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Public Computer Policy


A valid library card (or Computer Use card) is required in order to use the Public Computers in the Panama City downtown library, Panama City Beach library, and Port St. Joe library. Time on these computers is monitored by software and limited to 2 sessions per day (1 session at a time).  Because the software automatically closes at the end of a session, you will lose your work if you do not save it to a disk. The computers will automatically close 10 minutes before the library closing time each day. If you do not bring a disk, you may purchase one at the Circulation desk for $0.50 (fifty cents). The library is not responsible for “lost” information because of computer shut down.

Printing is available from all Internet computers. The cost is 10 cents per page. Before you print, you will be informed of the cost and prompted to agree.

The person using the computer must be the person named on the library card. Customers may not use other family members’ cards or their library card numbers to extend time on the computer past the session limits or past the two session maximum limit per day. 

Cardholders who are under 16 must have the written signature of a parent or legal guardian on file in order to use the Internet computers. The Bay County Public Library does not censor your access to materials or protect you from information you find offensive. There is sexually explicit material and other information which you may find personally controversial, inappropriate, or offensive. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing guidance and monitoring their children’s use of the Internet. See the reference Librarian for permission forms.

A visitor who does not have a library card may receive a Public Computer Use card by applying at the library circulation desk and showing photo identification. Visitors who are under 16 must have the written signature of a parent or legal guardian in order to use the Internet. YOU MUST HAVE A CARD IN ORDER TO USE the PC Reservation system. A NWRLS library cardholder may not receive a Public Computer Use card and no visitor may receive more than one Public Computer Use Only card. Your first card is free. If you lose your card, a new one will cost $2.00, whether a traditional card or a Computer Use only card.


Customers should see a staff member at the Reference Desk if they need to take a test or fill out a form that requires more than an hour of computer use.