The Wixom Public Library offers 15 computers which provide access to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Microsoft Office 2016. Printing is 10 cents a page for black and white and 50 cents a page for color. Printing funds can be added to library cards at the Information Desks. Scanning is available on our public copy machine and can be emailed or saved to your flash drive.
What do I need to use the computers?
- To get the maximum benefit, you should have a library card and your personal identification number (PIN).
- There are two defaults to try if you don’t know your PIN: 1234 or the last four digits of your phone number. If these do not work, ask at the Information Desk. Do not use spaces when you enter the library card number.
- Guest passes are available for those who do not qualify for a library card.
The Wixom Public Library offers separate children’s computers for those aged 12 and under. The Children’s area contains three filtered internet computers and three iPads loaded with early literacy and game apps.
- Parents/guardians of minor are advised that they must assume responsibility for, and any restriction of, their children’s use of the Internet through the Library connection.
- Library staff may be able to offer starting suggestions or search tips, but cannot act in place of or in absence of the parent.
- Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting material that is consistent with personal and family values and boundaries.
- Please limit your time to 30 minutes and one/two children per computer at a time.
In order to promote access to online resources, the Wixom Public Library offers mobile Wi‐Fi hotspots as a part of its circulating collection. The collection is meant for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc. Mobile hotspots are not intended to provide patrons with a permanent solution to Internet access. A mobile hotspot is a device that can be used anywhere to create a wireless network so patrons can connect any Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device, laptop, printer, digital camera or gaming device.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I check out a hotspot?
Hotspots checkout for 14 days with no renewals. Any Wixom Library cardholder who is 18 and older and has a card in good standing may checkout a hotspot. Patrons must sign the Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot policy prior to checking out a device. Cardholders must wait two (2) days upon returning a hotspot to check out another device. Limit one (1) hotspot per library card.
What checks out with the hotspot?
The hotspot checks out in a plastic container with the following items: mobile hotspot, a micro-USB cord, AC charger with USB port, instructions, a copy of the Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot policy and a copy of the Public Internet Access Policy.
What happens if the hotspot is overdue, lost or damaged?
If the hotspot is overdue, you will be charged a $2.00 per day overdue fine and the device will be deactivated. If the device is lost or returned damaged, you will be charged a $70 replacement fee and $25 processing fee.
Where do I return the hotspot?
Hotspots must be returned inside the Library at the Check-Out Desk. You will be responsible for any damage if the hotspot is returned in a book drop. Hotspots may not be returned to another library. During times of social distancing, please call the library for guidance to return hotspots.
View and print the Mobile Hotspot Policy.
In order to promote equitable access to online resources, the Wixom Public Library offers Chromebooks as a part of its circulating collection. The collection is meant for temporary uses such as education, employment, special projects, etc. Chromebooks can be used for Internet browsing, job searching, word processing, etc.
Each Chromebook circulates in a case along with a charger, hotspot, instruction sheet, and a copy of this policy. The user is responsible for returning all of these materials in good condition. The user will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement if returned damaged. The Library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information that is shared over the Internet. Chromebook users are encouraged to follow safe Internet practices.
The Library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to user storage devices. Tampering with library equipment, including bypassing security functions, is prohibited.
Chromebooks are to be returned inside the Library at the Circulation Desk, not in the book drop. Patrons will be held responsible for damage to the item if it is returned in the book drop. In addition, the user agrees to follow the Library’s Public Internet Access Policy while accessing the Internet through Library owned devices. The device will be disabled if the Chromebook is not returned on the due date.
In order to meet community demand, the following borrowing rules apply to Chromebooks:
- Chromebooks check out for one (1) day. There are no renewals.
- Chromebooks are limited to Wixom Public Library cardholders 18 years of age or older whose card is in good standing.
- Cardholders must wait two (2) days upon returning a Chromebook to check out another device. Limit one (1) Chromebook per library card.
- There is a $215 replacement cost for a lost, damaged or stolen Chromebook.
- There is a $70 replacement cost for a lost, damaged or stolen hotspot.
- The user will be fined $2.00 per day that the Chromebook is returned late
The Library offers a Mobile Makerspace for patrons to use. The Makerspace is a place for hands-on learning, creating, collaborating and inventing. Simply, it is a place to make things! The purpose of the Mobile Makerspace is to provide library patrons access to various technology and tools that support your education and personal goals and endeavors.
Equipment & Software Available
- daVinci Jr. 3D printer
- VHS to Digital/DVD converter using Elgato Video Capture
- Cricut machine
- Button maker
- Starter Sewing Machine
- Letter stamp kit
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
- Adobe Premiere Elements 13
The Mobile Makerspace is available by reservation. Patrons may reserve equipment for up to 1 week in advance for 2 hours per day. Reservations can be made in person, by phone, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All Makers must complete a Release of Liability Agreement.
- All Makers must participate in a training with a librarian before using the Makerspace.
- Makers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver unless they are attending a Library-sponsored event,
- Behavior in the Makerspace must comply with the Library’s Patron Behavior Policy and Public Internet Access Policy.
- The Library provides consumable materials on a limited basis. Makers agree to avoid wasting supplies and materials.
- Only Library computers may be connected to Library equipment.
- 3D printer projects must be approved by staff. Staff will run the 3D printer.
- Items used in the Makerspace must be returned in the same condition as they were issued.