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SignUp for Libraries

Public access computers (PACs) are an essential feature of the public library landscape, providing some patrons with their only access to computers and the Internet, and offering other patrons an attractive alternative to their home or office computing environment. Ensuring that everyone has equitable access to library computers is very important, but making it happen can be time consuming and labor intensive for library staff. Moreover, the need to continually remind patrons that their time is up and to encourage reluctant users to move on can be stressful for patrons and staff alike.

Now you can facilitate management of library computers with Pharos SignUp, a computer reservation system that automates the administrative and enforcement roles required for PACs and offers a variety of mix-and-match reservation options, security features, patron identification methods, and reporting choices. It ensures orderly and fair access to shared computers, freeing up staff to focus on their core activities. SignUp is part of the Pharos Uniprint Solution Suite, along with Uniprint® and Off-The-Glass®.

The Pharos SignUp computer reservation system:

  • Features three flexible reservation modes: scheduled, queued, and immediate
  • Automatically manages time allocations, based on level of demand and future reservations
  • Integrates easily with third party Internet-filtering software
  • Offers a web-based management tool, the Nerve Center, which enables librarians to remotely supervise PAC use
  • Provides full audit trail and reporting options

The solution begins at a SignUp Station, where patrons swipe their library card or type their ID to initiate the fast and intuitive three-step reservation process. When the reserved time begins, they log in at the PAC to ensure that only they are able to access it. When the reserved time is about to expire, SignUp first notifies, and then gracefully logs the patron off. The computer is available for the next reservation without any staff intervention.