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Computers and Internet

The library has public computers with Internet access. This describes what we have and how to use them.

How many computers are available?Free Wifi

The Mason City Public Library has 9 Internet desktop computers.  There are also 4 laptop computers with Internet access that are reserved for research, school work, job searches, and resume writing.

The MCPL also has Wi-Fi.  Patrons with Internet-enabled laptops may stop at the circulation desk for suggestions on best reception locations.  There is no wireless printing at this time.

What software is loaded on the computers?

Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Microsoft Office

How long can I use the computer?

Sessions are timed through the sign-in software.  At this time patrons have a minimum of 60 minutes per session, with a daily limit of 90 minutes per day on a first-come-first-serve basis.

How do I sign up to use a computer?

Patrons may sign up for Internet access at a sign-in kiosk location at the Circulation Desk.  You will type in the barcode located on your library card.  Out of state visitors may use the Internet by providing current address identification.  Patrons read and agree to guidelines for using the Internet at each sign-in.

Do the computers have filtered Internet access?

The MCPL does not have Internet filters.  However, users of the Internet should realize they can have no expectation of privacy while using the Internet, as this is a public, shared service.  While library staff cannot control and will not responsible or liable for materials some may find offensive, controversial, indecent, or imapproprate, we will attempt to address any complaints brought to our attention.  The MCPL reserves the right to restrict use of the Internet computers or facilities at any time for any reason.

What are the age limits on computer use and is parental permission required?

A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a consent form and be present with a child under the age of 10 for computers that use the Internet.  Children under 10 can use the library computers only when directly supervised by an adult.  Children between the ages of 10 and 18 years are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent form at the circulation desk before they use the Internet for the first time.  Children between the ages of 10 and 18 years may use the computers unsupervised.  However, by giving consent, parents or legal guardians are agreeing to be responsible for Internet use by their child.

Does it cost to use the Internet or print?

There is no charge for using the Internet, but there is a charge for printing from the Internet.  At this time, it is $.20 per page for black/white and $1.00 per page for color printing.

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