Computers and Printers for Public Use
PC computers equipped with Internet access, word processing, electronic reference resources and educational learning programs are available in the Adult and Youth Services departments. Computers are available on a walk-in basis or may be reserved up to one week in advance by calling the Computer Services Desk at 847-634-3650, ext. 458.
A limited number of laptops are available for patron in-library use. Check out at the Computer Services Desk. You'll need to present two forms of identification (typically a drives license and your library card). Laptops must be returned one-half hour before closing.
Computer usage is restricted to Vernon Area Public Library District cardholders. The library does provide walk-up 'Express Computers' in the lobby for use by anyone. The 'Express Computers' are available on a first come - first served basis and are limited to a 15 minute session.
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. VAPLD 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 control access points on the Internet or restrict children's use of the Internet. View the Library's Internet Access Policy for more information.
The library provides Wireless Internet access for laptop computers, PDAs and other equipment without a physical cable connection. See below for specific information on using the Library's wireless network.
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 Research Databases. For assistance, contact the Adult or Youth Services departments at 847-634-3650.
Wireless Internet Access
Explanation of the Wireless Network
The wireless network provides Internet access to laptop computers, PDAs and other equipment without a physical cable connection. The wireless network uses radio communication between the computer and access points to provide access to the Internet. The Library has several access points (Adult Services, Youth Services and Main Meeting Room) These access points are connected to the Internet through a fiber-optic connection (11mbps) to our Internet service provider. The Library's wireless network is based on the IEEE 802.11g standard, therefore only devices that use this protocol will work on our wireless network.
For more information about how wireless networks work visit:
Why We Provide Wireless Access
The Library provides the wireless network to expand and enhance our service capabilities to our patrons. The key advantage of the wireless network is flexibility. We can make better use of our existing seating and patrons can work with their own equipment to access the Library website, catalog and the Internet.
Internet Access Policy
Using the Wireless Network
The wireless network provides access to the Internet via the world-wide web. Patrons can browse the web, use the Library catalog, 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.
Connecting to the Wireless Network
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 802.11b compatible network card. The Library has two separate wireless zones. 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.
Obtain IP Address automatically (DHCP)
Disable all encryption (WEP or WPA)
Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Macintosh OSX will allow you to make these changes with no additional software. If you are using any other operating system, such as Windows 9x, Me, 2000, or NT, you will need to use the configuration program that came with your wireless card.
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.
Users are advised to use SSL (secure sockets layer) to connect to web pages and mail hosts and VPNs (virtual private networks) for all other data to ensure privacy and security. The 802.11b standard includes provisions for optional 40- or 128-bit link-level encryption over the air, however, current implementations require the encryption key to be shared by all users of the wireless LAN, effectively eliminating the usefulness of this security feature in an open network environment.
Patrons can print to a black and white or color laser printer 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.