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Internet Access Policy

Purpose

The Library of Virginia (LVA) serves the library and archival needs of the government and citizens of Virginia. As part of this mission LVA provides access to the Internet. By offering access to the wealth of information available on the Internet, LVA seeks to enhance the research potential of our users. While the Internet can provide valuable information, users are cautioned that some information may not be accurate, complete, or current, and that some websites may not protect users’ privacy. The Library of Virginia is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of material found on the Internet. As with any information resource, Library users should approach the information critically. The Library of Virginia will provide users with starting points for exploring the Internet. Reading Room staff can provide only limited computer instruction, as they must be available to assist other Library visitors.

Availability

Computers are available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis in the Reference Reading Room and near the Circulation Desk. Virginia residents must have a valid Library of Virginia library card to use the Internet stations. Users must be 18 years of age to register for a library card. A 1-hour visitor pass may be obtained by out-of-state users who do not wish to obtain a library card. Individuals under 18 may use the Internet if accompanied at all times by a cardholder.

Users have daily limits of 1 hour of access per day.
Individuals may use only their personal library cards for Internet access. Using the library cards of others (including friends or family members) to extend Internet usage time is not allowed. Doing so will result in a loss of Internet privileges.
Laptop computers may be used in the Library. Free wireless Internet access is provided in all public areas on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Software/Hardware

The Internet stations are minimally filtered (adult content is blocked) and provide access to OpenOffice (Document Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheet), QuickTime Player, and Adobe Acrobat. All of the terminals allow content to be saved to USB flash drives. External floppy drives are available upon request at the reference desks in the Reference and Archives Reading Rooms. Floppy disks ($1.00) and 2GB flash drives ($7.00) can be purchased at the Circulation Desk. The Library does not provide or sell headphones, but personal headphones can be used at the terminals.

Printing

Printing (black & white only) is available for $0.15 per page. Users can add money to their library card or purchase a debit/copy card ($0.50) and add value to it to pay for printing. Printing from personal laptops is not available.

Conditions of Use

Internet Stations are situated in public areas and individuals are expected to use the Internet in a manner that respects the library environment. 
Behavior by adults or children that is disruptive and not conducive to an atmosphere suitable for study, reading, and research is not allowed.
A maximum of 2 individuals may be seated at a computer terminal.
It is inappropriate to view or print sexually graphic and/or explicit materials at public workstations. Failure to comply will result in loss of Internet privileges.

Users are prohibited from any activity that violates local, state, or federal laws, including copyright laws. The Code of Virginia prohibits the use of library computers to: access child pornography (Va. Code section 18.2-374.1:1); communicate threats (Va. Code section 18.2-60); inappropriately display material harmful to juveniles (Va. Code section 18.2-391); produce, publish, sell or possess obscene items (Va. Code section 18.2-374, 18.2-374.1); or, to facilitate certain offenses involving children (Va. Code section 18.2-374.3). Violations of law will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

The Library reserves the right to limit or revoke Library privileges, including computer privileges and access to its computer and network resources. Misuse or unauthorized use of Library computers and information resources may result in revocation of Library privileges. Users may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Library's network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system. Users may not attempt to change or modify hardware, or software configurations or install software on the Library's workstations. Users may not attempt to damage computer equipment or software or cause degradation of system performance. Users will not have access to file transfer protocol (FTP), or Internet relay chat (IRC)002E. The Library is not responsible for damages that may occur to a user’s equipment or data due to conditions beyond the Library’s control such as power surges, computer viruses, etc.