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Orland Park library limits non-resident computer access

Starting Thursday non-residents using OrlPark Public Library computers will face access restrictions fees. It's second policy change since November sign

Starting Thursday, non-residents using the Orland Park Public Library computers will face access restrictions and fees. It's the second policy change since November, and a sign posted next to adults-only terminals at the library explains a requirement tha

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Updated: February 3, 2014 2:14PM

Starting Thursday, non-residents using computers at the Orland Park Public Library will face new time restrictions and fees — the second policy change in as many months regarding computer access at the library.

Non-residents will be limited to one, 1-hour computer session a day and be charged a $3 fee. Computers will be set aside for non-residents to use at no cost, but those “express” terminals will be limited to sessions of no more than 15 minutes, according to the new policy.

In November, another computer access policy change began requiring patrons 18 and older who use computers in the second-floor adult section to show photo identification containing their age or birth date.

Use of those computers already was restricted to those 18 or older. Before the new policy, library staff relied on patron library card data on file, including date of birth, to allow computer access.

The new policy was enacted after complaints that some patrons were using the computers to view pornography.

Restricting non-resident use is something library officials discussed separately from the age-ID requirement and was done in response to complaints from residents that non-residents were monopolizing computers, particularly in the adult section, according to a library spokeswoman.

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