Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Technology

WIRELESS CONNECTION WITH YOUR LAPTOP 

The Ames Free library offers public Wi-Fi for all patrons. Simply connect to the network entitled AMES-guest from your internet capable device.

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.


DEVICE LENDING

The Ames Free Library is pleased to offer 2 Chromebooks for in-library use. These devices 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.  Chromebooks 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.

Two additional Chromebooks are kept at Circulation and can be checked out for home use with a valid library card.


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 color inkjet printer. The default printer is set to the black and white print setting. If you wish to print in color, please notify the reference librarian and they will assist you. 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 

 

USING A DESKTOP PC AT THE LIBRARY

You may log into any available public computer with a valid library card. If you do not have a card, the reference librarian can provide a limited number of guest passes per day.

Each person is limited to a maximum of three sessions per day. This policy will be enforced regardless of computer availability. 

Food and drink are prohibited at all computer workstations.  

Use of personal software is not allowed without permission from the Head of Technology & User Experience. If you are unsure if your software is allowed, ask the reference 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 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.