Acceptable Use of the Internet by the Public at the Fairfax County Public Library

Use of Internet stations is open to all library users. Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their own children. Refer to the library’s website for links to sites that provide suggestions on using the Internet safely and effectively.

Time Limits
Internet sessions on library workstations are 30 minutes long. Sessions may extend beyond 30 minutes if no other users are waiting. During your Internet session, you can select items to print for a fee. These print jobs can be picked up any time before that library closes that day.

Internet access on your wireless device is available during regularly scheduled library service hours.  There is no time limit for wireless access during these hours. This Acceptable Use Policy must be accepted when using Wi-Fi.

Information found on the Internet may be downloaded to your own storage device within your session time limit. Be aware that downloaded files may contain computer viruses and use proper precautions.   The library is not responsible for damages which may result from files downloaded from the Internet.   You must adhere to copyright and software licensing when downloading.

Use of Library Workstations and Internet Access
All computer hardware, software and Internet access provided in the library to access the Internet shall not be used for any unlawful purpose, e. g. , fraud, gambling, child pornography. Threats and unauthorized use of the name or picture of another person are not permitted. Access to the Internet at the library is filtered and monitored in accordance with Section 42. 1-36. 1 of the Code of Virginia.

To help us keep the equipment working properly and as a courtesy to others, tampering with or altering the library’s software or hardware is not permitted. It is prohibited to connect personally owned equipment or devices for the purpose of circumventing or tampering with the normal operation of computer hardware.

These restrictions also apply to wireless devices. Tampering with or in any way altering the library’s Internet access, or interfering with other wireless devices without consent, are also not permitted.

Printing services are available from library workstations for a fee. Printing services are not available from wireless devices.

Failure to comply with these acceptable uses will result in loss of Internet privileges at the Fairfax County Public Library.  

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