Use a Computer

The library has 8 public computers with Internet access. Wireless Internet is also available using "Public Access" wireless signal.
  • All persons under 18 years of age must have an Internet Use Agreement signed, in person, by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made to this procedure.
  • Parents, not the Library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected by their children. They may restrict their children, and only their children, from access to Internet resources. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images. Parents and their children are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to their family’s values and boundaries.
  • To use a computer, a patron will need the library card number on the back of her / his library card to use as the patron ID on the log in screen. The password is the patron’s last name. Patrons are responsible for bringing their library cards with them to the library to gain use to the Public Access Computers. If a patron wishing to use a public computer forgets to bring in her/his library card, Library staff will provide the patron’s card number ONE TIME. After that, staff will not look up account numbers for patrons. If a patron cannot find her / his library card, a replacement card may be purchased for $1.
  • A person without a library card interested in using Public Access Computers may log on to a computer using a guest card issued by staff at the circulation desk. The Library staff will hold a personal item in exchange for the guest card to be returned to the individual upon the completion of a computer session. The preferred personal item obtained from the guest would be a government-issued picture ID. Other items may be accepted at Library staff’s discretion. When a personal item other than a government-issued picture ID is accepted, Library staff may require guests to fill out a brief information sheet before issuing guest cards. Library patrons may not use guest cards.
  • A patron with fines or an expired Library card will not be allowed to use Public Access Computers until the matter has been resolved in accordance with Library policies. Additionally, patrons belonging to an indebted household may also be denied access.
  • Use of the Public Access Computers is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Library staff will not take reservations. Those using a Public Access Computer will be assigned a 30-minute session. A patron using a Public Access Computer is limited to three 30-minute sessions per day; however, the time limit will be extended as long as other patrons aren’t waiting for computers without reducing the number of sessions a patron may use in a day. The Library reserves the right to ask those using the Internet for recreation to relinquish the computer for those doing research but only when necessary.
  • Computers will automatically shut down fifteen minutes prior to closing. Computer software will notify patrons of time remaining by displaying a countdown clock in the lower right of the screen. Patrons should self-monitor time remaining by using this feature.
  • If necessary, staff will assist Library patrons in getting started on the Internet. Library staff cannot provide in-depth assistance concerning Internet computer jargon or personal computer use. Staff may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions as time permits. Because of Library scheduling, Internet-trained staff may not always be available.
  • The Library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet. Not all the information on the Internet is accurate, current or complete. Therefore, users are encouraged to evaluate the validity of information accessed.
  • The cost to print from the public access computers is $0.20 (20 cents) per page for black and white prints and $1.00 per page for color prints. Please minimize printing to help conserve paper and control costs. The Library staff reserves the right to require patrons who are printing excessively to discontinue their Internet use for the rest of the day.
  • The Library does not provide e-mail accounts through the Library’s Internet service provider, nor does it allow file transfer protocol by downloading to a diskette.
  • Personal e-mail (electronic mail) may be accessed only via Web-based e-mail clients such as Hotmail, Lycos Mail or Yahoo Mail. You may not use your own software programs on the Internet Access computers. This will help prevent computer viruses that are common on public computers.
  • Chat Room participation is allowed. However, patrons must bear in mind that some participants in chat rooms may display inappropriate or deceiving materials. Therefore, chat rooms may be used at the patron’s own risk.
  • Because of space restrictions, there may be times when guests are not permitted in the computer area. This determination will be made by library staff. All guests under 18 years of age must have an Internet Use Agreement signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Individuals may not modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others. Individuals may not seek unauthorized access to any computer system, or damage or alter software components of any network or database. In other words, hacking will not be tolerated.
  • Individuals may not harass, libel, or slander others, misrepresent oneself as another user, or plagiarize copyrighted information on the Internet.
  • Internet Access computers will not be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. No one may send, receive or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene. Library staff will have final authority in judging the nature of a site. If caught purposely browsing a pornography, hate, or violence-related site, individuals must immediately close the Internet and leave the workstation.
  • Since the Internet Access computers are located in public areas which must be shared by Library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities, the Library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images which violate any policy of the Storm Lake Public Library.
  • Patrons are only allowed to use cards issued in their names to log on to Public Access Computers.
  • WIRELESS INTERNET USERS: The Storm Lake Public Library provides wireless Internet access for patrons using their own laptop computer or hand-held device equipped with a functioning wireless connection.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for patron-owned equipment or software, and cannot guarantee the security of files or transmissions of wireless users. Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance for wireless users.
  • The Internet Use Policy & Procedures applies to ALL persons accessing the Internet through the Library.

ALL PATRONS PLEASE NOTE: Violators of this Internet Use Policy & Procedures may receive a suspension from Internet use or may have privileges permanently withdrawn.