Public Computers, Internet Access, and Related Services
- Overview and Guidelines
Public Access Computers
Free public access computers are available at both public libraries in Flagstaff.
- The Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library (downtown) offers 82 public access computers; 24 of these are dedicated to Youth Services, including 6 Early Literacy Computers.
- The East Flagstaff Community Library (on Fourth Street) offers 66 public access computers; 27 of these are dedicated to Youth Services, including 3 Early Literacy Computers.
- Library staff is available on a limited basis to answer questions about general computer use or about navigating the internet. The library offers free one-on-one technology and computer instruction sessions. These sessions are available by appointment; ask at the Information Desk.
- Visitors and non-cardholders may request a computer guest pass at the Information Desk. A picture ID is required to obtain a guest pass. Visitors and non-cardholders receive one hour of free computer time per day.
- Anyone may purchase additional computer time if computers are available: $1.00 per hour (cash only).
- Laptops are available to Library cardholders for use in the library. These laptop computers may not be taken from the library. A signed user agreement is required to checkout a laptop.
- All public access computers are available as-is on a first-come, first-served basis. All public access computers offer access to the internet and are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite 2013 (except the children’s Early Literacy Computers).
Printing services are available at both public libraries in Flagstaff.
Grayscale Prints ("black & white")
$0.15 cents per single-sided page
$0.20 cents per double-sided page
$0.25 cents per single-sided page
$0.30 cents per double-sided page
- Grayscale, Color, single and double-sided printing options are available from all public access computers (except the children’s Early Literacy Computers).
- Only library paper may be used in the printers: white, 8.5”x11”, 20lb., recycled paper.
- Cash only. You are responsible for all printed pages.
Free wi-fi access is available at both public libraries in Flagstaff.
- Access to wi-fi in the library has no time limit. However, each wi-fi session (lease) lasts four hours. Wi-fi users may reconnect after four hours for additional time.
- Printing from non-library computers and devices (wi-fi) is not currently possible. Watch for this enhancement in the future.
Free self-service scanning is available at both public libraries in Flagstaff.
- The library’s BookScan Station includes an 11”x17” color flatbed scanner and an 8.5’x11” color dual-sided sheet-feed scanner (up to 50 pages at a time).
- Documents and photographs can be saved in .pdf, searchable .pdf, editable Word, .jpg or .tiff formats.
- Scanned documents can be saved to a USB storage device or sent via e-mail.
Early Literacy Stations are available at both public libraries in Flagstaff.
- The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) computers are designed specifically for our youngest patrons ages 2-8. The fun, interactive and engaging content spans all seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills, and reference.
- The ELS is available in English & Bilingual Spanish.
- These computers do not access the internet so that children can learn in a safe environment.
The library is not in the business of censorship. However, Federal and State laws require libraries to prevent access to some internet content. The library does not intentionally block access to the internet beyond these legal requirements.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that public libraries employ a Technology Protection Measure that protects against visual depictions that are obscene, contain child pornography, or are harmful to minors. Similarly, ARS34-502 requires public libraries in Arizona to employ a Technology Protection Measure that prevents minors from gaining access to visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors, or obscene.
Arizona Revised Statute states that the public display of explicit sexual materials is unlawful. (ARS 13-3507)
Arizona Revised Statute also prohibits (online) gambling. (ARS 13-3304)
Certain other websites may be blocked to protect the Library’s computer network and computer users, such as proxy sites, spam sites, phishing sites, and other sites known to spread malware.
If you wish to access a blocked website, please make this request at the library service desk. Immediate access may be granted for lawful purposes for persons 18 and older.
Any comments or complaints you may have about the library’s web filter can be submitted at the service desk via a handwritten form, or click here to send a message to the network administrator.
The library cannot safeguard the online privacy of public access computer users. You are responsible for what happens to you & your children online. However, the library does take some basic steps to help protect public access computer users:
- The library does not track the online activity of public access computer users.
- The library employs software that resets each public access computer to an “initial state” after each session. This effectively eliminates any digital personal information that may have been left behind by previous users. (This is why the public access computers restart between users.)
- The BookScan Station does not retain a memory of scanned documents or photos.
- The library’s web filter helps protect internet surfers from phishing and malware threats. The library also utilizes real-time anti-virus scanning as a second level of protection against viruses, phishing sites, and malware threats.
- The library’s Early Literacy Computers cannot access the internet, providing a safe learning environment for youngsters.