The Lake Bluff Public Library has been proud to be able to offer an increasing number of computers for patron use over the years, and they have certainly become among our most used resources. As demand has increased, however, so too have the difficulties in ensuring that every patron who would like to use a computer can have access to one. Patrons more and more frequently find that they have to wait, not knowing when a computer will be available.
As part of our system upgrade, we are adding a Time Management program called PC Reservation to the computers in our Adult Computer Lab to address this issue. If a computer is available, patrons will login to a computer using their library card; the process is easy and painless. Each login session will last 2 hours, with a maximum of 2 logins per day. All workstations full? The new software will allow patrons to sign up for the next available computer. Need to step away from your work for a few minutes? Patrons will now be able to lock their computer, ensuring privacy, if they need to step away from their workstation briefly. Anyone with a card in our system can login, whether they have a Lake Bluff card or not. Don’t have a library card, or perhaps forgot it at home? We’ll have guest passes available at the Circulation Desk so that anyone who comes into the library will be able to use a computer, as has always been our policy. Our goal in this change is, as always, to maximize the service to our patrons. Thank you for your patience as we work to implement this and other upgrades to our computer system!
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