Public Computer Usage/Access

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2.1 Public Use Computers


Public Access Catalog (PAC) Computers 

PAC Computers may be used to search the Library Catalog and are available on a first come first serve basis. 
Public Workstations 

The Library provides computer workstations to gain access to the Internet and for creating and editing documents free of charge for up to 2 hours per day. Public workstations automatically shut down 15 min before closing. Library staff is not able to override the shutdown process. Workstations are made available on a first come first serve basis. 

The following guidelines and procedures apply to computer usage in the Library: 

  • Users gain access to a timed session with their Library card information and PIN number. Library card information is nontransferable, and patrons should not share their card information with others. 
  • Library cards must be in good standing.  Patrons with fee restrictions on their Library Card may purchase a Guest Pass for $2 for one session.  A guest pass charge will be applied to the patron’s account. 
  • As a courtesy, guest passes are issued to visitors that are ineligible for a library card. 
  • The internal sound speaker is kept muted at all times. Users are welcome to bring personal listening devices to plug into the sound jack on the front of the computer tower. Earbuds are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk. 
  • Users are limited to two-hour total usage per person per day. Additional time can be purchased in the form of a Guest Pass for $2. 
  • When all workstations are occupied, users are encouraged to enter their credentials to be placed in a queue to be assigned automatically to the next available station. 
  • Users are not permitted to relocate the monitor or CPU tower in any manner. 
  • Users are not permitted to install personal software or attempt to make setting changes. 
  • Users cannot permanently save any files to workstation drives. Users are encouraged to use external storage drives via access ports to save projects, documents, pictures, etc. External drives are available for purchase at the Circulation Desks. 

Age Limits

Computer Workstations located in the Children’s Area are for children ages 12 and under. 

Children must be under the direct and continuous supervision of an adult when using a Computer Workstation. The adult cannot be engaged in other activities during the session. 

Anyone 13 or older are prohibited from using the Computer Workstations in the Children’s Area unless they are assisting a child. 

2.2 Internet Access and Acceptable Use Guidelines 

The use of any computer workstation or the wireless network in the Danville Public Library constitutes an acceptance of this Internet Access and Acceptable Use Guidelines. Users reaffirm this agreement each time they access the Internet in the Library. 

The Library uses web content filtering software to block sites that contain photos or videos that are not suitable for the public workstation environment. Please inform a Library staff person if you believe a site is wrongfully blocked or need access to a blocked site. 

The following actions are prohibited while using the Library’s Internet Access: 
  • Any illegal purpose 
  • Attacks on another computer or computer network 
  • Attempting to access or cause any damage to the Library’s network or connected resources 
  • Transmitting threats or harassing others Online 
  • Use of any unauthorized Online tool or VPN that allows for the circumventing of content filtering 
  • Access to peer-to-peer file sharing or transference of large files 
  • Behavior of any kind that disturbs other library visitors or staff 

Enforcement and Consequences 

Failure to abide by or follow the Computer Workstation Procedures and Internet Access and Acceptable Use Guidelines may result in a loss of access privileges. Illegal or disruptive behaviors will result in immediate termination of access and may involve intervention by law enforcement. 
The staff of the Danville Public Library reserves the right to terminate a session or discontinue access for any reason at any time without explanation or warning. 

2.3 Children’s Activity Stations 

There are several stand-alone stations including iPads in the Children’s Area of the Main Library that feature educational games for children. The following guidelines apply to activity stations: 

Time limit and availability are at the discretion of library staff. 
Supervision of a parent or guardian is required. 
No external storage drives. 
Use is limited to the installed applications. Web browsing is not permitted 

2.4 Computer Lab

The computer lab is primarily for the use of staff to conduct programs for the public and to perform staff training when needed. Some hours may be set aside for students to access the computers during designated times for educational use. A library staff member must be present at all times when there are patrons in the computer lab. No food or drink is permitted in the lab.

Guidelines for open session access:


  • All users of the Internet must adhere to the Library’s Internet Use Policy.
  • During open sessions, computer lab usage is for children ages 12 and under.
  • Children visiting the lab must be under the direct and continuous supervision of a parent or caregiver who is at least 14 years of age.
  • One child per computer.
  • The time limit for a station is two hour per session. Additional time can be purchased in the form of a Guest Pass for $2.
  • The computer volume must remain muted. Headphones or ear buds are required for sound. Ear buds are available for purchase.
  • All are expected to keep sound and distractions to a minimum.
  • The Library reserves the right to ask anyone to vacate the lab or to close the entire lab for any reason without notice.