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Wi-Fi Access

Bring your wireless devices and get free wireless access throughout the library! You’ll need a wireless network card (802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n) and the appropriate software already installed in your portable device. Library staff is unable to assist you with these configurations.

Basic Settings

Since each person’s computer can be different, you are responsible for knowing how to configure your equipment. Here are the basic settings you’ll need:

  • Network name: loutit
  • Disable WEP encryption
  • Mode/Network Type: Infrastructure Mode or Access Point (not ad hoc)
  • TCP/IP properties: “Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP)”

Power

Need to plug in? You’ll find outlets at nearly every table and seating area in the library. There are no outlets on our deck — but there is Wi-Fi!

Printing

To print, save your work to a flash drive (flash drives are available for $10 in the Public Computing Room) or send your files to an e-mail account. You can print your saved files from a computer in the Public Computing center. Printing is 15 cents per page. You are responsible for ALL pages printed.

Filtering

To comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, access to the Internet is filtered. If you are 18 or older, the filters can be disabled by library staff. Please ask.

Rules

All Internet users are required to abide by our Internet Policy.

Limitations and Security

Our Wi-Fi service is not secure. Use it at your own risk. The library is not responsible for the safety of equipment or data files resulting from connection to its wireless network. Review the library’s Internet Policy for details.

Public Computing Room

The computers in our Public Computing Room provide free access to the Internet, e-mail, MS Office 2007, and online research tools. Computers are available for all ages. Computers specifically reserved for youth and teens are located in the Youth Wing and Teen Room respectively. In addition, we schedule regular classes in computer training and software. Check our calendar for descriptions of upcoming classes and to register.

Using a Computer

The computers in our Public Computing Room are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no need to register or to have a library card. Please see the Attendant to be assigned to a computer.  The Public Computing Room is open every day at 9:00 am and always closes 15 minutes before the library closes.

Time Limits

To help ensure access for everyone, there is a limit of two 30-minute sessions per day if others are waiting. If your time has expired and someone is waiting for a computer, you will be asked to give up your place. You will be given two minutes to finish your work and close your programs. After two minutes, the computer will automatically shut down.

Bringing files and saving work

You may use USB drives to transport and save files with our computers. If you need a USB drive, they are available from the Attendant for $10.

Printing

You can print from any computer in the Public Computing Room. Printouts cost 15 cents per page. You are responsible for ALL pages printed.

 

Phone

Telephone: 616-842-5560
Fax: 616-847-0570

Library Hours

Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM
Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday - School Year 1PM-5PM
Sunday - Summer Closed

Cheapstacks Hours

Monday 10:00AM-5:30PM
  6:30PM-8:30PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
  6:30PM-8:30PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM