- Electronic Resources
Public Internet Access:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library has Public Internet Access Disclaimer Notices regarding the electronic resources and services the Library provices its patrons. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. However, the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Library patrons are advised, as with all library materials, to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet.
Although many potentially valuable sources of information are located throughout the Internet, some resources and destinations contain material that some patrons may find offensive or inappropriate for children. There are sites that are inappropriate for use or viewing in a public setting. The library cannot control the content of sources found on the Internet. Therefore, patrons must evaluate the validity and desirability of the information found. The Library is not responsible for Internet content, for changes in content of the sources to which the library's Webpage links, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library utilizes virus-checking software, but this does NOT guarantee that everything will be completely protected from viruses. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal disks when downloading, or to a user's own computer. Further, the Library is not responsible for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from a patron's use of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library's computers.
Violations of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library Policy and Procedures may result in suspension or loss of privileges to use computer resources at the Library. Any illegal activity involving the use of the Library's computers, including the Internet, will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities. In addition, patrons shall agree to hold harmless, indemnify, and unconditionally reimburse the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library for any damage, liability, costs, claims, or expenses that the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library may incur or that arises in any manner from any use or misuse of the Internet access by a patron.
With billions of pages on the Internet, finding what one is searching for sometimes feels like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Try the library's "Search the Web" search tools/engines located on our Homepage to help you find what you are looking for. Please try more than one Engine because they all work a little differently and may bring back different results. Many of these sites are incorporating both crawler/search engines and directories to provide better search results. Some are now Portals providing many other services such as free e-mail accounts and personalized pages that display one's personal preferences (stock quotes, sport scores, local weather, etc.). Crawler/search engine sites use special software that "crawls" the Web (often called robots, bot, spider or crawler) looking for content. These sites work best for more specific, narrow topics.
The Community Page is a collection of some local organizations and Websites along with phone numbers and addresses for some area Government Offices, Utilities and Telephone Companies, Emergency Services Information, and Other Points of Interest. Any links to external Websites are provided as a courtesy. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed on these sites are entirely those of the author(s). They should not be attributed in any manner as an endorsement by the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library of the content or views of the linked materials. The Library reserves the right to accept or deny any requests for references to links or third party sites. This page is periodically updated.
Kids and Teens Page:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library provides the Kids and Teens Page on the library's Website as a couresty to our Online patrons and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of these external sites. Library patrons are advised, as with all library materials, to exercise judgement when evaluating the usefulness and reliabity of materials found on the Internet. The Ipl2 database is the main search engine being used and it allows kids and teenagers to access hundreds of online resources for homework, special projects, research and more.
Ready Reference Resources Page:
The Ready Reference Resources page is a collection of Websites presented as a source for ideas & learning, and are provided as a courtesy. Because the Internet is unregulated, there may be links to subsequent sites on these links. The Library disclaims any responsibility for the content or availability of those sites. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed on these sites are entirely those of the author(s). The content or views of the linked materials should not be attributed in any manner as an endorsement by the R. J. Kleberg Public Library. The Library reserves the right to accept or deny any requests for references to links or third party sites.
Social Media Network Sites:
By posting content, the user agrees to indemnify the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library (KPL) and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content. Forums and messaging may not be used for commercial purposes or for organized political activity.
KPL reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all of its social software web sites and accounts, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of copyright, trademark right or other intellectual property right of any third party, or otherwise inappropriate for the service. KPL also reserves the right to edit or modify any submissions in response to requests for feedback or other commentary. Notwithstanding the foregoing, KPL is not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber in any forum, message board, or other area within the service.
After a warning for inappropriate comments or posts, Robert J. Kleberg Public Library reserves the right to permanently block a fan from any KPL Social Media Networking Site.
Wireless Internet Access:
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is not responsible for damage to personal equipment due to misuse of the Internet and all other uses. Users should refer to their ownersâ€™ manuals or other support services offered by their device manufacturer.
Like most wireless hotspots, the libraryâ€™s Wi-Fi Network (kplpublic) is unencrypted and unfiltered. Use of the wireless connection is done at the patronâ€™s own risk. By using this connection, patrons acknowledge that hacking and security concerns are an inherent risk associated with any wireless service. For that reason, patrons expressly agree that they knowingly assume such risk, and further agree to hold the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library harmless from any claim or loss arising out of, or related to, any such instance of hacking or other unauthorized use of access into the patronâ€™s computer.
The Library strongly recommends that patrons be internet-safe and careful about what information is sent over the wireless network. Visiting sensitive websites that deal with banking, credit card information, or personal identity information is strongly discouraged. Most websites that deal with this type of information will identify a secure connection in your address bar. If you see https:// , you are on a SECURE connection. If you see http:// , you are on an INSECURE connection. The library cannot guarantee that information sent over the wireless network will not be stolen, nor is it responsible for any type of identity theft should it occur. The user assumes the responsibility of being safe and guarding their personal information while doing wireless Internet transactions.
By using the library's wireless connection, patrons acknowledge that hacking and security concerns are an inherent risk associated with any wireless service. For that reason, patrons expressly agree that they knowingly assume such risk, and further agree to hold the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library harmless from any claim or loss arising out of, or related to, any such instance of hacking or other unauthorized use of access into the patronâ€™s computer.
The Library accepts no responsibility regarding the ability of patron-owned equipment to connect to the wireless network, or for any software downloaded and/or installed, email opened, or sites accessed while patron is using the libraryâ€™s wireless Internet connection. In addition, any damage done to the patronâ€™s equipment, or self, from accessing the Internet from the libraryâ€™s wireless access point is the sole responsibility of the patron; and the patron agrees to hold harmless, indemnify, and unconditionally reimburse the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library of any damage, liability, costs, claims, or expenses that the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library may incur that arises in any manner from any use or misuse of the Internet by the patron.