Using USB memory sticks
We don't allow use of USB sticks by children under 16. We will also be blocking and restricting any sort of external mass storage drive being connected to USB ports in all Children’s Libraries.
We understand that some children will want to use USB sticks to copy their homework and other legitimate materials and will no longer be able to do so.
We suggest they use cloud-based solutions like iCloud or similar systems to save their materials. They can also email copies to themselves. We suggest parents are involved in setting up email addresses for their children. If they don’t have one yet— again, staff can assist in this respect if necessary.
Each Idea Stores has a selection of hardware items available for use by customers who have particular needs.
Items available for loan include multi coloured keyboards with large keys, gel wrist supports and PC headphones.
Items are loaned for use with Idea Stores public access PCs and must be returned as soon as the customers PC session has ended. The text magnification software Supernova is also available on selected PCs.
Internet access is filtered using hardware and software tools. Restrictions are in place to prevent access to websites that may cause offence.
Each Idea Stores public access PC is connected to a printer. Print services are chargeable and the cost is based on the number of pages printed and whether the mono or colour printer is used.
Printouts are held in a queue and only released once the customer has paid the relevant charge. It is not currently possible for customers using the WiFi service to print via the public access printers.
There is a charge for this service.
Eating in the Surfing Space
We kindly ask all our users to avoid eating food while using our public internet PCs. This is in the interest of cleanliness and hygiene.