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Computers for adults, teens and kids available on a first-come, first-serve basis
Free Internet access
Free Wi-Fi for your laptop or portable device
WestAth Wifi (the library’s Wi-Fi network) does not have a password; as an open network, patrons are advised not to do banking or sensitive transactions
Funded by a generous grant from the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum
The Westfield Athenaeum welcomes all users of our public computers. The staff will provide help and advice on using the computers, as appropriate (one-on-one instruction appointments can be made for more extensive technology training). The Internet is an un-moderated medium, and includes information that may be erroneous, out-of-date, controversial or sexually explicit. The user is responsible for identifying and/or avoiding such information, not the Athenaeum staff. In order to serve the needs of our patrons, the following requirements must be met:
Any patron who wishes to use a public computer may bring a valid C/W MARS library card for self-sign-up.
For visitors without a C/W MARS card, a guest pass will be issued.
We will allow one person per computer, unless a parent/guardian or library staff member is present.
Patrons are allowed two hours per day; if no other reservations are pending, extended time may be granted at the discretion of the Reference Librarian.
Telephone reservations are not accepted.
Children under the age of 13 are required to use the computers in the Boys' and Girls' Library.
Internet resources are to be used in a responsible manner consistent with educational, informational and recreational purposes. Patrons of all ages are expected to use the computers in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others.
Computer privileges may be suspended or cancelled, at the discretion of the Librarian, if a patron is found tampering with the computers, including any violations noted below:
Vandalizing the data of other users
Gaining unlawful access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities
Invading the privacy of others
Violating software license agreements and copyright laws
Violating other federal, state or local laws
Deliberately displaying obscene images
Providing minors with access to materials that are harmful to them
Transmission or display of threatening, harassing, defamatory or obscene materials
Parents/guardians are encouraged to provide guidance to their children for the safe usage of electronic mail (email), chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communication. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their child does not access sites that may be inappropriate or potentially harmful to the child. The library prohibits such access.
Approved by the Westfield Athenaeum Board of Trustees December 2014