Springfield Public Library provides Internet access for public use. The Internet greatly expands library information resources available in our community. The Internet is an unregulated information resource. Springfield Public Library has no control over Internet resources, nor does the Library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information may be reliable and current, or it may be inaccurate, out of date, or unavailable at times. To learn more about evaluating websites, click here.


Individual users must be responsible for determining the reliability and suitability of website content for themselves. Users may inadvertently access websites that are personally offensive or disturbing. Parents, please be aware of where your children journey. To learn more about Internet filters and childrenís use of the Internet, click here (A Note to Parents).


Springfield Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from providing access to its electronic information systems. This policy applies to all users of Springfield Public Library computers or networks. If you have questions, please ask a Librarian.

Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Library.

To ensure fair access for all, the following Internet usage rules apply:

  • Twenty-Minute Express Stations and Two-Hour Walk-In Stations are intended to be used with no sign-up necessary.
  • Use of the Twenty-Minute Express Stations requires a Guest Pass, available at the Reference Desk. A current and valid library card is required for use of Two Hour Stations.
  • Appointments for Reserve Stations may be made by phone or at the Adult Reference Desk, for reservations of up to two hours. A 15-minute grace period will be observed, after which a reservation is no longer valid.
  • No more than two people may use an Internet station at one time.
  • Staff may be able to assist with basic Internet use, but trained staff may not always be available. User guides and reference books are available.
  • Misrepresenting yourself by access code, password or signature is prohibited.
  • Using another personís Library Card for the purpose of gaining additional time is prohibited.
  • Because the Springfield Public Library is a public place, staff has the authority to end an Internet session that displays inappropriate material.
  • Installation of software is prohibited.
  • Altering existing software and hardware is prohibited.
  • If you wish to save files, bring or purchase your own recordable material or device.
  • Printing is available for 15¢ per page.
  • To learn more about U.S. Copyright laws, click here.
  • Misuse of the computer stations or Internet accesss, or non-compliance with the rules will result in loss of future computer privileges.

Springfield residents and non-residents alike are welcome to use personal laptop computers in the Library. No Library Cards are required.

  • Wireless access to the Internet is provided throughout the Library during open hours. Users must furnish their own wireless laptop computer. A selection of tables and seating areas within the Library are supplied with power strips for convenient access to the Internet for computers requiring an outlet. Check with Library Staff for location. Do not allow cords to cross any aisles or traffic areas.
  • Personal computer users are respectfully asked to maintain:
    • Acceptable Library behavior that is not disruptive to others
    • Acceptable Internet use with regard to displaying content that may be offensive to others in a public setting (see above).

Preschoolers through adults may use the Game Computers. Parents must assist children who are too young to operate the computer alone. Please use the Game Computers quietly.

  • Game Computers may be used for one hour, once a week.
  • An appointment for Game Computer use may be made anytime within the current or following calendar week.
  • Game Computers will be held for 15 minutes beyond your scheduled appointment time. After that, the computer will be made available to another patron.
  • No more than two persons may use a Game Computer at the same time.

All Family Internet Stations in the Youth Services Department are reserved for children 13 years old or younger, and parents or caretakers with children.

  • Parents or caretakers using Family Internet Stations must actively supervise their children.
  • A Springfield Public Library Card in good standing is necessary for use of all stations except for Twenty-Minute Express Stations.
  • Internet access is limited to one session per day.
  • No more than two persons may use an Internet station at one time.
  • Staff may be able to assist with basic Internet use, but trained staff may not always be available. User guides and reference books are available.
  • Misrepresenting yourself by access code, password, age or signature is prohibited.
  • Using another personís Library Card for the purpose of gaining additional time is prohibited.
  • Because the Springfield Public Library is a public place, staff has the authority to end an Internet session that displays inappropriate material.
  • Installation of software is prohibited.
  • Altering existing software and hardware is prohibited.
  • If you wish to save files, bring or purchase your own recordable material or device.
  • Printing is available for 15¢ per page.
  • To learn more about U.S. Copyright laws, click here.
  • Email accounts are not provided for users. For information on independent email providers, click here.
  • Misuse of the computer stations or Internet access, or non-compliance with the rules will result in loss of future computer privileges.



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