PACs at Main Library

 
Patron Access Computers at the Main Library

The first floor of the library has eleven computers available for public access computing. There are four computers on the second floor in the Children’s Department. All of the computers offer internet access and most have Microsoft Office productivity software available as well. These computers are available during regular library hours except they are shut down about 15 minutes before the library closes. During times when school is not in session, preference is given to children on computers in the Children’s Department. Users are allowed to access these computers up to two times in one day. Also available in the Children’s Department is an Early Literacy Station, a computer pre-loaded with 45 educational software titles for ages 2-8. In addition to these sixteen computers, there are sixteen computers in the Computer Lab. The Computer Lab has different policies and procedures for accessing their computers so please follow the link for more information on using Computer Lab computers.

Occasionally internet service to our library computers is disrupted in order to perform maintenance or upgrades. You can sign up for advanced email notifications of service downtime.

Library computers must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and so there is internet filtering software on the computers. Adults who provide proof of age 17 and older can have filtering disabled, but nevertheless everyone must abide by our internal guidelines for appropriate use of the internet. Note: Filtering is not disabled for anyone at any time in the Children’s Department.

On the first and second floors, computer service sessions are managed by special software. If the computer is available for walkup service, it will have an “Available” statement on the opening screen. You may simply sign on using your library barcode number and password. If you forgot your library card or you are not sure what your password is, with proper ID, you can get your number and reset your password at the Children’s Desk or the Circulation Desk. If you are from out of town and just visiting for the day, with proper ID, you can get a temporary number and password at the Circulation Desk.

If the computer screen says “Locked” (meaning the user has stepped away from the computer for a few minutes but will return) or “Reserved”, you will not be able to sign on. If there are no available computers on the first floor, you can make a reservation for one of them using the Reservation Computer. Reservations for Children’s Department computers are placed through staff members there. You should make a note of the number of the computer you have reserved and the time the computer will be available for you to use. Reservations are held for only about 10 minutes past the reservation time, then they are released to the next user.

The computers on the first floor are referenced as either “Main” computers(numbered 1-4), “Express” computers(5 and 6) or “MSOffice” computers (numbered 1-5). Main and MSOffice computers have an initial session lasting 60 minutes and Express a 15 minute session. Sessions can be extended if no one has reserved them. The MSOffice computers offer sit-down workstations.

All of the computers are linked to a black and white laser printer. Prints from first floor computers go to a printer in the Front Office next to the Circulation Desk. There is another printer in the Children’s Department which handles prints from their computers. There is software on the computers that will tell you what the prints will cost. You would then collect and pay for your prints at the Children’s Desk or the Circulation Desk. Be sure to remember which computer you were using when you printed.

Other functionality varies from machine to machine. Some machines allow saving to USB drives. Some have floppy disk drives. Consult a staff member for specifics on what you can do on a particular machine. There is audio available on some machines but headphones are not provided.