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Wireless Internet Access Policy

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to offer wireless (“WiFi”) access to our patrons. The service is available free of charge.

Patrons must use the library’s WiFi access in accordance with the library’s policies. There is no time limit for WiFi access; however patrons need to finish their Internet session prior to the library’s closing time.

Patrons must supply their own computing device with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless capability. The library does not currently offer 802.11a connectivity. Patrons are responsible for setting up and configuring their own devices. Patrons are also responsible for the security of their own devices and data. Patrons should install anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Data sent over the library’s WiFi connection may not be encrypted; therefore, patrons should use care in providing credit card or other personal data over the Internet, including ensuring that any sites to which they provide such information are reputable and use appropriate security.

Patrons should ensure the physical security of their own equipment. THE LIBRARY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTY, OR FOR COMPUTER VIRUS INFECTION, COMPROMISED CREDIT CARDS, OR OTHER DAMAGE CAUSED BY CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET THROUGH THE LIBRARY’S NETWORK.

Printing is not available through the library’s WiFi network.

Email may only be sent through web-based email services. In order to prevent the library’s network from being used for anonymous sending of spam or other illegal or inappropriate email, access to SMTP email servers through the WiFi network is not available.

Patrons may not connect Internet servers of any kind through the library’s network.

The library’s WiFi access (or any other part of the library’s network) may not be used for any illegal activity including, but not limited to, illegal downloading of copyrighted material, sending threatening or harassing messages, or breaking into other computers (including those belonging to the library or to other patrons).   Pornographic material, whether legal or illegal, may not be sent, received, or downloaded through the library’s network. Additionally, any activity that may damage any part of the library’s network, or interfere with the use of the network by staff or other patrons is prohibited. The library reserves the right to restrict or prohibit a patron’s access to the library’s network (including both public access terminals and WiFi access), in the event of misconduct by the patron.

The library will try to ensure good reception throughout the public areas of the building, but cannot guarantee the availability or quality of the service or signal.

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Springfield Town Library

Basic WiFi Information

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to offer wireless “WiFi” Internet access within the building. The following is some basic information about the service:

Connecting to the WiFi network

The Library cannot provide precise information on how to connect your computer to our WiFi network since that will vary depending upon your operating system, the brand and model of your WiFi card, etc. In general, however, here is the configuration information you will need:

  • Our network is compatible with either 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi cards. We do not offer 802.11a access.
  • Our WiFi network uses WPA encryption.       Your computer must be capable of using the WPA encryption format.
  • Our WiFi connections are named “Springfield Town Library—A” and “Springfield Town Library—B”, with “A” generally covering the lobby, reference area, and balcony, and “B” generally covering the Flinn Room (Reading Room) and the Children’s library. Because radio signals can travel in odd ways, you may want to try each to see which gives the best connection. If your computer detects other networks, they are not ours.
  • The required network ID or password is “springfield” (note all lower case).

The Library cannot provide instructions on exactly how to input this information on your particular computer nor offer other troubleshooting or technical support.

Fees

There is no charge for using the Library’s WiFi network.

Limitations and Restrictions

Printing is not available through the WiFi network. Access to email is only available through web-based email services such as Hotmail or Yahoo!Mail, not through email clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

Accessing or distributing pornographic material through the library’s network and any illegal activity is prohibited.

Electrical Outlets

If you need to connect your computer to a power outlet, there are outlets under each of the tables in the Flinn Room, as well as elsewhere throughout the building. Please use care not to place cords where someone may trip on them.

 

 

 

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