WiFi at Your Library
The Library offers FREE wifi at all of our locations during open hours.
Please read the Computer and WiFi Use Policy [PDF] before you use the library wifi.
- Our wifi network is an open, unsecured connection.
- Do not send personal or any sensitive data you do not want others to see while on the wifi network.
- Do not do online banking or make purchases online with a credit card while using an unsecured connection.
- Make sure your battery is charged or bring a spare. There may not be electrical outlets available.
On this page:
- How do I use wireless at the library?
- Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
- Since I'm using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?
- Can the library help me configure my computer?
- What about virus protection and security?
- Request to unblock a website
- Can I print on the library's printer when I am using wireless?
How do I use wireless at the library?
You will need to bring your own laptop computer to the library. Your laptop will need to have built-in wifi or you will need to purchase and install a wifi network card. The Library does not provide wireless cards and does not install them.
Most wifi equipment will be compatible with library's wifi network. The library can make no guarantees that you will be able to connect with the library's network.
Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
The password to the library's patron wireless network is posted in the library and can be requested from library staff. A library card is not required and there are no special encryption settings or usernames. The wifi network is filtered at the child level. You must agree to Computer and Wifi Use Agreement to connect. If you do not agree, you will not connect to the library's wireless network.
Since I'm using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?
Yes, you must accept library's Computer Wifi Use Agreement before using the wifi network. Any activities that violate the agreement apply to you whether or not you are on a library computer or your own.
If you attempt to circumvent library procedures or attempt to access or manipulate equipment that you are not authorized to use, you will be disconnected permanently from the library's wifi network.
Can the library help me configure my computer?
No, because each computer is different, and library staff is not able to offer technical assistance with your configuration. Read Configuration Help for Different Operating Systems for more information.
PCPL is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings. If you need assistance, you may need to contact the manufacturers of your hardware or software.
What about virus protection and security?
It is solely your responsibility to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure your laptop/PDA with security. The library is not responsible for damages incurred for incorrect, insufficient or incomplete security settings; or lack of virus protection. Wireless users assume all risks when using the wifi network. Any virus-infected computer connecting to the wireless network will be permanently blocked.
Requests to Unblock a Website
Requests to unblock a website that is currently filtered by the system can be submitted using the Contact Us form.
Can I print on the library's printer when I am using wireless?
Yes, printing is available at all libraries except Salazar-Ajo Library. Wireless printing works from a laptop, but not from a tablet or smartphone. See wireless printing for details.
Configuration Help for Different Operating Systems
Windows Operating Systems
You may need administrative access to your laptop to change these settings.
Enable the wireless on your laptop
View available networks
Select pima-library network
Macintosh Operating Systems
Your laptop should join the wifi network automatically. If not, go to your wireless network settings and select join networks automatically.
Related links to the Computer and WiFi Use Agreement:
- Filtering software is intended to comply with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act and Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 13, Chapter 35
- Monitoring a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. For more information see A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
- You may not use Library electronic resources, including Internet access through its computer or WiFi, for activity prohibited by federal law, Arizona law, or Library policy including Title 18, United States Code, Part I, Chapter 110, Sexual Exploitation and other abuse of children and Title 17, United State Code - Copyrights
- When children are present, engaging in activities that are harmful to minors, as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3501, 13-3506, and 13-3507 is prohibited