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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2024 2:37 PM

Acceptable Use of the Internet in the Library

Purpose & Eligibility

As part of the Library’s mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, use of Internet stations is open to all library users. Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their children. 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. Use of library workstations is at your own risk. The library is not responsible for any damages that may occur to a user’s equipment or data in connection with his or her use of a library workstation. Further, the library makes no representations or warranties regarding computer hardware, software, or system performance.

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 should be picked up on the day they are created. 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. Access to blocked content for research purposes is addressed on a case-by-case basis. 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 and personal wireless devices for a fee. Learn more about printing from wireless devices.

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

December 2016 | Fairfax County Public Library

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