Library Laptop Policy

(Adopted 4/21/08; reviewed 4/20/09; amended 4/ 19/10; reviewed 4/18/11, 4/16/12; amended 4/15/13, 4/21/14, 5/19/14,4/20/15, 4/18/16, 4/17/17; amended 4/15/19)

The Delphi Public Library offers laptop computers for use by patrons within the library. The computers are loaned out at the Main Circulation Desk.

In order to use one of the computers, you must be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide a legal form of identification, such as a driver’s license, which the library will keep as long as you have the computer. You must also sign the Library Laptop Checkout Agreement and abide by the posted Acceptable Use policy adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Delphi Public Library.

There is no charge to use the computers, and you are not required to have a library card. You may, however, check out only one at a time, and you may use the computer only in the library. The checkout period is four hours, and no renewals are allowed. If you turn the computer in late, you will be assessed a fine of $3 per hour. The checkout time period will count toward the daily four-hour computer limit for the public access computers.

Loaded on the computers are word processing and spreadsheet software along with a web browser. Wireless internet access is available throughout the library building. You are not permitted to save documents to the laptop’s hard drive but must use a flash drive or CD to save documents. If you need assistance, feel free to ask a library staff person. You also are not permitted to download software or modify settings on the computer, including the home page setting, the wallpaper, etc. Violators may lose their library computer privileges. A wireless printer is available and configured to work with the laptops.

An individual who violates the Acceptable Use agreement will forfeit all computer privileges, at a minimum, for the rest of the day. Violations will be determined solely by the library staff. The library director may add further suspension and will provide formal notice of the suspension and a means of appeal.

On occasion, especially on the local school system's elearning days, a number of library laptops will be set up for students within the children's area of the library. Under the Youth Services library staff's supervision, students under 18 will not be required to submit an ID or follow normal laptop checkout procedures. They do, however, have to comply with the library's Acceptable Use Policy.