Osterhout Free Library
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Osterhout Free Library offers FREE wireless access for library patrons using their own personal laptops.

Q. How can I use wireless Internet at the Library?

A. Most users can bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer to the library.  Check in at the Information Services desk. First time users will need to show identification and sign the Osterhout Free Library Internet Acceptable Use Statement. You will be given a user name and password which entitles you to use the Library’s network for two hours that day.  The Library cannot guarantee that your equipment will work with the Library’s network. 

Q. How does it work?

A. Wireless access points located at the Information Services desk communicate with your wireless device.  You should be able to connect on the main floor of the building. 

Q. Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?

A. Browser should be set to allow pop-ups. No other special settings are needed.  You will need a user name and password, available at the Information Services desk at the Library.

Q. Is my Information safe while using wireless?

A. Your information is not protected while using wireless.  Information sent from your laptop can be captured by anyone using a wireless device and appropriate software. 

Q. Are there any restrictions on my use of the Internet?

A. Wireless users agree to abide by the Osterhout Free Library Internet Acceptable Use Statement which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library’s Internet service. All Internet use through the Library’s wireless network will be filtered using the same criteria as the filters on the Library’s computers. 

Q. Can I print while using wireless?

A. Printing is not available through the Osterhout Free Library’s network for wireless users.

Q. Can I search the Library Catalog and Library databases using wireless?

A. Yes, these are available from the Library’s homepage at www.osterhout.lib.pa.us.

Q. Can the library help me configure my computer?

No, Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance for any equipment or connection to the system.  Everyone’s computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. 






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