Brevard County Libraries make the Internet available to all library users. Every library has computers with internet access that patrons may use at no charge. Free computer classes for patrons are offered at some libraries. We invite you to get in touch with any reference librarian if you would like more information on these classes. The Internet is an important resource toward meeting our mission of providing citizens with current information, educational materials, and lifelong learning opportunities. For children and youths the Internet can offer many benefits, including homework help, assistance with science research projects, college information, job applications, as well as access to numerous educational websites. In addition, computer literacy is an important skill for children to learn, and use of the library's computers will assist in this training. Prior to using our computers, Brevard County Libraries requests that you read our Internet Acceptable Use Statement and Safety Policy
Brevard County Libraries is concerned about providing a safe Internet environment for your children. In an effort to protect children from offensive sites, the library uses Internet filtering software to restrict access to web pages that transmit images or information that is pornographic or illegal, however, no filter is perfect and the library cannot guarantee that all objectionable websites will be restricted. Brevard County Libraries requires parents or guardians to sign a Minor Internet Permission Form
. A signed form plus a Library Card will be required before any minor under the age of 18 is allowed to access the Internet.
Internet Rules and Regulations
The Brevard County Libraries offer community access to the Internet in fulfillment of our mission to "fulfill the informational needs of citizens."
In offering Internet access, the library cannot guarantee that information found through the Internet is either accurate, authoritative, or factual. Nor can the library control access points which often change rapidly and unpredictably. The library uses commercial Internet filtering software to restrict access to Web Pages which transmit images or information which is pornographic or illegal.
Parents concerned about their child's use of electronic resources must accept responsibility for determining content and establishing guidelines for their child's use that are consistent with personal and individual family values and boundaries. For more information read "Child Safety on the Information Highway"
which was jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the interactive Services Association which is available on our home page or through the reference desk at each local library.
If you feel that information you have obtained via the Internet is inaccurate or offensive, we suggest you contact the original producer/distributor of that information.
Provision of the Internet does not constitute an endorsement of the content of that information by the Brevard County Libraries.
If you believe the site you wish to access does not violate our Acceptable Use Statement and is inappropriately blocked, please contact a staff member.
Wi-Fi Internet Access
The Brevard County Public Library System is now offering free Public Internet Access for persons with wireless-enabled portable computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs). This service allows you to quickly and easily connect and access the library online resources, databases and the Internet. Designated WiFi Hotspot locations are clearly marked within the Brevard County Library Buildings (all 18 locations).
This service provides a way to access the same Internet resources available from our Public Internet, Database and Online Catalog from the convenience of your own wireless enabled laptop computer or mobile device. For Brevard County Library Patrons this service also allows you to connect to Internet resources that can be accessible through the Library's Public Access computers. You can also download and upload data and files directly to and from your laptop computer or mobile device.
This service uses the Library's network resources to connect to the Internet and as such provides the same connectivity as the wired Patron Public Access computers installed at the library locations.
Anyone using the wireless service to our Public Internet Access must abide by the Brevard County Libraries System Patron Wireless Connectivity Policy. Users who violate the terms of that policy, other library policies or use the network for abusive, malicious or illegal activity will be banned from the network and may be subject to prosecution.
Getting Connected to Wi-Fi
Complete the following steps to get connected. Staff assistance is not available for this process:
- Configure your computer or mobile device's TCP/IP network settings to use DHCP. With DHCP enabled, your computer is automatically assigned an IP address when you connect to our network.
- Ensure that your wireless is enabled and supports a connection using the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless protocol. You may also need to configure your SSID to Brevard Libraries WiFi.
- Start your web browser. You must first connect to our network using your web browser (attempt to go to some website) before you will be able to access the Internet using any protocol. This action will trigger the Wi-Fi log in screen to appear. Log in using an e-mail address or your Library Card Number and Last Name.
Reading the Patron Wireless Connectivity Policy of the Wi-Fi system implies you have read the policy.