In recent blog postings, I’ve written about the increased use of computers in these tough economic times. KPL offers 120 computers for patron use at our five locations. At the Central Library, three public computers are reserved for resume writing and to file for unemployment benefits. Another 15 are primarily for word processing, others provide subscription databases, and the remaining ones are for general internet use.
Patrons sign in to use these computers with their library card barcode. Guest passes are available for those without a card. Upon logging in, patrons are asked to read and agree to our “Internet and Computer Use Policy.” Patrons and guests may use a computer for up to two hours per day. With so many computers, turnover occurs frequently, and patrons typically don’t have to wait very long.
Each patron decides how to use their two hours, within the guidelines of the library’s computer use policy. Library staff members do not judge the value or importance of an individual’s computer use. Time limits are monitored by software, but staff may override the limit if necessary for a patron to complete a job application, an employment filing, or similar use.
Do come visit and use KPL’s computers for class assignments, completing job applications, filing for unemployment, preparing a resume, checking your email, surfing the internet, online shopping... whatever your computer interests and needs might be.