Public Computers

The Bristol Public Library offer free access to the Internet. All computers are equipped with Microsoft Office software (MS Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Excel, Access). Internet-access computers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not available.

Do I need a library card to use the public computers?

A valid library card is required for use of the public computers. Visitors may obtain a guest pass from the Reference Desk upon showing ID. Those under the age of 18 must have parental consent to use the internet, either by library card authorization or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guest passes will not be issued to minors without the presence of a parent or guardian. Library cards and guest passes are not needed to access the wireless network.

Are there time limits for use?

Computer sessions are limited to a maximum of one hour. Multiple sessions are allowed, but the total daily time cannot exceed 1 hour. All computers will turn off fifteen minutes prior to close. Select express machines have a half-hour time limit.

How many computers are available for use?

There are 16 public internet computers and 2 30-minute express computers located in the Adult Services Department on the lower level of the library. The Children’s Department has 7 public internet computers available for use by those age 12 and younger.   

Can I extend my time if I haven't finished my work?

Given the high demand for public internet computer access, the Bristol Public Library does not actively grant extended time on the public computers. Time extensions may be granted, at the discretion of the Senior Librarian, for certain activities such as bonafide research purposes, exam proctoring, applications, etc. Time extensions cannot be granted once login session has ended. If a time extension is needed, please ask before your current login expires.

Is there a charge for printing?

Yes. Black & White prints are 20 cents per page, color prints are 50 cents per page. Printing is available from the print release station using your library barcode or guest pass.

May I access my jump drive (USB), CD, or DVD?

You may use USB flash drives, CDs, or DVDs on all computers. Floppy drive access is not available. Staff are available to assist you in saving your work for later. To protect your privacy, all material not saved prior to the end of a session will be erased.

May I remove the Internet filter?

No. If you need access to a website that the Internet Filter is blocking, please inform the Reference Department staff or send an e-mail to bplref@yahoo.com listing the exact website you need access to. We cannot guarantee that the requested website will be unblocked, nor will be able to unblock the site immediately. State and Federal law requires the use of Internet Filtering. Please see our Internet Use Policy for more information.

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