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Computer/Digital Services

PUBLIC COMPUTERS AND WIFI:

The West Chicago Public Library District offers free access to the Internet through public computers and Wi-Fi to users with their own personal devices.

Adults and those that are 12-17 years of age with signed Internet approval from a parent will be directed to use the computers in the Adult Services Department.

Adults and those that are 12-17 years of age with signed Internet approval accompanied by children younger than 12 years of age must use the computers in the Youth Services Department.

Children under 12 years of age may only access the Internet on the computers in the Library’s Youth Services Department with a parent or guardian present during all Internet use.

Time Limits Users with a valid West Chicago Public Library card will receive a 60-minute computer session. Extended time is available for any computer session until there is a reservation made on that computer.

Guest Passes Adults without a library card who are 18 or over will be issued a guest pass by showing a valid photo ID. Children 12-17 years of age who show a valid photo ID may only receive a guest pass if they have forgotten their library card with signed Internet privileges. Children 12-17 years of age without signed Internet privileges may NOT use the computers

Printing: Printing is available for a per- page fee of .10 cents  for black and white and .50 for color.

View Internet Policy

CHROMEBOOKS

Chromebooks are available for checkout at the Circulation desk for in-house use only to West Chicago Public Library district patrons age 18 or older with a valid West Chicago Public Library District card. A picture ID (No School ID) and Library card is required for checkout. Contact the Circulation desk (630) 231-1552 X 2 for details

3D PRINTER

3D printing can be used to make 3 dimensional objects.

Patrons must use an existing design from the 3D sharing site www.thingiverse.com or provide their own design on a flash drive in an .STL format.

Patrons must have items pre-approved by library staff members before an item can be set to print.

Library staff members must set and release 3D print jobs.

Print jobs may be declined at the library’s discretion.

No inappropriate materials may be printed as per the West Chicago Public Library’s Policies regarding computer usage and conduct.

Printed items will be charged to the patron by weight at $.10 per gram.

DVD CONVERTER

Patrons 18 and older can convert home movies from VHS to DVD.  Conversion happens in real time and patrons must stay with the machine while the conversion is in process.  Patrons can reserve the  converter for up to three hours up to a week in advance.  Reservations for the converter will not be made after 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 1:00 p.m. (Friday through Sunday).  All materials for converting (VHS tapes and DVD-R or DVD-RW) must be supplied by the patron.  Patrons must read all directions before converting.  The Library is not liable for damage to personal items or loss of  data while using the converter.  The viewing or converting of explicit materials will not be allowed and will result in immediate dismissal from the converter.    The use of the converter and associated equipment shall follow all legal guidelines under the U.S. Copyright Law.  Information on copyright law can be read online here.

HOT SPOTS

Internet hotspots are available for checkout to West Chicago Public Library District patrons age 18 or older with a valid West Chicago Public Library District card and less than $5.00 in fines on their account. Up to 10 devices can be connected to one hotspot with an unlimited data plan. Hotspots may be checked out for 2 weeks with one renewal if there are no holds. The overdue fine is $3.00 per day to a maximum of $24 until returned. Service will be suspended on devices not returned by the due date. Mobile hotspots may be checked out from and returned to the circulation desk. Patron is responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the Mobile hotspot or peripherals.

ROKU

Rokus are available for checkout to West Chicago Public Library District patrons age 18 or older with a valid West Chicago Public Library District Card and less than $5.00 in fines on their account. A Roku is a streaming player device that can stream video content on your television via a WI-FI connection. In-home Internet access and a television with HDMI input is required. Devices are configured with the library’s account with access to free channels and the library’s digital movie collection. Patrons cannot use their personal accounts to operate the devices. The loan period is 2 weeks with 1 renewal with an overdue fine of $3.00 per day to a maximum of $24 until returned. Borrower is responsible for damages to any part of the Roku kit including the Roku device, remote control, and HDMI cable.

KINDLE

Kindle ebook readers are available for checkout by West Chicago Patrons 18 or older for a loan period of 2 weeks with one renewal if there are no holds. Overdue fines are $3.00 per day to a maximum of $24 until returned. The Kindles come pre-loaded with a suite of genre specific popular reading titles; Adult contemporary, Mystery/Suspense and Romance. Users may not access their own Amazon accounts from the library devices.