What do I need to do to use the Internet?
The Library has 45 workstations in the Computer Commons, which is next to/in front of the Reference Desk. Along with a full range of office and graphics programs and the ability to print from any of them, they have full access to the internet.
Library has a walk-up reservation system to use these computers.
We also have wireless access to the web, if you have your own laptops/tablet/etc you wish to use. Simply pick the “Guest” login, then go to your browser and agree to the rules shown on our login page. Yes, there is also wireless printing.
For other locations on campus that have Internet access and printing facilities, check the “Plugged in at Rio” flyer.
Do you allow email? My instructor said I need to use the Internet to email him/her.
Yes, but only through web email pages. Programs like Outlook are not set up on the computers for student use.
The Internet computers in the Library are primarily for research activities so you may use the Internet computers for course-related email (e.g. to email your instructor or communicate with other students in your online classes). You may also use them for personal email if the workstation is not otherwise needed.
However, if all the computers are being used and you are doing personal email (or any other personal, non-school-related activity), you will be asked to give up the computer to a student who needs to do research.
See here for more information on email at the Library.
Why are your computers so slow?
Our Internet connection is a T1 line through the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which has many other users besides Rio Hondo College. Some times of the day are just busier than others! You can count on it being slower in the peak morning hours, and faster in the late afternoon and evening.
How do I print from the Internet?
See Printing and photocopying. Please note that printing from the Internet needs a copy card and is 10c per page.