Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library, Dawson Springs Branch Library and the Bookmobile are pleased to offer free Wireless Internet Access for all patrons!
How can I use wireless internet access at the library?
Wireless access uses the Wi-Fi standard (also known as IEEE 802.11B, G or Draft N). Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer will automatically detect the wireless network. If your laptop does not have wireless built-in, you can install a Wi-Fi-compatible network card. The Library cannot guarantee your equipment will work with the Library's network.
How does it work?
Wireless access points are located in the library. You should be able to connect almost anywhere in the building. When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message appears on your screen indicating a wireless network is available. When you open your web browser internet service will be active on your device.
Can library staff help me configure my computer?
Library staff may not configure individual devices. We do offer a simple guide to help assist users with connection, however we are not responsible for any changes that users may need to make to their software compatible with the wireless.
Will I need a password to connect?
No, the wireless does not require any username, password or encryption settings.
Is my information safe while using wireless?
Information is not protected while using wireless. Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information. Another wireless device with appropriate software may be able to intercept your data if it is within range. Also devices should have up-to-date anti-virus software installed as the Library is not responsible for damage to software, hardware or files on devices that connect to the wireless network.
Are there any restrictions on wireless internet use?
Due to bandwidth limitations, online games and chat rooms are not permitted on our wireless internet. Wireless users must agree to abide by the PAC and Wireless Access Policies which regulate Library Internet access. The library also reserves the right to restrict downloading if this slows down internet service for other patrons.
Can I access the Library's electronic databases over the wireless?
YES!!! Just go to www.publiclibrary.org and click on Online Resources then the Electronic Databases link. All of the databases can be accessed across the wireless internet, including Ancestry Library Edition. For more information about these resources please speak to Library staff.
Can I print through the wireless network?
It may be possible for your Windows Vista enabled laptop to automatically detect our Xerox network printing system. All other operating systems will not be able to print. If you need to print please send your item to an email account then log in to one of our wired internet computers to print. Users of the library's public laptops will be able to print from the laptop to the Xerox machine in the main internet room. ALL PRINTING IS SUBJECT TO LIBRARY PRINT CHARGES - 25¢ FOR BLACK and WHITE PER PAGE, 50¢ COLOR PER PAGE.
For more information please contact the library on 825 2680.