Computers, Internet and Wireless Access

The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to computers and Wi-Fi Internet at the library for residents and visitors.

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.

Access Library Databases

Through the auspices of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Atheneum offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics, from the arts and humanities to science and technology, available both in the library and at home.

Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English. More information. The login is your CLAMS library card barcode (13 digits on the back of the card entered without any spaces between the digits).

Network Procedures

Before connecting to the Atheneum’s network:

1. Make sure your computer has anti-virus software and has been updated on a regular basis through a paid subscription. If you do not have anti-virus software on your computer or it is not up-to-date, please update it at home or bring your computer to the Atheneum’s Reference Department so that a librarian can assist you.

2. Make sure your operating system is up-to-date with all critical updates it may need. (Especially computers using the Microsoft Windows operating systems.) If you are not sure or have not done this, please bring your computer to the Atheneum’s Reference Department so that a librarian can assist you.

Note: If your computer is not safe—and you connect to our network—you run the risk of infecting your computer. Please take the time to follow the directions above. Better yet, come to the Reference Department and let us look at it for you. There is no charge for this service.

If your computer has up-to-date antivirus software and its operating system is up-to-date:

  • Set up, plug in and turn on your computer.
  • Check your Wi-Fi connection to make sure Atheneum.public (the library’s SSID) is connected.
  • Launch your browser software.
  • If you come to a Registration page, make sure that you are connected to the SSID of Atheneum.public.

Internet Acceptable Use: Rules of Conduct

Nantucket Atheneum Internet Acceptable Use Policy

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. Please see the Network Procedures above.
  • 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.
  • Will my Macintosh work with wireless in the library?
    Yes, as long as it supports 802.11b or 802.11g wireless.
  • 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.
  • Will I need to register to use my laptop?
    Not at this time. The network is open to any Wi-Fi-capable device without a password.
  • Since I’m using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?
    Yes. You must abide by the Internet Acceptable Use Policy: Rules of Conduct while in the building or on our network.