Children's Internet Computer | Computer/Internet Guidelines and Policy
Wireless Network Policy
Computer Use Policies
Laptops for Library Use
The Round Rock Public Library provides a collection of laptop computers available for check out and use in the library building. Customers with a valid Texas ID or drivers license and a Round Rock Public Library card in good standing are eligible to use this service.
The Library reserves the right to terminate the loan of a laptop at any time, without notice to the borrower if a library employee believes the laptop has been left unattended by the borrower, used in violation of policies, or used in a manner that is likely to damage the machine. The Library also reserves the right to refuse loan of a laptop to any person who has damaged library equipment in the past or used computer equipment in violation of Round Rock Public Library policies.
Loan periods and availability
Laptop computers are available on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are permitted. Laptops circulate for a period of two hours and are not renewable. Overdue fine is $1 per hour with a maximum fine of $8. Laptop checkout does not count against daily PC time limits. Laptops are for use inside the library only. Laptops should be returned to the service desk 15 minutes prior to closing.
To check out a laptop, a patron must meet ALL these requirements for each check out:
- Minimum age 16
- Fines under $5
- Cannot be a TexShare member of RRPL
- Present his/her own actual RRPL card--not just the number
- RRPL card must be presented each and every time a laptop is checked out
- Present his/her own actual Texas Driver's License or Texas IDâ€”no other form of ID will be accepted including driverâ€™s licenses from other states
- Texas Driver's License or ID must be presented each and every time a laptop is checked out
If a laptop is damaged, lost or stolen, the customer is responsible for the replacement cost of the laptop.
Limitations of use
- Laptop use is subject to the Round Rock Public Library Internet Use Policy.
- Laptops may be used only inside the library, but may not be taken into the restrooms.
- Laptops should never be left unattended.
- Only one laptop may be checked out on a library card at a time.
- Only one laptop may be checked out per card/borrower per day.
- Customers should not tamper with the security settings on the laptop. Doing so will result in the loss of borrowing privileges and/or fines.
- Personal software should not be downloaded onto the laptop and no user files shall be retained on the hard drive.
- TexShare cardholders are not eligible to check out laptops.
Adults' Public-Access Computers
The library has 31 internet computers (16 unfiltered, 15 filtered) and 1 word processor. If you find an available computer, you can log in using the instructions below. If all the computers are busy, please go to the computer terminal at the reference desk and make a reservation for the next available computer.
To log into the library card holders' computers, enter your library card barcode number and your 4-digit PIN number when prompted. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number the library has on record for you. If you are unsure of what your PIN is, ask for a PIN lookup at a service desk.
To log into the guest computers, ask for a log-in slip from the the reference desk on the second floor. To use the word processor, which is NOT connected to the internet, no log-in is required. The word processor is available on a first come, first served basis.
All card-holders' and guests' computers print at the color printer at the reference desk. You will pay for your prints at the vending machine next to the computer terminal. All prints are $0.10 a page, and the vending machine accepts one and five dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels.
See our public access computer use policy for eligibility information.
For guidelines for using the Library's wireless access on a personal laptop computer, see our wireless network's acceptable use polices and information.
Free Computer Classes
See the online calendar, printed monthly calendars available at the library, or the Computer Classes page.
1. Round Rock Public Library System Mission Statement:
The mission of the Round Rock Public Library System is to provide high quality informational, recreational, educational, and cultural resources and services to a diverse population. We are committed to giving individuals, families, and businesses opportunities to expand their knowledge, encourage personal growth and lifelong learning, and enhance the quality of life in our dynamic and changing community.
2. Computer/Internet Purpose Statement:
We are committed to providing the fullest possible access to the Internet as â€śa rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainmentâ€ť (ALA, 2003) and to computing resources generally in support of the libraryâ€™s mission. We are particularly supportive of uses of these resources that enhance lifelong learning and meet critical information needs.
3. Internet Computer Use Guidelines
3.1. General Guidelines
All users must read the â€śComputer Use Agreementâ€ť and agree to abide by it before they may use any computer.
The Library is not responsible for any objectionable material that may be found on the Internet.
Parents are responsible for their childrenâ€™s use of equipment, including selections of materials to be viewed.
All computer use is allowed on a first come first-served basis.
You may download materials to the computerâ€™s hard drive, but they will be deleted when you log out or the computer shuts down. You may also download materials to your own USB flash drive. Flash drives can be purchased at the Reference Desk for $8.00.
3.2. User Responsibilities
- Obey all federal, state and local laws.
- Treat library equipment in a responsible manner.
- Respect computer time limits and be courteous to other users.
- Be cautious when entering personal information such as address, bank account, SSN, or email address. The Library cannot guarantee total security and safety on the Internet.
- Use only your own library card or temporary barcode (guest users) to log on. Using another patronâ€™s number or giving your number to another person to use will result in temporary loss of your Internet access privileges.
- Know how to use the computer and program(s) you plan to use. Staff members may not be familiar with all software programs available on the computers. The library offers computer training courses that may be an appropriate way to learn computer skills, and computer reference books are available as well.
- Pay for all printouts made from the machine during your session, including pages printed by accident. If you do not pay for prints made during your session, your Internet access may be blocked until payment is made.
- No more than two people may view a computer at once. On stations with privacy glass, there is no Internet filter. All users must be 16 or older or have written parental permission. Showing web sites to unauthorized children will result in loss of your Internet access privileges.
3.3. Prohibited Uses
Do not access, view, display, print, transmit, or distribute sites or material in violation of Texas laws regarding obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors as specified in Texas Penal Code Â§Â§ 43.22, 43.23, Â§43.24, or Â§42.26.
Texas Penal Code Â§Â§ 43.22, 43.23, 43.24, and 43.026 provide in pertinent part:
- Texas Penal Code Â§43.22: A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly displays or distributes an obscene photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or other obscene material and is reckless about whether a person is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display or distribution.
- Texas Penal Code Â§43.23: A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material or obscene device.
- Texas Penal Code Â§43.24: A person commits an offense if, knowing that the material is harmful [to minors] he displays harmful material and is reckless about whether a minor is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display.
- Texas Penal Code Â§43.26: A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct.
(Authorities will be notified and your user privilege will be terminated if you are caught viewing a child pornography site.)
Do not violate copyright laws (Title 17, U. S. Code) by copying, downloading, or distributing copyright-protected files, except as permitted by the principles of â€śfair use,â€ť without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
Do not interfere with the operation of any computer, on-site or remote.
Do not alter, damage or destroy data or computer programs. Wireless Network Policy
Library wireless Internet is provided through RRTX-WiFi.
RRTX-WiFi is a service provided by the City of Round Rock offering residents and visitors to our community access to high-speed wireless Internet in select locations.
Find RRTX-WiFi locations throughout the City of Round Rock using the WiFi map.