Public Computer Use
The West Lafayette Public Library offers wireless internet service throughout its two story building. Access to the internet is also available in the library through direct cable connections. Please ask library reference staff if you need assistance with either of these free services.
In addition there are 13 public computers for adult use, 4 computers for young adults ages 12-17, and 9 computers in the children's area designated for children and their caregivers.
The Library now offers the Dig•Me Media Center with 2 computers equiped with the Adobe Creative Suite 6, MS OFfice 2010 and a subscription to over 1600 online software tutorials at lynda.com. The room is available for individuals and groups to work on projects, training and video conferencing. Online Dig•Me Media Center Use Request Form You may also call the library at 765-743-2261 to request use of the Dig•Me Media Center. See the Dig•Me (lower) calendar for available times.
Computer use on the public computers is limited to no more than 2.5 hours per day. A user's account must be in good standing in order to be eligible for computer use privileges. Guest passes are available for visitors to our area.
Use of the Library's public wireless service is not restricted by time of use.
Printing at the library is available from our patron computers which may be accessed with a valid library card. (see computer information for more details). Visitors using a guest pass can print to our Wi-fi hotspot.
You can also print from your laptop, smartphone or other wireless device by Wi-Fi printing to one of our Ricoh hotspots.
Computer Use Guidelines
Computer use is available to patrons in good standing with a valid WLPL card.
Guidelines for use of the West Lafayette Public Library computers:
- Patrons must abide by the West Lafayette Public Library Acceptable Use Policy.
- To ensure access for all patrons, the West Lafayette Public Library has installed Envisionware software on all computers to manage time limits. The software requires patrons to enter their library card number to access a computer. If access is denied, patrons should see Circulation staff to have their accounts updated.
- Patrons must enter their own library card number only. Violations may result in loss of computer access.
- Patrons are granted up to one hundred fifty (150) minutes of computer time per day. The software will send a message if computer is inactive for 5 minutes. If the message is ignored, the computer will shut down.
- 5. Patrons should lock computers if they leave to get books or print jobs, etc., in order to avoid being shut down for inactivity. While you may be able to logon again your information will be lost. To lock a computer, click on the lock button at the top of the screen. Time will continue to count down, even when computer is locked. (In other words, if you have 15 minutes left in your session & you lock the computer, it will be shut down in 15 minutes, regardless of when you return.)
- Patrons may not be allowed to log in 30 minutes or closer to closing. All computers will shut down 20 minutes before closing. A warning will be given before shut down. The West Lafayette Public Library is not responsible for loss or damage to any data or storage device resulting from shut down.
- Only children and children with a parent or caregiver may use the computers in the Children's Area. Only young adults up to age 18 may use the computers in the Young Adult Area.
- No Internet Access Option: The West Lafayette Public Library offers parents of minor children the option of NOT allowing their children access to the Internet. To exercise this option, please ask the Circulation staff.
- Patrons may not alter hardware, software or operating systems on any computer. Attempts to circumvent or defeat any mechanism put in place by the West Lafayette Public Library to manage the network will be subject to immediate loss of computer access.
- The West Lafayette Public Library computers do not allow users to retain documents or personal files on the hard drive. Anything saved on any computer will not be available in subsequent sessions. The West Lafayette Public Library is not responsible for loss of data that may occur when saving or opening documents.
- Printing: The printing charge is 10 cents per page for black-and-white and $.25 per page for color (select the appropriate color printer). All pages will be charged to your account, up to a maximum of $5.00. A deposit account can be set up to ensure funds are available whenever printing is desired, but is not required. Please see the Circulation staff to update an account. The West Lafayette Public Library is not responsible for loss of data that may occur when printing. Guests should pay before leaving the building for any printing.
Acceptable Computer Use Policy
- Internet Safety: Librarians are partners with parents in guiding children to safe and appropriate use of the Internet. Because of requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA), WLPL filters all Internet computers. Adult patrons may elect to disable the filter for unrestricted Internet access for any lawful purpose that meets WLPL guidelines. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their children's Internet sessions and for letting their children know if there are materials children should not use or view. Parents and guardians are directed to "Child Safety on the Information Highway" (at http://www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm) produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Internet Alliance for assistance on protecting their children.
- Copyright: U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S.C.) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the users; the WLPL expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
- Software/Hardware: Library software is copyrighted and may not be reproduced. (See also Copyright). Users may not install their own or any other software on library equipment. Users are not permitted to store any software or other data on the Library's computers or alter the programs currently installed on the systems. Anyone tampering with library hardware or software will be denied access to library computers in the future, and also may lose library privileges.
- Disclaimer: Users access the library computer hardware, software and documentation at their own risk. The West Lafayette Public Library is not responsible for equipment malfunction, loss of data, any damages to the user's disks, data or electronic transactions of any type.
- Illegal and Unacceptable Uses: Patrons may use the library computers only for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include but are not limited to the following:
- Display of sexually explicit or pornographic materials;
- Harassment of other or violation of their privacy;
- Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users;
- Violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements;
- Attempting to crash, degrade performance or gain unauthorized access to WLPL's or other computer systems and networks;
- Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the WLPL or other users;
- Monopolization or unreasonable consumption of system resources.