Patrons wanting to use the internet at the Library can now set their own appointments using the new PC Reservation system.
A kiosk has been set up near the internet computer area where patrons can set their own appointments using their Library Card or a Guest Pass.
Guest Passes can be obtained from the Information Desk. A Guest Pass is only good for one day. Guest Pass users cannot set appointments for later in the week - the guest pass expires at the end of the day it is made.
Library Card users can set appointments later in the week. Patrons can have only one appointment scheduled at a time (multiple appointments are not allowed).
Patrons will receive a total of 90 minutes of internet computer use per day. Patrons will set a standard 60 minute session and use the remaining 30 minutes at a later time the same day. All leftover time expires at the end of the same day.
To set an appointment at the Self-Reservation Kiosk, follow the posted directions. If a computer is available immediately, no reservation is needed. A patron can sit at an available computer and enter the Library Card Barcode or Guest Pass number to begin the session. If no reservations are scheduled for that computer, the patron will receive the full 60 minute session. If an appointment is scheduled, the patron will be given a short session. The computer will calculate the amount of time available and show the patron how many minutes the session will be.
The computer will give time warnings throughout the session. When the session is finished, the patron will be automatically logged off. If there is no reservation scheduled after the patron's appointment, the computer will offer extended time - up to the additional 30 minutes - depending on the reservation schedule.
If no computers are available immediately, patrons can set an appointment for the next available PC. Patrons will receive a receipt with the appointment information. There is a 10 minute grace period for each reservation. If a patron logs in late and there is an appointment already scheduled for another patron, the session will be shortened. The patron will not lose minutes, but the session will stop for the next appointment. If a patron does not log in before the 10 minute grace period expires, the appointment is cancelled and the patron will need to make a new appointment.
Patrons can use their minutes any way they would like as long as computers are available. Patrons need to be sure to click on End Session to not waste any minutes. If the patron does not click End Session, the session will continue for 10 minutes - subtracting that time from the patron's time available - before logging off.
If a patron needs to step away from a computer for any reason, there is a Hide Screen option. The screen will be hidden for up to 10 minutes. The patron can return and enter a password to resume the session. Holding the screen does not increase the amount of time a patron receives. The time away from the computer is counted in the total session time.
To print jobs sent to the printer, the patron will need to use the Self-Serve Printing Kiosk. Follow the posted directions to receive the print outs. The prints are in black and white and cost 10¢ per page.
The Longview Public Library is pleased to offer Internet access to its patrons as part of its mission to:
The Longview Public Library encourages you to be a responsible and considerate citizen in your use of the Internet and World Wide Web in this public setting. Your use of these resources is made possible through facilities, equipment and communications technology purchased with City of Longview public funds.
Longview Public Library has chosen to offer access to the Internet and the World Wide Web because there are many valuable resources on it. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information viewed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Library recognizes however, that it has a responsibility to set policies and guidelines to encourage the public's responsible and appropriate use of this new technical resource within the library's building, particularly as that use is exposed to children.
The Library encourages parents to supervise their children's Internet and World Wide Web use. As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. The Library staff does not act in the place of a parent to restrict what a child may access.
The Library does not have the ability to select, monitor, or control the content of the tens of thousands of Internet and World Wide Web sites available. Some resources and destinations may contain material that some patrons will find offensive, and sites that are inappropriate for children - certainly, there are sites that are inappropriate for use or viewing in a public setting. Also, some World Wide Web sites may contain invalid or inaccurate information, so users need to be sure of the sources of information they are using.
Board Approved: 6/3/96
For information on how children and their parents can learn to use the Internet safely go to SafeKids.