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Public Computers

The Library has computers available to the public for Internet and word processing use. Computers are equipped with a web browser, and Microsoft Office products. Computer use at the Library is free, but limited to 120 minutes (2 hours) per day per person. Those wishing to use computers must have a valid library card.

Wireless Services

The Bloomington Public Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. However, everyone's computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings.

Wireless users agree to abide by the Library's policy, which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's Internet service. The Library's Internet filter cannot be turned off when using the wireless service.

Wireless printing is available. Click here for details.

Internet Accessible Computers

The Library provides Windows-based computers for customer use for up to 120 minutes (2 hours) per day.

A current (unexpired) library card or ecard is required to use the computers. Information about library cards can be found here.

Ecards can be obtained at any service desk with a current photo ID. Ecards allow usage of computers, and laptops, and cannot be used to check out materials.

Customers 17 and older use the Adult Services computers. Teens ages 12 to 18 can choose a laptop in teenZone or a desktop in Adult Services. Children age 11 and under use computers in Children's Services.

Computers and wifi shut down 15 minutes prior to closing. The last computer appointment each day can be made about 25 minutes prior to closing.

The library complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) by filtering all library internet access.

Information about printing can be found here.

Library Catalog & Online Resources

Several workstations with the library catalog and online resources are available. A library card is not required, and there are no time limits

When sending your print command, you will see a box that shows how many pages you need to pay for

If the library is busy and people are waiting to use the catalog workstations, we ask that you limit your time on the available online resources

Library staff will be happy to search the catalog for you or show you how get started if you need assistance

Expectations for Use

Persons using the Library workstations are expected to comply with the Bloomington Public Library's Internet Policy and posted Expectations of Persons Using the Library

Damaging or altering workstation hardware or software are prohibited

Users are expected to comply with copyright and database licensing agreements and to respect the privacy of other users

Users who do not comply with library policy will lose access to library computer workstations and may be asked to leave the Library

The hard drive on each computer will be deleted after each session so no information can be saved to the hard drive. Computer users are encouraged to bring a USB flash drive or CD-R to save their information

Customers are not allowed to load their own software onto the Library workstations

Library staff will provide assistance but are not able to provide extensive training on the use of the computers or software. For assistance in using our computers & software we suggest:

Programs available on public workstations

Bloomington Public Library is pleased to offer a laptop service to Library customers

Laptops are available from the Adult Service Desk for customers age 17 and older, and from teenZone for customers ages 12-18. Laptops may be used inside the library only.

Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Laptops can be reserved through the Envisionware software

Customers are only allowed to borrow one laptop at a time for a 120-minute period (2 hours) per day

Wireless printing is available from laptops at the current rates for public computers (15 cents per page in black & amp; white, 50 cents per page in color)

Customers must use headphones (not supplied) for any application using sound on the laptops

The laptops are for use only in the Bloomington Public Library and may not be removed from the building

All laptops contain remote tracking hardware and software that allow the Bloomington Police Department to locate them offsite. If a laptop is taken out of the Library, the Bloomington Police Department will be notified and the incident will be considered a theft of Library property

Customers may not install software on the laptops

Customers may not alter, delete, or copy any software loaded on the laptop or change its existing configuration

Customers are responsible for any damage or loss to the laptop and accessories that result from accident, theft, misuse, or neglect while the laptop is checked out to them

Customers are expected to report any loss or damage of the laptop or accessories to the Adult Services Desk or the teenZone desk