Computers and Internet
The Library Network

Computer user The Library public computer network includes 13 Internet workstations and 8 workstations reserved for the Library Catalog, Web resources, Internet reservations, and other services. The network shares a 10 megabit fiber-optic connection to the Internet backbone at California State University Monterey Bay through the City of Monterey Institutional Network (I-Net). 

The Wireless Network

There are four 802.11b/g/n (Wi-Fi) wireless access points covering the Library, Community Room, terrace, and patio. The wireless access and printing software supports 80 simultaneous users.

To protect your privacy and prevent spamming, you will not be able to use e-mail client software (Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird, Mail, etc.) with unsecured e-mail protocols on the wireless network. Your e-mail provider probably also provides secured and/or Web access to your account. 

Note for Windows Vista users

Laptops running the Windows Vista operating system may be unable to see or join the wireless network. A possible solution is available here. The Library has not tested this solution and cannot guarantee that it will work for you or that it will not cause other problems on your computer.

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Library Laptops

Laptop usersYou may check out a laptop computer to use in the Library building. Microsoft Office is installed on the laptops, and wireless Internet is available. You can save files on a flash drive or burn a CD. You can buy flash drives and blank CDs at the Library Help Desk. Printing is available. To borrow a laptop, you need a current Monterey or Pacific Grove Public Library card, and you must read and sign a User Agreement. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must also sign the Agreement.

Video, Audio, and Multimedia

You can watch video and listen to audio on Internet computers and Library laptops using common Web formats such as HTML5, Flash, Quicktime, RealMedia, Silverlight, and Windows Media. If you see an alert notifying you that you do not have the software necessary to view or listen to a specific file, use the Suggestion Box or speak with a staff member at the Library Help Desk.

Wireless Privacy and Security

Caution signThe wireless network is not encrypted. Other users may intercept information you send or receive using the wireless network. The Library recommends that you do not enter credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal information.

Other wireless users may also be able to view or change files on your computer. The Library recommends that you install and use anti-virus software, firewall software, and current security upgrades.

The Library Internet Policy

To use Library Internet computers, laptops, or the wireless network, you much agree to comply with Library Board Policy 170: Internet Access and Use.

You use Library hardware, software, networks, and Internet services entirely at your own risk. Monterey Public Library and the City of Monterey shall not be liable for any damage that may occur to any computer, peripheral equipment, or storage media, loss of data, loss of confidential information, unauthorized access to or alteration of data transmissions, and/or any other direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages resulting from or arising out of use of the Library’s Internet service, wireless network, and/or electronic information resources, or inability to use these services, or any other matter relating to these services.

You agree to indemnify and hold Monterey Public Library and the City of Monterey harmless for any claim or demand, that may be made by any third party due to or arising out of your conduct in connection with any use of the Library’s Internet service, wireless network, and electronic information resources, your provision of content, your violation of this Policy, or any other violation of rights of another person or party.