 2007
Updated January 29, 2009, 09 Jan 2012, 01 Mar 2013, 23 Apr 2015