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Check out a laptop for 2 hours to help with your job search.

Cedar Clinton
Central
Clovis
Fig Garden
Fowler
Gillis
Kerman
Mendota
Orange Cove
Parlier
Politi

You must be 18 or older and have a library card with fines below $10. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Use of Library Computers and the Internet


Free public access computers are available for use at each of the Fresno County Public Library locations. The Library uses an electronic reservation system to manage this popular resource and to provide its users with easy and equitable access to Library computers. All computer users must comply with the Library’s Computer Use Policy and Internet Use Policy.

Privacy

The Library is committed to protecting the privacy of the customers and staff of the library as outlined in its Privacy Policy. In order to provide equitable access to public computers, the Library utilizes an electronic reservation system. This software will not track web site visits or record your Internet activity. At public computers, all documents created, Internet search histories, temporary files, cache, and certificates are purged upon closing of the browser and/or daily rebooting of the PCs. The computer reservation history is deleted every day. While the Library takes measures to ensure the privacy of public computer users, it cannot guarantee that every task completed is private.

Computer Use Policy

Library computer users must indicate they agree with the following Computer Use Policy in order to use a public computer at the Library. Failure to comply with these policies will result in the revocation of computer use privileges.

  1. Users must have a valid San Joaquin Valley Library System library card to use and reserve a computer. Short-term visitors to the area are allowed use of a guest pass.
  2. Users can only sign up for a computer using their own library card. They may not misrepresent themselves or use someone else’s card.
  3. To provide equal opportunity for all residents to access Library workstations, the Library limits the total daily use by each person to a maximum of 2 hours. In locations where computer demand is very high, users may receive less than the 2 hour maximum.
  4. All locations provide computers offering 30-minute sessions. Some locations may also offer 60-minute sessions and 15-minute express computers. 
  5. If no one is waiting to use a computer, users may be given the option to extend their current session by 15 minutes.
  6. Each user must log into their assigned computer within 5 minutes of their reservation. If not, the computer will become available to another user.
  7. Reservations can be made up to 1 day in advance in person or by phone.
  8. Persons making use of computers for special tasks that may require extended time should make their needs known to staff before they log on. Accommodations will depend on demand for public computers at the time and apply to that day only.
  9. Children under 5 may use computers when supervised by a parent/guardian. In locations with separate children’s areas, use of computers in these areas may be limited to children 12 years and under. 
  10. Printouts cost 10 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents per page where color printers are available.
  11. Library staff will provide basic assistance to computer users, but cannot provide in-depth individual instruction. Ask about the Library’s free classes in word processing, email, searching the Internet, and other topics.
  12. Some computers include 3.5 inch drives and/or USB flash drives, and library users who bring their own storage media may download to them. 3.5 inch disks can be purchased for $1.00 and USB flash drives for $6.00 at Library locations. The Library assumes no responsibility for damage to users’ computer equipment or data files resulting from downloads from the Internet.
  13. Library users may not run their own personal software on Library workstations.
  14. Library users are responsible for any consequences of copyright infringement through their use of Library workstations, and may not use Library workstations for any unlawful purposes.
  15. If the nature of the content being viewed on the Library workstation disturbs other Library users, the viewer will be asked to cease, to use a privacy screen, or be moved to another workstation.
  16. Computer users also agree to abide by the Library’s Rules of Conduct.

Internet Use Policy

Our Purpose
The Library provides free public computer access to the Internet to meet the information needs of our users and to provide residents with opportunities for learning about information technology. The Library has no control over the quality or accuracy of information found on the Internet.  Users should critically evaluate its content.

Our Access Policy
Consistent with Board of Supervisors Policy, federal and state law, all workstations in all branches offer only filtered access to all Library customers of all ages. The Children's Internet Protection Act requires libraries such as the Fresno County Public Library and the other members of the San Joaquin Valley Library System which receive discounts on Internet connections and service to block or filter for all users visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography, and to filter, for minors, depictions which are harmful to minors.

Internet filters are imperfect. They may block some constitutionally protected material, and they may fail to block some unlawful materials. A 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision authorizes disabling of the filter for lawful use by adults.  Adults 18 years and older may request Library staff to disable the filter for lawful purposes at a specific workstation for a specific session of use. However, no access will be granted to sites rated by the filter as spyware, malware, adware, or the like, because they have the potential to harm the Library’s network and/or individual workstations and disrupt the Library’s ability to provide service to its users. Phishing sites are blocked because of their deceptive collection of personal information.  Please tell Library staff if you believe a site has been rated incorrectly. 

Further, if the nature of the content being viewed on the Library workstation disturbs other Library users, the viewer will be asked to cease, to use a privacy screen, or be moved to another workstation. See also the Library’s Rules of Conduct. Internet users of all ages may ask the Library to evaluate sites they believe are inappropriately blocked by the filter. The Library will also consider requests by Internet users to block websites believed to display unlawful images.

Filters do not remove all potentially objectionable material found on the Internet. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to guide their children’s use of the Internet and may wish to use search tools that provide their own additional filters. The Library recommends parents view “Exploring the Internet…A Message for Parents”. They may also want to share “Exploring the Internet...A Message for Kids & Teens” with their children. Adults may wish to view other Internet safety tips at “Exploring the Internet…A Safety Message”.

Internet users are entitled to privacy.  As with other Library materials, Library staff does not monitor what any user views or reads over the Internet.

Rev. 08.2011