Pharos FAQ

What is Pharos?

Pharos is an automated computer system that allows patrons to independently log on and off the library’s public computers

Why is the Babylon Library using this new system?

The Pharos system will provide equitable computer access to all Babylon Public Library patrons and will enable us to better manage our public computers.

How do I use the Babylon Library computers with the Pharos system?

To use the computers at the Babylon Library, you must log on with your valid Babylon Public Library Card barcode and your 4 digit password which is the last 4 digits of your telephone number on record.

If you are a non-resident of the Babylon Library but have a valid library card from a Suffolk County library you may log on with your library card barcode and your password which is the last 4 digits of your telephone number on record.

If you are an out of town visitor (no Babylon or Suffolk County library card) you must see the Reference Desk to apply for a one time guest card.Guests must show photo identification to obtain a guest pass. Residents and guests who are eligible for a library card at a Suffolk County library are expected to attain one. Guest cards are not for regular users, but are for users who are ineligible for a library card in Suffolk County.

Please note that patrons with fines of $20.00 or more at any Suffolk County Library or patrons with expired library cards will be denied access to the Babylon Library computers until fines are paid and expired cards renewed. Expired cards must be renewed at the patron’s home library.

How do I get started?

If there is a vacant computer, just sit down and log on with your library card and password. If the computers are all in use and you are a Babylon Library cardholder, go to the Adult Reference Desk and have the librarian reserve the next available computer. The librarian will let you know when the next computer is available. You must stay in the immediate  area to wait for a computer, staff cannot search the library for those waiting for computers. Reservations are for Babylon Library cardholders only. Guests can use a computer if it becomes available but cannot make a reservation.