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5.12 COMPUTER LABS

A. Policy

The library has computer labs used for instruction and library-related computer activities. Where feasible, some labs designated by the library can be used by community groups for non-profit computer instructional activities or group computer work, as schedules and space permit.

Library use takes precedence in scheduling. Activities sponsored by Henrico County or the library are not subject to the guidelines of this policy.

No sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or association licensed to do business as a for-profit organization may use library rooms for profit-making activity. Activities designed to lead directly to the purchase of goods and services are not allowed. Mandatory sign-in is not permitted.

Admission fees may not be charged to people attending. Exceptions are made in the case of paid registration or fees for conferences, programs, or educational courses held in formal partnership with the library. Fundraising activities, except those sponsored by HCPL, may not be conducted in the labs.

All events held in the labs must be open to the public and they are available on equal terms without charge on a first come, first served basis, regardless of beliefs and affiliations. Permission to use library space does not constitute endorsement by the library of the user's beliefs or opinions.

All publicity must carry the name of the sponsoring organization. The library cannot be identified as the sponsor, nor can the publicity list the library's phone number. Library addresses and telephone numbers must not be listed or used as the official address of an organization or group using library meeting space. Publicity materials promoting an activity in the lab may not be placed in the library without permission of the library manager.

Use of computers in the labs is subject to the HCPL Computer and Internet Policy. The library assumes no responsibility for loss, damage, or liability/injury that may arise through use of the facility or equipment.

The person signing the application and/or the organization represented shall be held financially responsible for any damage to the facility, furniture, and equipment during the period of use.

Regulations pertaining to additional conditions on use of library rooms, policy governing conduct, use of meeting rooms by minors, and forfeiture of privileges to use such meeting rooms are specified in the Board resolution entitled "Establishment of General Policy Governing Use of County Facilities," Agenda Item No. 272-86, adopted May 14, 1986.

Non-compliance with policy and regulations may result in forfeiture of room privileges.

1. Using a Lab

Labs are available during hours when the library is open to the public. Users may not enter library buildings before the regular opening time to the public. Use of the lab must conclude 30 minutes before the library closes and users must restore the lab to the order in which it was found. Equipment, supplies, or personal effects may not be stored or left in the building before or after use. Attendance at events in labs will be limited to the posted capacity.

No food or drink can be consumed in the computer labs.

Lab computers have access to the Internet through standard browsers and are loaded with Microsoft Office. Public Wi-Fi is available in labs. Audio visual capabilities vary by lab and users must confirm with their location. Ongoing efforts are made to keep lab computers and equipment in good working order, but the library cannot guarantee working status and is not liable if the computers, software, or equipment is not fully functional at the time reserved by a group. Library staff will demonstrate how the equipment works and troubleshoot problems, but will not be available to be in the lab for the entire session.

Beyond what is in each lab, the library does not provide equipment or related items, such as AV carts, cables, etc. Computers and AV equipment belonging to users can be used in the labs if they are compatible and do not affect or risk damaging the normal operation of the lab and equipment. No outside software can be added to lab computers. Computers in labs available for booking are not on time management software and are not filtered. Access to the library's network is limited to county agencies.

All activities and participants must adhere to the library rules of conduct and to Henrico County rules and regulations. Activities in all library rooms must not disturb other users of the library, e.g., excessive noise, etc.

2. Scheduling a lab

Lab reservation
Computer Labs are intended for computer instructional activities or group computer work by groups or organizations. Labs are not reserved for individual use or for activities not requiring multiple public computers or group collaboration with public computers.

Reservation requests must be made by an adult library cardholder at least 18 years of age who will be in attendance. Reservations can be requested up to 90 days in advance of the use date. Only one booking for a group per library per day is allowed at a time; any subsequent booking may be requested at the time of the initial meeting. Users will not be allowed to schedule use on a regular, continuous basis (for example, the second Monday of each month).

The library should be notified as soon as possible of cancellations.

If the requestor of the reservation is more than 15 minutes late, that reservation may be cancelled and made available for reservation by others. 

Help keep your Henrico Library safe and enjoyable for all.
The following are prohibited on library premises:

  • Disruptive talking, noise, or any other disruptive or disorderly conduct
  • Use of cell phones or other electronic devices that disturb library customers
  • Violating library rules or policies (materials, computer use, etc.)
  • Cursing or abusive language or gestures
  • Physical, sexual, or verbal harassment of customers or staff
  • Eating food outside of designated areas
  • Sleeping
  • Littering
  • Smoking or the use of e-cigarettes in the building or near entryways or exits
  • Blocking aisles, sidewalks, entryways or exits
  • Bringing in oversized bags or items that may be a hazard or impede library use
  • Using skateboards or rollerblades
  • Offensive odor or bringing in items with a foul odor that disrupts others
  • Selling, soliciting, peddling, or panhandling
  • Circulating unauthorized petitions or surveys
  • Posting flyers or leaving printed materals not library-approved
  • Asking staff to page or find customers
  • Inappropriate attire including absence of shirt or shoes
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Misuse of restrooms (bathing, laundry, etc.)
  • Vandalism
  • Loitering or trespassing
  • Animals that are not designated service animals
  • Leaving children under the age of 10 unaccompanied or unsupervised by a parent, adult, or responsible caregiver
  • Leaving items/personal property unattended
  • Using computers to access, display, send or receive obscenity, threats, or child pornography
  • Juvelines accessing materials harmful to minors
  • Any UNLAWFUL activity

The library reserves the right to require those who do not comply to leave the premises, or to restrict their library privileges. Unlawful activities will be reported to Law Enforcement.

Using Public Computers at the Library

Customers are prohibited from using computers to access, display, or send or receive any of the following materials: obscenity, threats, or child pornography.

Juveniles are also prohibited from accessing materials that are harmful to minors.

Violations of the law will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

 

Enjoying the Library with Your Children

Remain with your child and provide proper supervision at all times.

Children under 10 must be accompanied and supervised by their parent, adult, or a responsible caregiver.

Parents and caregivers are urged to prevent their children from being disruptive to others. Prolonged crying or tantrum-like behavior must be handled outside the building.

Henrico County Public Library cannot be responsible for unattended children or minors left after hours. If a minor has not been picked up by closing time, staff may notify the police.

Children's and Teens' Areas and designated computers are intended for the use of children, teens, and their families. Others should use Adult sections and computers.

Report any disturbing behavior or situations to a staff member immediately so that appropriate action may be taken.
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Library Services Plan Results

Goal 1 -

Collections Books, eBooks, DVD's, Materials
We will....
          • Expand our eBook collection
          • Monitor trends and developments in the marketplace
          • Screen collections for relevance and quantity
          • Explore options to offer popular video content
          • Re-examine borrowing policies and procedures

Goal 2 -

Community Outreach Multicultural, Public Relations, Outreach, Bookmobile, ESL, Seniors
We will....
          • Seek to recruit a diverse workforce
          • Train present staff to respond to the needs of our changing population
          • Offer more multicultural materials and programs
          • Develop relationships with other agencies that serve the ESL community
          • Seek to establish an Outreach office to include mobile library services
          • Plan for the needs of the growing senior population
          • Provide volunteer and community opportunities
          • Explore partnerships with other agencies to increase awareness of library events
          • Expand our online communication

Goal 3 -

Services Customer Service, Classes, Programs, Processes (Circulation)
We will....
          • Seek to expand computer and technology classes
          • Explore online instruction opportunities
          • Provide ongoing and comprehensive training for staff
          • Develop teaching curriculum with certification for librarians
          • Examine the Holds and transfer process

Goal 4 -

Spaces Buildings, Hours, Rooms, Cafés
We will....
          • Seek ways to offer services in cafés
          • Examine room reservation process and policy
          • Provide responsive technology and services
          • Plan for equity in all library branches
          • Seek to be environmentally sensitive in all buildings
          • Analyse hours of operation to best meet customers' needs
          • Review computer lab policies for better utilization
          • Explore teen spaces to better meet this group's needs and expectations

Policies

Collection Development Policy
The what, how and why of our collection

Computer and Internet Policy
Computer user guidelines and public use of the Internet 

Getting a Library Card
How to, Who can? 

Interlibrary Loan Policy
How to request items from other libraries

Library Policy
Loan Periods, Fines, and Fees

Meeting, Conference, Study Room & Digital Media Lab Policy 
The restrictions and requirements for reserving rooms at Henrico Library 

Customer Behavior Guidelines
Help keep your Henrico Library safe and enjoyable for all

Unattended Children
Henrico County Public Library is not responsible for unattended children 

News Releases

Copies of news releases from the Library Community Relations office to Richmond area media. These include announcements about branch openings and closings, library events, and special programs.

News Releases

2017

Date of Issue  Subject 
September 20, 2017 Richmond Astronomical Society Presents Night Sky Astronomy at Libbie Mill Library
September 13, 2017 New Fairfield Library Design to be Unveiled at Sept 27 Community Meeting
September 1, 2017 Henrico Libraries Announce Fall Programs Featuring the Richmond Astronomical Society, Modern Richmond, and Latin Ballet
August 22, 2017 Henrico County Public Library Wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Library Grant Award
August 1, 2017 Henrico Libraries Bring Stem Education Opportunities to Central and Eastern Henrico
July 5, 2017 Henrico Libraries to Host Eclipse Parties, Distribute Eclipse Viewing Glasses on August 21 While Supplies Last
May 24, 2017 Henrico Library to Launch Summer Reading Club June 1
May 4, 2017 Henrico County Public Library Wins NASA Grant for STEM Education
April 13, 2017 Henrico County Public Library Launches New Online Book Recommendation Service
April 11, 2017 Varina Area Library Receives National Design Award
March 27, 2017 Join Henrico County Public Library for All Henrico Reads with Sy Montgomery April 5th

2016

Date of Issue  Subject 
December 7, 2016 The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery to be 2017 All Henrico Reads Featured Title
September 30, 2016 Check Out Birdwatching Programs and Birding Backpacks at the Library
September 27, 2016 Death Cafés at Henrico County Public Library
August 9, 2016 Cross the Finish Line of Summer Reading Club with Events at All Libraries
August 8, 2016 New Phone Numbers for Henrico County Public Libraries
July 25, 2016 Take a Hike with Henrico County Public Library’s New Nature Exploration Backpacks
July 15, 2016 Stay Cool and Polka at the Library
June 14, 2016 Streaming Movies, TV and Music from Henrico County Public Library
April 20, 2016 Varina Branch Library Relocating to New Varina Area Library in June 2016
April 7, 2016 8th Annual All Henrico Reads Featuring Author Chitra Divakaruni

2015

Date of Issue  Subject 
June 27, 2016 Keep in Reading Shape This Summer – Join the Summer Reading Club 
December 23, 2015 Veterans Invited to Reading and Discussion Program at Henrico County Public Library
November 12, 2015 One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni to be 2016 All Henrico Reads Featured Title
September 24, 2015 Dumbarton Area Library Relocating to new Libbie Mill Library in October 2015
March 24, 2015 All Henrico Reads Author Tayari Jones to Speak at Glen Allen High School

2014

Date of Issue  Subject 
September 25, 2014 Tayari Jones to be 2015 All Henrico Reads Author
March 13, 2014 New York Times Bestselling author Lee Smith at 2014 ALL HENRICO READS

2013

Date of Issue  Subject 
December 9, 2013 Virginia native, Lee Smith, to be 2014 All Henrico Reads Author
September 23, 2013 Henrico County Public Library to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event, Share eBook Download Experience
June 10, 2013 Read for a chance to win an iPad mini and more at Henrico County Public Library
May 17, 2013 Information is Power at Henrico County Public Library
April 11, 2013 New York Times Best-Selling Author Adriana Trigiani at 2013 ALL HENRICO READS

2012

Date of Issue Subject
November 15, 2012 2013 All Henrico Reads author will be Adriana Trigiani
November 5, 2012 Community Meetings for the New Varina Area Library
September 27, 2012 Henrico County Public Library offers "always available" eBooks through an innovative, new service
September 5, 2012 Henrico County Public Library Launches Plan for the Future
May 14, 2012 Henrico County Public Library Reopens Its Newly Renovated Gayton Branch
May 8, 2012 Henrico County Public Library Receives State Award
April 10, 2012 Henrico County Public Library Hosts Henrico Historian, Dr. Louis Manarin
March 13, 2012 New York Times Bestselling Author at 2012 All Henrico Reads
February 13, 2012 Black History Month Events at Henrico County Public Library
January 9, 2012 Henrico County Public Library Now Has New Free Mobile App

2011

Date of Issue Subject
September 29, 2011 All Henrico Reads 2012 with Garth Stein
September 21, 2011 CORRECTED TIME FOR THE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING OPPORTUNITY
September 13, 2011 Henrico County Public Library to Host OverDrive's National Digital Bookmobile! View Photo
June 27, 2011 Henrico County Public Library to Offer Overdrive
June 22, 2011 Henrico County Public Library Wins National and State Awards
March 23, 2011 Henrico's Gayton Branch Library Temporarily Closing
March 7, 2011 All Henrico Reads 2011 with David Baldacci
January 10, 2011 Black History Programs

2010

Date of Issue Subject
November 23, 2010 David Baldacci Author Visit 
November 8, 2010 Varina Branch Library Will Close for Repaving November 11 & 12, 2010
October 4, 2010 Henrico's Glen Allen Branch Library to Reopen October 25, 2010
September 30, 2010 Teen Author Melissa Marr Coming to Henrico's Tuckahoe Area Library
September 30, 2010 Henrico County Public Library Now Offering Online Résumé Help
September 10, 2010 New Senior Section on Website
August 4, 2010 David Robbins Author Visit
June 22, 2010 NUTZY to Soar into Henrico County Public Libraries
June 9, 2010 Free Family Summer Concert Series at Twin Hickory Area Library in Henrico
May 21, 2010 D-Day in Normandy
April 9, 2010 New Telephone Numbers for Henrico County Public Libraries
March 9, 2010 Author Woody Holton to Speak at Tuckahoe Area Public Library
January 11, 2010 Tuskegee Airmen to Speak

2009

Date of Issue Subject
August 29, 2009 2009 All Henrico Reads Author and Book are Announced
June 1, 2009 African American Trailblazers at Dumbarton Library
May 1, 2009 Henrico's Glen Allen Branch Library Temporarily Closing
April 29, 2009 Gayton Library Town Meeting

2008

Date of Issue Subject
August 25, 2008 2008 All Henrico Reads Author is Announced