Computers, Internet, and Wireless Access

SAM - Overview

About SAM

SAM in use: a signup computer, online payments, and a blue APM machine

The Enoch Pratt Free Library offers free access to computers and the Internet at all library locations. Because computers are so popular, the Library has installed software known as SAM (Smart Access Manager™) that allows all computer users equal access time at each location. SAM allocates individual session time and printer resources among all customers who want to use library computers.

Using your library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number), SAM keeps track of the amount of time each user is on the computer.*

SAM Guidelines

All computers users must agree to abide by the Library's Internet Use Policy and Computer Courtesies.

*Each library location has a different number of computers. As a result, the length of computer sessions varies by location. Please check with the librarian for the session times at each location.

Access SAM with Library Cards

Computer users must have a library card or a PC access card. These users are limited to four (4) total hours of PC use per day. Go to the circulation desk if you do not have a library card or if you do not know your PIN.

Out-of-state visitors should go to the circulation desk for a 1-day visitor’s pass for access to Pratt computers. Visitors must present a valid out-of-state photo ID to receive a pass. Visitor's passes are limited to two (2) total hours of PC use per day.

SAM Manages Printing

Customers also use SAM to pay for computer printouts. SAM Print Manager shows current balance and details.

  • Users with a library card or PC access card are allowed five (5) free printed pages per day.
  • After the free printouts, a charge of ten (10) cents per page is applied. Money must be added to the account before printing.
  • Customers can add money to their SAM accounts online or use the APM (Automated Payment Machine) found in all locations.

Your Privacy is Important

SAM ensures your privacy while using the library’s computer. When you log off the Internet, SAM deletes all the sites you visited and also any "Favorites" and "Bookmarks." Your printing information will also be deleted once you end your session. SAM does not keep track of where or what on the Internet an individual user does on the library computers.

How to Use SAM - Step by step