Computer/Internet Access

Use of Ferndale Public Library computers is subject to the following restrictions.

1. Free use of Ferndale Public Library public access computers is available to any Ferndale Public Library cardholder whose library card is valid and current.

2. Non-residents who purchase a Ferndale Public Library card and whose card is valid and current have the same public access computer privileges as resident cardholders.

3. Persons with valid and current cards from recognized TLN (The Library Network) libraries have the same public access computer privileges as resident cardholders.

4. Non-cardholders or persons not specified by 1-3 above may purchase a temporary public access computer pass for $1.00 per hour. (Children 17 and under may have 1 free pass). This pass is valid only on the date purchased.

5. All users of Ferndale Public Library public access computers are restricted to no more than 4 hours of use per day.

6. Use of the public access computers is assigned in 1-hour blocks. If no patrons are on the assigned waiting list for use of a public access computer a patron may continue to use the computer to which he/she was assigned. If patrons are waiting to use a public access computer, a current user whose hour has expired must yield use to a waiting patron.

7. Free public access computer passes will be issued to minor children of valid Ferndale Public Library cardholders who do not have their own card.

8. Non-cardholders may have one session per day on an express computer for 15 minutes of use.

When you sign on to our computers, you agree to abide by the following rules governing the use of library computers. Failure to comply with the rules may result in loss of computer privileges.

1. Log on using your own library card or guest pass number. Do not use another’s card to log on to a computer.

2. Do not eat or drink at the computer.

3. Silence your cell phone and do not carry on cell phone conversations at the computer.

4. Do not gather around computers or carry on conversations at the computer when doing so may obstruct others or create noise that distracts others.

5. Do not attempt to run or execute programs or applications or install software from personal storage media. Do not attempt to download and install software from the internet. Do not use peer-to-peer networks.

6. Stop viewing any site that creates a hostile environment for other library users and staff if a staff member or another patron asks you to stop. Do not view similar sites when others are present.

7. Use headphones when listening to audio content, and keep volume low so you do not disturb others.

8. As a courtesy to others and to protect your privacy, sign out of any website that required you to log in (e.g E-mail accounts, online banking, etc.)

9. You may download files using supported media (e.g. thumb drives.) The library is not responsible for damage to your media or for corruption of your data.

10. Promptly give up the computer when your time has elapsed or when requested by staff.

11. You are responsible for paying for anything you print, including mistakes and extra pages. Do a print preview if in doubt. The charge is posted. You must pay before printing.

12. Whether or not they are in use, children’s computers are for the exclusive use of children and their accompanying caregivers.

13.Do not misuse computer equipment or software.

Misuse includes but is not limited to:

• Viewing material that violates federal, state or local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing and distributing obscenity or child pornography
• Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system
• Mishandling, damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer settings
• Interfering with system operations, integrity or security
• Attempting to gain or gaining access to another person’s files or authorization code
• Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment
• Refusing or ignoring a staff person’s request to give up a computer
• Failing to comply with time limits
• Any other violation of the Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Public Computers statement

Wi-Fi access is free to anyone with their own Wi-Fi capable device.