Pleasant Hills Public Library
“CIPA compliance” addendum to
Access and Internet Safety” Policy
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires
all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts
any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet
access. [Supreme Court decision: United States v. American
Library Ass’n, Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003)]
Pleasant Hills Public Library complies with the requirements of CIPA.
computers in the Pleasant Hills Public Library are filtered. Please be
aware that filters are unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate
informational or educational value, or allowing access to sites that are
illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons.
Stat. Sec 5903.
3. Pleasant Hills Public Library uses filtering
software that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that may
not be consistent with the policy of Pleasant Hills Public Library.
or legal guardians, and not the Library or its staff, are responsible for
monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and for the information
selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library strongly
encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children’s
Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.
Hills Public Library computers cannot be used for any fraudulent or
unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable
federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of
18 Pa Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903, which prohibits certain acts of public
adult (17 years of age or older)
may request that the filter or technology protection measure be disabled
without significant delay by a Pleasant Hills Public Library staff member,
authorized by the Library Director.
authorized Pleasant Hills Public Library staff member may override the
filter or technology protection measure for a minor (age 16 years or
younger) in the event that the filter wrongly blocks or filters Internet
access to a site with legitimate informational value.
Hills Public Library cannot be
responsible for any patron’s unauthorized use of a computer with a
Any patron who wishes to file a
written complaint about the filtering software on the library computers may do
so within thirty (30) days to:
1. The Library Director and/or the
Library Board President;
2. The Director of the Electronic
The Federal Communications Commission.