Computers and Printers for Public Use
PC and Macintosh computers with Internet access, Microsoft Office, electronic reference resources, and educational learning programs are available in the Adult and Youth Services departments.
A limited number of iPads and laptops are available for patron in-library use. iPads and laptops may be checked out at the reference desk. You willl need to present identification to use a iPad or laptop. Laptops must be returned one-half hour before closing.
Computer Classes and Instruction
The library offers free computer instruction to the public. Topics cover basics in the use of the mouse and keyboard, searching the Internet, e-mail and selected Microsoft Office applications. Check the Library's Computer Class schedule for more information.
Internet access is available to all library users. The Library does not monitor or control the information available on the Internet and is not responsible for its content, quality, or use. Parents of minor children are reminded that the library does not filter or control information on the Internet or restrict children's use of the Internet.
The library provides Wireless Internet access for patron devices. See below for specific information on using the Library's wireless network.
Premium Resources (Research Databases)
The library subscribes to many searchable databases that contain full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Business, health, and current events are just a few of the topics covered by these databases. Other online resources include foreign language instruction, practice tests, career resources, and genealogy information.
Vernon Area Public Library District cardholders may also access these databases and other resources from home by clicking on Premium Resources. For assistance, contact the Adult or Youth Services department at 847-634-3650.
Wireless Internet Access
The Library provides the wireless network to expand and enhance our service capabilities to our patrons.
Using the Wireless Network
The wireless network provides access to the Internet. Patrons can browse the web, use the library catalog or online research databases, check email, and perform other actions that require an Internet connection. The Vernon Area Public Library District does not control the content, quality or validity of information on the Internet. Patrons use the wireless network at their own risk. It is the patrons responsibility to obey the library's Internet Access Policy and all local, state and federal laws when using the wireless network.
How to Connect to the Library's Wireless Network
Obtain IP Address automatically (DHCP)
Disable all encryption (WEP or WPA)
The patron accepts full responsibility for selecting, installing and configuring the hardware and software necessary for using the wireless network. The library assumes no responsibility for any problems or damage that may be inflicted on any equipment by using or attempting to connect to the wireless network. To connect to the wireless network, patrons need a compatible network card. Patrons should configure their equipment to use the appropriate SSID (service set identifier) and to obtain a TCP/IP address automatically. No encryption is used in the wireless network.
If you are unsure how to use the configuration program that came with your wireless access card, please check with your computer vendor or reseller.
Privacy and Security of the Wireless Network
Communications through the wireless network should not be considered secure. Patrons accept the responsibility for any personal information that is sent through the wireless network.
Patrons can print to black and white or color laser printers from our wireless network.
Wireless network users are responsible for knowing how to configure their own equipment. Staff members will attempt to assist patrons with connecting to the wireless network but are unable to assist with computer-related issues outside the scope of basic wireless connectivity.
The Library does not make brand, manufacturer or equipment recommendations. The Library's wireless network is designed on the 802.11b open standard. We recommend using equipment compatible with that standard.