Computers & Technology

COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY

COMPUTERS

Public internet computers are available at all library locations. Computer users agree to abide by the Library's Computer and Internet Use Policy.

The maximum time per person per day is 2 hours.

Use your library card to sign on to the computers.

If you don't have a library card, please see library staff about getting a card or using a guest pass.

Public Internet computers have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint

Libraries also have computers available for catalog/online database access, word-processing only, and for children. Use of these computers may be time-limited when others are waiting.

Adaptive and Assistive Technology

Ease of Access (Microsoft's accessibility features) has been enabled on all public internet computers.

Assistive technology kits are available at all locations. The Rondo and George Latimer Central Libraries have assistive technology workstations.

PRINTING

15 cents/page (black and white)

75 cents/page (color)

You can print from a library computer or print from your own computer or mobile device.

WIFI

Wireless internet (WiFi) access is available at all libraries.

WiFi FAQs

  • You can plug your device into electrical outlets at the library, but the Library assumes no responsibility for personal equipment plugged into our electrical outlets.

    Electrical outlets may not always be available. Do not unplug the Library's equipment for any reason.

    Do not string electrical cords across areas where people may be walking.

  • Saint Paul Public Library's WiFi network is an Open network which means it is NOT encrypted and NOT secure.

    We cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic across the WiFi network and we assume no responsibility for the configurations, security or files on your device resulting from connection to the WiFi network. Information sent to or from your device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

  • Choose the network named Library Guest.

    Open a web browser and click Agree to connect.

    No special settings, usernames or passwords are required.

    Wireless network users agree to abide by the Library's Computer and Internet Use Policy.

    Library staff cannot disable the filter on non-library computers.

    Use of webcams are subject to the photography and videography policy that governs all audio and visual recording in the Library.

  • Yes. All library locations offer free WiFi access.

CLASSES

Computer and Technology Classes

TUTORIALS

Teach Yourself Technology
General technology skills; software tutorials; typing, keyboard, and mouse skill-building.

Computer Skills Center
Getting started with computers, the internet, popular software tools, and more.

Niche Academy
Learn to use the library's digital services and popular websites with step-by-step how-to video tutorials.

 

FAQs

Computers & Technology FAQs

  • Public internet computers have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office includes:

    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
  • USB storage devices may be used to save or retrieve files, but patrons may not plug non-Library-owned devices into the Library's computers, network connections, or monitors.

  • Patrons may not install their own software on library computers.

  • Computers can be locked for up to 10 minutes. Time spent locked is counted against the daily time limit.

  • The maximum time per person per day is 2 hours.

    The maximum session time is 1 hour.

    At locations using reservations to manage computers, sign in at a computer reservation station to be assigned a computer and time. The maximum time that can be reserved is 1 hour.

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