Public Computers & WiFi

Computer, printing (for a fee), and internet access is available on select public computers for all users of the Charleston Public Library. Wireless internet access is also available for patrons who have their own compatible devices.

In accordance with social distancing guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Library has had to reduce the number of public available computers to ensure a six foot distance between users. Due to this change, Library computers will have a one (1) hour time limit on computer sessions for all ages.

The KidSpace computers are generally limited to children in middle school and younger as well as the guardians accompanying children under 8. The Zone computers are generally limited to those in middle school through high school. Adult computers are generally limited to high school graduates and those age 18 and older. There are also computers limited to 10 minute use, genealogy research and Library catalog searches.

Patrons may make one reservation per day up to 24 hours in advance. After reservations are filled, computers are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. When a wait list has formed and a user has used their guaranteed 1 hour session, he/she will be asked to leave their computer.

Charleston Carnegie Public Library’s staff may provide assistance to patrons in the use of the internet and computers as time and staff knowledge permits.  Staff will not provide basic computer skills training outside of specific program time but may provide printing assistance and basic troubleshooting. Staff will not fill out employment applications or similar applications for Library visitors.

The library does not filter or restrict access to internet sites. The library makes the internet and all computer resources available to anyone who agrees to abide by the library guidelines. The library is not a commercial internet service provider; therefore electronic mail or personal web pages will not be provided but may be accessed. The internet computers allow users to connect to networks of resources outside the library. The library has no control over these resources. The library urges library patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate  information obtained via the internet.
The library does its best to provide fully functional equipment, but cannot be held accountable for unforeseeable hardware failure. This includes the loss of data; we encourage users to frequently save work to their personal removable media devices.
Parents have the primary responsibility to guide and direct their child(ren) in the use of the library’s resources, including the internet.
The Charleston Public Library requires that patrons using the internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. The following activities are unacceptable:
  • Use of electronic information networks to harass others
  • Revealing the personal information of others
  • Use of another person’s identity, i.e. name, address or email
  • Alteration or damage to the library’s computer equipment, software or network security
  • Use of electronic information networks in violation of any federal or state law, which may result in prosecution
  • Violation of copyright law or software license agreements
  • Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users
  • Overuse of computer equipment which denies access to other users (Time limits are enforced to allow access to resources by the maximum number of users.)
  • Viewing offensive images or text

Some of the library computers do allowing scanning of documents.

Due to health concerns, the library will not provide earbuds and/or headphones at the public computers. Computer users are welcome to bring their own headphones or purchase them from the library. New Earbuds are $2.00.  If earbuds and/or headphones are left in the library they will be discarded.