External Database Access Unavailable: Databases are currently available inside the Main Library and West Branch. External access to some databases is unavailable until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Connect to the Internet with your own wireless device at all VCPL locations. You'll have access to all library resources from within the building.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is wireless available?
Wireless access is available at both library locations when the buildings are open.
How do I use wireless at the library?
The Vigo County Public Library System uses the WiFi standard (sometimes referred to as IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g.) These standards provide up to 54 megabits/second connection speed. Speed will vary by location and number of users.
You will need to bring your own laptop into the library and it will need to have built-in WiFi or you will need to install a WiFi network card. The Library does not provide wireless cards.
Most WiFi equipment will be compatible. However, the library can make no guarantees as to the compatibility of your equipment with the library's network.
Printers are not available to wireless users in the library.
Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
No, the library's wireless network is open to all visitors. No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required.
When I access your remote databases, will I have to provide a library card number?
No, for the purposes of accessing the databases, you will be treated as if you are on a workstation within the building, and will not have to provide a Library Card number.
Since I'm using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?
Yes, you still must abide by the Vigo County Public Library Computer & Internet Use Policy. Any activities deemed illegal apply to you whether or not you are on a Library-owned computer or your own computer. Any illegal activity will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Can the library help me configure my equipment?
No, everyone's computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment.
The Vigo County Public Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings.
If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the manufacturers of your hardware or software. The Library Staff cannot provide any help beyond this FAQ page.
What about virus protection and security?
It is solely the responsibility of the wireless device owner/user to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure their laptop/PD settings to provide the appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the Library and the Internet itself. The Vigo County Public Library cannot and will not take responsibility for damages incurred for incorrect, insufficient or incomplete security settings; or lack of adequate or up-to-date virus protection. Wireless users assume all risk in this regard.