Public Use Computers

Calmar Public Library has six (6) computers available for public use, that are available during regular business hours, providing access to electronic resources via the Internet, as well as non-Internet use, e.g., creating Word documents, generating spreadsheets, and typing resumes, etc.  Since the Internet is a global electronic network, Calmar Public Library has no control over information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The library cannot guarantee users of the Internet to be protected from offensive information and is not responsible for the availablilty of information accessed from remote network sites.

The following rules govern the use of the library computers:

  • To use the computers/Internet, patrons must have a Calmar Public Library patron number.  One-time users or visitors need not possess a library patron number on file
  • Children under the age of 8 may not use the computers unless accompanied by a responsible individual over the age of 14
  • There is a 30-minute time limit for the public access computers when others are waiting.  When no one is waiting, additional time at the computers is extended at the discretion of library staff on duty
  • If a computer results in disruption of library services or behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end the computer session at any time
  • A USB device, such as a flash drive may be used to save information from select public use computers.  The library is not responsible for any damage to personal flash drives when used in library computers
  • Individual software may not be installed or used to alter or attach equipment to the library’s hardware or attempt to bypass security features
  • Each user is responsible for complying with copyright law and adhering software agreements
  • Due to the potential damage to computer equipment, food and beverages will not be permitted at the public use computer stations
  • Users of laptop computers or any other mobile devices must abide by these same conditions of use.  Wireless Internet service is available at the library.  A password is required to log in to the Internet and may be obtained from library staff on duty at the time
  • Internet communications shall be considered private, and confidentiality will be encouraged within the limits of public environment, the technology of the equipment, and the requirements of the law
  • Computer users shall comply with all conditions and terms of use of the Internet set forth in this policy
  • Misuse of the computer may result in suspension or loss of computer privileges

Wireless Internet service is available at Calmar Public Library inside the library during regular business hours and outside the library 24 hours a day.  A password to connect to the Internet using portable devices is required and can be obtained from library staff.  All rules governing computer use on the public use computers, as well as rules governing Internet access, will apply to those individuals using their own laptops or other portable devices, with the exception of the time limit for computer usage.

All public use computers are connected to a multi-function color/black & white printer, thereby enabling printing of documents, features, articles, general information, etc., to the public for a fee based upon the amount of color on the page.  Printing from a portable device is not available at the library.

A full copy of the Calmar Public Library Computer Use and Internet Access Policy is available to the public and may be requested from library staff and viewed during regular business hours.