Staying Safe Online

Internet Filtering

Public computers connected to the Internet are filtered to screen images that are obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or otherwise harmful to minors in accordance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Colorado’s Internet Protection in Public Libraries Act.

No filtering software is 100% accurate. Filters may falsely block material that is appropriate in a public library setting or they may fail to block access to illegal or objectionable material. The Library does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of its Internet filters.

Adults age 17 years and older may request that staff disable the filtering software during their Internet session.

Personal Information on Public Computers

The computers are cleaned and rebooted completely after every session. Still, we urge you to log out of your email and other accounts before the end of your session, and never allow the computer to remember your login information. We also encourage you to save your documents to a location other than the public computers because all documents are removed upon ending a session, and they are not retrievable. If you require a flash drive for in-house use, or would like to know about cloud-based storage, please inquire upstairs at the Reference Desk. 

Your credit card information should be safe if you establish a secure connection between the browser and the website asking for credit card information. Look for the universal lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the browser window and https in the URL.

Safety of the Wireless Internet

There is inherent risk using any public wireless internet connection and the standard advice for mobile users is to install a software Firewall onto your machine and use a high quality anti-virus software with definitions updated daily.  With that level of protection public wireless internet is usually safe to use. The Library, however, is not responsible for any data that is acquired by an outside source.

Public Internet Use Policy

The Bud Werner Memorial Library (Library) is committed to providing free and equal access to library resources and information through both physical and virtual materials, and technology including electronic resources, services, networks and computer access in order to meet the informational needs and interests of patrons.