Computer Use

Computers are available for public use in the Library.   Computer software is available for in-house use only and includes Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, and other applications.  Access to the Alabama Virtual Library, Heritage Quest Online, Ancestry Library Edition and LearningExpressLibrary is also available from library computers. Access to computers will be granted to anyone who has an up-to-date Rainbow City Public Library card in good standing.  The Library cannot control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible via the Internet.  It is possible that individuals might access information they personally find offensive or disturbing.  Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves and their children.

Individuals who wish to use the Library’s computers and do not possess a Rainbow City Public Library card may be issued a visitor’s pass for computer access after presenting photo ID.  Upon logging on to the library’s computers, all users must agree to follow the library’s computer use agreement.  Visitors will receive the same amount of computer time as library patrons.  Visitor passes may not be used for the library’s “Express Internet” computer.  Individuals may not use the library’s computers as a visitor more than five times in three months.  The library will maintain records to keep track of visitors’ computer use.  Individuals who need additional access to the library’s computers must apply for a library card.

Wireless Internet Access

The Rainbow City Public Library provides free  wireless Internet access for users with devices capable of receiving wireless signals. Printers are not available via the wireless connection.

Users are responsible for making sure their computer has the correct settings and necessary hardware. Library staff cannot assist users in configuring their equipment or troubleshooting problems. Users should refer to their owners' manuals or other support services offered by their computer manufacturer. The library cannot guarantee that a user's hardware will work with the library's wireless connection.

As with most public wireless connections the library's wireless connection is not secure. There can be non-trustworthy third parties between the user and anybody with whom the user communicates. Any information being sent or received could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords or any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless connection.

The library will not be responsible for any personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electrical surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their personal laptop computers or wireless devices.

Laptops and other devices should never be left unattended in the Library, even for brief periods of time. The Library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of any kind to a user's equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into or used at the Library's facilities.

By choosing to use this free wireless service you agree to abide by the Rainbow City Public Library's Internet Use Policy.  Copies of this policy are available at the circulation desk. All users are expected to use the library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.  Users should not violate federal, Alabama, or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyright material.

Any restriction or monitoring of a minor's access to the library's wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.