Library Computers FAQ
What we have:
- Computers with access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, and Excel are available at the libraries.
- You can use up to two hours a day of computer time if you have a library card.
- You can have two reservations or bookings on your card at any one time, including the computer you might be currently using.
- WiFi: The library also offers free WiFi access to patrons who have their own laptops. You do not need to log in to access the WiFi.
Use the computer booking system:
- You need to have a valid library card and PIN.
- Temporary “Internet Use Only” cards are available at the Checkout Desk with current picture identification (useful for visitors and travelers).
How the computer booking system works:
- You can book time on any library computer or from an outside computer. You can find the link to Reserve a Computer under "Services."
- Take note of what computer is assigned to you—this appears at the very end of your reservation.
- There is a 5-minute grace period for each time slot. If someone is more than 5 minutes late, the reservation is canceled and the station is opened up to other users.
- The system will not allow you to sign on 5 minutes before someone else's reservation is due to start.
- The computer clock determines the time for each session, not the wall clocks.
- You will be given an eight minute warning and a two minute warning to save your work before your session ends. The computer will automatically log you out when your time is up.
How to get a PIN:
- Log in to My MARINet
- Type in your name, library card number, and what you want your PIN to be (select something that you are likely to remember) and submit. PINs can be letters, numbers, or symbols and any length you choose.
- Note: You will have to enter your information twice.
- If you get stuck, call the reference desk at 485-3321. If you have forgotten your PIN, staff at the Reference Desk can delete your PIN and help you input a new one. This has to be done in the library face to face, not by phone (becaucse we want to ensure you are actually you).