The library maintains access to the Internet as an electronic tool for customers and staff to locate information. As a matter of policy grounded in the First Amendment and existing law, the library affirms the right of individuals to have access to constitutionally protected material.
To maximize the availability of limited resources and to ensure fair access to all, customers are expected to follow the library's rules. Violation of these rules may result in loss of web access or library privileges. Library staff has full authority to enforce these policies and procedures as well as policies related to general behavior in the library.
Wi-Fi is available at all branches.
No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required. You cannot access the library's printers from your wireless device. Use at your own risk.
You may experience fluctuating bandwidth on the libraries' public wireless, depending upon how many people are using the wireless connection and what they are downloading. Streaming video and some online games consume large amounts of bandwidth. Some areas of our library buildings may not be close enough to a wireless router and may have lower signals and slower speeds.
MCPL reserves the right to block certain ports and protocols over the library network. Customers may receive a message that an activity is blocked and peer-to-peer applications will not work.
The following are restricted categories and protocols:
Computers designated for children are filtered for adult content and are restricted to children 12 years old and under.
The library cannot be responsible for passersby seeing what websites are being used in the library. Upon request, the library offers privacy screens that limit the ability of people passing by to see what is displayed on workstation screens.
When customers logout at the end of their computer sessions, nothing is saved on the computer's hard drive. The cache of Internet sites visited is cleared automatically. Customers who wish to may also clear the cache themselves prior to logout. The Pharos automated Internet sign-up system purges customer session sign-up records within 36 hours.
For more information about the confidentiality of computer use records, see MCPL's Privacy Policies.
MCPL cannot monitor or control the content of any individual Internet site and assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its own website. Links from the library's web page to any product, service, or information do not constitute an endorsement. With this in mind, please note the following suggestions: