The Library has ten Internet-accessible computers for public use. There are six unfiltered computers in the reference area, available through reservation only, and two filtered computers in the children’s area, available first come, first served.
There is one computer in the reference area available for word processing only, also available on a first-come, first served basis.
Five online catalog and reference database computers are available to help you find the materials you need: two in the reference area, one in the Children’s Library, and two near the circulation desk.
In keeping with its mission of providing opportunities for lifelong learning, the Paso Robles City Library offers public access to the Internet free of charge. Users must read the Library’s Internet Guidelines (available online and posted at each station). All users are expected to use the Internet responsibly. Misuse may result in revocation of Internet privileges or legal action.
Learn more about The City of Paso Robles Wireless Internet:
Personal WiFi HotSpot (MiFi)
How do I check out the device?
Use your Library card to place a hold and check it out just like any other item. (And remember, wireless access is available at no charge at all Library locations.)
Who can check out this device?
Almost anyone who has a valid Library card can borrow a HotSpot. Don't have a Library card? Apply online.
How long can I keep it?
You can borrow it for 7 days. Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated after their due date.
Can I reserve a hotspot to check out at a particular time?
Hotspots can be requested like other Library materials. When you place a hold, you will be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available hotspot. Requests can be suspended or "paused" to help control when an item becomes ready for pickup.
The Library has a long-standing policy of providing age-appropriate material for children. Thus, Internet stations located in the children's reading area are "filtered" workstations. This means they are equipped with software designed to prevent minors from accessing sites that may contain material that is inappropriate for children (e.g., obscene or sexually explicit material). Parents and legal guardians should be aware, however, that no filtering system is perfect, and that children who use these stations could come into contact with objectionable material.
Additional filtered Internet computers are located at the Study Center, 3600 Oak Street, Ste. 101. Computer use is free, with a 30 minute time limit.
Minors who wish to use an unfiltered Internet station may do so with the express written permission of a parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian must present the signed Unfiltered Internet Access Permission Slip to Library staff in person. Parents and guardians can select the type of Internet access they wish their children to have—filtered or unfiltered. Library staff will guide minors to the workstations their parents or guardians have requested.
Library staff does not monitor children’s use of the Internet. Children are less likely to encounter objectionable material and will get more out of the online experience when they have adult supervision. The Library encourages parents and legal guardians to become involved in their children’s use of the Internet, including the appropriate use of safety and security techniques.
The following programs are available on the Library computers: Internet and Office XP with the following applications: Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
Available for Purchase
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