The Saint Paul Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4.
The Dayton's Bluff Library will be closed July 2 - 4.

Internet Use Guidelines

Using the Internet at the Library

You must have a current library card to use the Internet computers.

Customers using the Internet are expected to follow the Library's Internet use policy and these guidelines.

Children: Parents are responsible for their children's access on Internet workstations and should offer guidance just as they guide their children's reading choices. Library staff will not oversee children's use of the Internet, except when the staff is aware that the children's use violates this policy.

No more than 2 customers may use a computer at one time.

Time Limits and Reservations

  • Maximum time per day - 120 minutes per person.
  • Maximum session time - 60 minutes.
  • Locking - Computers can be locked if you need to step away for a short time. Time spent locked is counted against the daily time limit.
  • Reservations - At locations using a reservations to manage computers, sign in at a computer reservation station to be assigned a computer and time. The maximum reservation time is 60 minutes.

Printing

  • Printing costs 15 cents per page.

Sound

  • You can use your own headphones. The library does not provide headphones.
  • Headphones and earbuds are available for sale.
  • Do not connect speakers to the library's computers.
  • Do not play audio so loudly that others can hear it.

Downloading

  • To download files, bring your own storage media.
  • 4-gigabyte flash drives are available for sale for $10.00.
  • Virus-checking software on the library's computers will not protect your computer if you use program files downloaded to your own storage media. It is recommended that you install and use virus protection software on your own computer.

Installation of software or other modification of library computers

  • Do not install your own software on the library's computers.
  • Do not attempt to restart the computer or otherwise intervene with the normal operation of the computer equipment or software, including printers.
  • Modifying or tampering with library computer equipment or software is considered vandalism and may result in legal action.
  • If there is a problem with the computer, please notify library staff.

Security

The Internet is not a secure environment. Customers handling financial transactions or other activities that require confidentiality do so at their own risk.