Terms and Conditions of Access
Please read this Agreement thoroughly and carefully before
accessing or using the
Beaufort County (SC) Library website, www.beaufortcountylibrary,org.
1. User Acceptance of this Agreement
By using this website (the "Site") as provided
by the Beaufort County Library, South Carolina ("The
Library"), the User accepts this Website Use Agreement
(the "Agreement") without modification and is
bound by all terms and conditions herein. This Agreement
includes all terms, conditions, notices, provisions and
applicable usage guidelines related to use of the Site.
Users who do not agree with these terms and conditions
may not use or access the Library's website or assets.
The Library reserves the right to terminate any User's
access to the Site and any or all of its assets at any
time without notice, for any reason whatsoever.
Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the
User and the Library and supersedes any and all other
agreements, representations and understandings, whether
written or oral. This Agreement may not be modified or
amended by the User without the prior written consent
of the Library. The headings used in this Agreement is
for convenience only, and such headings are not to be
used in determining the meaning or interpretation of these
the terms or conditions of use of the Site.
User acknowledges that no joint venture, partnership,
employment or agency relationship exists between the User
and the Library as a result of this Agreement or use of
2. Purpose of the Site
The Beaufort County Library has created the Site to communicate
general information with Users of the Site. Although some
portions of the Site are freely available to the public,
certain other portions may be restricted to specific Users
(e. g., registered borrowers of the Library).
3. Proprietary Rights
The Library retains copyright on all text, graphic images,
software, databases, and other digital objects (the "Assets")
on the Site. "Assets" designates individual
items and multiple items created in whole or in part by
the Library and presented on the Site.
The Assets published on the Site are protected by copyright
and other intellectual property laws, and are owned or
controlled by the Library or the party listed as the provider
of the Assets. Commercial use of the Assets is prohibited
without written permission of the Library or other copyright
owner. Whenever the Library may provide access to third-party
electronic content, those resources are subject to terms
and conditions as provided by the owners.
Any and all reproductions of copyrighted materials are
governed by the copyright laws of the United States. The
User is solely responsible for the improper or illegal
use of Library Assets and third-party content. It is the
responsibility of the User to determine whether it is
necessary to obtain permission of any person or entity
to use an Asset and whether that use requires the payment
Library will provide copyright and credit information
for its Assets whenever that information is known. Any
copyright owners or other interested parties not properly
identified may contact the Library, so that appropriate
information may be provided in the future. As the designated
agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing
on its Site, the Library will respond in an appropriate
manner to notices of alleged infringement that comply
with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 [United
States Code 512(c)(2)]. Any notices of infringement must
be directed to the Library's Website Administrator, under
the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
The Library logo and trademarks of the Library are service
marks of the Library, as are all page headers, custom
graphics, logos and buttons icons. Users may not link
to any service mark without written approval in advance
from the Library. All other trademarks and registered
trademarks referred to or reproduced in this Site and
servers are the property of their respective owners.
Library does not claim ownership of the materials provided,
posted, uploaded, inputted, or submitted by Users to the
Library (including feedback and suggestions). By providing,
posting, uploading, inputting, or submitting material,
however, Users are granting the Library permission to
use their submissions in connection with the operation
of the Site. This permission is without limitation and
includes the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly
display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate
and reformat any submission; and to publish the User's
name in connection with the submission. Users will receive
no compensation with respect to any submission, as provided
herein. The Library is under no obligation to post or
use any submission and may remove any submission at any
time in the Library's sole discretion. By posting, uploading,
inputting, providing or submitting any material, Users
represent that they own or otherwise control all of the
rights to their submission as described in this section
including, without limitation, all the rights necessary
for Users to provide, post, upload, input or submit the
4. The Library's Right to Modify Services, Terms and
The Library reserves the right to modify, update, or alter
the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time.
Continued use of the Site constitutes compliance with
these terms and conditions as modified, updated, or altered
at the sole discretion of the Library. The Library may
modify or terminate its content, Assets and services in
its sole discretion at any time, without notice, for any
reason and without liability to any User or third party.
Any modifications and revisions are effective immediately
upon publication on this Site, and the User's continued
use after any change indicates acceptance of any changes.
5. Governing Law
The terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the
State of South Carolina, and will be construed and enforced
in accordance with those laws. Any action brought in connection
with this Site or to enforce these terms and conditions
may be brought only in the state or federal courts in
or with jurisdiction over Beaufort County, South Carolina.
By agreeing to the jurisdiction of these courts, however,
the Library does not waive any sovereign immunity that
may otherwise apply.
Any part of this Agreement (including, but not limited
to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations
set forth herein) that may be determined to be invalid
or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law will be deemed
superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most
closely matches the intent of the original provision,
and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in
6. Legal Notices
Communications made through or to the Site's e-mail or
other Assets do not constitute legal notice to the Library,
Beaufort County, its County Council, or any of their respective
departments, agencies, divisions, officers, employees,
agents, or representatives, with respect to any existing
or potential claim or cause of action against any of them,
where notice to any of them is required by contract or
by any federal, state, or local laws, rules, regulations,
7. Authorized Uses
This Site may be used only for authorized and lawful purposes.
The Library provides Assets for non-commercial educational,
personal and scholarly purposes, as well as for information
about the Library's services and resources. Users may
not copy, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, publish,
commercially exploit or otherwise transfer any material
for other purposes without prior written approval and/or
payment of appropriate fees.
8. Prohibited Uses
unauthorized modification of Assets may result in criminal
prosecution under federal, state, and local laws.
No User may restrict or inhibit access to this Site in
User may upload, transmit, distribute, or otherwise publish
the following content on the Site in any message or means
of communication provided via the Site:
Any topic, name, information or materials that are unlawful,
abusive, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, pornographic,
infringing, fraudulent, indecent or obscene;
2. Any materials that infringe any intellectual property
right of any third party;
3. Any materials that advertise or otherwise solicit funds,
goods, or services;
4. Any materials containing a virus or other component
that may damage another's computer;
5. Any advertisements, contests, surveys, pyramid schemes,
chain letters or like activities;
6. Any offers to sell our buy any goods, or any requests
for any funds or items of any monetary value.
Any use of the Site constitutes consent to any monitoring
and auditing by the Library and its agents. Although the
Library has no obligation to monitor the Site, it reserves
in its sole discretion the right to delete, edit, move,
refuse to post or take other appropriate action regarding
any messages, information or files that it deems objectionable,
inappropriate or otherwise in violation of this Agreement.
Any commercial use of the Library's copyrighted Assets
and web pages is illegal without the Library's official
written permission in advance and/or payment of associated
Framing or other hosting any portion of the Library's
Assets or web pages within any other website requires
written permission in advance from the Library. No part
of the Library's Assets or web pages may appear within
a frame, page, or portion of a page on any other website
without the Library's official written permission in advance
and/or payment of associated fees.
Harvesting of the Library's Assets by any means whatsoever,
for use in other web sites or in any other products, is
expressly forbidden. Excluding materials in the public
domain, all Library Assets are copyright © Beaufort
County Library 2006.
Users may not harvest or otherwise collect information
about others, including e-mail addresses, without their
Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability
Library disclaims any and all responsibility or liability
for any harm resulting from downloading or accessing any
material on the Internet.
Every effort has been made to offer the most current,
correct, and clearly expressed information possible. Although
Site content may include inadvertent inaccuracies or typographical
errors, the Library disclaims any and all responsibility
or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness,
legality, reliability, or operability or availability
of information or materials displayed in digital form.
Nor is the Library responsible for the deletion, failure
to store, misdelivery, or untimely delivery of any information
or materials, except as expressly determined by a separate
written use agreement and payment of appropriate fees.
The Library may make changes and improvements to the content
of the Site at any time. Nevertheless, the Library makes
no representation or warranty about the accuracy, availability,
completeness, reliability, suitability, timeliness, usefulness
or validity of the Site or the information contained for
any purpose on the Site. The Site and its contents and
Assets are provided "as is" without warranty
of any kind. The Library disclaims any and all warranties
and conditions regarding the Site, including all implied
warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness
for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement.
The Library disclaims any and all warranties for any information
or advice, goods, or services received through or advertised
on any links provided by the Site.
The User downloads or obtains material or data through
the Library's Site and Assets entirely at that User's
own discretion and risk, and the User is solely responsible
for any and all damages to computer systems or loss of
data resulting from such downloads.
Users should not rely on any advice received via the Site
and servers for personal, commercial, medical, legal or
financial decisions. Users should consult appropriate
professionals for specific advice on these topics.
Under no circumstances shall the Library, the County,
its employees, officers, agents, trustees or other representatives
be liable to any User on account of that User's use or
misuse of or reliance on the Library's Materials, arising
from any and all claims relating to this Agreement.
The User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Library
and its directors, officers, employees and agents from
and against any and all claims, actions and proceedings
and any and all costs, fees (including attorneys fees),
expenses, settlements, and judgments that result from
the User's breach of this Agreement or the User's access
and use of the Site.
Although the Library may use a computer program to track
statistical information about each visitor to the Site,
how that visitor came to the Site, and visits to the pages
within the Site, no personally identifiable information
is gathered by this program. The collected data help the
library to develop the Site through analysis of usage
and provides information for statistical reporting to
the South Carolina State Library.
Library respects the privacy of people using the Site.
Any information submitted to the Library, however, may
be considered to be public information under South Carolina
state law, The Library may be also be required to disclose
that information in accordance with Title 60-4-10 of the
South Carolina Code of Laws (Records identifying library
patrons as confidential information; Disclosure) or other
E-mail messages, online registration forms, and other
personal information transmitted over the Internet is
not necessarily secure against interception and may be
subject to the disclosure requirements of Title 60-4-10
of the South Carolina Code of Laws (Records identifying
library patrons as confidential information; Disclosure)
or other legal requirements.
By sending the Library an e-mail message, filling out
a registration or feedback form, or requesting specific
information from the Library, you may be sending the Library
personally-identifiable information, such as your name,
mailing address, telephone number, and/or e-mail address.
For example, if you ask for assistance with reference
questions or place a request for library materials, the
Library will request information from you to respond to
Although the Library tries to gather only the minimum
amount of personal information necessary for online transactions
through the Site, it may need to store this information
temporarily in order to respond to your Users' requests.
Under Title 60-4-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws,
the Library may not sell, trade or rent its customers'
personal information. Nor does the Library send unsolicited
e-mail or correspondence. The Library makes every reasonable
effort to prevent disclosure of personal identifying information,
except as required by law.
Library makes no represent or warrant the accuracy, reliability,
or confidentiality of any communications over the Internet.
Users should never transmit any sensitive or confidential
information to the Library by e-mail. Although the Library
makes reasonable efforts to respond to e-mail messages
received, the unreliable nature of e-mail and other electronic
means of communication do not guarantee that messages
will always be received.
The Library does not use "cookies" to track
Users' Internet activities.
Links to Third Party Sites
Library includes links within its Site that allow Users
to leave the Site to access web sites operated by other
County agencies and other third parties. Because these
other sites are not under the control of the Library,
links from the Library's Site do not constitute any endorsement
by the Library of the content or opinions expressed on
third-party sites. Nor does the Library represent or warrant
the accuracy, reliability or validity of any third-party
site. These items are made available only as a public
service and convenience to the Site's online visitors.
Users should review the terms, conditions and privacy
policies of those sites, which govern your interactions
as a visitor.
The Library is not responsible for webcasting or any other
form of transmission received from any linked site.
Contact the Web Administrator
if you have any questions about this Agreement or access
to this Site.
County Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
|| Telephone: (843) 470-6504
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