Internet and Computer Use Policy

Internet Philosophy

The Internet, as an information source, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It is, however, an unregulated medium. As such, it offers a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal.

Filtering/Blocking Technology

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Powhatan County Public Library provides Internet workstations equipped with filtering/blocking technology. However, the library recognizes that filtering/blocking technology is not completely reliable in protecting against websites that may be offensive, controversial or illegal, and may in fact block many legitimate websites.


The Powhatan County Public Library disclaims any responsibility as to the Internet's quality, informational accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, legality, or usefulness for a particular purpose. The Library also assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its connection to the Internet or other electronic resources.

Responsibilities of Internet Users

Lawful use of the Internet is the individual's responsibility. Any illegal activity involving the Internet and/or library computers shall result in suspension or loss of library privileges. (Code of Virginia, Section 42.1-36.1). Computer users, using Powhatan County Public Library’s facilities, shall agree to and abide by this policy. 

Parent/Guardian Responsibility

When a parent or legal guardian signs an application for a library card for their child, they have agreed to take responsibility for the library resources that their child uses and checks out of the library. The Powhatan County Public Library considers the Internet a library resource. Parents are advised to supervise all of their children's Internet sessions and to read with their children "Child Safety on the Information Highway" and/or "Teen Safety on the Information Highway".

Unacceptable Internet Use

The following uses of the Internet are unacceptable:

  • Changing or adding files to the computer or network
  • Damaging library computers and other equipment
  • Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
  • Sending or displaying obscene or disruptive messages, files, or images
  • Using obscene language
  • Using another person's library card
  • Using computer equipment and communications services for sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading illegal material via the Internet
  • Using the computer for hacking (breaking into or out of any system), spreading viruses, and/or any other practice that interferes with the use of the Internet
  • Violating copyright laws or software license restrictions