Free WiFi

The Library WiFi enables most laptops, tablets, and smartphones to access the Internet without incurring mobile data charges, or risking exceeding the data limits associated with typical mobile phone contracts. It should be usable throughout the Library, and possibly just outside it. There are no restrictions on the duration of use, and refreshments may be purchased from the Library and enjoyed as required.

By bringing a WiFi-enabled device into the Library or on to its grounds, or by connecting to the Library WiFi, you are agreeing that we have made this document available to you, that all its numbered pages are present, and that you have accepted this document as the basis of a contract between you and the “Friends of Ecclesfield Library CIO” (we, us, or ourselves). If you are happy to do this, then ensure that your device has WiFi switched on, and select the network named ...

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Then enter the current password, available at the Library desk...


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Information and Cautions

By using the Library WiFi, you are acknowledging that we have advised you of the following ...

  1. The Library is a public space, so valuables such as mobile devices should not be left unattended.
  2. The Library does not have private carrels or screens. We cannot therefore guarantee privacy, or that any passwords entered will not be overseen. Although they have their own risks, you may prefer to use stored passwords instead of entering passwords into your device while in the Library.
  3. We understand that public WiFi connections can be less secure than either typical fixed Internet connections, or normal (GSM) mobile-phone connections. One reason for this is the difficulty in preventing equipment for monitoring, reading, and even altering the WiFi signal, being brought into the Library. Although it is difficult or impossible for us to counter this, lists things that users can do to ensure secure end-to-end encryption, including
  1. Typing in the https:// to bring up a secure web page, and avoiding insecure http:// pages (even Google’s) while trying to reach any sensitive page.
  2. Clicking on the browser’s padlock icon and checking the “certification path” before entering a password, or logging into a sensitive site.
  3. Never allowing MS Outlook, or thunderbird to log on to unencrypted email servers via WiFi, and never using it to log onto, or transfer files by unencrypted File FTP.
  4. Switching the device’s WiFi facility off after use.
  1. While “WiFi” is on and connected, you may want to switch “Data” off to prevent mobile data charges.
  2. The WiFi network is filtered, making it harder to reach inappropriate web sites. However, this filter does not distinguish between adult and child users, and we suspect that it is in any case far from perfect. Parents and Guardians may therefore wish to supervise access, or take other precautions if allowing their children to use the WiFi to access the Internet.
  3. All personnel setting up and maintaining WiFi have been, or are working for Friends of Ecclesfield Library CIO. You are therefore unlikely to have right of action against any persons or bodies, other than this limited-liability Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Also, (at least at the date of this document) we provide the WiFi service free of charge, and we do not capture or store, and therefore cannot sell the data passing through the WiFi network or derive advertising revenue from the service. In addition, at least as at the date of this document, we are under no obligation to any third party to provide such a service. You may wish to take these things into account when deciding whether to use or rely on this service. In this regard, we point out that Sheffield City Council is responsible for two Internet-connected PN computers in the Library, and the Library is in range of at least two mobile phone providers, and has many conventional information sources.

Limitations of Service

By using the Library WiFi, you are accepting that the service has the following limitations...

  1. Not all mobile phones or other devices can use the WiFi system, and some old laptops which can handle some WiFi systems may not be able to handle our WPA encryption.
  2. Library staff are volunteers; have in general no special training in the use of WiFi; and may never have used it themselves. You should therefore not expect Library Staff to help configure your device. You are however, welcome to enquire about the courses on using iPads and other devices which are held periodically in the Library.
  3. The WiFi Internet connection uses "Fibre to the Cabinet" and can run up to 76Mbs downstream. However this bandwidth may not always be obtainable, and is shared between all users.
  4. Our access point provides an external firewall. However, we cannot guarantee that this is sufficient to block all external attacks. Conversely, the firewall may block some specialist types of Internet connection. We would however be interested in any comments or requests anybody might have about our firewall settings.
  5. You agree that we are not responsible for:
  1. any Internet or other connections that may be made by the device you connect to the WiFi system;
  2. any data, files, documents, or information that the device you connect to the WiFi system may receive;
  3. any data, files, documents, or information originating from your device.
  1. Although we try to ensure that the password is only available to people who come into the Library, we do not restrict access to it in other ways, nor can we guarantee to change it regularly. See Cautions above.
  2. The WiFi service is provided “as is”, we do not keep spares, and do not guarantee any particular level of service. However, having said that, we do want to offer as good a service as we can. If you do notice a problem, therefore, please inform the Library desk. This is especially important since we have not yet put in a system to monitor the WiFi network.
  3. Printing documents directly from the WiFi network is not currently possible. You may however be able to email or upload documents to a service provider such as Google, and then print them from the Personal Network Computers (for which there is a charge).

Conditions of Use

By using the Library WiFi, you are agreeing that ...

  1. You will not reveal or publish the password. You will tell Library staff as soon as possible if you believe that anyone has obtained the password without agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, or if you become aware that these Terms and Conditions have been breached in some other way.
  2. You will not enter the password into any device for which you cannot reasonably ensure that these Terms and Conditions are met.
  3. If you are aged under 18, then before using WiFi, please ensure that you have your parent or guardian's consent, and ensure that both they and you have read and agree to these Terms and Conditions.
  4. You will not attempt to make any unauthorised changes to the Library WiFi, or otherwise. circumvent Library procedures.
  5. The WiFi network may only be used for lawful purposes in accordance with all laws, statutes and regulations in force from time to time in the United Kingdom. You fully indemnify us for the costs (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) of any claims or legal proceedings that might be brought or threatened against us by any other person in connection with the User’s use of the WiFi, including those for downloading illegal, protected or copyright material.
  6. You acknowledge that Ecclesfield Library does not have a TV license and agree to abide by the Communications Act 2003 and   Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004 (as amended), as they apply to premises without such a license. For example, you agree not to use the WiFi to view or record live television transmissions as they are being broadcast.
  7. You must not use the WiFi network to send, receive, distribute, transmit, post, upload or download any materials that are designed to violate the WiFi Network's security or any third party's system or device. Examples of such prohibited material may include (but are not limited to):
  1. files or data containing viruses, worms, hoaxes, trojan horses or any other items of a destructive or deceptive nature;
  2. tools designed to compromise the security of other sites;
  3. programs or services designed to send or facilitate the sending of unsolicited advertisements; or
  4. programs or services designed to encourage or facilitate a breach of the terms of this document,  or those of our service providers.
  1. You must not run software, or bring hardware designed to probe, scan, or test for vulnerabilities into the Library or on to Library grounds.
  2. You must not use the WiFi Service to violate the security of either the WiFi network or that of any third party's system or device without valid authorisation, by any method including:
  1. probing, scanning or testing for vulnerabilities;
  2. monitoring of data or traffic;
  3. recording or copying of data or information;
  4. corrupting, changing, adding to, or interfering with data or information.
  1. You may not use the WiFi Service to send, receive, store, distribute, transmit, post, upload or download any materials or data which:
  1. is defamatory, offensive, abusive, indecent, obscene, or constitutes harassment;
  2. is or may be harmful to minors;
  3. promotes or encourages illegal, socially unacceptable or irresponsible behaviour;
  4. is in breach of any third party rights (including any third party intellectual property rights);
  5. has any fraudulent purpose or effect or involves a user impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting himself or herself as the source of any communication;
  6. damages (or may damage) our name and/or reputation or the name and/or reputation of our suppliers.
  1. You must not connect an insecure device to the WiFi system, or one which is able to, or is being exploited by others to carry out actions which constitute a breach of these Terms and Conditions. If you become aware that your device has been so exploited, then you will promptly disconnect from WiFi.
  2. You will not cause a nuisance to other Library users or to Library staff. Nuisance can occur whether there is a complaint or not, and judgement as to whether a nuisance is taking place is by the Library Team leader.
  3. You will refrain from hogging the network bandwidth to an extent which unfairly reduces the service to other WiFi users. Streaming video might be expected to cause such hogging.
  4. You also agree to the usage restrictions of our ISP “Plusnet plc” for broadband, including those listed on .
  5. You also agree to the usage restrictions of our DNS provider, “OpenDNS Inc”, for FamilyShield including those listed on .
  6. You will promptly cease using the WiFi, if asked to do so by a member of the Library Staff. Appeal may be made to the Library Team Leader, whose decision is final and lasts for the duration of that team leader’s Library shift. Any complaint should be lodged with us, and our standard complaints procedure is available for this.
  7. You will not reveal any bank passwords, any passwords for email accounts connected to bank accounts, or any other important security information, to Library staff. If for any reason, such information is revealed, you will promptly change these details. Similarly, you agree not to ask Library staff to suggest such passwords, and if for any reason such a password is offered, you agree not to use it.
  8. If at any time, you do not, or cannot comply with all of the clauses in this document, then you will promptly cease to use the WiFi and either “forget” the network or remove the password from your device in some other way.
  9. You are at all times under a duty to mitigate any losses suffered by you in connection with the WiFi.
  10. In the event that you claim any right, or take action as a result of your use of the WiFi then you will pursue such right, claim or action independently of, and without recourse to, us.

Our rights

In using the WiFi, you are agreeing that ...

  1. We have the right to disconnect the WiFi at any time, whether for maintenance or for any other reason.
  2. We reserve the right to cease the current free WiFi service, and replace it with a chargeable service accessed by a different password.
  3. We reserve the right to introduce chargeable ancillary services, such as printing.
  4. We have the right to change this document. If we do so, the applicable version is that of the paper copy displayed in the Library at the time of connection.


  1. We will not be liable for any charges incurred as a result of your use of the WiFi, including those resulting from purchases or other transactions entered into.
  2. We will not be liable for any consequence resulting from your downloading material from sources we do not control.
  3. Any equipment which you bring into the Library or connect to the WiFi system is at your own risk. We assume no liability in contract, tort, negligence, statutory duty or otherwise for…
  1. any damage to physical property, software or data;
  2. any wasted expenditure;
  3. any business interruption;
  4. any loss of money, profit, revenue, time, anticipated savings, opportunity, data, business, or revenue; or
  5. for any loss arising from, or in connection with, your use of the WiFi service, inability to use WiFi, inability to access WiFi, failure of WiFi, suspension of WiFi, withdrawal of all or part of the WiFi service, disclosure of confidential information, or for any other similar direct losses that may arise in relation to this contract,

whether or not you were advised in advance of the possibility of such loss or damage, and whether or not we are negligent.

  1. To the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for the consequences of loss of security or identity theft, as a result of your bringing equipment into the Library, or of using the WiFi, whether or not we are negligent, including any consequences resulting from the publishing of the WiFi password.
  2. To the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for any charges or costs incurred as a result of the failure of, or difficulties in using the WiFi, whether or not we are negligent, including data charges incurred as a result of your device re-routing data following failure or difficulty in using WiFi, even where we have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage.
  3. Both you and us agree that any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with your use of the WiFi, (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England, and that the courts of England and Wales have non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).
  4. No waiver by us of any of the Terms and Conditions of this agreement shall be effective unless it is expressly stated to be a waiver and is communicated to you in writing.
  5. Nothing done or said by another Library user shall be construed as a waiver of any provision, or of any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  6. If we fail, at any time during the term of this agreement, to insist upon strict performance of any of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions, or if we fail to exercise any of the rights or remedies to which we are entitled under these Terms and Conditions, this shall not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and shall not relieve you from compliance with such obligations.
  7. A waiver by us of any default shall not constitute a waiver of any subsequent default.
  8. Neither you nor us intend that these Terms and Conditions will be enforceable by anyone except you and us, whether under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.
  9. This document, and the documents it expressly refers to, represent the entire agreement between us in regard of the WiFi system, and supersedes any prior agreement, understanding or arrangement between us.
  10. In this document, headings do not limit the application, purposes, or scope of the text beneath them.
  11. Each provision of these Terms and Conditions excluding or limiting liability shall be construed separately, applying and surviving even if for any reason one or more of those provisions is held inapplicable or unenforceable in any circumstances.
  12. Each provision of these Terms and Conditions shall remain in force notwithstanding the termination of the Terms and Conditions as a whole, howsoever this termination was occasioned.


The following terms have special meaning in this document …

Printing and copying this document

We are very happy for our WiFi users and others to print, copy, or modify this document, provided the copyright permission below is included...

Creative Commons Licence This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

In case anyone is thinking of using this document to help write their own terms and conditions, we should say that this document is meant to be printed out for use in the library with the current Password written into the box on the top. If this is the only publication of that Password, then users entering the Password into their device must have come into the library, and seen at least the first page of the document.

We should declare that the main author of this document has no legal training and is not a WiFi or Internet expert. Thus nothing in this document should be relied upon as being technical or legal advice, or as being complete, adequate, or best practice. For example, the document may contain errors which render some or all of its terms unenforceable, or some of its terms may be less beneficial than those which a court would imply should the term not be included. For all these reasons, we cannot accept any liability that might otherwise result from re-use of the document. In fact, we are sure that the document could be improved, and would be interested in seeing any alternatives. Just email them to

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