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 the Library provides access to the Internet. By offering access to information available on the Internet, the Library expands the research content available for visitors. 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 second floor reading rooms. Most of the computers have no time-usage limit. There are two timed email access stations located near the Circulation Desk. Users may access their email up to 30 minutes per day. Users of the timed stations must have a valid Library of Virginia library card. Using the library cards of others (including friends or family members) to extend usage of the timed computers is not allowed. Doing so will result in a loss of computer privileges.

Laptop computers may be used in the Library. Free wireless Internet access is provided in all public areas on the first and second floors.

Software/Hardware

All of the public computers provide Internet access. Filtering software installed on the computers blocks websites with adult content as well as all games, social media, and streaming audio and video. All of the computers include Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. Access to blocked content for research purposes is addressed on a case-by-case basis. The Library provides access to a computer with JAWS screen reader software for users with visual impairment. All of the computers allow users to save work to USB drives. USB drives (16GB) can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $8.00.

Printing

Printing (black & white only) is available for $0.25 per page. Users must add money to their library card accounts in order to print. Wireless printing is available for personal laptops.

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 two 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 computer 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.

Revised July 2022


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