Library Services

The library offers a variety of services to its patrons. These include a volunteer program, meeting rooms, Internet access, and wireless access. More information about these services is provided below or check with a staff member.

Meeting Rooms

The Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library welcomes public use of its meeting facilities in keeping with the Library's mission "to provide open access to information and to promote literacy, love of reading, and lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the community."

The D. Bob Henson Meeting Room seats up to 50 people. The room is available for use by non-profit organizations. For more information, refer to the Meeting Room Policy which establishes guidelines and procedures for the use of the Library's meeting facilities. A copy of the policy is available at the front desk.

There are two study rooms which will seat up to 4 people. Study Rooms are available only when the library is open.

 

Volunteer

The library needs your help!

The Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library is looking for individuals and groups who love libraries and are committed to helping bring library services to the community.

Volunteers apply their skills and talents by assisting staff in variety of duties. Their tasks are as varied as the volunteers themselves. Volunteers help with computer entry, create displays, and assist with such fundamentals of library operation as organizing shelves, mending books and inventory. Volunteers work with the summer reading program and special story times for children. They also help with other special projects and events.

Schedules and time commitments vary, depending upon the job.

If you have questions about Volunteer Services or are interested in becoming a library volunteer, please call 722-1255.

 

Internet/Computer Access

Internet access is free although library patrons are required to register for access. Children under 12 are required to have a parent or guardian with them in order to use the computers. Parents may grant minors between the age of 12 and 17 unrestricted access, but the library staff is not responsible for what they might view. The library does filter access, but filters are not 100% reliable.

Reservations are not needed, but a Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library card number or a guest code are. Computer sessions automatically time out after one hour. There is a maximum use of two hours per day. During high use periods, patrons may be restricted to thirty minutes. Computers shut down automatically fifteen minutes before the library closes.

In addition to Internet Access, the library has several workstations that have Microsoft Word and other office products. Since these programs are on terminals with Internet Access the same restrictions apply to their use.

Please check with a staff member for more detailed information about the library's Internet/Computer Access Policy.

 

Wireless

Starting in July 2006, Library users can bring their own wireless-ready laptops to the Library and connect to the Internet from anywhere in the building.

Hardware Requirements:
*You will need a WiFi-compliant 802.11b or g wireless Ethernet device installed in your laptop or a laptop with built-in WiFi capability.

Software Requirements:
*Use a web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape.
*Set your TCP client software to obtain addresses automatically from a server.