Computers


Gates Computer Lab (Main Library)

The Flagstaff Public Library has a Gates Computer Lab with computers and equipment donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides libraries and schools with technology equipment and support.

The lab provides access to the Internet and various Microsoft programs such as: Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher, as well as Expedia Streets and several Encarta products. The library also provides classes in computer basics, beginning Internet, and beginning word processing. Each computer also has a read/write CD/DVD-data only drive.

Learn about the Youth Services Gates Lab (Main Library)

Gates Computer Lab

Rules for using computers

  • Library card holders may use their library card/PIN number to logon.
  • Visitors and non card holders need to check in at the Information Desk for a computer reservation.
  • No games or chat rooms in the Gates Lab.
  • Food and drink are prohibited.
  • Only library paper may be used in the printer.
  • All computers are on a first-come first-served basis.
  • All printing is 15 cents per page.
  • Maximum of 20 people in the main library Gates Computer lab.
  • Maximum of 2 people per computer.
  • Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult while in the main library Gates Computer lab.

Other Computers (Main Library)

10 - Library catalog
36 - Adult internet access
4 - Youth Gates Lab computers
3 - Youth, homework only
4 - Teen (ages 12 - 18)

Computers (East Flagstaff Community Library)

Due to popular demand, we have more than doubled our public computers since we opened the Branch Library in March of 2003. They are designated to specific age groups as follows:

2 - Library catalog
13 - Adult internet access
3 - Youth (ages 0 - 11)
9 - Teen (ages 12 - 18)

Computer Use

Internet Access

The Main library is pleased to offer access to the Internet, the Microsoft Office Suite 2003, and other programs through computers located near the Information Desks, and in the Gates Computer Lab. The Internet can be used for informational, educational, and recreational purposes, providing timely access to information from all over the world. Computer access is on a first-come first-served basis.

For fair access to the Library Catalog and the many features provided by the Internet, the computers are categorized by purpose.

Printing is 15 cents per page and may be printed from self-service printers near the information desks or in the Gates computer lab. You are responsible for all printed pages. Before you print, please ask library Information Desk staff about any questions you may have.

The electronic resources provided by the library, including the Internet, must be used for legal purposes. Illegal use may result in termination of computer privileges, prosecution by the City of Flagstaff, the state of Arizona, or the Federal Government. Display of materials considered obscene as defined by ARS section 13-3501 through 13-3512, is strictly prohibited.

For further details concerning user guidelines and responsibilities, please read the Public Internet Access Fair Use Policy (below) and the Electronic Resources Policy.

Computer Public Access Fair Use Policy

All library computers are available to library cardholders free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis, for 90 minutes per day. Additional sessions may be purchased for a fee of $2.50 for a 1/2 hour session or $5 for a 1 hour session. Up to two people at a time may use a computer.

Non-library cardholders may receive a free 30 minute session. Additional sessions may be purchased for a fee of $2.50 for a 30 minute session or $5 for a 1 hour session.

Computer cards may be purchased for $25.00 entitling non-library cardholders to 3 months of access to the library's computers (no more than 90 minutes per day).

Library card holders are denied computer access if they have an outstanding bill for lost or damaged items.

The library relies upon the cooperation of its patrons to efficiently and effectively provide shared resources and ensure community access to the Internet and reference resources.

The library staff is available on a limited basis to answer questions about navigating on the Internet, or questions about the programs. There are numerous books available for checkout that can assist you.

Paper Copies: There is a 15ยข per page charge for printing.

Violations of computer system security, unauthorized altering of software configurations, attempts to damage computer hardware or software, using the workstation for illegal or criminal purpose, will result in the permanent loss of Internet privileges. Illegal acts involving library resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal officials.

It is unlawful for any person knowingly to place explicit sexual material upon public display (Arizona Revised Statute 13-3507). Patrons violating this statute will be told to cease and desist from displaying those materials. If they refuse, they will be told to leave the library and will permanently lose Internet privileges.

The Internet provides access to adult materials. Current library policy does not allow our staff to determine what ideas or information may be presented to any patron. Individual users must determine the appropriateness of materials for their needs. Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for their child's exposure to ideas and information while in the library.

Display of materials considered obscene is not allowed, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act Pub. L. 106-554, and as defined by A.R.S. section 13-3501 through 13-3512; especially statutes 13-3501, 13-306, and 13-3507. Gambling is prohibited; Internet gambling is not amusement, social or regulated gambling as defined by A.R.S. 13-3304, and F.C.C. 6-01-001-0012.

Read our Electronic Resources policy.

Last updated on January 23, 2006

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