Computers and WiFi Access

Computers

The Library provides computers for public use with Internet access, online databases, CD-ROM applications, and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint).  They are located in the Computer Room on the upper level.  Sign up to use these computers at the Reference Desk.  Users are guaranteed at least 30 minutes and may continue as long as no one is waiting. 

There are also Express PCs on the upper and middle levels.  These computers have no sign-up and are available for up to 15 minutes to check email or for other short-term use.

The Children’s Room has computers for Internet access or playing children’s games.  These computers are reserved for families with children (up to Grade 5).  Children under 6 years old must be under the direct supervision of a parent or caregiver when using a computer.  Sign up to use these computers at the Children’s Room Circulation Desk.  Users are guaranteed at least 30 minutes and may continue as long as no one is waiting.

The Library’s catalog is available at any computer in the building.  Additional computers on the middle level and in the Children’s Room are reserved only for catalog use.  Also on the mid-level, you’ll find a computer especially for Good Reads, to help you pick out the next book you’d like to read.

When you use a computer, you agree to abide by our Computer Use Policy.  Content filters are not installed on any library computer.

You may use a CD-R or USB flash drive to save your documents.  Printing is available on the upper level and in the Children’s Room at $.10/page after the first 3 pages (free) for b&w printing, and $.25/page for color printing.

If you bring your own laptop computer to the library but don’t have wireless capability, you may borrow an Ethernet cable from the Reference Desk on the upper level and access the Internet through one of the Library’s data ports.  You may also borrow headphones.

WiFi Access

Bring your own laptop computer or other WiFi devices to the library and use our wireless network throughout the building.  The Groton Public Library network supports the IEEE 802.11 a, b, and g standards.  Staff at the upper level Reference Desk can offer limited toubleshooting and technical support.  Staff cannot be held responsible for any damage or malfunction that results from assistance they provide.

In using the WiFi network, you agree to abide by our Computer Use Policy.

Printing from the wireless network is not available at this time. If you have a document that you need to print, either email it to yourself or save it on removable media and print from a public Internet computer in the library.

If you use the databases from the wireless network, please log in as a “Home Access” user rather than an “In Library” user.

* The WiFi network was made possible by a grant from the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

The Library’s wireless network is not secure.  You are responsible for protecting your computer. We recommend you run an anti-virus program, a personal firewall, and, in the case of Windows, stay up to date on security patches from Microsoft’s Windows Update site.  Please take appropriate precautions.  Any information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless network user.  Do not transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information) while using any public wireless hot spot, including the Library’s.

Borrow a Laptop

The Library acquired a laptop computer lab for Computer Classes and drop-in computer assistance, as well as for use by middle school students during school half-day programs (Llama Lounges) and other events.

Now you can check out one of our laptop computers for use in the Library.  Laptops are available at the Reference Desk on the upper level, when not in use for classes or programs.  The laptops have Internet access through our WiFi network and come installed with Windows Vista, Microsoft Office, Skype, and Photoshop Elements 7.0.  You may use a laptop in the library for up to two hours. You must have a valid Groton Public Library card in good standing.

In using the laptop network, you agree to abide by our Computer Use Policy and Laptop Borrowing Policy.

* The laptop computers were made possible by a grant from the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.