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Service Change Updates

Due to social distancing guidelines, our public computer services have changed. Please read on to learn more.

  • There are 4 available public computers that are at least 6 feet away from each other.
  • Each patron is limited to one 30-minute session per day.
  • You must request a guest pass from reference staff before accessing the public computers.
  • Reference staff will be unable to provide assistance at the public computers due to social distancing guidelines.

Access is available for patrons with their own laptops, smartphones, tablets, or other devices. Wireless printing is available (please ask a Reference Librarian if you would like assistance or visit our Mobile Printing Page).

James Chapin will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm. Appointments are walk-in and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The Southbury Public Library will make available computers linked directly to the Internet for public use.

Patrons are encouraged to ask the Reference Librarians for assistance in finding the best resources for their research, print or non-print.

Southbury Public Library assumes no responsibility for the content of the Internet and has no control over the Internet nor any resources found on it. The Library assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, quality, or currency of any Internet resource.

Since the Southbury Public Library does not control or monitor the content of the Internet/PC, parents/legal guardians of children under 18 are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a permission form and the parent or legal guardian must return that permission form to the library in person. This form is available at the Children’s Reference Desk. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to use the Internet/computers only together with a parent or adult of legal age.

No person shall use, create, transmit or download any material that is pornographic or defamatory. Any misuse or abuse of the computer or the Internet may result in the permanent suspension of Internet access privileges.

This policy is subject to continuous review.

Adopted by Southbury Public Library Board of Directors November 2, 2005.

The Southbury Public Library offers free wireless access as a service for patrons who have Wi-Fi equipped laptops or other devices.

The library’s wireless network is NOT a secure site. We do not recommend that you do online banking, investing or purchasing. Your credit card and other vital information are not encrypted on our network and anyone with basic knowledge of wireless hacking can access any data sent over this unsecured network.

The Southbury Public Library cannot guarantee that your wireless device will work with the library’s network. The Southbury Public Library is not responsible for any damage to personal equipment or software or loss of data from using your equipment on our unsecured wireless network. It is strongly recommended that you use up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software when accessing the library’s network.

Staff cannot provide technical support for patrons using their own equipment. You may need to refer to your own owner’s manual or to contact the support services provided by the manufacturer of your equipment.

Wireless printing is available. Click here for instructions.

All patrons using wireless must follow the rules of the Public Internet Access Computer Policy (above). To summarize this policy, the library staff reserves the right to ask any patron using a library computer or laptop or hand-held device to stop viewing materials that are pornographic or defamatory or engage in activities that are inappropriate for a public place. Any misuse or abuse of the library’s computer or laptop or hand-held device may result in the permanent suspension of Internet access privileges.

Due to the emerging nature of wireless service, this policy is subject to continuous review by the Library Board of Directors.