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We're an Internet Hotspot

The Sayreville Public Library is an Internet Hot Spot. Just bring your wireless-ready laptop to the Library and surf the Web from anywhere in our building. Just look for our signal: SFPL

Q. How can I use wireless Internet at the Library?

A. Wireless access at the Library uses wireless-G and wireless-N. Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. If your laptop does not have wireless built-in, you can install a Wi-Fi compatible network card. Due to the many variations in equipment, the Library cannot guarantee that all equipment will work with the Library’s network.

Q. How does it work?

A. Wireless access points that are located throughout the library communicate with your wireless device. You should be able to connect almost anywhere in the building. When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message should appear on your screen indicating a wireless network is available.

Q. Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?

A. In many instances, wireless devices will automatically detect the Library’s wireless network and configure themselves to use the system. If your device does not connect right away please try the following:

1. Make sure your wireless network adapter has been properly installed and is working.

2. Use the management software that came with your wireless device to confirm that your configuration settings match the values shown below.

  • SSID:SFPL
  • NETWORK MODE: Infrastructure
  • WEP: Disabled
  • NNETWORK SETTINGS: DHCP enabled (Obtain an IP address automatically)

3. Save any modified settings and restart your device as required.

Q. Can the Library staff help me configure my computer?

A. Sorry, but everyone’s computer is different, and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings. If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the hardware or software manufacturer.

Q. Is my information safe while using wireless?

A. The Library allows open access to the wireless network; therefore, your information is not protected while using the wireless system in the Library unless you are connected to a Web page that employs encryption (e.g., stores, banks, etc.). Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information. We recommend you use up-to-date antivirus software and turn off file and printer sharing. These steps are the responsibility of the user.

Q. Can I print while using wireless?

A. Printing is currently not available, but it is in the works! Stay tuned! In the meantime, please save your work to a device or email the files to yourself, then login to a library workstation and send print jobs to a printer.

Public Computers & Printing

Computers are located in the Adult Room, YA Room, Quiet Room, and Children's Room for access to the Internet, including the library catalog, and subscription databases. Word processing is also available on all of these computers. All of the public computers are running a Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft Office 2010 is available for word processing on all public computers. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access is accessible in Microsoft Office 2010. Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer are on each machine as web browsers. Adobe Reader 9 is also on every computer. All computers are protected with anti-virus software. While they all have the above in common, there are some differences in the physical computers themselves due to some computers being newer than others. The Adult Room computers, Quiet Room computers, and Express computer #1 have the ability to burn files to CDs, whereas the Young Adult computers, Children's computers, and Express computer #2 lack the ability to do this. The Adult Room computers, Quiet Room computers, and Express computer #1 DO NOT have floppy drives, but the Young Adult computers, Children's computers, and Express computer #2 do.

Using your Sayreville library card

You may select any unoccupied computer. Enter your library card number and PIN. Your first session will begin immediately. Sayreville patrons may use public computers for up to 2 - one hour sessions per day. Don’t have a PIN yet? Ask at Circulation. Sayreville residents must use their own Sayreville library card. If you don’t have your card with you, go to the Circulation desk and ask for a lookup. Three free lookups will be provided in a year. After three lookups, you will need to buy a replacement card for $3.00. When you type in your library card to use a public computer, the system will check your borrowing record. Computer use will be denied if your card expired or has excessive fines. Go to the Circulation Desk to renew your card or pay fines.

Don’t have a Sayreville library card?

Go to the Circulation Desk to get a guest pass. You will need to produce one acceptable form of ID. You will receive a guest pass good for one hour. You can select any unoccupied computer and enter the card number and PIN as they appear on the guest pass. You may only receive one guest pass per day. If you do not want to use a guest pass and you do not have a library card, you may use one of our stand-up Express computers located in the Adult Room. These two Express machines do not require a library card or guest pass, but they do ask you to type in your name. The session time for these machines is 15 minutes per session. After 15 minutes, the session will close automatically. Sessions for the Express machines are unlimited. Printing is available from these machines as well.

Are all the computers in use?

If all the computers are in use, go to the self service station and reserve the next available computer by following the instructions on the screen. You can select a computer in another area of the library if you prefer.

Do you need more time?

You will be alerted three times that your one hour session is about to end in a few minutes. At the end of the session, you will be offered additional time if no one is waiting to use a computer. If you accept, you will have 30 minutes of additional time. If another person is waiting for a computer, your session will end and no extension will be offered. You may reserve a computer at this point to gain access to your second 60 minute session.

Save your work and keep your business private

You should save your work frequently to a website, flash drive or disk (available for purchase at the front desk). Your work will not be saved on the computer once your current session ends. Log out from your email and all other accounts before leaving!

Printing

Select the item you wish to print. Use print preview to see your print job. Go to the self service station and scan your library card or guest pass. Select and pay for printouts, following the instructions on the screen. All black and white pages cost 10 cents and color pages cost 25 cents. You can print during your session, or wait until after your session ends. The print manager will save your print jobs until the end of the day. Please note that all computers have access to both black and white printing and color printing. If printing a color job from the Children's Room computers, you will need to send your job to the YA Print Release Station to pick up your job.

Assistance from library staff

Our staff will assist you with questions and problems using our equipment and to navigate the library’s website. We do not provide assistance using other websites, word processing, or using other computer applications. The library offers free basic computer training classes and can give you information on additional classes.

Computer use behavior rules

Only one person may use a computer. For group projects, or if you have a small child with you, use the computers in the Young Adult area or the Children’s room.

The full Computer Use and Internet Use policy is available here.