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CIPA Policy

  • The 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)] USC Township Library complies with the requirements of CIPA.
  • All computers in the USC Township Library are filtered. Please be aware that filters are unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate informational or educational value, or allowing sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec 5903.
  • The USC Township Library uses filtering software that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that may not be consistent with the policy of our library.
  • Parents 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.
  • The USC Township 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, that prohibits certain acts of decency.
  • Any adult (17 years of age or older) may request that the filter or technology protection measure be disabled by an Upper St. Clair Reference Librarian.
  • An authorized 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. The USC Township Library cannot be responsible for any patron's unauthorized use of a computer with a disabled filter.
  • 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:
    The Library Director and/or
    The Director of the Electronics Information Network.

Library Hours

& Location

Monday & Tuesday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday & Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Saturdays & Sundays

Holiday Hours

Accessibility contact for
the Library: Mr. Chris 
Gmiter, Director of
the Library at
412.831.9000 ext. 2470

P. 412.835.5540
F. 412.835.6763

1820 McLaughlin Run Road  Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

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