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Getting Started with Zoom

  • You will need either a computer with a webcam and microphone OR a mobile device (such as a smart phone) to participate in a Zoom meeting.

  • You don’t need a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting, though. Click on the provided “Join from your browser” URL from your email and you will automatically join the meeting through your web browser on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

  • Once the meeting opens on your device, you will be prompted to enter your name. If you have previously participated in a Zoom meeting and have the Zoom app installed, your name may already be associated with your device. You will then be put into a “waiting room” and will be admitted by the meeting host.

  • If you have a Zoom account, you may instead enter the a meeting with the meeting’s code and password to join.

About RGPL Programs on Zoom

  • You must have a valid email address and register for programs. The Library will send you a secure link to participate in the program during its scheduled date and time via this email address.

  • You may log in before the start time using the link and password sent from the Library. Please be patient if you join early and wait for the host to start the meeting.

  • Most Zoom programs will have a presenter as the primary focus of the event. In these cases, the Library may mute your audio or turn off (“disable”) your video, so you are in viewing mode only.

  • Some Zoom programs will be set up so participants can socialize and participate in discussions and Q&A with all participants or in smaller breakout groups. This means you can see your fellow attendees and they can see you unless you opt to mute yourself or stop your video.

  • You are invited to type in the Chat window as needed. The Chat is a great tool to ask questions or leave comments to the presenter or library staff.

  • The River Grove Public Library reserves the right to record Zoom meetings, programs, and events.

  • For security purposes, some features of Zoom will be disabled during Zoom programs, including screen share, private chat, and instant messaging. Other features will be enabled, including locking the meeting after it begins.

  • Zoom is not intended for use by individuals under the age of 16 without a parent or guardian’s consent for educational purposes. All minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s consent at the time of registration.

Participants who do not comply with the library’s policies or social networking policies may be removed at any time by the host.



  1. We recommend using Chrome if you are joining via a web browser.

  2. A laptop or desktop is preferred over a smart phone or tablet.

  3. If possible, connect using a computer headset.

  4. Don’t run other programs while using Zoom. Close any unnecessary applications so all the computer’s processing power can be used to maximize the quality of your Zoom session.

  5. Pay attention to your background. If there’s too much light behind you, your face will be shadowed. Keep a good source of light in front of you but behind your camera/device so that your face will be adequately lit. Also note that busy backgrounds may be distracting to others. Pay attention to what is on your screen and only show what you would feel comfortable sharing in a public space.

  6. Depending on the type of meeting, you can use the Mute/Unmute, Start/Stop Video icons to communicate with the presenter or other meeting participants.

  7. Be on time and don’t leave in the middle of a meeting, otherwise, you might find yourself locked out if you try to sign back in.