Computers, Internet Access & Wireless Access - WiFi
The Library provides public computers in order to support the education and information needs of the community. We offer a high-speed Internet connection as well as the Microsoft Office 2007 Suite. Please read our Computer Use Policy for usage guidelines.
Computer use is free, but does require a library card in good standing. Anything saved to the hard drive of a library computer is erased at the end of your session. so please be sure to save your work to removable storage.
Wireless service is available at the library. The library is not responsible for equipment brought into the building, and staff cannot supply technical support. A Wireless Access Fact Sheet is available for download or at the Circulation Desk for general troubleshooting.
- All patrons must sign a Computer Use Agreement, which stipulates that the patron has read and agrees to abide by the Russell Memorial Library’s Public Computer Use Policy. (Individuals under the age of 18 must have their Computer Use Agreements signed by a parent or guardian.)
- Users must present a valid Library card to staff at the circulation desk before to logging onto computer resources. Only holders of a current, valid SAILS library card with fines or charges not in excess of $10 are entitled to use the Library’s computers.
- The Library uses computer management software to manage computer access. Once a library patron is logged-in, the computer management software will implement a 30 minute time slot for that patron. (Patrons are permitted to extend their computer sessions if others are not waiting.)
How will this work?
Step 1: Present your SAILS Library card to staff at the circulation desk.
Step 2: Receive a copy of the Computer Use Policy to read.
Step 3: Sign the Computer Use Agreement (one time only).
Step 4: Apply the Acushnet Computer User sticker to your library card.
Step 5: Present your SAILS Library card to staff at the circulation desk.
Step 6: Receive a “ticket” with a PIN to log on to a computer.
Step 7: Review the policy on screen, enter the PIN and choose “I agree”
Future visits to the library will require you to repeat steps 5,6 & 7…
You must present a valid Library card to staff at the circulation desk prior to logging onto computer resources each time you visit the library.The PIN on the ticket issued by library staff is only valid for one use.
Computer Assistance and Instruction:
Library employees are happy to assist patrons as time allows, but a small staff in this busy library usually limits extended time away from the circulation desk. Patrons using computers are expected to have a working knowledge of how to operate a computer and search the Internet independently. If extensive research help is needed, patrons are advised to schedule an appointment to ensure an appropriate staff member is available.
All computers are networked to a laser printer that is located behind the circulation desk. Printing charge is ten cents per page for B&W and Color printing.
Guidelines for Minor Children
The Library does not serve in loco parentis (in place of parents). Parents are expected to monitor, supervise, and guide their children’s use of the Internet. Librarians cannot act in place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet.
Parents are strongly encouraged to:
- Explore the Internet with their children;
- Provide clear guidelines and set limits for their children;
- Learn how to evaluate the content of websites;
- Ask a Librarian for assistance in selecting appropriate websites for children;
- Educate children to never give out personal information (name, address, telephone numbers, passwords) online or to arrange face-to-face meetings with someone via the computer without parental approval.