The Deerfield Public Library provides free access to the Internet and select software applications to the public via public computer workstations and laptop computers.

The library offers public computers in various locations:

  • Adult Computer Lab workstations are available for use by all ages and patrons are allotted at least 90 minutes and up to 150 minutes for each session
  • Youth Computer Lab workstations are available for users age 17 and younger and patrons are allotted at least 90 minutes and up to 150 minutes for each session
  • Express Computers are available for use by all ages and patrons are allotted 15 minutes for each session.
  • Laptops are available to patrons 18 years of age or older. The borrower must present either: A) a valid driver’s license;  B) a state photo C.) School ID; or D.) Library Card. The identification card or license will be held at the Computer Desk until the laptop is returned to Library staff. Credit cards are not accepted as identification.

Computer Use

  • Computers are available on a first-come-first-served basis to all patrons holding a valid library card or guest pass.
  • Adult patrons may only use the public work stations in Youth Services while working with a child under the age of fourteen.
  • Patrons cannot view obscene content, nor can they use the public work stations for illegal or criminal purposes.
  • All computers will logout after 10 minutes of inactivity and 10 minutes before the library closes.

Appropriate Use

Users of library provided public computers are responsible for conducting themselves in a legal and responsible manner.

Examples of Illegal use include, but are not limited to:

  • Violating an existing State or Federal law
  • Attempting unauthorized access to any computer systems inside or outside the network
  • Unlawful communications, such as child pornography and threats of violence
  • Intentional distribution of malicious computer software including viruses and malware

Computer users shall not interfering with the use by others or attempt to interrupt internet services. In addition users should not attempt to obtain or disclose private/personal information of another user.

Privacy and Security

The Deerfield Public Library does not collect or maintain records that could compromise the privacy of computer users. Electronic communication by its nature though may not be secure and users should not assume any level of privacy while using this service. Each user should exercise caution when accessing the internet and transmitting and/or receiving data.

While the library strives to provide safe internet access for the public we cannot guarantee any level of security for our users.

Policy Enforcement

Any user who is found to be in violation of the Wireless Internet Agreement is considered in violation of the Patron Behavior Policy. Internet access and use of other library resources may be suspended for a specific time period.

Users who perform illegal activities while connected to the wireless network may also be subject to prosecution from the appropriate authorities.


The Library is not responsible for damage to any removable drive (i.e. CD or flash drive) or loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.

The Library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to or from user storage devices. The library laptop is using current anti-virus software, but cannot guarantee protection against all viruses. The library does not assume responsibility for lost or corrupted files for any reason, such as hardware failure or network interruptions.  Users wishing to save files they have created must back them up to USB drives or personal internet based accounts.  All created files will be wiped clean after a session ends by software that is in use on the laptop.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damage to Library users’ personal devices, software, files, and/or equipment. Tampering with Library equipment or attempting to access or modify the operating system or any other software or programming, including bypassing security functions, is prohibited.

Approved April 15, 2015