Computer Use Guidelines
Computers at the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) are shared resources. To provide equitable access, The library has set guidelines for public use of these devices to provide fair and equal access for all. Library patrons must comply with the following guidelines:
- Public computers are available to patrons on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis.
- Each patron must use his/her own library card to reserve a computer. Use of another person’s card number is not allowed.
- Each patron is allowed up to a total of 140 minutes per day throughout the DCPL system. Adults are allowed two 70-minute sessions (unless using a 15-minute express station), and children are allowed four 35-minute sessions. If there is no one waiting, session lengths are automatically extended.
- Patrons may not perform any action that might damage the computer equipment or make it inoperable for another patron, such as downloading or installing any harmful program.
- Patrons using library computers may not violate copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements, or intellectual property rights.
- Work saved to DCPL computers is automatically erased when a patron logs off. To save a document, the patron must copy it to his/her own 3.5" floppy disk, flash (aka “thumb”) drive, or burn it to a CD.
- If a mouse, keyboard or monitor does not work correctly, patrons should notify library staff.
- Patrons must use headphones when listening to audio on any computer (including personal laptops). They must keep the volume to a level that does not disturb other patrons. Some libraries may have headphones to borrow, but patrons should plan on having their own.
- Computers reserved for special purposes (such as express stations, children’s service, teen services, catalog searches, download stations, wheelchair use, videophone, etc.) may not be used for any other purpose.
- Computers in the children’s area may only be used by patrons age 13 and under (parents or caregivers may assist children with their work).
- Patrons may be limited to one person per computer station, as decided by library staff.
- DCPL laptops may be available for use by patrons 17 and older. Patrons must present a valid government-issued photo ID or passport to library staff in order to use a DCPL laptop. The ID is held until the laptop and its power cables are returned to library staff. Patrons are liable for any damage to, or loss of, a borrowed laptop.
- DCPL is not responsible for any damage or loss of data arising from the use of its computers or network.
- DCPL may withhold computer privileges from patrons who do not comply with the above procedures.