WiFi enabled branches: Aromas, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, Seaside and Soledad.
The Monterey County Free Libraries will provide free wireless Internet access points or “WiFi hot spots” for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals, at WiFi enabled libraries during normal library business hours. These access points will allow users to access the Internet from their wireless enabled computers when sitting within range of the access points.
The use of the library’s internet “hot spot” is governed by Monterey County Free Libraries Internet Use Policy. All users are expected to use the library’s wireless access to the Internet in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the purposes for which it is provided. Users should not violate federal, California or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or illegally downloading copyrighted material.
USE BY MINORS
Any restriction or monitoring of a minor’s access to the library’s wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. The library’s wireless access to the Internet is unfiltered.
STAFF CANNOT TROUBLESHOOT CONNECTION PROBLEMS
Library staff will provide a general handout on the settings necessary to access the Internet via these connections, but are not responsible for any changes users make to their computer settings and cannot guarantee that a user’s hardware will work with the library’s wireless connection.
If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff cannot assist in making changes to the user’s network settings or perform any troubleshooting on the user’s own computer. Users should refer to their owners’ manuals or other support services offered by their device manufacturer.
WiFi CONNECTIONS ARE NOT SECURE
As with most public wireless “hot spots,” 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 and any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless “hot spot.”
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 electric 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.
The library provides access only to web-based email. For Microsoft Outlook or other email services, the user must connect with his or her own Internet provider.
Printers are not available via the wireless connection at this time. If users need to print, they should save their work to a portable storage device (e.g. USB drive) or wait to print a document on a home printer. An alternative is to email files to themselves, then login to a wired library workstation and send documents to the public printer. A small fee is charged to print from library computers.