Guidelines for Use of Public Access Computers

Due to the wide variety in the number of workstations at each branch, availability of personal computers, software applications and advance reservations may vary. Check with each location for more information.


  1. Patrons may be required to sign in at the desk or log on to a reservation system prior to each use of a personal computer. Patrons with advance reservations are given a 5-15 minute grace period, depending on location.

  2. Time limits vary at each location because of demands on limited resources. A system-wide maximum of two hours per person per day (fifteen minutes for Express computers) is enforced if there are other customers waiting to use the computers.  If no one is waiting, there are no limits on the number of renewal sessions for the Library's public computers that require a reservation.

  3. Use of the Internet requires special registration procedures and is governed by the Library's Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

  4. Some service locations have computer programs for use by children ages 3-12. Children accompanying adults who are using the computers should not be left unattended.

  5. Personal belongings should not be left unattended.

  6. No more than two persons may use one workstation unless by special arrangement.

  7. No software or files may be uploaded or downloaded to or from the hard drive.

  8. All work should be saved to a removeable device. Flash drives are available for purchase. Information cannot be saved to the computer. The Library is not responsible for crashes that lose saved or unsaved work.

  9. Only Library employees may restart and log the computers onto the network. Patrons should report any problems to the Library staff. Patrons are not permitted to reboot computers.

  10. The Library assumes no responsibility for damage done to a patron's removeable device through use of public access PCs. We do our best to prevent viruses but are not responsible if disks/devices become infected.

  11. Only Library-supplied paper may be used for printing. View printing charges.

  12. Any use of library equipment for illegal purposes is prohibited.

  13. One-on-one technology tutoring is available. See your librarian for more information. User's guides are available for check-out.