|Library Computers FAQ|
Can I get a free e-mail account at the library?
Yes – there is free, web-based e-mail that you can access through library computers. The library provides access to the internet, not e-mail accounts. If you would like help setting up an email account, just Ask A Librarian.
Can I reserve a computer?
You can, but you must be in the library to do so.
Does the library have internet filters?
Yes – you can request internet filtering for yourself or for your minor children’s internet access. This will not work at Bellingham Public Library, Barkley or the Fairhaven branch since Bellingham Public Library does not use filters. Please ask a librarian for more information.
How long can I use a computer?
At most branches, sessions are 60 minutes. A patron is allowed up to one hour per day.
Can I download something off of the internet?
Yes, as long as you save it to your own CD, DVD or USB Flash Drive. We cannot not allow software to be downloaded onto our computers.
Can I bring my own writable CD/DVD or USB flash drive?
Yes – some of our libraries also sell disks for your use.
What are the rules and conditions for internet access at the library?
The library reserves the right to set time limits on the use of internet computers and to limit the number of people using a station at a given time.
The library affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected materials and the library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their children’s use of the internet.
Can I save my work onto your computers?
No – our computers have software that erases your work at the end of your session. You could e-mail your work to yourself, or save it on a disk or other media.
What happens when someone ignores the rules for internet access at the library?
Failure to use the internet service according to the policy and rules may result in revocation of internet use privileges, library privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.
May I use someone else's card to get an internet session?
No – each person gets 1 hour total each day. You can lose your internet privileges for abuse of the system.
Will I have privacy while searching the internet?
The library will take practical and feasible steps to provide privacy for internet users and to limit inadvertent viewing by other library patrons. However, the library cannot guarantee privacy and will not be responsible for inadvertent exposure to materials that may be offensive, nor for any unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification.