Vineyard Haven Public Library improves computer use


The Vineyard Haven Public Library (VHPL) will close on Wednesday, May 16, to install software and train staff for a new system to manage the facility’s public computers and printing.

The new EnvisionWare software allows for more self-service options, according to a press release from VHPL director Amy Ryan.

The software will enable library patrons to start a one-hour computer session when a computer is available, rather than having to start and end on the hour. Library users may reserve a computer and pay for printouts, cash only, at a convenient self-service kiosk. Reservations may still be made one day in advance at the library.

Patrons must use their CLAMS library card to access the one-hour computers and printers. Guest passes will be available for visitors to access the library’s 30-minute computers. Sessions on all computers may be automatically extended at times when there is not high demand.

The EnvisionWare software manages time and printing, but does not record Internet usage or other work done on the computer. At the end of the day, all user data is deleted, Ms. Ryan said.