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Library Policies, Procedures and Guidelines: Library Policies

Acceptable Use policy

Greenwood Library is open to Longwood students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  A University ID card is required to access the building after 9:00 pm, Sunday-Thursday.

The Library is committed to maintaining a quiet, safe and clean environment conducive to research, collaboration, and study. To meet this end, all Library users are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in accordance with all applicable Longwood University policies and local, state, and federal law.

January 2016

Updated August 2020

Responsibility of Library Users

Users are responsible for abiding by all polices set forth in this guide. This includes returning or renewing all materials borrowed with their library card by their due date and time. Users are prohibited by Library policy to lend their library card to others. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately. Users are responsible for notifying the Library of any change in name, address, phone number, and/or status from non-student to student.

Assistance for Users with Disabilites

The Desk staff will assist if sufficient staff is on duty to do so. If you are doing research, we highly recommend setting up an appointment with a librarian so we can best help you.

The Office of Accessibility Resources assists any student who requests and qualifies for support.

Computer and Internet Use Policy

Computer and Wi-Fi Access 

All users agree to abide by applicable University and Library policies, including the University Code of Ethics and the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources and Systems.   




Library Commons Computer Lab 

Longwood students, faculty, & staff 

  • Use LancerNet wireless network 

  • Log in using LancerNet ID and password 

  • Log in using LancerNet ID and password 



  • Use LancerNet Visitor wireless network 

  • Register by entering email address 

  • Obtain the computer log in information from The Desk.   


Equipment Use 

  1. The Library will not take reservations for individual computer use. 

  1. Printing is allowed only for Longwood students, staff and faculty. 

  1. All users, including community users, may download to USB storage devices, save to the workstation’s public folder and e-mail as an attachment. Users must supply storage devices. 

  1. Users may not download files to the hard drive. 

  1. Priority is given to Longwood students, faculty and staff for research. 

  1. The Library reserves the right to schedule workstations for instruction or for access to electronic resources available only on specific machines. 

  1. For a computer left unattended more than 15 minutes, the Library reserves the right to move your belongings to the Desk’s lost and found and restart the computer. Any documents you were working on may be lost.  The library is not responsible for your property/personal effects. 

  1. The Library will not be responsible for damage done to users’ non-Library computer equipment as a result of downloading. 

  1. Library staff may limit the amount of time spent in assisting a user in order to provide adequate support for all other Library services. The type of assistance provided by a specific staff member may vary depending on their function in the Library 

  1. For certain types of technical assistance, User Support Services is available to provide quality support and technical expertise to Longwood University students. 

  1. The Library will provide the following types of assistance: instruction and research assistance; printing; resolving basic technical problems; describing available services and brief instructions on how to access them. 

  1. Attempts to damage or alter University equipment or software are a violation of University policy. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in the University honor code, the student handbook and employee handbooks, in addition to possible cancelation of information technology resources and systems access privileges. 


Internet Use 

Greenwood Library supports free and open access to all forms of information and does not attempt to filter or censor the use of any of these resources. In support of our users’ First Amendment right to freely seek and examine a broad range of opinions and ideas, the Library adheres to the following American Library Association (ALA) statements on access to information: 

Patron Responsibilities 

  1. The Library assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, or content of any Internet resource. Library users must peruse the Internet at their own risk, realizing the potential for accessing offensive, inaccurate or illegal information. Users must apply their own set of evaluative criteria to information. 

  1. It is the responsibility of the user to read and abide by this policy as well as the University Code of Ethics,  Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources and Systems policy at Longwood University and the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code). 

  1. Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what Library resources are appropriate for their children.  


Violations of This Policy 

All users of University computing resources must comply with all federal, Virginia, and other applicable law; all generally applicable University rules and policies; and all applicable contracts and licenses. Examples of such laws, rules, policies, contracts, and licenses include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity, and child pornography; the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibit “hacking,” “cracking,” and similar activities; the University’s policy for Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources and Systems, the University’s judicial Code of Conduct standards; the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and racial discrimination policies; the University’s personnel policies; and all applicable software licenses. Users who engage in communications with persons in other states or countries or on other systems or networks should be aware that they may also be subject to the laws of those other states and countries and the rules and policies of other systems and networks. Users are responsible for ascertaining, understanding and complying with the laws, rules, policies, contracts and licenses applicable to their particular uses. 

Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in the University honor code, the student handbook and employee handbooks, in addition to possible cancelation of information technology resources and systems access privileges. Violations will be handled through the University disciplinary procedures applicable to the relevant user. Policy violations by University employees, including faculty, will be handled in accordance with the Longwood University personnel policies and rules for classified employees, the Faculty Handbook and other applicable administrative policies and procedures. The University may also refer suspected violations of applicable law to appropriate law enforcement agencies. Users of information technology systems and resources at Longwood University are subject to all applicable university, local, state and federal statutes. It should be understood that this policy does not preclude prosecution of criminal and civil cases under the laws and regulations of the Town of Farmville, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America. 

Approved August 2004 
Updated July 2017 
Updated August 2020 

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