Use a computer

Use a computer

 

The West Point Public Library is committed to providing patrons with informational, educational, cultural, and recreational resources in a free and accessible manner. To pursue this mission, the library seeks to expand individual access to information through the use of current technologies, such as public access computer stations, hardwired and wireless internet access, online research databases, computer applications, and printing. These technologies enable the library to provide global ideas beyond the limits of its own collection.

The library has three desktop computers, one laptop, one iPad, and one Kids Kindle Fire available for public use in the library. All provide unfiltered Internet access. We also provide free wireless access, so feel free to bring your own devices and get hooked up on your own. 

 

Requirements for Use

  • Patrons must check in at the circulation desk prior to using any computer and must provide name or library card to receive a pin code.  Internet computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Patrons may use the computer for one (1) hour a day. If no one is waiting for a computer, the patron may have additional computer time. A patron may have a maximum time of (2) hours per day for computer use. Exceptions to this policy may be allowed at the discretion of the librarian.
  • The workstations are limited to one user at a time, except under special circumstances, such as a minor/adult who needs the assistance of another patron.
  • Users may not change the configuration of software or hardware on the Internet computers.
  • Patrons must have their own disks or drives in order to save files – both from the Internet and for word processing. ABSOLUTELY NO downloading to the hard drives of the library computers. 
  • Staff reserves the right to end a session if inappropriate material displays on the screen. Public access stations and the Internet may be used for legal purposes only.
  • Printing charges apply to all copies made on library equipment; payment is made at the circulation desk.
  • Earbuds are available from the circulation desk and are the responsibility of the person who receives them. The first pair is free, any pairs after that are $2.00. They can be stored either at the library or taken home.
  • The AWE Early Literacy Stations are for children ages 2-12 only. Children six years of age and under must be supervised by a parent/caregiver at all times. 

 

Good to Know:

  • The library board of trustees and staff of the West Point Public Library support the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and all of its interpretations, including Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. 
  • Filters are not installed on any computer at the West Point Public Library, including those in the children’s room.
  • As an information resource, the internet is not within the scope of the library’s Material Selection and Collection Management Policy. Therefore, the library is unable to assume responsibility for the quality of information accessed through the internet.

 

Children and the Internet

A public library, unlike a school, does not serve 'in loco parentis' (in place of a parent). Librarians cannot act in the place of a parent in providing constant supervision of children as they explore the internet. The responsibility for what minors view and access on the internet rests with parents or guardians. Parents are advised, but not required, to accompany children using the internet at the library in order to monitor the content of the information to which their children are exposed. 

 

Read our Full Computer and Internet Policy