Library Technology

WIRELESS CONNECTION WITH YOUR LAPTOP
LAPTOP LENDING
PRINTING, SCANNING, COPYING
COMPUTER TUTORING
USING A DESKTOP PC AT THE LIBRARY

WIRELESS CONNECTION WITH YOUR LAPTOP
If you connect to a wireless home network with your laptop, your wireless card should automatically connect to our network.

If you do need to change the network settings for the library's wireless network, make note of your current settings and change your TCP/IP settings to: Obtain an address automatically.

Disable DNS If you find that your connection is slow or drops while you are in the library, try moving to another part of the library. Make sure that you restart your computer after moving to a new location.

Note: The Ames free Library and the town of Easton will take no responsibility for any damage caused to any device from configuration changes or software downloaded while accessing the public Wireless Internet. Library staff will not configure or troubleshoot patron laptops.

LAPTOP LENDING
The Ames Free Library is pleased to offer 2 laptops for in-library use. The laptops are wireless enabled and can be used only within the Main Reading room and the Fireplace Room. They cannot be used to print any documents. Laptops will be checked out to patrons who are over the age of 16 years and are able to provide a drivers license or photo identification that will be held by the reference librarian until the laptop is returned.

HOW DO I COPY, PRINT OR SCAN A DOCUMENT?
The library has a copy machine located in the Reference Room. The machine takes change and $1 bills only, and is loaded with letter (8.5 x 11 in) as well as legal (8.5 x 14 in) sized paper.

All patron-accessible computers can access a black-only laser printer and a color inkjet printer. The default printer is set to the black-only laser printer. To change printers, select Print and the print window will appear. There is a pull-down menu in which you may select which printer you want. The printers are named "Black only - reference" and "Color - reference." Please remember that you are responsible for all pages you print. Printing costs 15 cents per page for black and white, 25 cents for color. If you are unsure how many pages you are going to print, please ask for assistance.

COMPUTER TUTORING
We offer free one-on-one sessions of 1/2 hour each by appointment. You may work on the subject of your choice:

INTERNET
LIBRARY CATALOG
WINDOWS
MS OFFICE APPLICATIONS
DATABASES

Main Library, Hours to be announced

USING A DESKTOP PC AT THE LIBRARY
Please sign up to use a computer by filling out the information in computer sign-up sheet

You may work for 1/2 hour - or up to one hour if the computer is not needed

Food and drink are prohibited at all computer workstations.

Use of personal software is not allowed without permission from the Technology Librarian.

Be sure to save all work flash drive while working.

Do not shut down computers when you are finished. Computers will automatically shutdown ten minutes before the library closes, so please plan accordingly.

Internet Use

When you apply for a library card you will be asked to sign a statement that you understand that the information found on the Internet is unregulated and uncontrollable. By signing the statement you agree that the Ames Free Library cannot be held responsible for the information, text, graphics or pictures found on the Internet.Children under 18 need a signed parent's permission form. Parents must sign the form in person for each child. Internet use, first and foremost, is for research.

Appropriate and Inappropriate Internet Use
Internet use at the library is primarily for research. Users are subject to the library's Appropriate and Inappropriate Use Guidelines. Research users have first priority. You may be asked to finish other activities if the computer you are using is needed.

Commercial use or political lobbying is inappropriate.
Transmitting threatening or harassing material is illegal.
Viewing websites with explicitly sexual or violent content is inappropriate
Copying or downloading copyrighted material is illegal.
Knowingly transmitting computer viruses is illegal.
Library staff may suspend computer use privileges - or library privileges - for anyone who fails to comply with these guidelines.If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to ask the reference or youth services staff.