Online Public AreasPrepared to: Dr. Augusta Rosario A. VillamaterPrepared by: Angelique L. Guce BLIS-II
Internet a computer-based worldwide information network, has had an enormous impact on libraries.
Librariansuse the Internet and its multimedia component, the World Wide Web, to answer reference questions and to provide access to materials not previously available to their patrons.
On university campuses, investment in personal computers and high-speed local area networks (LANs) provided students and faculty with the ability to access vast new sources of information via the Internet.
Many libraries haveattempted to meetthat challenge bymaking Internetaccess a top priority.
As a result, libraries have extended their traditional roles of facilitating self-education and individual enrichment by providing low-cost or free computer access to online resources such as government, consumer, medical, and legal information.
Public workstations forsearching the Internet aswell as the Librarysonline catalog areavailable in the Librarysreading rooms, and inthe Computer CatalogCenters
The Library of Congress provides access to the Internet in these locations as a resource for Library researchers, including Congress and the public; the workstations are intended for research and reference use only.
Inaccordance with Library of Congress Regulation 1812, "Conduct on Library Premises," recreational use of the Librarys public Internet workstations is prohibited.
Before using the Internet at the Library of Congress, researchers should consult the Librarys conditions for use for its public Internet workstations.