Computers & Wi-Fi

The High Plains Library District (HPLD) provides access to public computers and online information at its Branch library locations.  A valid library card is required to use computers in the Library. If you live in the High Plains Library District service area and do not have a valid library card, apply online or at any library location. Out-of-town visitors may obtain an E-Access Card to access public computers. Please see staff for details.

Branch libraries offer computers with free Internet access and access to Microsoft products. Our computers run:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access and OneNote
  • Chrome and Internet Explorer are available

You can use a computer for 60 minutes at any of our locations by entering your library card barcode into the computer or by reserving a computer at the PC Reservation Station. You may be able to extend your session for up to four hours per day if the computer is not booked by others. Internet usage is not tracked; we value your privacy. Express Internet computers are also available in some libraries for quick, 15-minute sessions. All usage data is erased when the session expires, so save often and print early. Items transmitted to the print station will expire after two hours.

Policies and Guidelines for Internet Use

Internet Use Policy

High Plains Library District (HPLD) provides free public access to the Internet, a computer network that allows users to access information shared by other computer users worldwide. As the Internet provides access to a vast array of information, all Library users will have equal access.

Library provided computers may be used by patrons during regular library hours. Unfiltered wireless access is also available for patrons through an independent internet provider.

All individuals using Library-based Internet services must agree to and are expected to abide by the High Plains Library District’s Internet Use policy and guidelines.

Internet Use Guideline

High Plains Library District provides Internet access to enable residents to utilize the vast array of information, ideas, and research tools, augmenting information in other formats available in HPLD libraries, and including materials beyond the scope of resources selected by HPLD.

As such, Internet resources are provided equally to all library users. Computers and wireless access may be used by patrons during regular library hours.

A public library is a “limited public forum.” Access to information is subject to reasonable restrictions on time, place and manner. HPLD’s control over content accessed by patrons using the Internet is governed by federal and state law defining what is obscene, child pornographic or deemed “harmful to minors.” In compliance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Colorado HB01-1004 laws, HPLD has installed technology protection measures (TPM); that is, filters, on all library computers with the intent of applying best efforts in protecting access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornographic or harmful to minors.

HPLD may not infringe on patrons’ First Amendment rights other than as stipulated by law. Any patron in an HPLD Library who is of 17 years of age or older may request that an authorized library employee temporarily disable the filter on computers in the adult services area. As with all library materials, parents, guardians, or caregivers, not the High Plains Library District, are responsible for information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents wishing to limit their children’s Internet access through the library are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

While the Internet greatly expands access to information, it contains information that may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Patron use of the Internet carries with it the responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. In order to find accurate and reliable online information, HPLD staff is available to help patrons navigate, identify, access and evaluate resources on the Internet. The District also provides access to paid subscription databases. Library staff offers a variety of classes for patrons who wish to receive instruction on the Internet and personal computer use.

HPLD will strive to provide access to online services and systems. HPLD is not liable for services and systems that do not function on library machines.

Inappropriate Use

Misuse of HPLD computers will result in loss of computer privileges. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use of the Internet access computers to obtain, transmit, or display photographs, images, or drawings which are in violation of the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and Colorado Library Law, C.R.S. 24-90-100, part 6;
  • Violation of the Federal law prohibiting the transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution;
  • Attempts to alter or damage computers, other digital equipment, software configurations, or files that are the property of HPLD;
  • Attempts to enter HPLD’s network without authorization;
  • Intentional propagation and/or transmission of computer viruses; and violation of copyright or software license agreements.

Internet Use Rule

To ensure the safety and comfort of the public, those using the Internet are expected to abide by the following rules:

  • Time limits for using the Internet Computers are based on the Library location and levels of business. During busy times, a 1 hour time limit is enforced.
  • There is a maximum of two (2) users per station.
  • Users are expected to be primarily self-sufficient in computer usage. Library staff can provide general assistance.
  • Comply with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations pertaining to Internet, Information and Individual rights and safety.
  • Computers are filtered in compliance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Colorado Statute 24-90-601 et seq.
  • Users 17 years of age and older may request the filters be turned off in adult areas.
  • Those younger than 17 years must have the parent, guardian or caregiver give express permission to turn off the filters. Unfiltered access is allowed only in adult areas.
  • Computers in the children’s areas must remain filtered at all times. Attempts to bypass the filtering system are a violation of State law.
  • Those using wireless access will not view explicit sites in the Children’s areas
  • NOTE: Filtering software is imperfect and may miss blocking some sites as well as incorrectly block other sites. Users are encouraged to inform library staff of either situation
  • Decisions for levels of Internet access are the responsibility of a child’s parent, guardian or caregiver. Parents are strongly encouraged to work with their children to develop rules for Internet usage.

Those misusing this service, found violating any Federal, state or local regulations or violating the privacy of other library user(s), will lose user privileges. Please read the “Internet Use” policy statement and guidelines located on the District’s Homepage under Internet Resources.

Access

A HPLD card is required to use the Internet through Library computers. A “net card” is available to those visiting the area. The Library District utilizes computer reservation software to manage computer use scheduling. When a reservation is made, a receipt slip will list the assigned computer and access code.

Privacy

High Plains Library District uses an automated reservation system to ensure equity in computer use. Internet usage is not tracked.

Wireless Internet Access Guideline

High Plains Library District’s wireless service is accessible by an individual’s own laptop or wireless devices. Library staff is unable to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that individuals will be able to make a wireless connection.

High Plains Library District’s wireless network service is not secure. It is the individual’s responsibility to provide appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the library and the Internet itself. High Plains Library District assumes no responsibility for providing virus protection or other security measures.

Individuals are expected to comply with High Plains Library District’s “Internet Use Policy.” Failing to do so may result in the loss of wireless access services through the High Plains Library District.

High Plains Library District assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the wireless access.

Most HPLD locations offer free wireless access to the Library’s WiFi network. Getting online is quick and simple. All you need is a wireless-enabled laptop computer, tablet PC or PDA. The Library’s network is open to all visitors free of charge and without filters. No special encryption settings, usernames or passwords are required.

Contact the library at 1-888-861-READ (7323) for more information.

Printing Services

  • Patrons will be allotted 200 FREE printing credits per month.
  • 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • B&W = 1 credit; Color = 5 credits
  • $.25 for prints beyond the available credits
  • 2 sided = 2 pages of printing (portrait style, flip on long side)
  • Please visit a local print/copy store for large or complex printing jobs, including (but not limited to):
    • Sizes other than 8 1/2 x 11
    • Heavier stock paper
    • Specialty paper
    • Jobs exceeding monthly credit limit
    • Tri-fold brochures

Instructions on how to view your print credit balance are available here.

We hope our patrons find this service convenient and request everyone please print responsibly. Thank you!

Copy Services

  • 10 FREE B&W copies per day (2 sided = 2 copies).

$.25 for copies over the daily limit. Please pay for additional copies at the service desk.

Color is available through “scan-to-email”.

For large or complex copying jobs please visit one of the local copy vendors.

Scan to Email

Did you know you can scan items and send them via email at no cost? It’s a great, eco-friendly, free service compared to standard copying!

To scan to email:

  • Load the original(s) face-up in the document feeder, or place a single original face-down on the document glass.
  • Press the Services Home button on the Control Panel.
  • Select Email on the Touch Screen.
  • Add a new recipient’s email address.
  • Press Add
  • Select any other required options from the Email, Advanced Settings, Layout Adjustment, Email Options or Job Assembly tabs.
  • Press the Start button on the Control Panel.

Fax Services

Faxing is available to the public at no charge (at the following locations: Carbon Valley, Centennial Park, Erie, Farr, Lincoln Park and Riverside).

Faxing out is allowed. There is no faxing to the library.

For large fax needs please visit a local print shop.

View confirmation information for scan to fax users.

Have a laptop, iPad, iPhone or other device you want to print from? Use our Quick Print stations!

What you need to use the Quick Print service:

  • A library card
  • Available print credits (for an understanding of print credits review the print section of this page)

Where are the Quick Print stations?

Quick Print Stations are located in the library central print area.

How do I use the Quick Print service? There are several options to print using this station.

  • Save the content to a flash drive and then print from the flash drive at the station.
  • Email the content to yourself or store in an internet accessible area, then access the files from the Quick Print Station for printing.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – when you are done printing select the “I’M DONE” icon. This icon will ensure all your data is completely removed from the workstation before someone else uses the service.