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Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet access is available on the first and second floors of the Library of Virginia. Electrical outlets for plugging in laptops are available at the study tables in the second floor Reading Rooms. Printing is available when using the Library's public computer workstations and wireless printing is available on personal laptops.


If you are bringing in your own laptop and wish to use our Internet connection you will need:

Your computer *should* automatically detect the wireless signal if you are inside the Library. When you have  determined that you are connected to the Library's network (LVA-Guest), open/double click on your Web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer).

Settings - Basic

Windows 10

To access the network settings, click the "Network settings" link. Or launch the Settings app and navigate to "Network & Internet". In the Wi-Fi section, you'll find all the wireless networks available to you (this is new to Windows 10), which is the same list you see in the system tray. Select the wireless network you wish to use and click connect.

Windows 7

In the Control Panel, go to the Network and Sharing Center and click Manage Wireless Networks. Click Add and click Manually create a network profile. Manually add the wireless settings for the network that you want to connect to (Network name, Security type, Encryption type, and Security key/passphrase)

Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, and then click Connect to.
  2. In the Show list, click Wireless.
  3. Click the wireless network to which you want to connect, and then click Connect.
  4. (Support for Windows Vista will end in March 2017.)

Windows XP

Windows XP has reached end of life status and is no longer supported.

Mac OSX Network Settings

  1. Select Apple Menu --> System Preferences --> Network button;
  2. Turn Airport ON; (usually that is the only configuration)
  3. Select Advance; (If needed)
  4. Select TCP/IP tab and configure Using DHCP;
  5. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank;

Settings - Advanced

For advanced settings we recommend referring to your manufacturer's troubleshooting and technical information. Several links are below for your convenience.

Windows 10 - http://windows.microsoft.com/

Windows 7 - http://windows.microsoft.com/

Windows Vista - http://windows.microsoft.com/

Windows XP - support.microsoft.com

Mac - www.apple.com/support/

Limitations and Disclaimers

Please note that the Library cannot assist you with your laptop, card, configuration or troubleshooting. The Library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment.