New Library Directors Handbook

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Libraries that wish to receive federal funding for services classified as "Internet Access" and "Internal Connections" must comply with both CIPA and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA). CIPA requires use of a technology protection measure (often referred to as a filter) on any computer that can access the Internet, including staff computers. Any public library using E-Rate or LSTA funds for certain purposes must comply with the filtering requirements. Filtering is not required when a library receives funding for telecommunications only (i.e., telephone or data circuits). Although filters must be installed on every computer that can access the Internet, adult users can request that the filter be removed. Therefore, the State Library recommends that libraries purchase filters that can be disabled.