The Public Library has been serving Rector for over a century. For more detail about the history of the Library click here: History.
Public Access Computers and WiFi
The Rector Public Library offers free high-speed Internet access at no charge to its users. Patrons are allowed one hour per day until 3:00 pm. After that each patron will have 30 minutes, exceptions may be made for those working on school work or employment activities. We currently have 8 public access stations, two of which are dedicated to Research and one dedicated to Genealogy. All copies printed cost 25¢ each. In addition, the library building offers free Wifi to users who wish to bring their own laptop into the library. If you have questions, please contact the library staff at 870-595-2410.
Here is an excerpt from a helpful reminder post on MakeUseOf.com titled Things To Know When Using a WiFi Hotspot Or a Public PC:
“…When Using a Public Computer
- Whatever you do absolutely NEVER EVER save your log-on information… Find and click the ‘log out’ button the web site before you leave.
- Don’t type personal information on the computer… Even encryption won’t help if the machine has a keylogger on it.
- Erase your web browsing history and restart the computer (if you can’t log-off).
- Watch out for people staring at you or spying on you…
When Using a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Use a firewall – There are tons of free firewalls out there like Zone Alarm. But, your Windows XP Post SP2, Vista or Windows 7 machine has one built in. Turn it on!…
- Turn off your WiFi when you’re not using it. Do not log into a network you do not know and just leave your machine on. If you are not using it turn it off…
- Encrypt sensitive files prior sending them over…
- If you HAVE TO use a credit card or enter passwords on a public WiFi connection – 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.
- Disable WiFi Ad-hoc Mode – Disabling this in your WiFi settings will prevent your machine from connecting to someone’s computer that you don’t know. Most normal WiFi connections use Infrastructure mode. Where as Ad-hoc meshes a group of WiFi users into a pseudo network.”
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NARL is a consortium of public libraries from Clay, Greene and Randolph Counties. The regional library allows for the pooling of resources to better serve the three counties.
The Regional Director is Mike Rogers
The Regional Library Board is made up of representatives from the 3 counties.
There is also a Clay County Library Board
that is made up of representatives from the three cities, Corning, Piggott and Rector
The Gateway Project is a collection-sharing program for Northeast Arkansas Libraries.
The program provides a public library service to Northeast Arkansas residents without charging a non, resident fee to patrons outside a library's service area.
Gateway cardholders have reciprocal borrowing rights at all participating libraries, giving them access to an ever larger span of resources,.