The Forest Lodge Library maintains three public access computers with internet connections and provides free wireless access for patrons bringing their own devices into the library.
Public access computers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and each user is allowed a 30 minute session. If there is no patron waiting to use a computer, patron sessions will be extended. There is no limit to the number of times per day a patron can log on to a public access computer.
Our PHAROS computer maintains the queue of those waiting to use public access computers. Those wishing to place themselves in the queue should log-on through PHAROS using their library card or a temporary card supplied by the Forest Lodge Library. At the time their reservation is made they will be advised when their session will begin, and they will have five minutes from that time to log on or lose their place in the queue.
Internet Access may be restricted if patron's use is not consistent with Forest Lodge Library guidelines. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's Internet use.
If requested to do so, staff will offer assistance to patrons in setting up email accounts or conducting online searches, providing there is sufficient staff available to conduct normal library operations.
Expectations: Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his or her actions. Users are expected to abide by the policies below which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
Warnings: The internet is a decentralized, unmoderated global network and the Forest Lodge Library has no control over the content found there. The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on-line.
The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free and is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user's personal computer.
The use of the internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
See a full list of Guidelines below:
- users may use the internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural and recreational needs
- users may use the internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail (e-mail) as long as they use a free e-mail service which will establish and maintain an account for them; the library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organizations or individuals.
- users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes
- users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files
- users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the internet service
- users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the internet
- users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs or parameters
- at times, user shall accept that the library staff may limit activities such as online interactive game playing as it can have an effect on the overall performance of all library internet activities
- users shall accept that the library staff may limit the number of minors accessing the internet at any given time or staff may designate a specific internet station to be used by minors
- user should understand that the Forest Lodge Library may install unique and specific programs for public use on individual machines
- user should understand that the library staff will assist patrons with the use of any or all libray installed or contracted programs or databases. However, user should understand that library staff may not be knowledgeable regarding non-library sponsored programs or databases and cannot assure that assistance provided will achieve user's desired outcome