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Wi-Fi & Public Computers

The library offers computers to the public for use in accessing the Internet as well as Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point.  All computers have DVD players.

 

Computer Use Procedures

To ensure fair and equal access for all library users, we require that you login with a VALID library card.  Most of the computers are available for a one-hour session.  If no one else is waiting to use the computers, you may extend your session time, up to a maximum of 4 hours per day.

If you do not have a library card, you may ask for a guest pass at the Adult Reference Desk. Guest passes are valid for up to two hours per day and are only good for the day they are issued.

Please review our Internet Access and Computer Use Policy.


Overview

• 19 public computers equipped with Internet Access are located in the Adult Services area of the library. 
• Two Express Workstations are available for patrons who need to quickly access internet information. One is located in the Adult Services department, the other is located by the card catalogs.  Patrons may access the Internet and print from these stations.  Usage is limited to 15 minutes. 
• One Overdrive workstation is located in the Adult Services department.  Patrons may access Overdrive to download audiobooks  and transfer them to their portable device. No word processing or printing.
• One scanning workstation is located in the Adult Services department.  Patrons may scan and email documents from this station. 
• Four library catalog workstations are located in the lobby for searching the library’s holdings. No Internet, word processing or printing.


Software Included on Public Internet Computers

• Internet Explorer 9
• Microsoft Word 2010
• Microsoft Excel 2010
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
• Microsoft Publisher 2010


Public Internet Printer

There is one printer connected to the 19 public computers which prints in both bolor and black & white. Color copies are $1.00 each. Black & white copies are $.15 per page.


Wi-Fi

Enjoy free Internet access with your portable, wireless enabled computers such as a laptop, notebook, iPad and iPod Touch at the Brandon Township Public Library.

You Get:

  • Immediate Internet access using your own computer in the library
  • No time limits
  • Fast downloads directly onto your own device.
  • Use of your own software and access to your own files while being connected to BTPL resources

You Need:

  • A Computer with a WiFi compliant wireless network card
  • A Charged battery in the computer. (We cannot assure you that there will be outlets available.)
  • Headphones compatible with your computer if you plan to use audio files.
You Need to Know:
  • No printing services are available. To print, either save to a disk or e-mail the files to yourself and print them from another computer.
  • Signal strength will vary within the library.
  • Only web based e-mail is available through the library network.
Wireless networks are less secure than other forms of data transmission because wireless data is sent through the air. The BTPL network is an open network and is not secure. The best way to be secure as possible on a wireless network is to not transmit information of a personal nature, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc. Always assume that others may view any information you share or transmit. We strongly recommend that you have Antivirus and personal firewall software, and make sure it is updated.Most WiFi equipment will be compatible. However, the Brandon Township Public Library can make no guarantee to compatibility of your equipment with the library’s network. The library cannot guarantee you will be able to make a wireless connection. Please note: Brandon Township Public Library staff cannot assist with your computer, wireless network card, or configuration. They cannot perform any troubleshooting on your computer. You are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. If you need assistance, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation or contact them directly. The library staff cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment.Brandon Township Public Library assumes no responsibility for any loss or damages done directly or indirectly to personal data or equipment, or for any damage or injury arising from loss of privacy arising from use of its World Wide Web server, wireless connection, or connection to other Internet services. Library staff is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings. Wireless users must comply with the Brandon Township Public Library Internet Access and Use Policy. Users are expected to use the library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner. Misuse will result in loss of library access and privileges.