- I'm not affiliated with VCU. What sort of access do I have?
- I'm a Friend of VCU Libraries. What sort of access do I have?
- I am a graduate of VCU. What sort of access do I have?
- Where can I find computers with Internet access available for the public?
- Why does VCU Libraries limit Internet access to the public?
- Why do computers in the VCU Libraries require a login?
- Are there any other public computers on campus that allow Internet access?
- Who can I talk to if I have comments, questions or concerns about this policy?
College, university, high school and Friends of the Library visitors are welcome to make use of VCU Libraries research collections. These visitors may access the Libraries' catalog and digital resources at guest computer stations. College or university guests may also apply for a temporary VCU eID for use at other public computers. Visitors may not use guest computers or the temporary login to play games, surf the Web or engage in other recreational activities. Accommodation of guests is to provide access to the unique resources of a research library.
Friends of the Library donors may request an eID for use within the VCU Libraries buildings. After making your donation, you may contact Antonia FD Vassar at (804) 827-1165 to initiate the eID process. For additional information about joining the VCU Friends of the Library, visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/giving/friends.html.
Alumni are invited to join the VCU Friends of the Library. Alumni who are not Friends of the Library have the same access as members of the general public.
Most public libraries in the area and the Library of Virginia have limited numbers of computer terminals available for public use. Access may be restricted to library card holders. For additional information, visit:
Richmond Public Library - Public Computer Access
Library of Virginia - Internet Access Policy
VCU Libraries computing resources are primarily for the research needs of VCU students, faculty, administrators and staff. The Libraries may authorize other individuals or affiliated groups to have access to its computing resources.
Members of the general public must demonstrate a need for the unique resources of a research library. If such a need is affirmed by VCU Libraries, temporary access to resources may be granted, dependent upon current needs of the VCU community. At any time, guests may be asked to discontinue computer use if VCU students, faculty, administrators or staff require access.
Virginia Commonwealth University ensures secure, authenticated access to computing and wireless resources for its students, faculty, administrators and staff through eID login. Guest computers, with their own authentication mechanism, are provided in VCU Libraries to accommodate others who have legitimate needs for research level resources.
All other computing facilities on the VCU campus are intended for use by VCU students, faculty and staff, and require an eID username and password issued by VCU Technology Services.
Please provide us with your feedback using the Libraries' Suggestions form.
Revised: July, 2009