Roberton Computer Center
The Roberton Computer Center is located on the far right-hand side of the library, next to the
staff office. The computer center was opened in December of 2009, and is equipped with three Dell
computers. Each computer is equipped with Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, including Word,
Excel, and Power Point. All have internet access and printing is available on our Toshiba printer
for a fee.
- Hometown residents with a valid library card must present it at sign-in.
- Non-Hometown residents may use the computers, for a fee of $1.00/hour, by presenting a valid state ID.
- All patrons must register at the office, and all first time users will be required to read and sign an 'Acceptable Use Agreement' that remains on file at the library.
- Patrons under the age of 18 must have an 'Acceptable Use Agreement' signed by a parent or guardian before they may use the computers.
- The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A one hour time limit is enforced if other patrons are waiting to use a computer.
- Printing is .10¢ per page for black & white, and $1.00 per page for color. Patrons will be charged for color whenever any color is present on the page, no matter how slight. If in doubt, please ask Library Staff for assistance BEFORE printing.
- Patrons are not allowed to change any settings or shut down the computers at any time. You are allowed to bring in your own CD's or flash drives to save your work and CD's are available for purchase at $1.00 each. Anything downloaded or saved to the computer's hard drive will be deleted. Patrons who blatantly misuse the computers or attempt to change settings on the computers themselves will lose their privileges, temporarily or on a permanent basis.
- The Computer Center is considered a "quiet area." Cell phone usage, loud conversation and noise are prohibited, as well as food or drink. If you expect to use a program that produces sound, you must bring your own headphones or ear buds.
- The Computer Center will close 15 minutes before the library closes, with NO exceptions. If a patron is working on something at that time, they must end it immediately or it will be lost when the computers automatically shut down.
- The library staff will terminate the use of the computers by any patron whose behavior could be considered offensive, disruptive, or in any way disturbing to the other library patrons or the staff; or in any way a threat to the library's equipment.
The Hometown Public Library strives to provide all residents of the community access to resources for education and information through both print and non-print material. Therefore, we encourage the use of the library computers by patrons as a research and learning tool. However, internet use is a privilege, not a right, and therefore patrons' compliance to rules and regulations is necessary and will be enforced according the Roberton Computer Center Policy. This policy is based on "Public Access to Electronic Information Networks: A Model Policy for ILLINET Libraries," adopted by the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, May 23, 1996.