Services Your Jackson District Library Provides

 

Public Computers

Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Your library card and PIN are required to register for time at a machine. The following rules and limitations apply when working on public computers at all JDL branches.

Software

JDL public computers are available at all JDL branches and currently have Windows 7 with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader XI, Picasa, Quicktime, and the following OpenOffice tools:

  • Writer – word processor for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book
  • Calc – a spreadsheet creator with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports and graphics that sizzle
  • Impress – useful to create effective multimedia presentations
  • Draw – produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations
  • Base – manipulate databases. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within OpenOffice
  • Math – create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor

JDL allows the use of USB storage devices in its public computers to save or retrieve information. USB storage devices should not require device drivers or special software to be installed for use with Windows. Connecting other types of devices to the computer using the USB ports is not recommended. The library is not responsible for technical support required by the use of the devices or any damage, loss or destruction of personal devices connected by customers. Please note that affordable USB thumbdrives are available for sale in our branches for $10.00.

Public computers do not have speakers, but patrons may use JDL provided headphones.

Library Cards

Patrons using public computer stations at the library must have a library card.

You must use a library card registered in your own name to use a computer. Directions for signing up to use a computer use are posted at the Computer Sign-Up station.

Once a computer has been assigned to you, you will have 15 minutes to revalidate at the assigned computer with your barcode. If you do not revalidate within the time limit, the computer will automatically be reassigned to the next person waiting.

You are allowed up to a 120 minutes per day. The computer will automatically end the session. A warning will be given before the end of the session.
One-time users of JDL public computers, including non-residents of Jackson County, may register as guests. All guests must present valid identification — a driver’s license, student identification card, passport, or other picture identification — to a branch staff member.

Your library fines must be less than $10, or you will have to sign a promissory note in order to use a public computer.

Children and Young Adults

Students ages 9 through 17 are required to obtain a JDL card in order to sign up for a computer.

Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult when using computers in any Jackson District Library.

Further Policies

While using public computer stations you must agree to abide by the Jackson District Library’s Internet Policy.

Our public computers were replaced in 2012 through a federal BTOP program grant.

These 115 machines have Windows 7 operating systems and various productivity software. We also have 8 public Macintosh desktop computers and 4 in the Digital Studio.

There are currently 14 Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE) digital learning stations; there is one per branch, two at the Carnegie Library, and more planned for the Meijer branch. These touch screen computers are fun and easy-to-use for children.