Computer Lab

The computer lab is located on the northwest side of the Library.  There are 15 desktop computers and 10 laptops that are available for in-library use only.  The computer lab assistants are in the lab to sign people up for computer use, charge for printing services and help with basic computer and scanning assistance.  For computers and laptops, 12-15 year-olds will need parent approval.  More details are available about this when visiting the computer lab. 

Internet access is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A patron will sign-in for a 30 minute time period which can be extended to 60 minutes if no one is waiting to use the computer.  Time may be extended during periods of light use at the discretion of the computer monitor or library staff. 

The charge for printing is $.15 for black and white printing and $.25 per page for color printing.

Flash drives are available for purchase in the computer lab.  The cost is $8.00 for a 4GB with the proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. 

Internet Access

In keeping with its mission and with the advances in information technology, the Chatham Area Public Library provides the community with access to the internet to enhance the Library’s existing collection. The Library is not responsible for damages, direct or indirect, arising from information a patron gets from the Internet. In particular, patrons should be aware that information obtained from the Internet (1) may not be reliable or accurate and may or may not be from a reliable source, (2) may not be current, and (3) may be of a controversial nature. Whenever possible, the library staff will assist patrons in making judgments about the reliability or currency of certain types of Internet information, but the ultimate responsibility for determining the worthiness of Internet information rests with the patron.

Guidelines and Procedures

Internet availability in the Chatham Area Public Library is subject to the following guidelines and procedures:

  • Patrons who are 16 years of age or older may access the Internet.
  • Patrons 12-15 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian on file at the Library to access the Internet without supervision. Parent or legal guardian can give verbal permission when applying for a library card in lieu of the written waiver. A note may be recorded to a patron’s existing account by staff from a parent or legal guardian in lieu of the written waiver.
  • Patrons under 14 years of age must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible person, 16 years of age or older while using the Internet.
  • Primary Internet use is for education and research.
  • Patrons must sign-in in the computer lab before using the Internet and sign-out when they terminate their Internet use.
  • A maximum of two people are allowed at an Internet terminal.
  • The library staff will provide basic instruction on access to the Internet. Beyond the basics of how to access the Internet, the patron is responsible for his or her education and research project.
  • Adding or deleting information relevant to the operation of the computer system is prohibited. Patrons are not permitted to add messages, store files, or alter computer commands. Violators will lose their computer and Internet privileges for a period of time to be determined by the Library Director. Furthermore, if the Library's computer is damaged, the incident will be reported to the Chatham Police Department and charges may be assessed.
  • The library staff monitors all computer usage and must be able to view a patron's computer monitor at all times. 
  • All patron access to information on the Internet at the Chatham Area Public Library is governed under the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, Criminal Offenses, Section 5, Article 11 regarding lewd, obscene, and/or pornographic materials. Violations of this law will be reported immediately to the Chatham Police Department. A sign stating this law is posted at each computer.
  • Patrons 17 and older may request that library staff disable a technology protection measure (filter) to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
  • As a service to patrons who bring their own laptop, the Library offers wireless access to the Internet.  Patrons who use this service are expected to follow the same policy restrictions regarding access to information that apply to patrons using Library computers.  Patrons who misuse this service will be restricted from further use of the Library’s wireless internet access.
  • Business cell phone usage in the lab is restricted to 10 minutes.  Patrons need to talk with the lab monitor for alternative arrangements.  Social calls are not allowed.
  • Personal electronic equipment, including but not limited to radios, CD/Mp3 players and computers are only permitted to be used with headphones and at a volume that does not disturb others.