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Computer Labs & WiFi
Computer Labs

The library has 2 computer labs and 45 Internet accessible/word processing computers available during regular library hours. Use the 14 digit barcode on your DeSoto Library card to use the computers. If you forget your card you may use a picture ID to have the number looked up. Customers who do not have library cards can get a free computer pass. Customers must be at least 10 years old to receive a computer pass. Fines or fees over $5.00 will block access to the computers. All computers will shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

After-hours Computer Lab
The library's main computer lab is open before and after regular library hours. To use the computer lab outside of regular library hours you can use your library card or receive a computer pass. Customers who forget their card can show a picture ID to look up the number. Customers who don't have a card can get a free computer pass. Customers who have overdue materials, late charges, or lost materials on their library accounts will not be able to use the computers during the extra hours. You also cannot get a library card during extended hours. Computer room staff does not have access to other library services. All computers will shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

After Hours Computer Lab Hours
Monday        8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday       8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday   8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday          8 a.m. -   6 p.m.
Saturday      9 a.m. -   5 p.m.
Sunday        1 p.m. -   5 p.m.

The computer lab is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter. All other City holidays the lab will be open from 9am to 5pm.

For complete computer lab policies click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log on to a computer?

Sit down at any available PC and click the mouse. Click on the highlighted "AVAILABLE", type in your 14-digit library card number or 5-digit computer pass number, and click OK. Then click "Use this computer".

I type in my card number but it doesn't work?

Make sure you've entered all 14 digits on the card. If there is a block on your card, take it to the check out desk and have them check to make sure your card is up to date and has no fines over $5.00. Computer pass numbers may only be entered one time per pass.


What if I forgot my card or don't have a library card?

If you are a resident of the City of DeSoto, you may apply for a free library card at the check out desk during normal business hours. You will need to provide valid identification and proof of residency. If you forgot your library card, you may use a picture ID to have the number looked up. If you don't have a library card you can get a free computer pass at the check out desk or after hours at the lab desk.

How much time do I have to use the computers?

Computer sessions are 60 minutes. The computer will give you a warning before you are logged out. If there are no other customers waiting, you may be offered a 15 minute extension. You may continue to use the same PC as long as there are no reservations on it and there is no limit to the number of sessions per day. The PCs will automatically shut-down 15 minutes before closing each day.


How much is printing?

Letter - Black & White
$0.10
Letter - Color
$0.50
Legal - Black & White
$0.15
Legal - Color
$0.75
11x17 - Black & White
$0.20 11x17 - Color
$1.00

Double-sided copies are double the price of single-sided copies.

What do I do if all PCs are in use?

If all PCs are in use, you can make a reservation for the next available PC by logging in at the Reservation station near the lab staff desk. A reservation receipt will be printed, which will tell you what time and which computer will be available for your session.

My reservation is gone. What happened?

Reservations will self-cancel if you are 10 minutes late by "the reservation clock". The short grace period is to allow for differences in clocks and watches so please be on-time for your reservation. If your reservation is gone, you can log-in to any other available PC using your library card or make a reservation at the PRINT RELEASE and RESERVATION station for "the next available" PC.

Can I reserve a PC for a future time?

You may make a reservation for a later time the same day. Your receipt will alert you to the PC name and number and the time of your reservation.

Are there advance reservations by phone or online?

No.

Do you have a fax machine for public use?

Yes, the library has one fax machine located in the main computer lab. You may fax for free to local and toll free telephone numbers only.



Free Wireless Internet Access

Basic Information

The DeSoto Public Library is proud to announce that the Library is a Wi-Fi “hotspot,” providing free high-speed Internet. Access extends throughout the building. The DeSoto Town Center also offers this free service. You are invited to use this free service by bringing your own laptop computer or other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Library. Please note that as this is a free service, the Library cannot guarantee the compatibility of your wireless equipment. Wireless printing is not available but you are welcome to bring your own printer.
If you would like to know more about this service, please stop by the Information Desk or call 972.230.9661.

Disclaimer
 
The Library’s public wireless network is not secure. Data transmitted to or from all wireless devices connected to this network is sent “in the clear” and could be intercepted by third parties using commonly available software. Do not use this network to transfer sensitive personal data such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.

The DeSoto Public Library strongly recommends that all devices connected to the public wireless network be configured with active, up-to-date antivirus and personal firewall software.

Use of this wireless connection is entirely at the risk of the user and the city disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss.