Public Use of the Internet

To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, the Virginia Public Library provides access to Internet resources. In doing so, the Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its home page.

The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found.

Choosing and Evaluating Resources

The Internet is a series of communication linkages leading to a highly diverse array of information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. In choosing sources to link to its pages, the Library follows its materials selection guidelines. The Library only maintains responsibility for the content contained within the Virginia Public Library Web site and is not responsible for content or changes in content of the sources for which the Library links to or for content or changes in content of sources accessible through secondary hyperlinks.

Access by Minors

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents of legal guardians should guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. The Library has links to other Web sites that parents or legal guardians may find appropriate for their children.

Rules Governing Use

Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to the Internet, the Library may set limits, for example, on the use of large files of still or moving images or sound, or on downloading files in any medium. The Library also reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session.

Users may not:

  • Use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, information or communication services or resources.
  • Distribute unsolicited advertising.
  • Invade the privacy of others.
  • Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
  • Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
  • Use the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties, or in a manner inconsistent with the Library’s tax-exempt status or its proper operation.

Violation may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Public Users’ Security

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, the Virginia Public Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.