FSPL Computer and Internet Policy


Fort Smith Public Library
Computer & Internet Access Policy

Library patrons use the Internet at their own discretion. The Fort Smith Public Library does not protect persons from information found individually offensive. The Library has no control over resources available from outside the Library nor does the Library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet at any given time. We cannot be responsible for its content. When using the Internet, please remember that some material may be outdated, wrong, or biased. Please critically evaluate all information you find.

As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. The Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for viewing by children. The Library staff is not in a position to monitor and supervise children’s use of the Internet.

Displaying, sending or receiving material inappropriate for viewing in a public place is prohibited by Arkansas State Code 5-68-205. Inappropriate material is defined as pictures or text which could reasonably be construed as obscene or pornographic, as defined by Arkansas State Code 5-68-302.

The Fort Smith Public Library does not provide e-mail accounts. Internet access at the Fort Smith Public Library is intended primarily as an information resource. Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer personal instruction on computer use.

  • Use of Internet chat, news or discussion groups on public access computers in the Library is strictly prohibited.
  • Computer users may not install or use any software not installed by the library.
  • Attempts to damage computer equipment or alter computer configuration are unacceptable uses of the Library’s electronic resources.
  • If Internet searching results in disruption of library services or if patron behavior when using Internet resources becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the Library reserves the right to end the session.

The Library may deny computer, Internet, or library access to library users who misuse or abuse the Library’s electronic resources, or who are found in violation of this policy.

In accordance with Arkansas State Code 13-2-103(a)(3), the Fort Smith Public Library must require all users to signify their agreement with this policy before accessing the Internet at any Library public access computer.