Using Our Computer Services

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Public Computers

We have six high-speed computers with Internet access as well as two laptop computers that can be used within the library building only.

The Iron River Public Library uses the "Pharos" system on our public access computers. Your “login ID” is your library card number (with no spaces) and your password is your birthdate, entered in the MM-DD-YYYY format including the hyphens. For users who do not have a Northern Waters library card, library staff can issue a temporary card for computer access only. This card is valid for one week.

Once you have logged in “Pharos” will begin timing your session. “Pharos” automatically grants each patron 30 minutes to use the computer. After 30 minutes you will be automatically logged off after receiving a pop-up message two minutes prior. Your session may be “extended” if the computer you are on has not been reserved by another patron through the Pharos Reserve Station.

There are no filters on library computers, and the Iron River Public Library takes no responsibility for the content found on the internet. Users must comply with Our Internet Access Policy.

Parental Information:

Patrons under 18 MUST submit a signed parent/guardian's Computer/Internet Usage Agreement form to use the internet. Please ask your librarian for a form. No one under 18 will be permitted to use a computer on their own card or on anyone else's unless the agreement form has been signed.

E-Book Readers:

We have a Nook, a Nook Color, and a Kindle Fire available for 3-week check-out.

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Our Wi-Fi network is free and unrestricted and is available to any wireless devices within range. No password is required, but users must agree to the Internet Policy before using the Internet. The Wi-Fi network is available 24/7.

Please use appropriate caution as the library is not responsible for securing the data transmitted over our Wi-Fi network.

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Copy Machine (black & white) - $.15 per one-sided page 
Fax Machine - $1.00 per page sending or receiving [fax number (715) 372-5456]
Scanning - free!

Please ask library staff for assistance with faxing and scanning.

Printing is available from the library's computers for a nominal fee:

  • 15¢ for a Black & White page.

  • 30¢ for a color page.