Computers

reference computersThere are 11 public computers located on the first floor of the library with additional computers on the second floor in the teen area for patron use. Patrons need a valid CT library card to login. Guest passes are available for out-of-state patrons (please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance). All public computers have access to the Internet and Microsoft Office software. There is a 3 hour per patron per day maximum on public computers.

Printing

Printouts are 10 cents per page. Only black and white printing is available.

Wireless Internet

Access is available for patrons with their own laptops. Wireless printing is not available.

Computer Help

Available Monday from 10-12pm and Thursday from 6pm-8pm with James Chapin. No appointment needed. Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions.

Scanning

This is a free service for the public. A Reference Librarian will scan items for patrons, but a flash drive needs to be provided to save scanned documents to.

Public Fax Machine

The self-service public fax machine is a pay service for out-going faxes only. The library cannot receive faxes for patrons. The machine is located near the first floor public copiers.

Patrons may use a credit or debit card. The fax machine service takes VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  Domestic Charges are $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Your card will be charged when your fax has been successfully transmitted.

Computer Tutorials

  • New User Tutorial – this tutorial has been designed to help people who have never used a computer before.
  • Mousing Around – this tutorial will help you become familiar with using the mouse.

 

Public Internet Access Computer Policy

The Southbury Public Library will make available computers linked directly to the Internet for public use.

Patrons are encouraged to ask the Reference Librarians for assistance in finding the best resources for their research, print or non-print.

The Southbury Public Library assumes no responsibility for the content of the Internet and has no control over the Internet nor any resources found on it. The Library assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, quality, or currency of any Internet resource.

Since the Southbury Public Library does not control or monitor the content of the Internet/PC, parents/legal guardians of children under 18 are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a permission form and the parent or legal guardian must return that permission form to the library in person. This form is available at the Children’s Reference Desk. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to use the Internet/computers only together with a parent or adult of legal age.

No person shall use, create, transmit or download any material that is pornographic or defamatory. Any misuse or abuse of the computer or the Internet may result in the permanent suspension of Internet access privileges.

This policy is subject to continuous review.

Adopted by Southbury Public Library Board of Directors November 2, 2005.

 

Southbury Public Library Wireless Policy

The Southbury Public Library offers free wireless access as a service for patrons who have Wi-Fi equipped laptops or other devices.

The library’s wireless network is NOT a secure site. We do not recommend that you do online banking, investing or purchasing. Your credit card and other vital information are not encrypted on our network and anyone with basic knowledge of wireless hacking can access any data sent over this unsecured network.

The Southbury Public Library cannot guarantee that your wireless device will work with the library’s network. The Southbury Public Library is not responsible for any damage to personal equipment or software or loss of data from using your equipment on our unsecured wireless network. It is strongly recommended that you use up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software when accessing the library’s network.

Staff cannot provide technical support for patrons using their own equipment. You may need to refer to your own owner’s manual or to contact the support services provided by the manufacturer of your equipment.

If you need to print, while using the wireless network, you may save your work to a CD or USB Flash Drive and then you will need to use one of the library’s hardwired computers to print your material.

All patrons using wireless must follow the rules of the Public Internet Access Computer Policy (above). To summarize this policy, the library staff reserves the right to ask any patron using a library computer or laptop or hand-held device to stop viewing materials that are pornographic or defamatory or engage in activities that are inappropriate for a public place. Any misuse or abuse of the library’s computer or laptop or hand-held device may result in the permanent suspension of Internet access privileges.

Due to the emerging nature of wireless service, this policy is subject to continuous review by the Library Board of Directors.

Approved by Library Board December 2005.