Internet and Computer Access
- Who can use the Library’s computers?
- How many computers are available?
- Do you have time limits for computer use?
- What programs and operating system are on your computers?
- Can I print?
- Can I save files to a CD or to a Flash drive?
- Can I borrow headphones?
- Can I reserve a computer in advance?
- What if I’m late for my reservation?
- Do you offer help with computers or give training for specific programs?
- Can children use your computers?
- I need to use the computer but I have a young child with me. Can I still use a computer?
Anyone with a Library card from an SCLS member library may use Monona Public Library’s computers. You will log onto the computers by entering the barcode on the back of your Library card and your PIN. Visitors to the Library from outside the SCLS service area may obtain a temporary internet pass upon presenting identification.
The Monona Public Library currently offers 12 internet and word processing terminals. 8 are located in “the computer corral,” located adjacent to the Main Desk. 2 are located in TEENeSCAPE, and another 2 are in the Children’s Room.
Yes. Currently, patrons may have one 60-minute session on Monona Public Library computers each day. Additional time may be granted by Library staff if no patrons are waiting to use a computer.
The Library’s computers run Windows XP. In general, all public computers have Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most computers have Adobe Reader installed. Computers may not have up to date media players, such as Macromedia Flash.
Yes, we offer both black-and-white and color printing. There is a $0.10 per page fee for black-and-white printing, and a $1.00 per page fee for color printing. You must pay for your print jobs prior to printing.
You may also print from disks, CDs, or Flash drives.
You may save files to a floppy disk or a Flash drive on most of the Library’s computers. You may not save to a CD, as all CD-drives are disabled on Library computers.
No. Patrons must provide their own earphones if they wish to listen to audio files.
Absolutely. Call the Library at 608-222-6127 to schedule your session for the current day, the next day, or the following day. You may also create your own reservation online by logging onto Library Online.
There is a 10-minute grace period at the beginning of your reserved session. If you do not log in before the end of the grace period, you will lose your reservation.
You can have 4 “no shows” without being penalized. If you use a computer after having 2 no shows, a message will pop up informing you that you have no shows accumulating on your account. If you have 5 no shows in a 14-day period, you will not be able to sue a Library computer until you are down to 4 no shows in 14 days.
If you have a reservation, the time deducted from your account begins when your reservation begins. For example, if you have a 1:00-1:30 session reserved, and you log on at 1:09, it will be as if you have used those nine minutes. Your remaining session will be 51 minutes long.
Library staff can provide brief explanations or other assistance. However, due to staff and time constraints, we cannot provide substantial one-on-one training. The Library does provide computer informational workshops periodically. Also, the Book a Librarian service will allow you to schedule time with the Library's Public Services Librarian for uninterrupted tutorials on various computer tasks.
Children ages 13 and under may use the computers in the Children’s Room and in TEENeSCAPE. They may not use the computers in the main Computer Corral.
Absolutely. If you have children six and under with you, please use the two computers in the Children’s Room. That way, they can use the Children’s Room while you use the computer. For the comfort of other patrons using public PCs, we ask that children ages six and under not be allowed in the main Computer Corral.