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Computer Access
The Library has both free WI-FI and computers available for the public to use. Our computers have high speed Internet access to as well as Microsoft Office applications which include Word, Excel, Access, and Publisher.

Wireless Access (WIFI)

The Library offers free wireless access (aka "hotspots" or Wi-Fi") for library patrons to use with their own personal laptops. Most users can simply bring in their wireless-enabled laptop computer and turn it on. It should automatically recognize the wireless network. No special encryption settings, user names or passwords are required. If your laptop does not have a wireless built-in, you can install a Wi-Fi compatible network card. The Library cannot guarantee your equipment will work with the Library's network. Since everyone's computer is different, the staff is not able to help you configure your computer. If you need assistance, you may need to contact the hardware or software manufacturer.

Please be aware that your information is not protected while using wireless, unless you are connected to a web page that employs encryption (stores, banks, etc.) Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information.

Wireless users agree to abide by the Library's "Wireless Hotspot Policy" which prohibits illegal activity while using the Library's Internet services.

Printing is not available with wireless. If you need to print please save your work to disk or email files to yourself, then login to a library workstation and send print jobs to a printer. Printing costs are 10¢ for b/w and 50¢ for color per page.

Internet Reference Computers

There are 19 computers available for the public to use. these computers have high speed connections to the Internet. They also have Microsoft Office programs available for use such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Subscription services available from the computers in the library include Power Library, Access PA, Heritage Quest, Reference USA and Gale Testing Center.

Internet Reference Computer users agree to abide by the Computer Usage Policy.

  • You must have a valid library card with the Butler County Federated Library System (BCFLS). If you do not have one, we can issue you a temporary computer usage card for $3.00 per session. Please ask at the reference desk for a guest pass.
  • The start up screen on the computers will ask for your library barcode (found on the back of your library card). Check the box on the screen to see the numbers as you type. Type your barcode without any spaces between numbers.
  • In order to print pages, you must have money on the card to cover the cost of the pages you will be printing. Any amount of money can be added at any time at the Reference Desk. After choosing to print a document, Cybrarian will show you how much is being deducted from your card and how much money is left on the card.
  • If you lose your library card and still had money on it, please visit the Reference Desk before applying for a new card. If not, we will not be able to determine the amount of money remaining on your library card.
  • Your library card will allow you access to any of the computers in Butler County libraries. However, money added to your card at one library will not be accessible from another library.
  • At the end of your session, it is very important that you LOG OUT. We are not responsible for money or time you lose if you forget to log out.
  • This policy covers the use of the computers with Internet and Microsoft Office access, which are available for public use.
  • Computer sessions are limited to 90 minutes. If you need more time, please ask the reference librarian if it is possible to extend your time. If you need to be online uninterrupted for more than 60 minutes, please see staff. We are able to accommodate those patrons who need the computer for test taking, online applications and special projects.
  • The use of all computers will conclude 10 minutes prior to the closing of the Library.
  • Patrons are not permitted to run their own software or install any software on any computer.
  • Patrons may not change settings that impact usage of the computers for others. Leaving the computer in an unusable state is grounds for suspension of privileges.
  • Library staff is to provide you with brief orientation to the computers and Cybrarian use; however, due to limited staff time, there may not be a trained computer staff person on duty at all times.
  • Patron confidentiality will be protected to the best of our ability. Please remember, though, these are public computers.
  • Patrons may save material to a floppy disk, flash drive, or compact disc. Any material saved to the desktop will be automatically deleted when the computer is rebooted.
  • Patrons are responsible for the material downloaded or uploaded.
  • While you may access your electronic mail through a third party system, our computers are not able to receive your mail directly.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to access sites which contain or make reference to explicit sexual materials as defined in 18PA C.S. 5903 (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances).
  • As ruled by the Supreme Court, all of our public access computers have an internet filter which will block material designated for patrons over the age of 18. Filters may be disabled for patrons over 18 by Library Staff. Adult X-rated material is currently NOT ALLOWED due to the fact that we cannot prevent minors from viewing the material on all computer screens.

Printing

  • Patrons may print at the rate of 10 cents a page.
  • Color pages can be printed at the rate of 50 cents per page.
  • Please see staff for assistance in color printing, as black and white is the default setting.