The public access Internet terminals at the McPherson Public Library will be unavailable after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11 and all day on Tuesday, August 12 to allow the library to replace them with a new system. Public access to the library wireless service will not be effected.
The current public Internet terminals were installed over five years ago as part of the new library building. The new system will allow patrons to access the Internet and utilize Microsoft Office 2010, as well as make color or black and white printouts. A new feature of the system will allow patrons to do wireless printing from their laptops.
According to Library Director Steve Read, the old system was well overdue for replacement. “It’s been limping along for a year, and I’m hoping that it manages to stagger past the finish line on Monday afternoon,” he said.
As a way of thanking library patrons for tolerating the failing old system for so long – and to encourage patrons to stop by and use the new services – the library is offering free printing (a limit of 10 pages a day per patron) for the first week after the new system is installed and running.
Read is optimistic that the installation process will be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 12 and that they will be ready for use the next day.
Technicians and consultants from the South Central Kansas Library System, Comprise Technologies, and Computer Solutions McPherson have been involved for several months in planning the project.
Anyone with questions about the new Internet system may call the library at 245-2570 or email them at [email protected]