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Computer Lab & Study Rooms

Study roomsThe Washington Memorial Library Computer Lab contains 40 computer terminals with an additional six terminals in secluded study rooms. Thirteen laptops are also available for use on the Library’s 2nd floor.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 8:45pm
Friday and Saturday 9am – 5:45pm

Computer Rules

  • A PINES library card in good standing is required of Georgia residents to check out a computer.
  • Out-of-state and foreign visitors may show a photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) to receive a guest pass to use a computer.
  • Turn off or silence cell phones and other electronics while in the library.

Availability

  • Walk-in only. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Patrons are assigned to the next open station. Personal preferences for computers are considered only if that computer is currently open.

Time limit: 1 hour per session

  • Patrons are allowed two (2) one-hour long computer sessions each day. Repeat usage is limited if demand is high.

Age limit

  • Children must be 13 years old to visit the library and/or use the computers by themselves.
  • Children ages 12 and under must be continually supervised by an adult, age 18 or older, as a guardian while they use the library and/or computers.
  • Children under 13 are encouraged to use the Junior Room Computer Lab with adult supervision.

Costs

  • Internet access is free of charge
  • Copies are 20 cents per page (black and white printing only)
  • Floppy disks are $1
  • Earbuds are $2

Filters

  • The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. In order to receive federal funding, all library computers have filters which block certain websites. Staff cannot remove or bypass these filters.
  • Software of any kind may NOT be installed or used on library computers.
  • Headphones are not loaned at MGRL. Library users may bring their own or purchase a pair.
  • Computer stations seat one person per computer. Only those registered for a computer may sit at the computer. Study rooms may be requested for those who need to seat 2 or more at a computer.
  • Library computers are public use computers; therefore, privacy is not guaranteed.

Unacceptable Behavior may result in being banned/barred from the computers/library.

These actions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Failure to pay for all printed copies. Ask for help before you print!
  • Modifying any computer settings which may degrade or disrupt system performance
  • Disruptive behavior (i.e. loud conversation, loud computer volume)
  • Violating copyright laws regarding software, music, images, etc
  • Using profanity or obscene language
  • Pursuing illegal activities online
  • Damaging equipment, software, data, or other patron’s property
  • Viewing, storing, or printing files, messages, or images which are offensive to others

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available for checkout at the Washington Memorial Library.

Two groups may occupy one room at any given time. Rooms come with two desks, two computers, and chairs. Doors should be kept open at all times.

Study Room Rules

  • Speak quietly and refrain from disturbing others. Cell phone conversations are ONLY permitted in the 1st floor lobby.
  • MGRL’s Internet & Computer Use Policy applies to all study room computers.
  • There is a maximum of six people per room.
  • Only the cardholder and members of the group reserving the study room are allowed in that room during their reservation period.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the study rooms.
  • Young children should be under the control of a parent or guardian at all times. If a child becomes disruptive, the supervising adult must leave the study room to take the child to the lobby.
  • Study room sessions are limited to one hour per person. Sessions may be extended so long as no one is waiting to use the study room.
  • Prior to the reservation start time, rooms and their computers are reserved for ten minutes. If the room is not claimed during this time, it will become available to the next person.
  • A group representative may make a single reservation for one of the rooms.
  • Other group members may reserve the computers in the room for an additional hour per person.
  • Rooms should be left in clean condition.
  • Windows may not be covered.
  • During an emergency (i.e., a tornado warning or fire alarm) evacuation is mandatory.
  • The Library is not responsible for the loss of personal items, nor for the loss of Library materials left in study rooms.
  • Security officers will assist with enforcement of these policies.
  • Portable audio and video devices must be used with earphones.
  • When only one group is occupying a study room, earphones are not necessary, but computer volume must be set low enough as not to be heard outside the study room.
  • If more than one group is occupying a study room at the same time, earphones are required.