Public Computer Usage
It is the policy of the library to provide an atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of Library services and facilities. Customers using the Internet in the library are subject to the Code of Conduct posted in the library and on the library website as well as all local, state and federal laws. This includes customers using personal equipment, including but not limited to laptops, smart phones, tablets. Failure to comply may result in loss of library privileges and/or expulsion from the library.
- Patrons gain access to a timed session with their Library card information and PIN number. Cards must be in good standing. Patrons with fee restrictions may purchase a guest pass for $1 per hour for up to two hours.
- As a courtesy, guest passes are issued to visitors who are ineligible for a library card. Courtesy passes are issued at the sole discretion of library staff and are limited. A patron who frequently requests a courtesy pass will be asked to purchase a guest pass or take the appropriate steps to secure a library card.
- Any visitor needing to access a computer or needing to print materials related to employment or the search thereof may be given a 20-minute computer pass without a library card. Any task requiring additional time will require a library card or guest pass.
- Patrons who require longer than two hours to complete their work (writing a paper or resume, filling out an online form, etc.) may ask library staff for a manual time extension.
- Time extensions are granted at the sole discretion of library staff, based on demand for the public computers. One extension in the amount of 20 minutes is allotted per computer session.
- Computer sessions will time out after 10 minutes of non-use. Library staff may end a computer session at any time if the logged in user leaves the library premises.
- Attempting to evade or bypass computer lab time limits by using multiple library cards, or by requesting guest passes when your allotted time has been used, may result in the loss of computer use privileges.
- The internal sound speakers must be kept muted at all times. Patrons are welcome to bring personal listening devices to plug into the sound jack on the side of the computer monitor. Earbuds are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.
- Patrons are not permitted to relocate the monitor in any manner.
- Patrons are not permitted to install personal software or attempt to make setting changes.
- Patrons cannot permanently save any files to workstation drives.
- Users are encouraged to use external storage drives via access ports to save projects, documents, pictures, etc.
- External drives are available for purchase at the Circulation Desks.
- Computers located in the Children’s Area are for children ages 12 and under.
- Children must be under the direct and continuous supervision of an adult when using a Library computer.
- Adults supervising children on public computers cannot be engaged in other activities during the session.
- Anyone 13 or older are prohibited from using the Computer Workstations in the Children’s Area unless they are assisting a child.
- The library is not responsible for damage to disks, any loss of data, or damage or liability that may occur from a patron’s use of the library’s computers.
- For liability reasons, library staff cannot answer questions of a financial, legal, or medical nature, and for privacy reasons, we cannot fill out online forms for patrons.
Patrons are prohibited from using the library’s internet access to perform any illegal activity, to attack another computer or computer network, to access or cause damage to the library’s network or connected resources, to transmit threats or harass others, to use any unauthorized tool that allows for the circumventing of content filtering, or to participate in any behavior deemed disruptive to the library, visitors or staff.