Man using a computer in a library

Clare Libraries offers free Internet access in all 16 branch libraries including the Local Studies Centre. Please see below guide for using the Internet in Clare Libraries

Guide for using the Internet in Clare Libraries

  • You can use your library card to access the Internet at any Clare Library. Clare Libraries offer PCs for use in the Library. You can also access WIFI on your own device with a library card and PIN, subject to the same terms and conditions. Access is free.
  • If you do not have a library card, you can get a Visitors card. Just bring photo ID and a current proof of address.
  • Every session lasts 60 minutes. Your session time is shown on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. At the end of the session, any created or downloaded documents are deleted from the PCs for data protection. Please remember to save information before the session ends, e.g. to USB, web-based email etc. Please remember to remove your storage device at the end of a session as responsibility for your storage device rests with you.
  • You can book a session by phone, online, or at the library desk. Only 1 session can be booked in advance. It may be possible to extend the session. Ask at the desk in plenty of time before the session ends.
  • If you are late, the session may be offered to another person.

Internet Guidelines in Clare Libraries

  • The Internet provides many sources of information, some of which could be inaccurate, dated, or offensive. Clare Libraries cannot accept responsibility for the content of websites except for its own.
  • Users are required to accept the conditions of use. In doing so, you agree that you will not deliberately view inappropriate sites, send or receive any material that could be seen as offensive to others, or send any messages to annoy or harass another person. The Internet may not be used for any illegal activity.
  • Children under the age of 12 are welcome to use the Internet if a parent/guardian supervises their session. There are dedicated children’s PCs in some libraries which can be used by children alone – please check with your branch. Parents are responsible for their child’s use of the Internet, and for guiding them as to which resources are appropriate. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may come across inappropriate or disturbing information and images.
  • Children over the age of 12 can use the Internet with parental permission.
  • Filtering software is in place but Clare Libraries cannot guarantee that it will block all inappropriate material. Nor can the Library guarantee that the filtering software will not restrict access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value.
  • Users are requested not to delete any system files, change the system configuration, or in any way damage any computer software or hardware.

Other services related to Internet use in Clare Libraries

  • Internet printing is available. Charges apply, as displayed in the Library.
  • Internet usage is monitored. Misuse of the Internet may lead to your membership being cancelled. We ask all library users to respect our terms and conditions for the continued benefit of access to all,
  • The Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 states that the following information is recorded (and stored securely for two years) for each user:
    • the person’s full name and full address OR their library barcode number – these details need to be verified by production of a library card or proof of address.
    • the date on which they have used the service
    • the number of the PC that they have used
    • the time they began using that PC
  • OpenOffice is now installed on all public access Internet PCs. See instructions beside each PC in each branch library.