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Internet Use

INTERNET USE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The library offers Internet access at the Noel Wien and North Pole Branch libraries. Internet access for personal computers is also available at both facilities. Use is governed by the regulations listed below.

Filtering Software:

  • Filtering software is enabled on all public access to the Internet. If users want staff to disable the filtering software, they must agree to the library’s regulations and may be asked to prove they are at least 17 years old.
  • Filtering will not be disabled on any computers in the Noel Wien Berry Room or the children’s area of the North Pole Branch library.
  • Parents and legal guardians may request that staff disable the filtering software for their own children, as long as the parent or guardian remains at the library. Others who request unfiltered workstations are responsible for preventing access by anyone younger than 17 years old during their sessions.

All Workstations:

  • Users are responsible for what they choose to view on the Internet.
  • Parents or legal guardians are responsible for determining the nature of their own children’s use of the Internet, including the use of email, chat rooms, or other direct electronic communication.
  • Users are required to observe the library’s Patron Conduct Policy when using the Internet. Copies are available upon request.
  • All use of library Internet workstations is limited to lawful purposes. Users are required to observe all federal, state and local laws that may govern use of the Internet. These laws include, but are not limited to, those that regulate distribution of obscenity, possession of child pornography, fraud, theft, libel, harassment, invasion of privacy, disclosure of information that identifies a minor, copyright or patent infringement, unauthorized access, and, for users younger than 17 years of age, access to material harmful to minors.
  • Objections to the Internet as a library resource will be handled according to the library’s Reconsideration of Library Materials procedure. Copies are available upon request.
  • No more than two people may use a station at the same time.
  • Charges for Internet printing are $.50 per page for color prints (available only at Noel Wien library through the centralized printing system) or $.10 per page for black and white prints.

Noel Wien Library Reserved Workstations:

  • Users must reserve a designated Internet station by using the PC Reservation system.
  • FNSB library card holders are required to use their cards to make reservations. Internet-only cards are available for others. A person who forgets the FNSB library card may use an Internet-only card for a single reservation.
  • Reserved sessions are available for the current day and for up to 7 days in advance.
  • Reservations by telephone are not available.
  • Sessions may be reserved for up to 55 minutes. Shorter sessions may be offered, depending on the reservation schedule for the day.
  • Reservations will be held for 10 minutes after the session is scheduled to begin. After that time, the system will automatically make the session available to others.
  • Users are limited to one session per day, regardless of the length of the session.
  • Users must log in using their card number and pin to register their sessions.

Noel Wien Library QuickNet Workstation:

  • QuickNet stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Users are limited to one 15 minute session when someone is waiting.
  • Sessions automatically time out after 15 minutes.
  • Users are encouraged to wait in the designated seating area for the next available workstation.

Noel Wien Library Berry Room Workstations:

  • All sites accessible on the Berry Room workstations will be selected by library staff.
  • Users must sign up through the Berry Room desk to use the Berry Room Internet stations. Users who have not signed up will be required to give up their places if someone else reserves the workstation.
  • Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Sessions may be reserved for 30 minutes.
  • Users are limited to one 30-minute session pe
  • r day.

North Pole Library Workstations:

  • Users must sign up at the Desk to use the Internet workstations.
  • Reserved sessions are available for the current day only.
  • Sessions may be reserved for 1 hour or 30 minutes, beginning on the hour or the half-hour.
  • Reservations will be held for 10 minutes after the session is scheduled to begin. After that time, the session will be available to others.
  • Users are limited to one hour per day.

Internet Access with Personal Computers and Other Devices:

  • Patrons may access the Internet with their personal computers and other devices at both the Noel Wien and North Pole Branch libraries.
  • Access with a network cable is available at designated locations in Noel Wien library.
  • Wireless cards and network cables are available for use in Noel Wien library.
  • Due to liability issues, library staff is not able to help you set up your computer to connect to the Library’s network.
  • Use of the wireless network is at your own risk. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library is not responsible for any damage that may occur to you, your computer or your software while connected to the wireless network.

WiFi at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library:

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library provides wireless Internet access at the Noel Wien and the North Pole Branch Library for people with Wireless access capabilities on their personal laptops. There are wireless access points for better receptivity placed throughout both facilities that should allow connectivity throughout the building as well as some areas outside. Internet connectivity and signal strength may vary depending on your location within the library and the number of users accessing it at any given time.

By using this free wireless service you agree to abide by the Library’s Internet Use Policy. Copies are available at the Reference Desk, near the Public Internet workstations and on the library’s website.

In accordance with Fairbanks North Star Borough Ordinance #2003-51, Internet stations are filtered. Due to liability issues, Library staff members are not able to remove filter restrictions from your personal laptop.

Security:

  • The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can easily be captured by others. It is recommended that you not use wireless Internet for secure transactions.
  • Use of the wireless network is at your own risk. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library is not responsible for any damage that may occur to you, your computer, or your software while connected to the library’s WiFi network.

Staff Assistance:

  • Due to liability issues, library staff is not able to help you set up your computer to connect to the Library’s wireless network.

Suggested Ways to connect to the Library’s WiFi Network:

  • If you are unable to connect to our wireless network using the following instructions, you may need to contact your laptop manufacturer or a local computer service provider.

Windows 2000:

  • From “Control panel”, select “network and Dial-up Connections or “network and Internet Connections”, then “Internet Connections”.
  • Right Click on Wireless Network Connection or Local Area Connection and click Properties.
  • Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol highlight properties. If more than one is available, choose the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  • Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS Server automatically”.

Windows XP:

  • Verify that your wireless network settings are configured to obtain a network IP address and DNS server information automatically. To do so click on the start button, choose Control Panel, then Network Connections. Next choose the wireless network connection, then highlight Internet Protocol/TCP/IP. Choose properties and ensure that these are set as above.
  • Right click on the wireless icon (bottom right corner of desktop)
  • Select “View Available Networks” which opens up the Wireless Network Connection screen, select the name of the Library’s wireless network and click “Connect.”

MacIntosh (OS 8 & 9):

  • Select: Apple Menu > Control Panel > TCP/IP
  • Connect via “Airport” or other wireless (Wi-Fi) Ethernet
  • Configure “Using DHCP Server”.
  • Leave Name Server and Additional Search Domains blank.

Macintosh OS X Network Settings:

  • Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button
  • Select TCP/IP tab and Configure “Using DHCP”
  • Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via “Airport” or other wireless (Wi-Fi) Ethernet.
  • Leave Name Server and Additional Search Domains blank.

Revised 10/15/2008