Charlotte County Library System

Internet and Computer Access

Wireless Internet Access

The Charlotte County Library System has installed a Public Wireless Network that can be accessed from within any Library Branch, and in some cases on a bench or in a car in front of the libraries. This network is IEEE 802.11b/g compatible and uses industry standard networking protocols. For more information, download our wireless information sheet.

Library Computer Access

The libraries have online databases, catalogs, and an automated circulation system that allow faster access to books and materials, as well as making circulation records more streamlined and efficient.

The library system offers Internet access as part of its mission to provide materials and services that support the educational and informational needs of its users. Children under the age of 9 must be supervised at an Internet-access computer by a parent or legal guardian. Additionally, children will not give out personal information without parental permission.

Rules for Use

  • Users can reserve a public workstation for up to one hour per day. Time may be used in multiple sessions.
  • Cardholders should sign in at the computer reservation station using their library card and PIN number.
  • Patrons are expected to use their own library card and PIN number for computer access.
  • Guest passes are available to non-cardholders for $5.00 per hour.
  • Public workstations will be held for no more than 5 minutes after the beginning of reserved time. The workstation will then be available for another person to register.
  • Patrons with a special need for extra time to complete assignments or projects should make arrangements with library staff.
  • The library cannot guarantee the privacy of any information transmitted.
  • Printing is available on all computers (except express e-mail/catalog access stations) at a cost of $.20 per page for all black and white pages printed. Color prints, where available, are $.50 per page.
  • Users under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian with them to use the computers.
  • Computers designated as youth computers have the same Internet capabilities as the adult computers. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of library computers.
  • Additional time will not be allotted due to conditions such as problems with the Internet connection or power outages.
  • The Library System does not provide e-mail accounts.
  • Up to two users will be permitted at each workstation at one time.
  • Internet computers automatically shut down 20 minutes before the library closes.
  • There are information sources on the Internet that have content which is inconsistent with the educational and informational mission of the Charlotte County Library system. Chapter 847, Florida Statutes, makes it unlawful to display obscene materials or images. Because it is a public place for people of all ages, the library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time and deny further Internet privileges as a result of misuse of Internet access in the library.

Filtering

All public access computers at all library sites are filtered for pornography (essentially nudity of a sexual nature). Filtering commenced in July 2003. The filtering is at the server level and is administered by the County IT Dept. Please note that filtering is done on a text basis of a website, therefore not allowing access to text or images of the mature nature as noted above.

An adult user may request unfiltered access on a specific library computer. The user shall direct the request to a library staff member and need not give a specific reason for the request. Requests from users under the age of 18 and requests to turn off filters on computers in the children’s area or those designated “youth” computers will not be honored. Staff can and should request age identification when appropriate.

Staff will make every effort to insure that the user receives adequate time on the computer once the filter has been disabled; however, the user’s time may be limited by computer availability.

Additional Children’s Rules for Online Safety*

A child will talk with his or her parents or guardians so that they can set up their rules for going on the Internet. The child will abide by those rules. A child will not give out personal information such as address, telephone number, parents’ work address or telephone number, or name and location of school without parents’ accord.

A child will discuss with parents or guardians if he or she comes across any information on the Internet that makes the child feel uncomfortable.

(* from “Child Safety on the Internet,” published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Internet Safety

Children and teenagers should inform themselves of the potential dangers they may face while online. Parents may also wish to educate themselves on the resources available to help protect their children. The following material is presented by age group and designed to improve awareness and prevent online victimization.

NetSmartz® is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. NetSmartz® is for children (ages 5-17), parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement and uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
The NetSmartz Workshop can be accessed at www.NetSmartz.org and www.NetSmartzKids.org.