Computer Workstation and Wireless Access:
Computers at the Richmond Public Library (RPL) are shared resources. The library has set the following policy for public use of these devices to ensure fair and equal access for all:
Acceptable Internet Use:
The Richmond Public does not control the information available on the Internet and is not responsible for its content. The Internet may contain controversial or sexually explicit material.
The library filters access to the Internet in compliance with Virginia Code § 42.1-36.1. Filtering software products may not protect users from materials which some may find offensive or inappropriate. Library procedures prohibit access by juveniles, as defined by Virginia Code § 42.1-36.1, to materials that may be considered harmful to juveniles.
For any content on a computer screen that the library, in its sole discretion, subject to constitutional limitations, and in consideration of the best interests of the public, determines to be an unacceptable purpose, a staff member may request the patron using the computer to cease viewing the offending computer site.
Further, a patron has the right to lodge a complaint concerning any instance in which the patron believes the RPL filtering system fails to block a site that should be blocked according to the Children's Internet Protection Act.
Any staff member who observes any violation of RPL Internet policies will take action to enforce compliance. In this regard, failure to comply with RPL policies can result in suspension or cancellation of Internet access, and/or in some cases legal proceedings.
Printing / Copying :
There is a posted charge per page for printing. Color printing may be available at some locations at the posted cost.
Prohibited uses of Richmond Public Library RPL computers and/or Wireless Network
Any person making unauthorized use of computers in violation of laws including (but not limited to) Virginia Code
42.1-36.1, the Privacy Protection Act of 1974, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, the Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1989, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, the Virginia Computers Crime Act, and the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, may be prosecuted.
Intentional disregard of these prohibited uses, including but not limited to the following prohibited uses, may result in loss of computer privileges.
Failure to follow this Computer/Network Internet Access and Use Policy, guidelines, or procedures can result in a loss of the patron's access privileges. Illegal or disruptive behaviors can result in immediate termination of access and may involve law enforcement. The library reserves the right to terminate any computer session. Users who fail to follow these guidelines may lose their access privileges for up to a year. Users may appeal any termination of access privileges to the library Director or designee through the review process established by the library. A second violation of policies, guidelines, or procedures will result in suspension of access privileges for up to five years, without appeal.
Library staff reserves the right to monitor the use of computer access to Internet resources to comply with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from library equipment if they observe any behavior, in violation of this policy. Misuse or abuses of library computers or Internet access may result in the suspension of computer access privileges.
The library is not responsible for damage or loss of data from power interruption, computer viruses, hard disk failure, faulty software, or any other reason. The use of library computer equipment or networks and entering of personal information or data is at the patron's own risk. The library is not responsible for the breach of any user's privacy or personal information through use of the library's computer equipment or network access. By using the RPL computers or its public access network, the library patron agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the RPL, its Board of Trustees, information providers, operators, other users of the system and any institutions with which they are affiliated, harmless from and against any claims, damagers, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, resulting, directly or indirectly from their use of the system.
Adopted: June 2005
Revised: September 2006
Revised: June 2007
Revised: September 2009
Revised: April 2011
Reviewed: February 2012
Reviewed: October 26, 2016
Revised: December 2016
Revised: December 6, 2017