Computer Rules and Guidelines (see also the Public Computers and Internet Access Use Policy)

How do I sign up?

A Library borrower’s application form must be signed before using the computers. Parents must also sign permission to use the computers for children under the age of 18 years old.

Parents are responsible for what children access on the computers. A parent must sit with any child 6 years old or younger while the child is using a public computer or the Internet. A parent must accompany any child ages 7 to 10, but does not need to sit with the child during the child’s public computer or Internet use, so long as the parent is present and available in the library building and checks on the child often. Children ages 11 to 17 may use the public computers or Internet without direct parental supervision, at the parent’s discretion.

 

Is the Internet filtered?

Filters have been installed on the computers; however because of the way filters are configured, 100% accuracy is impossible. It is possible and probable that the filter will not block some sites that should be filtered and block other sites which should not be filtered. Parents cannot rely on filters to prevent their children from seeing sites that they may deem inappropriate. Children should be supervised by a parent even when filters are in use. Patrons are asked to report instances in which they think the filter has failed to block objectionable sites, so that staff can take appropriate action.

 

What if I do not live the Library’s service area?

Non-residents must pay for a non-resident card ($15/quarter; $60/year) or pay a per use fee of $2 per hour to use the public access computers. Valid identification (driver's license, etc.) must be presented to use the computers. 

 

       What is required to use the Library’s Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available to Library cardholders. Non-residents with their own electronic devices, who are at least 18 years old with valid identification, may use the Wi-Fi as guest users.

 

Is there a time limit?

Computers and Wi-Fi Internet may be used for up to six hours per day.  Initial use is a one hour session.

 

Does the Library lend any electronic devices?

Electronic devices (such as Chromebooks) may be checked out for in-Library use for up to four hours per day only by patrons whose library cards are not blocked or barred. Please see the Electronic Devices BorrowerGuidelines and Agreement Form.

 

Can I print?

Printing is 20¢ a page from public access computers. Printing is not available from the Wi-Fi Internet at this time.

 

Can I save files or download software?

Nothing can be downloaded or saved to the computers. USB flash drives are recommended.

Computer users who violate the Public Computers and Internet Access Use Policy risk losing their public access computer user privileges.