The Kansas Children's Internet Protection Act (KS-CIPA) requires that any public library that provides public access to a computer shall implement and enforce technology protection measures to:
Ensure that no minor has access to visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene
Ensure that no person has access to visual depictions that are child pornography or obscene
An employee of a public library may disable a technology protection measure if:
Requested to do so by a library patron who is not a minor, and
The technology protection measure is disabled only to enable access for legitimate research or other lawful purpose
Standards, Rules & Regulations
The state librarian shall establish standards and promulgate rules and regulations for the enforcement of the provisions of this act. Such standards and rules and regulations shall be distributed to the public libraries in this state, posted in a conspicuous place in such public libraries, and made available to the public.
The governing body of each public library shall adopt a policy to implement and enforce the provisions of this act in accordance with the standards and rules and regulations published by the state librarian. Such policy shall be reviewed at least once every three years by such governing body and shall:
State that the purpose of the policy is to restrict access to those materials that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene
Provide how such public library will meet the requirements of this act
Require such public library to inform its patrons of the standards and rules and regulations that library employees follow to enforce the provisions of the act
Require such public library to inform its patrons that procedures for the submission of complaints about the standards and rules and regulations, the enforcement thereof, or observed patron behavior, have been adopted and are available for review
Any public library that is in compliance with the provisions of this act shall not be liable for any damages arising out of or related to a minor gaining access to visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene through the use of a computer that is owned or controlled by the library.
Policy Checklist - New April 2017
Southeast Kansas Library System has created a Policy Requirement Checklist
to help libraries ensure that administration and boards address all
necessary areas. Use of the checklist is highly recommended whenever the
policy is reviewed.
The checklist includes sound advice about
incorporating Kansas CIPA requirements into your Internet Use Policy
versus a separate document.
The Kansas CIPA Policy Template is a customizable template you can use to create a KS-CIPA compliant Internet safety policy. Please note that you are not required to send a copy of your Internet safety policy to the State Library of Kansas.
The Internet Filtering Options document is a listing of possible filtering options including filtering provided by various library systems.