Internet Usage


Have a current Paola Free Library card
Have no overdue materials
Have no outstanding fines
Have a signed computer use agreement form on file
Sign up for a time period at the circulation desk

Staff Assistance

Staff provides limited assistance for basic start up procedures. We will get you started and assist you as much as we have time, but you will be responsible for actually finding your way around the Internet.

We will also help you get started in the word processing program and be glad to answer questions as you go. The Library is not a place to expect thorough training in word processing procedures, however.

Please contact a staff member immediately if you have any problems with using the Internet or any computer equipment or software. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself.

Time Limits

You may use the Internet for up to 1 hour per day, either at a stretch or two 30 minute time slots. Please ask a librarian to reserve a time slot for you on the clipboard at the circulation desk.

There is a 1 hour limit on the Word Processor at a time. You may sign up for an additional 30 min. at a time if no one else is waiting after your first hour.


One black & white laser printer and one color desk jet printer is available for print outs. You are allowed 3 free black & white sheets of information from the Internet. Any additional sheets are 10 cents each. We charge 10 cents for every black & white sheet you print out when creating a report or resume, letter, etc. on the Word Processor.All printouts in color are 25 cents each.

Please pay for copies at the circulation desk.

Saving Information

You may wish to save your information from the Word Processor to a disk or CD. These may be purchased from the Library for $1.00.

Please ask staff for assistance, if needed, in saving information to a disk.

If you wish only to print your Word Processing document and do not need to save it, you must answer “No” when you exit and the computer asks if you want to “…save changes to the existing document”. This will keep your document from being saved to the hard drive.

We will keep your disk on file here at the Library, if you wish, so that you can use it the next time you need it. The library is not responsible for lost or damaged disks or CDs.


If you do not have an account, we encourage you to set up your own internet email account with a provider such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. You may ask a librarian to assist you with this.

If you have an e-mail account at some other location, you may download your e-mail to the screen or the printer if you know the Internet address of your mail server.

Other Software Programs

All computers offer Microsoft WORD, Microsoft EXCEL (an accounting program), Microsoft PUBLISHER (for brochures, newsletters, etc.), and Microsoft POWERPOINT (for presentations).

ABSOLUTELY NO software may be brought from outside the Library to be used in any of the Library computers.

Filtering Of Innapropriate Material

This Library is opposed to censorship. HOWEVER, because our Internet computers are in full public view, patrons walking by or seated nearby are exposed to any material visible on the screens and printers. Therefore we must ask that you avoid any Internet sites containing sexually explicit material, violence and hate speech, illicit drugs and alcohol, and gambling. Disregard of this policy will result in loss of computer privileges for a period of one month.

Computers “G” and “H” located downstairs do have an internet filter on them.

Legal Use

The public and staff should use computers only for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:

Harassment of other users
Libeling or slandering other users
Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users
Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material


Violators of the above policies may lose computing and/or library privileges.

Violations of the policies for legal use of computers will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.