Personal laptop computers are allowed within the Peter White Public Library for the owner's use. Persons using personal laptop computers and PWPL data ports must adhere to the Peter White Public Library's Computer and Internet Use Policy and Guidelines as if they were on a Library computer. These ports are located on each floor of the Library and are designated as being active (live) with a colored dot above the orange jack. A map showing the location of the active data ports is at the Reference Desk.
users have three (3) options for connecting to the Internet while at
PWPL. The first option is our wireless system, which requires a
personal laptop to have wireless capabilities. PWPL has two wireless
network connections, called pwplfloor1
and pwplfloor2. Individuals may
connect to either one regardless of which floor you are on, but the one
with the strongest signal would work better.
second option is wireless made possible by Northern Michigan University
(NMU). NMU student laptops are able to use the University’s
wireless system at the PWPL once the laptop has been updated at the
Academic Computing Office.
third option is for individuals whose laptops do not have wireless
capability. PWPL has data jacks located throughout the Library on all
three floors. These jacks are orange in color and are identified by
circular colored labels adhered above or below each available jack. In
order to connect to these data jacks, your laptop will need a network
card/adapter and an ethernet cable to plug into one of the data jacks.
Ethernet cables are available for free use at the Reference Desk upon
surrender of a driver’s license or other ID. Not all PWPL
staff has the expertise to assist in the configuration process that is
sometimes necessary to use the Internet through the Library’s
data ports. Handouts are available, upon request,
at the Reference Desk to assist laptop users to configure their laptops
for Internet use.
from any laptop is not currently available, but will be in the near
future. If it is necessary to print a document or picture, e-mail it to
yourself, and then use one of our public computers to retrieve the
document for printing.
All patrons accessing the Internet via a laptop must comply with the following:
The Library and its Staff will:
Any activity that interferes with or disrupts computer access is prohibited. The Peter White Public Library reserves the right to restrict Internet access to violators. When it is appropriate, violators will also be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Examples of misuse include:
Library Staff will determine if a patron has violated the Peter White Public Library Computer and Internet Use Policy and Guidelines. Consequences are based on the severity of the infraction. For most violations there is a system of four (4) warnings that will apply.