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Public Internet Access

The Martins Ferry Public Library provides free high-speed internet access to library patrons. Use of these computers is on a first-come first-serve basis. All library patrons must adhere to the library's Internet Use Policy. You are required to show a photo ID or your library card.

Wireless Internet Access

We are pleased to offer wireless Internet access to patrons. Here are some answers to questions you may have about this service:

  • How can I use the wireless access?
    While in the main library you may now connect your 802.11b or 802.11g wireless device(s) and receive high-speed Internet access completely free of charge. Many devices will be able to automatically detect the wireless network.

  • My device can't detect the wireless network automatically; what settings do I need to use?
    The following basic settings should allow you to connect to the wireless network:
    The encryption key or password is mfpllibrary
    • Network Name/SSID: Library
    • Network Mode: Infrastructure
    • WEP: Disabled
    • IP/Network Settings: Automatically obtain a network address (DHCP)
    • DNS: Your device will automatically obtain the DNS address along with a network address
    • Gateway: Your device will automatically obtain the gateway address along with a network address

  • What if I don't know how to configure or troubleshoot my wireless device?
    Library staff are not trained to help with these problems. All patrons who want to use this service are expected to know how to configure their own equipment. If your computer does not seem to be connecting correctly, we recommend you contact the manufacturer. Some manufacturers have online help via their webpages, which you could access from one of our public Internet workstations. Staff will not be able to assist you with changing settings and the library is not responsible for any changes you make to your settings. In addition, the library cannot guarantee that your equipment will work with this service.

  • Will my information be safe while I'm connected?
    No. when using any wireless connection, you should assume that your data is not protected. Be aware of this while transferring or entering sensitive information.

  • Can I print while using the wireless network?
    Sorry, printing is not available through this connection. You may, however, save files to a floppy disk or USB flash drive and print using our public Internet PCs.

  • Can I access the library catalog from the wireless network?
    Yes, browse to our website at www.mfpl.org and click on the Search the Catalog link on the left side of the web page. You will be able to access any of our online databases through this connection as well.

Software Programs

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated most of MFPL's public access computers. All Branch locations have color printers for the computers. The computers are running Windows 7. The software programs include:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (includes Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher).
  • Microsoft Streets & Trips

AGREEMENT FOR USE OF THE OPLIN INTERNET WORKSTATION at the MARTINS FERRY PUBLIC LIBRARY

If you wish to use the Martins Ferry Public Library’s OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network) workstations, to access OPLIN databases, the Internet and library databases, you must agree to the following terms and sign this agreement in the library:

1. I agree to deposit a valid library card, from Martins Ferry or from some other library, or other form of identification, at the circulation desk before using an OPLIN workstation. Martins Ferry has five branches: Bethesda, Bridgeport, Flushing (Victoria Read), Powhatan Point, and Shadyside. One library card and one agreement from the system work at all branches.

2. I agree to use the OPLIN workstation as an informational resource of the Martins Ferry Public Library. I will not use them for any unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purpose; and I will not intentionally create, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as pornographic, obscene, or offensive to library customers or staff.

3. I agree to limit my time at an OPLIN workstation to one 90 minute segment per day so that others can also use it; and I agree that during very busy times I will comply with staff requests to limit my time even further. If there is no demand for an OPLIN workstation after my session, I may be able to continue to use that workstation with the understanding another user can replace me at any time following my initial session.

4. If I have an e-mail account through some other provider, I may access it, but I will not utilize the OPLIN workstations as my primary access to e-mail. OPLIN and the Martins Ferry Public Library cannot supply e-mail accounts to users of OPLIN or of the Martins Ferry Public Library.

5. I understand that most of the information available from the Internet is not generated by the Martins Ferry Public Library or by OPLIN. Information available through OPLIN workstations is not warranted by the Martins Ferry Public Library or by OPLIN to be accurate, factual, authoritative or complete. As a library consumer, I will use this information at my own risk. As an individual I will be responsible for determining what I wish to view and access through the Internet. I will not hold the Martins Ferry Public Library or OPLIN responsible for offensive or inappropriate materials that may be found in some Internet files.

6. Tampering with the library computers in any way may result in loss of privileges, either for a short time or permanently. Do not add personal shortcuts or other toolbars. The computers should be left as they are found. Bring any problems to the attention of the librarian.

7. The Martins Ferry Public Library has professional librarians to assist with research and can recommend serious sites for information.

8. Children under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign the OPLIN agreement.

 

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Martins Ferry Public Library
20 James Wright Place - PO Box 130
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
Phone: 740-633-0314
Fax: 740-633-0935
Yvonne Myers, Director