Internet and Computer Access
Wireless Internet Access
The Charlotte County Library System has installed a Public Wireless Network that can be accessed from within any Library Branch, and in some cases on a bench or in a car in front of the libraries. This network is IEEE 802.11b/g compatible and uses industry standard networking protocols.
Library Computer Access
The library system offers Internet access as part of its mission to provide materials and services that support the educational and informational needs of its users. Children under the age of 9 must be supervised at an Internet-access computer by a parent or legal guardian. Additionally, children will not give out personal information without parental permission.
Rules for Use
- Cardholders may access a public workstation, workstation availability permitting users may use a public workstation during library hours.
- Cardholders may sign in at any open computer using their library card and PIN number.
- Guest passes are available to non-cardholders at no charge.
- If there are no available computers you may make a reservation for the next available workstation. Public workstations are held for 5 minutes after the beginning of reserved time. The workstation will then be available for another person to register.
- Patrons with a special need for extra time to complete assignments or projects should make arrangements with library staff.
- The library cannot guarantee the privacy of any information transmitted.
- Printing is available on all public workstations at a cost of $.20 per page for all black and white pages printed. Color prints, where available, are $.50 per page.
- Users under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian with them to use the computers.
- Computers designated as youth computers have the same Internet capabilities as the adult computers. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of library computers.
- The Library System does not provide e-mail accounts.
- Internet computers automatically shut down 20 minutes before the library closes.
- There are information sources on the Internet that have content which is inconsistent with the educational and informational mission of the Charlotte County Library system. Chapter 847, Florida Statutes, makes it unlawful to display obscene materials or images. Because it is a public place for people of all ages, the library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time and deny further Internet privileges as a result of misuse of Internet access in the library.
All public access computers at all library sites are filtered for pornography (essentially nudity of a sexual nature). Filtering commenced in July 2003. The filtering is at the server level and is administered by the County IT Dept. Please note that filtering is done on a text basis of a website, therefore not allowing access to text or images of the mature nature as noted above.
An adult user may request unfiltered access on a specific library computer. The user shall direct the request to a library staff member and need not give a specific reason for the request. Requests from users under the age of 18 and requests to turn off filters on computers in the children’s area or those designated “youth” computers will not be honored. Staff can and should request age identification when appropriate. Staff will make every effort to insure that the user receives adequate time on the computer once the filter has been disabled; however, the user’s time may be limited by computer availability.