Library Time Limit Is Fair

I am writing in response to the article in Montgomery Extra ["Library Policies Raise Hackles," Oct. 21] regarding a complaint about the one-hour time limit of computer use.

I volunteer at a library assisting patrons who use the Internet. During my volunteer hours, I have ample opportunity to observe patrons' use of these facilities. While it is true that at times individual computers are not in use, most often there is a line of people waiting for access.

Most users find an hour or less sufficient to check their e-mail and other activities so that others can then gain access for their personal business. I have never heard a patron complain about the one-hour limit, and when this rule is explained, all accept it gracefully.

For any serious research or investigation, it would seem logical for an individual to either purchase a computer, try to gain access at a local college or go to a commercial establishment that caters to internet users for a fee.

I believe the system instituted by the library system is equitable to all, and most important, it's free (except for the minor cost of printing).

Matthew Borg

Germantown