DeKALB – Starting Sunday, patrons of the DeKalb Public Library will be unable to use the library’s computers as they upgrade to a new computer system.
The upgrades are scheduled to be complete by Thursday, with Internet service returning Friday. During this time, patrons will not be able to access the Internet at library computers, nor will staff be able to check in books, place holds on patrons’ accounts or pay bills.
Patrons will be able to check out a maximum of five items during this time and not return them until Friday. There will be no books due between Sunday and Thursday.
Paul Rowland, a 42-year-old Panera Bread associate from Shabbona, said he was trying to “wrap up” everything by Sunday when he visited the library Friday.
“It’ll be a little inconvenient, but in the long run I think it’s a good thing,” Rowland said.
Rowland said he uses the library’s computers for email and shopping for books and music. He also participates in forums on Amazon.com, posting on discussion boards relating to science and religion. He cannot be on there forever, though; the library restricts patrons’ Internet use to one hour a day.
“If I had unlimited access, I’d do this all time,” Rowland said.
The down time also means that Nathan Gosling, Connor Dixon and Randy Hudspeth, all 13-year-olds living in DeKalb, will not be able to use the library’s Internet or go on Facebook. They are not particularly worried, though; they all have their own game systems at home.
Once the system is upgraded, patrons will be able to track their check-out history.
If users opt in to this program, the system will keep track of everything they check out. If they opt-out, the check-out history is erased.
Liz Hyink, 28, said she would find that feature particularly handy.
“I like to keep track of what I read or failed to read, the books I check out,” Hyink said. “So I can go back to it.”
While the library is usually open seven days a week, it will be closed Wednesday for the Fourth of July.