Use a Computer or WIFI at the Atheneum

The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to computers and Wi-Fi Internet at the library for residents and visitors. Our Wi-Fi’s identification is Atheneum.public.

Due to the computers’ popularity, the Atheneum allows computer use in 30-minute intervals during the busy summer season. Please check with a librarian for the session times at each computer location.

  • Each Atheneum computer has the full Microsoft Office suite of programs: Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, and multiple Internet browsers.
  • Black and white printing is available for $.25 per page.
  • Bring your own USB flash storage if you wish to save your data.

Do not leave your laptop or any personal items unattended in the library. The Atheneum is not responsible for stolen laptops or any personal items. Avoid extending network and electrical cables across aisles where they might be safety hazards.

Borrow a Laptop or Mobile Hotspot to Take Away

Thanks to a grant from the Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief through the Nantucket Community Foundation, we have recently purchased 20 HP Chromebooks and twenty Coolpad Surf Mobile Hotspots. These devices are now available for lending to all library card holders as Connect Kits.

Each Connect Kit will contain one Chromebook and one Mobile Hotspot, allowing patrons to connect to the internet for school, work, or personal use. Kits may be checked out for 14 days with the option to renew if no other patrons are waiting.

To Reserve a Kit:

Email [subject: Connection Kit]
Call 508-228-1110 (x101) Monday-Friday
Instructions for pickup will be provided at the time of request.

Computer Use and Wireless Access:
Frequently Asked Questions

While at the library, you may log on to our free wireless network: Atheneum.public.

What about virus protection and security?
You are responsible for protecting your own machines against viruses.

Is my information safe while using wireless?
The library’s wireless network is open, not secure (encrypted), so the library cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic. We recommend that you use a firewall to help protect your computer.

While in the library, am I on the library network?
Given the nature of wireless networks, your computer may see and inadvertently connect to many town wireless network signals.

Why does my wireless network connection speed vary?
There are several possibilities, including:

  •  Your distance from the access point and/or obstructions might be in the way.
  •  If several people are using the network, users may experience slower connections. If you experience a connection problem, seek the assistance of a librarian.

Internet Acceptable Use: Rules of Conduct

Whether you are using an Atheneum laptop or your own devices, you must abide by the Internet Acceptable Use Policy: Rules of Conduct while in the building or on our network.