The Mercer County Library System offers Internet access as part of its mission to be the gateway to the growing universe of information by developing and providing open access to services and resources which are responsive to, and representative of, the diverse recreational, cultural and educational interests of the community. The Mercer County Library System takes pride in offering state-of-the-art information retrieval from all types of media to its patrons.
The Internet is a global electronic network. Resources available on the Internet supplement and complement the collections of the Mercer County Library System.
The Internet and its available resources may contain controversial material. The Mercer County Library System has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are individually and totally responsible for any access points they reach.
The Library staff cannot control the availability of information links, which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information they find on the Internet. Users may seek help from Professional Librarians to verify information.
As time and staff permits, a brief introduction to the use of terminals will be provided. Library staff is not available to offer extensive hands-on assistance to each Internet user but will attempt to give limited assistance when possible
Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet with their children and to monitor their access. To assist parents, the Library has available online and in print the pamphlet, Child Safety on the Internet Information Highway published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Patrons may also find information on the American Library Association’s website.
Inappropriate use of the Internet from computers of the Mercer County Library System includes, but is not limited to:
Library Cardholders and Internet Only Cardholders will be allowed a maximum of 120 minutes of PC time per day. On the 120-minute PCs, the time can be used all in one session or in any increments the patron wishes. Express PCs are available for 20 minute sessions. For individuals who are visiting the library to use our PC or Internet Stations for a one-time visit Guest Passes are available for 60 minutes of PC time per day . Patrons must have a minimum of 10 minutes of time remaining in order to log-on.
You may use only your own barcode to log on. The use of a barcode other than your own will result in a suspension of PC privileges.
If you wish to save a copy of your work, you may bring your own flash drive for downloading. Information can be saved to the hard drive temporarily, but will be deleted when you log off.
To protect your privacy, anything you save on our PCs will be deleted once you log-off. This includes any files, passwords or website history. Our software does not track internet activity.
Black and white printing costs $.10 per page. Color printing is $.50 per page. Please pay at the reference desk.
The Library cannot be held responsible for any damage incurred to a patron’s disk or any virus contracted through computer use.
If you experience difficulty using the computer, please notify staff immediately.
Please do not shut off or attempt to reboot the computer yourself—the PC will reboot automatically when you log-off or your time expires.
EnvisionWare is a PC and Internet Registration software product that runs on public access computers in academic and public libraries. For each computer session, the software prompts you to type in your library barcode number. The software validates the barcode number against a database of authorized users.
Users will need one of three cards to access the PCs:
The Mercer County Library System is committed to the confidentiality of our patrons. We do not use your personal information for any other reason than to statistically monitor the use of our resources. We do act in accordance with NJ Confidentiality of Library Records Law (NJSA 18A:73-43), which prohibits us from disclosing library records unless directed to do so through a court order or subpoena. We also act in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws or regulations on the subject of patron confidentiality.