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Lake County Public Library Computer

Guidelines for Public Use of Library Computers

A library card is required to use the Library's computers. Visitors to Northwest Indiana may apply for an in-house use card with no borrowing privileges to log on to the computers.

All cardholders in good standing may use Web PCs after signing the Internet Use Agreement.  Parents must sign the agreement for children under 18.

You must agree to abide by the below guidelines and the Library's Computer Use Policy before using Library PCs. The privilege of using Library computers may be revoked if you violate the Library's Computer Use Policy or fail to comply with the guidelines below.

The Library cooperates fully with law enforcement if you engage in illegal activity while using the Library's computers or network.

Use Restrictions

  • Do not display sexually explicit graphics or detailed graphics of violence.

  • Do not run programs from any type of disk.

  • Do not alter Library hardware or attach peripherals except for floppy disks, USB drives, media cards, or headphones.

  • The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to user equipment or data.

Time Restrictions (Includes Printing Time)

  • Web/Multipurpose PCs -

    • 60 minutes when others are waiting

    • 15 minute extensions when no one is waiting up to a maximum 360 minutes (6 hours) per day

  • Information Stations (catalog/databases/Indiana government sites) -

    • 60 minute sessions; additional sessions when no one is waiting

  • Children’s PCs at Central Library -

    • 60 minutes (1 hour) when others are waiting; maximum 120 minutes (2 hours) per day

Printing

  • Black and white - 5¢ per page

E-Mail, Chat, Online Use of Credit Cards

  • Use at your own risk.

  • Parents, please monitor your minor children's use of chat.

  • Staff can provide you with assistance signing on to Library PCs. If you are not familiar with using computers or the Web, please register for the training classes offered at all branches before using library PCs.

Classes
Thu, Aug 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Sat, Aug 24, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This bi-monthly session is an opportunity for non-native speakers with intermediate knowledge of Spanish to practice listening and conversation skills with the help of a bilingual guide.