Computer Use Rules and Guidelines

Computer Use Rules and Guidelines

(Revised in 2011)

  1. Patrons must sign in with their own library card number at the designated public access computers. Patrons are given one hour computer sessions.  If no one is waiting to use a computer, session time may be automatically extended and patrons may have multiple sessions per day.
  1. If no computers are available, patrons should make a reservation for the next available PC.  A computer on the table outside the adult computer room is set up to make reservations and a second reservation station is near the Children’s information desk, serving children’s and young adult public access computers.  Please note the time and computer number assigned when you make a reservation.
  1. Guests who would like to use computers can obtain a guest login number from any public service desk.  Guest logins are only good for one 60-minute session.  Guests are limited to one number per person, per day.  Anyone living in the local area for two months or more should ask staff about getting a library card.
  1. To save or download we recommend using a USB flash drive, or upload to web storage.  Please note that documents saved on the hard drives of our public computers are not secure, and will be deleted by the end of the day.
  1. Do not change any settings, including Internet settings and display settings such as wallpaper, or your computer use privileges will be revoked.
  1. All problems with the computers or suggestions for fixing problems must be reported to a librarian or staff person.  Do not re-boot a computer that has malfunctioned, unless you have informed a librarian and are instructed to do so.
  1. Software applications for which the library has licenses are the only applications available for public use.  No other software may be installed by patrons.
  1. Reference librarians will try to help you with computer problems, if possible, but please remember their first priority is to give reference help.  Also not all staff are equally capable of troubleshooting computer problems.  For extensive help we offer introductory computer workshops. Inquire at the reference desk.
  1. Our computers use Norton Anti-virus software to check for computer viruses on your disk.  Please cooperate by using clean, safe, disks and flash drives.
  1. Patrons using the public access computers must agree to take proper care of all hardware, software, and related materials that are the property of the Newport Public Library.
  1. Computers 1-20 in the adult area are available for Internet access and MS OFFICE applications.  These are the computers adults should use for general Internet searching, email, and word processing.  Computer 21 may be used for scanning documents and emailing documents, but otherwise is reserved for use of databases and the library catalog.  Other public access computers may be designated for use by children and their parents, young adults, homework assignments, or for searching the OPAC only.
  1. Printing from computers costs 15 cents per black ink print and 30 cents per color ink print, whether you use our paper or your own.  Users are responsible for all prints.  We are NOT responsible for the quality of prints.  Computers 1-21 print out at the networked printers at the reference desk.  Users retrieve their print jobs at the self-service print release stations at the reference desk or the children’s desk.  Please have your library card or guest number, plus money, available.