The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) offers patrons a number of free public computer access stations at multiple locations. In addition, PWPLS provides free wireless access AT ALL LIBRARY BRANCHES.
Please visit our locations webapp to locate the closest computer station to you. It is important that you read and accept Prince William Public Library System's Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy before using the device.
Library patrons must have their own equipment, wireless card, and any software needed to access the network. Wireless access is provided only during regular library hours. A patron's use of the service indicates acceptance of, and agreement to abide by, the Prince William Public Library System's Library Wireless Network Access Policy.
Wireless Network Access Tips
It is recommended that users disable WiFi Ad-Hoc mode and only connect using Infrastructure Mode. This will prevent your machine from connecting to an unknown computer.
If you have to use a credit card or enter passwords make sure the web site is using SSL. It will have a padlock icon on your browsers right hand corner as well as a HTTPS:// in the address.
To access the network, you will need a laptop, portable or mobile device with a WiFi compliant wireless network interface along with the appropriate software installed and properly configured.
The eleven wireless networks listed below are open networks with no data encryption. The network names are:
Chinn Park Regional Library WiFi
Bull Run Regional Library WiFi
Central Community Library WiFi
Haymarket Gainesville Community Library WiFi
Montclair Community Library WiFi
Potomac Community Library WiFi
Dale City Library WiFi
Dumfries Library WiFi
Independent Hill Library WiFi
Lake Ridge Library WiFi
Nokesville Library WiFi
While operating systems vary, generally you should be able to “scan the wireless network” and then connect to the appropriate library network. Once you have successfully connected you should be able to start surfing the Internet.
For specific information about how to configure your device and scan for the network, you will need to refer to the device and operating system documentation.
Printing is not available through the wireless network. If printing is needed, patrons will need to save their work to a flash drive or e-mail the file to themselves. They can then use a Library System public access computer to retrieve their work and print it to a Library System public printer.
The Library System’s web catalog and premium sites are available through WiFi during Library hours or remotely 24/7 through the Library System’s website: www.pwcgov.org/library.