Computers in the Library

All branch­es have com­put­ers that allow access to the following:

  • Inter­net
  • Word pro­cess­ing
  • Spread­sheet and pre­sen­ta­tion software
  • Online resources
  • GALILEO (Geor­gia Library Learn­ing Online) a statewide net­work of databases

Most branch­es have assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy to help patrons with dis­abil­i­ties use library computers.

Guide­lines

  • Please do not recon­fig­ure the com­put­er or down­load to library com­put­ers. Com­put­er equip­ment and library fur­ni­ture must not be moved or adjust­ed. You will be held respon­si­ble for any dam­age caused by neglect or inten­tion­al abuse of library computers.
  • Attach­ing your own com­put­er or device to the Library’s net­work is not allowed. 
  • Fed­er­al copy­right restric­tions apply to com­put­er use.
  • The Library assumes no respon­si­bil­i­ty for any machin­ery or soft­ware fail­ure or for pow­er out­ages and any sub­se­quent loss or dam­age to your work or property.

Youth Ser­vices Computers

Kid­sTech com­put­ers are spe­cial­ly des­ig­nat­ed for chil­dren ages 511 and are locat­ed in the children’s depart­ment at nine branch­es. These com­put­ers are fil­tered to a greater degree than the adult com­put­ers and offer an oppor­tu­ni­ty for chil­dren to use their own” com­put­ers in a com­fort­able, safe envi­ron­ment. Kid­sTech com­put­ers are cur­rent­ly avail­able at Cham­blee, Decatur, Dun­woody, Embry Hills, Hair­ston Cross­ing, North­lake-Bar­bara Loar, Redan-Trot­ti, Salem Panola, Scott Can­dler, Stonecrest, Stone Moun­tain-Sue Kel­logg, Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams, Tuck­er-Reid H. Cofer, and Wes­ley Chapel-William C. Brown Libraries.

Teen­Tech com­put­ers are spe­cial­ly des­ig­nat­ed for teens ages 1217. They are locat­ed in the Teen Area in branch­es through­out the coun­ty. Teen­Tech com­put­ers are avail­able at Hair­ston Cross­ing, North­lake-Bar­bara Loar, Salem Panola, Scott Can­dler, Stonecrest, Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams and Tuck­er-Reid H. Cofer Libraries.

Com­put­er FAQ

How do I sign up to use a library com­put­er? Can I reserve one in advance?
Com­put­er use is on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reser­va­tions are accepted.

The Library uses an auto­mat­ed sys­tem to man­age the com­put­er wait­ing list. Please check the post­ed instruc­tions to find out how to add your name to the list and how you will be noti­fied when a com­put­er is avail­able.

Do I have to have a library card to use the com­put­ers?
You must use your own library card num­ber and PIN. If you are not a card­hold­er or do not know your card num­ber, you can ask staff for a guest pass. Staff can­not look up your library card num­ber, but can reset your PIN if nec­es­sary when pre­sent­ed with your pho­to ID.

No more than two peo­ple can use one com­put­er at the same time.

What if I for­get to bring my library card?
If you are not a card­hold­er or do not have your card with you, you can ask for a guest pass. Staff can­not look up your account num­ber.

How long can I use a library com­put­er?
As a card­hold­er, your com­put­er ses­sion will last one hour. Each card­hold­er can use a com­put­er for a max­i­mum of five hours per day.

Guests may use a com­put­er for two hours per day.

How will I know when my time is up?
You will receive a warn­ing mes­sage when your com­put­er time is end­ing. Please fin­ish your work prompt­ly, as you will be logged off auto­mat­i­cal­ly when your ses­sion time ends.

Can I print?
If you want to print, please ask staff about adding mon­ey to your account before your ses­sion begins. There is a 15¢ per page cost for black and white print­ing. Col­or print­ing is 50¢ per page (where avail­able). You must pay for all pages that you print, so please check the num­ber of pages in advance.

Can I down­load files?
You may down­load files to a remov­able stor­age device, such as a flash dri­ve. Some branch­es have flash dri­ves avail­able for pur­chase.

Is staff avail­able to help me on the com­put­er?
Staff can­not pro­vide extend­ed one-on-one instruc­tion, but can often sug­gest appro­pri­ate pro­grams or resources. Some branch­es offer peri­od­ic com­put­er class­es.

Can chil­dren use the Inter­net at the library?
Inter­net access is avail­able to every­one. Sev­er­al branch­es offer spe­cial­ly des­ig­nat­ed com­put­ers for chil­dren age 5 to 11 and teens age 12 to 17. The Library strong­ly encour­ages par­ents to mon­i­tor their children’s use of the Inter­net to ensure that it is con­sis­tent with their fam­i­ly val­ues and bound­aries. Vis­it our Kids Pages to learn more about Inter­net safe­ty for chil­dren.

Does the library fil­ter its com­put­ers?
The Library com­plies with the fed­er­al Children’s Inter­net Pro­tec­tion Act and uses a con­tent fil­ter to block access to sites that are in vio­la­tion of the Library’s Inter­net Use Pol­i­cy.

Can I check my email from a library com­put­er?
You may use library com­put­ers to check your email account. If you do not have an email account, ask staff for an email brochure that lists com­mer­cial providers who offer free accounts.

What kind of research can I do from library com­put­ers?
As a card­hold­er, you may access library’s online resources from your home or office with your card num­ber and PIN.

The data­bas­es con­tain valu­able infor­ma­tion not freely avail­able on the Inter­net, such as:

Ref­er­ence librar­i­ans are avail­able to answer brief ques­tions by email. Sub­ject Guides on var­i­ous top­ics that con­tain resources rec­om­mend­ed by library staff are also available.

Can I access these resources from home or my office?
You can access most library resources and GALILEO data­bas­es from your home or office com­put­er. You will need your library card and PIN.

Computers