Wireless Internet Access

The Baldwin Public Library now offers wireless “WiFi” access to the Library’s Internet service for properly equipped laptops. Use of the Internet in the Library constitutes acceptance of the Library’s Internet Access Policy. Please read the policy before accessing the network or see a Computer Room Technician or Reference Librarian for a written copy of the full policy.

What are the advantages to WiFi?
No waiting for a free computer.

No enforced time limits…connect as long as you like.

Access is fast.

Download and save files on your own computer.

Are there any limitations to WiFi?
A WiFi network is less secure than a wired network.

No direct printing services are available.

Signal strength varies within the Library.

How to connect?
Laptop or other device must be equipped with a WiFi adaptable card (802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g).

When turning on the device, it should automatically recognize the wireless network. No usernames or passwords are necessary. Wireless access points are located on both the first and second floors of the Library.

Safety and security of WiFi?
Although the safety of WiFi networks is improving, transmission of sensitive information through the internet is not recommended. Wireless networks broadcast data over radio waves, and anything transmitted over the airways can be intercepted. Because these wireless networks are open to all, it’s possible that hackers can intercept data transmitted via wireless, decode it and use it.

Users are cautioned against transmitting their credit card information and passwords over WiFi, as the Library cannot guarantee the safety of data when using the wireless network.

Restrictions on use?
All users must agree to abide by the Library’s Internet Access Policy. Copies of the policies are available in the Computer Room and at the Adult Reference Desk.

Can I print?
Yes. You may print in black & white ($0.10 per page) by adding funds to your library card, or visitor pass, at the Adult Reference Desk and then printing them from one of the Library’s computers. Printing can also be done in color ($0.25 per page) by saving your information to a flash drive and request that the Adult Reference Desk print out your document(s).

The Library also offers mobile printing. Details can be found here - baldwinpl.org/print

Configuring computers?
Library staff cannot configure users computers, since everyone’s device is different and the Library cannot accept the liability of handling the equipment.

The Library is not responsible for any changes made to your settings to access the wireless network.

The Library is not responsible for any loss of data, or for theft or damage to personal equipment. The Library reserves the right to terminate a wireless Internet session at any time.