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Wireless FAQ

Wireless is available to gain access to our legal databases for legal research while in the library. By using computer and internet services, you will be deemed to have read and agreed to the terms of the Technology Use Policy.

  1. Do I need to pay for access to the wireless network?
  2. Where is wireless access available?
  3. Can I access the Library’s electronic legal resources over the wireless network?
  4. Are there any electrical outlets I can use to plug in my wireless device?
  5. Can staff help me connect to the wireless network?
  6. Are there any other restrictions to the wireless network?
  7. Can I print from my wireless device to the Public Law Library printers?
  8. Is your wireless network secure?

Do I need to pay for access to the wireless network?

No. However, our wireless is only available to people using it to gain access to one of our legal databases. We do not offer unlimited open access to wifi for other purposes. If you need to check your social media accounts, browse the web, watch videos, etc. local coffee shops, restaurants, and the Public Library all offer free access to wifi.

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Where is wireless access available?

Wireless access is available at all our locations.

  • Downtown San Diego
    Wireless access is available in the main reading room, lobby, and self-help area.
  • North County Location
    Wireless access is available in the main seating area. Access in the Federal Reading Room is limited or unavailable.

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Can I access your electronic legal resources over the wireless network?

Yes, you can access some of our electronic legal resources directly from a wireless device by visiting Legal Databases. Links to these resources are also available from our online catalog.

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Are there any electrical outlets I can use to plug in my wireless device?

Electrical outlets on the surface of the reading room tables are available for people charging a device they are actively using for legal research in one of our databases. We do not offer electrical outlets to charge phones or other devices not being actively used for legal research.

 

Refer to our Technology Use Policy for guidelines, sign up requirements, and prohibited uses of outlets throughout the Library.

 

 

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Can staff help me connect to the wireless network?

You are responsible for configuring your own hardware. Due to the number of wireless devices on the market, it is not possible for us to provide individual support. You may be able to resolve your connectivity issues after reviewing the provided troubleshooting section. The documentation which came with your hardware or the hardware manufacturer’s website may provide helpful information, as well.

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Are there any other restrictions to the wireless network?

Our wireless network is only available to those actively performing legal research in one of our databases. If you are using the wireless network for other purposes you will be asked to stop and directed to a local cafe with wireless or to the City/County library.

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Can I print from my wireless device to the Law Library printers?

We do not offer wireless printing services at this time. However, you can transfer information to a USB drive or CD-ROM and print from one of our computers.

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Is your wireless network secure?

No. As with most public wireless “hot spots,” our wireless network is not secure. Information sent over our wireless network is unencrypted and could be intercepted. You accept all risks and responsibilities when accessing the internet over non-secure connections.

We recommend that you disable file and print sharing prior to connecting to the internet over a non-secure network. We also strongly encourage you to have current anti-virus software.

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