Enrich, Inspire, Transform
Internet Policy


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Internet access provided by Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) is in keeping with the Libraries' Mission to offer welcoming destinations that educate, excite and empower our community.


This policy applies to all customers who access the Internet through the public network at VPL facilities and through VPL's website.

Internet Access

Vaughan Public Libraries offers every member of our community full access to all of our services. We consider Internet resources an extension of our material collections for library customers. Public computer access and Wi-Fi access are provided at VPL to ensure equitable access to information and online resources. The Internet is an unregulated, ever-changing, worldwide environment.

  • The provision of access does not mean or imply that VPL endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary which may be found on the Internet. VPL makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet.
  • Customers are cautioned that ideas, points of view, and images can be found on the Internet which are controversial, divergent, and/or inflammatory. Not all of the information available via the Internet is accurate, current, or complete. Customers should assess the validity of all information found.
  • VPL assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its own website and is not responsible for links or secondary links from its website.

Children may access all information and use all facilities provided by VPL. Parents and guardians are responsible for Internet use by children in their care. VPL does not use filtering software.

Unacceptable Internet Use

Vaughan Public Libraries' customers may not use publicly accessible Internet services for illegal, unethical, harmful, or criminal purposes.

  • Viewing and transmitting of explicitly sexual materials; materials that invade others' privacy; or materials that serve to harm or cause offense to others is prohibited.
  • Customers are subject to federal, provincial and municipal legislation regarding Internet use. Use of the public network for illegal or criminal purposes is prohibited. Examples of such illegal activities include, but are not limited to, harassment or stalking, libel, illegal commerce or solicitation, "hacking" or tampering with other computer systems, viewing, downloading and/or printing child pornography. Illegal use may be reported to the police and result in revocation of library privileges.
  • Customers may not violate or circumvent copyright and other intellectual property rights and liability for infringement rests with the user. VPL follows fair dealing copyright principles. The Copyright Act is available for consultation in libraries.

VPL Rights and Responsibilities

Because of the nature of the Internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed from public computers or library devices, or over Wi-Fi networks. Customers are advised to exercise caution when viewing or transmitting personal information on public computers or library devices, or over Wi-Fi networks.

VPL assumes no responsibility for any claims, damages, or costs sought by customers or third parties arising from its provision of access to Internet and Wi-Fi networks. Nor is VPL responsible for any copyright infringements or illegal use made by customers.

Revised and approved by the Board - October 21, 2021