Computers & Technology

Do I need a library card to use SCCLD Wi-Fi?


Which browsers and operating system is your Wi-Fi network compatible with?

The network works with any operating system that supports a Wi-Fi network adapter and an Internet Protocol network connection.

What do I need in order to use wireless Internet at the Library?

All Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) spaces offer wireless connections. To access this service you will need:

  • A device with a working wireless network interface card, 802.11b or later
  • Your laptop to be configured for DHCP network access with cookies enabled
  • A charged battery (Note: Some SCCLD libraries may provide access to electrical outlets)
  • Willingness to agree and abide by the library's Wireless Policy

How do I get started?

  • Click on your Wi-Fi connection icon on the bottom right of your laptop screen.
  • Highlight the "SCCL" network and click "Connect."
  • Open your web browser.

NOTE: If your homepage is set to load a blank page, type any valid URL into the address bar.

  • A screen will appear with policy information about "Accessing Wireless Network Terms."
  • Click "Accept"
  • The network will then assign an IP address, and you are ready to browse.

Can I print from my laptop when on the Wi-Fi network?

Yes. You need a Windows laptop in order to print from our Wi-Fi network.

Is the Wi-Fi network secure?

SCCLD’s wireless network is not secure and information sent from or to your device could be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software. We recommend that your device have the latest operating system service packs and anti-virus software before connecting to our wireless network.

Am I protected from viruses while using the Library's Wi-fi network?

No. Virus and security protection is your responsibility.

How long does my connection last while I'm in the Library?

There is no maximum length of time that you may use the Wi-Fi network. However, the system will log you out after 15 minutes of inactivity.