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Children's and Teen Services (CATS) Computer Lab

The Longmont Public Library Children's and Teen Services (CATS) Computer Lab provides filtered access through WebSense to the Internet, a wide variety of software, including word processing software (Microsoft Word), Publisher, Power Point, and CD-ROM software for all ages. Please review the Internet and Computer Use Policy (Adobe .pdf file, 86kb) for guidelines in this lab and for information about other computers in the library. For questions regarding the CATS Computer Lab, please call 303-651-8477.


When are the computers available?

During the School Year (Labor Day to Memorial Day)
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

During the Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

How do I sign up to use the CATS Computer Lab?

Sign up is through the automated PC Reservation system. Children and teens must have a library card to use the computers. Only cards issued to patrons under the age of 18 will work in the CATS lab.

To use an available computer, type in your 14-digit library card number as indicated on the computer screen. If all computers are in use, please let staff know. You must be in the library to sign up for a PC in the children and teen lab; the CATS staff does not take advance reservations.

Who are the computers for?

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What computer activities are permitted?

What are the rules in the CATS Computer Lab?

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Filtering Program

WebSense blocks many inappropriate sites, but due to rapid changes on the Internet and the limitations of the filtering software, some inappropriate sites are not blocked immediately upon coming up on the Internet. WebSense does not replace parental judgment as to what is appropriate for a particular child.

Are there Time Limits?

In the CATS Computer Lab the time limit is 1 hour per day. If the CATS Lab is not busy and no one is waiting for a computer, an individual may extend their time to a total of 2 hours per day.

What Type of Computers Are Available?

Do you have computers for Pre-school or Elementary Age Children?

Three additional computers are available in the children's area with pre-loaded software for preschool and elementary age children. These computers are equipped with headphones. These computers do not require sign-up and a library card is not needed to access them. The time limit on these computers is 30 minutes per day.

Assistance and Training

Library staff will provide informal assistance (10-15 minutes) to individuals unfamiliar with the Internet or word processing. Classes and groups may arrange for formal instruction in Internet safety by contacting the Children's and Teen Services Desk at 303-651-8477

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Updated 6/23/10