Policy – Technical Support to Library Patrons
Policy
Bernardsville Public Library
Laptops in the Library
Revised March 20, 2009
While you are free to use your own laptop in the library, library staff cannot assist you with your
laptop, card, or configuration, other than to provide you with the library’s Laptop Procedures.
The library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment. You are responsible for
knowing how to configure your own computer and settings. The library provides computers
with Internet access and software for patron use. These computers are configured to work
properly with the library’s Internet connection and networked printers.
Laptop Procedures
When you choose to use a laptop, please be aware of the following:
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You cannot print to library printers -- if you need to print, save to a floppy and use one of our
public workstations.
If you find an electrical outlet, feel free to use it. But be prepared to be self-powered as
outlets are not available everywhere in the library.
If you choose to access the Internet, and do not have a wireless card, you will need a network
patch cable and your laptop must have a network jack and card in order to connect to the
Internet. Connection ports are available throughout the library.
If you choose to use our wireless Internet connection:
o Please be aware that signal strength varies within/without the Library.
o You will need a wireless Internet card.
Following are instructions on how to connect to the library network via network cable and
wireless connection. If you have a wireless card, your laptop will automatically choose a
wireless connection unless you disable it.
Physical Cable Connection
1. Plug one end of your cable into laptop and the other end into an active network port.
2. Boot laptop and log in: If Windows 95 or 98 click on “Cancel” for the login screen and
begin working. If Windows NT, 2000, ME, XP, Vista log in as your local computer
(login name of your PC will be a choice on the Domain drop down menu) and enter your
password.
3. Once logged on, open your Internet browser and begin.
Wireless Connection
1. Boot laptop and log in: If Windows 95 or 98 click on “Cancel” for the login screen and
begin working. If Windows NT, 2000, ME, XP, or Vista log in as your local computer
(login name of your PC will be a choice on the Domain drop down menu) and enter your
password.
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2. Wait a couple of minutes -- an icon will appear in the lower right hand corner of the
screen stating that a Wireless Network Connection is now available.
Wireless Network Available
Illustration
If your laptop does not establish a connection automatically, continue:
3. Right-click on the computer icon in the lower right hand corner as seen in Illustration 1.1
above.
4. Select “View Available Wireless Networks” from the pop up menu.
5. The box below will appear.
6. Select the BPL connection then click Connect. (If that connection is not working, use the
BPLtrain connection.)
You should now be connected to the Internet.
If the above procedures do not allow you to access the Internet, your settings may be customized
to another network at home or work. While these settings may be changed, library staff cannot
assist you nor work on your laptop. Please feel free to use the library’s computers if you are
having difficulty connecting with your laptop.
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