Computers and Wireless
Wireless Hotspots PDF Print E-mail

The Orange Beach Public Library offers “hot spot” wireless internet access for library patrons.  Hot spots are available at the front and rear patios, the reading, meeting, and audiovisual rooms, the computer lab, and the children’s computer lab.  The hotspots on the front and rear patio are available 24 hours a day.  Orange Beach Library was the first Alabama public library to offer hot spot Internet access service for patrons’ portable computers.

Patrons must have a wireless capable computer.  The library's wireless service uses standard 802.11b and is free to patrons who bring their own appropriately equipped devices.  Limited technical support is available from the library staff so users will need to know how to operate their own equipment.

Internet Use Policy PDF Print E-mail

Orange Beach Public Library

Internet Public Use Policy

 The Orange Beach Public Library provides access to the Internet in accordance with our mission to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of our patrons.

 Not all information found on the internet is accurate, up-to-date, legal or acceptable to all individuals.  The internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be biased, inappropriate or offensive.  The library does not control information found on the Internet and therefore cannot be responsible for its content.  Patrons may inadvertently see materials on the Internet which they find objectionable.  Users are advised to use caution when sending personal or financial information over the Internet.   In all cases, patrons use the Internet at their own discretion.

 It is the policy of the Orange Beach Public Library that parents or legal guardians of minor children are ultimately responsible for the child’s use of the Internet at the library.  Furthermore, library staff are not responsible for supervising minors while they are using the computers at the library.

 Orange Beach Public Library is committed to providing an environment free of sexual harassment.  Patrons may not display on screens or printers materials with sexually explicit graphics.

Use which damages or disrupts software or hardware is prohibited and may result in legal action.  Patrons are solely responsible for obeying all copyright law and for any infringement of that law.  Use of the Internet to engage in any illegal activity is prohibited.

 Orange Beach Public Library reserves the right to regulate use of the workstations to include the amount of time a workstation may be used, printing charges or restrictions for that workstation, chat room use, e-mail use, sign-up requirements and further reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.

 Use of the Internet at this library signifies acceptance of this policy.  Internet users who violate the library’s policy on Internet use are subject to losing Internet, computer and library privileges.  In addition, patrons who make prints from the Internet and do not pay for them are subject to the same loss of privileges.   The library reserves the right to modify this policy and to develop corresponding procedures which are in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the intent of this policy.

Computer Lab and Wireless Access PDF Print E-mail

Computer Lab - Computer Use Policy

The library provides computers for Internet access and a variety of software including Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Publisher. Twelve computers are for adults and five for children.

There is no fee to use the terminals however we ask that you limit use to 30-minutes when others are waiting for the computer. Before using the computers, please sign in and read our Internet use policy. Sign out when you finish; this helps us facilitate your use of the computers.

A black and white and a color printer are networked to the library computers. Black and white prints are 15¢ per page and color prints are 50¢ per page. Scanner services are also available: $1.00 for 6 pages.

Wireless Internet Access

We have wireless Internet hot spots using standard 802.11b throughout the library. Internet hot spots are also available at the front and rear patios, the reading, meeting, and audiovisual rooms, the computer lab and the children’s computer lab for patrons who bring their own appropriately equipped device. The hot spot on the front patio is available 24/7.

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