Using the Public Computers
Our public computers are provided on a first-come, first served basis, and check out for a time period of one hour. If no patrons are waiting for computers, your time might automatically be extended, up to a maximum total of two hours per day. Your computer will automatically reboot when your time is up, at closing time, or if the computer detects a period of no activity. Please pay attention to warning messages and save your work frequently! Our complete Internet and Computer Use Policy is also available.
Our library uses the Pharos SignUp system for public computer management. This system ensures fair computer access to all of our patrons. Please note that the use of another patron's account information to access the public computer stations may result in the suspension of computer privileges for one or both of the patrons in question.
Library staff are experimenting with implementing the Google Cloud Print service. This will allow patrons with laptops, tablets, smart phones and other wireless devices to print to the library's color laser printer. Use of the Google Cloud Print service requires a Google account and may require additional software, depending on the device in use:
- Print from the Chrome web browser on any device
- In Windows, install the Google Cloud Printer for Windows program
- On Android devices, install the Google Cloud Print app
- On iOS devices, purchase and install the PrintCentral Pro app
Then, follow this link to add the library's public printer to your Google Cloud Printer account.
In early 2013, the library completed a site-wide computer upgrade project. Public computer stations run Windows 7. Other software availble for public use includes:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher)
Patrons may not install software on the public computer stations. Any operations which require administrator access will not work.
Patrons may use their own headphones with the public computers. Earbud style headphones are usually available to purchase for $1 at the circulation desk.
The library does not provide memory card readers. Patrons may bring in their own to plug into the public computer station they are using.
USB access is available on the public computer stations. Although we cannot guarantee that every device will work, Windows 7 should recognize most digital cameras, flash drives, and other storage media. For your convenience, a USB extension cable is provided on the counter top at each station (if you cannot find the cable, please ask for assistance).