Use a library computer

Reference Room computersThis page describes the computers in the Reference Room and the Arts and Music department. Additional computers for children and teens can be found in the Children’s Department.

  • You may sign in to an available computer with a library card or guest pass. Children age 10 or younger cannot sign on with their cards and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Guest passes are available at the reference desk. A photo id is required. Visitors without a library card or photo id may be allowed to use an express computer for 15 minutes, if available.
  • No reservation is necessary unless all computers are in use or you have spent 180 minutes on a library computer today. Please talk to a librarian at the reference desk if you need a reservation.
  • Your sessions may be extended if no one is waiting. If you need an extension you may inquire at the reference desk — library staff may extend your time if no one is waiting. (A session cannot be extended once it has ended — please ask for an extension 5 minutes before your session expires.)
  • You may end your session at any time by clicking the “End Session” button.

How Your Privacy is Protected

  • When the computer shuts down at the end of your session all changes you made to the computer are undone. This deletes any files you have downloaded or created, logs you out of all websites, and removes any information about the websites you visited from the computer.
  • You may use Tor Browser, which is installed on our computers. Used properly, Tor Browser can help you to protect your privacy online.

Printing and Scanning

All public computers at the library can print. Printing is available until five minutes before the library closes.

The computers in the Arts and Music department all have flatbed scanners. A “express scanning” station is also available in the Reference Room.

Printing Prices
1 Sided 2 Sided
black & white $0.20 $0.30
color $0.50 $0.75

Prohibited Uses

The following uses of library computers are prohibited:

  • Using a library card number or a guest pass other than your own
  • Bypassing library time management or security software
  • Destruction of, damage to, or alteration of library equipment, software, or network security
  • Violating the library’s Internet Use Policy

Violation of this agreement will result in loss of computer privileges.