Wireless Internet Access
Charlotte County Libraries and History 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. It is an unsecured network. Users assume all risks when connecting to the public network.
Library Computer Access
The library offers Internet access as part of its mission to provide materials and services that support the educational and informational needs of its users.
Rules for Use
- Cardholders may log into a public workstation using your library card number. Computers are available for one 90-minute session per day on a first-come, first-served basis. See our Locations page for current branch hours.
- If there are no available computers, you may make a reservation for the next available workstation. Public workstations are held for 5 minutes after the beginning of reserved time. The workstation will then be available for another person to register.
- The library cannot guarantee the privacy of any information transmitted.
- Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of library computers.
- The library does not provide e-mail accounts.
- Internet computers automatically shut down 15 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 Charlotte County Libraries and History. 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.
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 Department. Please note that filtering is done on a text basis of a website, therefore not allowing access to text or images of a 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 ensure 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.
Printing from Library Workstations
Printing is available on all public workstations at a cost of $.20 per page for all black and white pages printed. Color prints are $.50 per page.